Teen Andreescu Shocks Kerber At Indian Wells For First WTA Title
by Staff | March 17th, 2019, 9:23 pm
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Bianca Andreescu completed one of the most stunning runs in recent WTA memory. The Canadian ranked outside the Top 150 at No. 152 at the start of the year, and now is a Premier Mandatory champion after shocking Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Indian Wells title Sunday.

“It’s been a crazy ride,” Andreescu said. “Truly a Cinderella story. Naomi did this last year. And now to be able to have my name in front of so many amazing champions is. It means the world to me.”

Undaunted by the playing for by far the biggest title of her career, the 18-year-old Andreescu came out of the block firing, breaking Kerber right away. She continued to overpower Kerber to grab the opening set.

The German fought back in the second and then looked in complete control up a break at 3-2 in the third.

Andreescu told her coach at the changeover before the 6th game that she was tiring. And things changed. Cramping slightly, the 5-foot-6 youngster got back to unloading and connecting on shots. Kerber was left flat-footed against this final, last-stand barrage. Andreescu rolled off three straight games but she couldn’t serve it out, missing on three match point chances.

Tensions rose and a fatiguing Andreescu had to overcame the weight of blowing those three MPs.

So would Kerber’s experience get her to level it at 5-all? Nope. Andreescu simply regrouped, brushed aside those three chances, and kept pounding and finally arrived at match point again and this time she converted.

“After I spoke to my coach, I just let it all out there,” said Andreescu of that meeting with her coach at 2-3. “At that point I was really tired, so I went for my shots more, and that obviously worked. The next couple games I did the same thing. And I just fought till the end, because physically I wasn’t feeling too well. Yeah, I fought till the end. I managed to pull through.”

With her win, Andreescu will rise from No. 60 in the rankings to 24. And she becomes the youngest Indian Wells champion since 17-year-old Serena Williams 20 years ago in 1999. She also follows Naomi Osaka’s incredible run a year ago.

“I have been in the zone, I think, every match,” Andreescu said. “There were some ups and downs in some matches, obviously. Tennis isn’t a perfect sport. So I’m just — this means everything to me.”

Kerber was trying to win her first title since Wimbledon, and her first at the Premier Mandatory level.

“After the first set, I was trying to come back,” Kerber said. “She played good, especially in the third set. When she had the chances, she’d just go for it. She put the balls in the court. At the end, she deserved to win.

“She played the whole tournament good. I know that I had to play my best tennis. But at the end I was not able to take my chances, but she did it.”

The two could collide again in the third round at the new Miami Open which begins a a few days.


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11 Comments for Teen Andreescu Shocks Kerber At Indian Wells For First WTA Title

Wog Boy Says:

VP,
I’ll move here on her thread, it’s not fair there is no comments for such a great performance and win, reminds me on Nole’s threads after winning GSs.

Agree very much, Canada recognised talent, invested into her, raised her as tennis player so it’s just fair to stay loyal to them. I just read that she was encouraged by Halep few years back to turn professional sooner rather than later.


Van Persie Says:

Bianca is in very good terms with Halep, I think they had some training sessions in Montreal back in 2016, and Simona encouraged her. But Bianca got very well along with the entire Fed Cup team in Romania during Romania-Canada tie last year.
Bianca has still grand parents in Romania and she is very proud of her roots.
I fell in love with her, when she played in Auckland this year and was as happy for her yesterday, as I am for Nole or Simona, when winning something big. :)


Wog Boy Says:

This is more friendly place to post about Nole.
Tough draw in Miami, very possible scenario for Nole in this order:
Berdych, Millman, Agut, Raonic or Isner, Thiem and then final, whoever qualifies from the bottom draw.
I am not sure even Vajda can help him, Vajda arrived in Miami.
BTW, Miami new facilities look superb.

Nole’s practice session in Miami:
https://youtu.be/DRF0kUCC-8E


Wog Boy Says:

Judging by this video, the court plays very different to IW, faster and low bounce.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

do not have great expectations from Nole at Miami, I have the feeling, he will be more focused on clay season. A very good chance for him to win RG again.
Have planned a trip to Paris at the end of May, I might see Nole at the RG :)

IW’s surface was much slower this year, hence the many surprises.


Tennis Fan Says:

Judging by this video, the court plays very different to IW, faster and low bounce.

Miami has one of the slowest hard court surfaces on tour.


Van Persie Says:

“Miami has one of the slowest hard court surfaces on tour.”

Yes, but is faster than IW. see below index from 2018

https://www.perfect-tennis.com/masters-1000-court-speed-in-2018/


skeezer Says:

Miami has very high humidity compared to the dry air of Palm Springs. The balls should be heavier….


chrisford1 Says:

Like playing indoors, Miami got into Rafa’s head – “I will lose, no?”
Then as he aged, Rafa either claimed injury or skipped Miami to save energy for clay season.
Like Fed, Rafa seems down to only one major he feels fate will give him a great shot at.
Once upon a time, Rafa could count on 2-3 Masters, one 500 (Barcelona) and 90% odds of getting the French Open. I don’t believe that is the case anymore. Besides Djoko, I believe Thiem and Tsitsipas will challenge. And it is such a pity that once Andy Murray, whose game was ideal for clay, finally figured how to win and challenge the best on that surface – 2016 – that stinking hip condition came back.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
Thanks for the link, not to worry, he/she has either reading problem or is trying to be smarta$$, I specifically compared Miami with IW, not with Shanghai or Cincinnati. IW was always slow, but this year was even slower and bounce was almost vertical sitting dead in the air.
Not that Miami was faster than IW before, but now is completely new courts and stadium and what I heard and CF1 confirmed, due to design of stadium it’s almost indoor conditions.

Enjoy Paris and bring some positive energy to Nole, he’ll need it, though I am afraid that after winning AO he is slowly slipping back into that post FO16 mental state…”all we are saying is give peace a chance..”

https://youtu.be/0yU0JuE1jTk

PC,
We all have our Yoko Ono, Nole has his:)


Wog Boy Says:

“Not just that Miami was faster…” should say.

Even Shean confirmed what I said in Miami thread:)

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