Wildcard Bianca Andreescu, 18, shocks Angelique Kerber to win Indian Wells

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He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro previous year. Kerber is possibly the best defender in the world on a slow hardcourt, so Andreescu refused to engage her in long rallies.

Near the end of her acceptance speech after beating Angelique Kerber, she thanked the crowd in Romanian.

But Bencic held her next two service games with authority and broke for a 5-3 lead, finally sealing the match with a serve that was too much for Pliskova.

Although clearly struggling with an injury, she fought.

But Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam victor, was never going to surrender easily. "It's going to be a very tough match". "Slows down the pace and plays higher, then suddenly accelerates or plays angles".

Andreescu became the first teenager to win the BNP Paribas Open since Serena Williams in 2001, and the youngest champion since Serena in 1991. But it wasn't enough.

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From outside the top 300, she was back to 45 in the ranks by Dubai, and won her first title since 2015 the hard way, via four consecutive three-set wins, and match-points down against Aryna Sabalenka. Finals are often determined by the player that handles the occasion better so I am picking Kerber since she is more experienced and has won more titles when compared to Bianca Andreescu.

"When she had the chances, she just go for it", Kerber said.

"I'm really happy to be in the final for the first time now". "I knew it was important for me to try to help her to the finish line".

Angelique Kerber will now take on Belinda Bencic in the semi-finals of Paribas Open on Friday (local time).

"It will be a completely different match [Friday]", Kerber said.

Though born in Mississauga, Ontario, the 18-year-old's parents are both Romanian and she can speak the language. Kerber was the last of five seeded players that Andreescu knocked off in her seven matches as she went on a giant-killing run in the Californian desert.

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"I think that can get better", Raonic said. As she beat one quality opponent after another with a variety of tools and strategies, you got the feeling she was confident enough to attempt even the most insanely ambitious play.

"It's insane. crazy is the word of the tournament for me". "I felt that at that point, it was going to make the difference - the approach, the mindset, how she was going to go and play the next game".

"I don't really want to focus on the future right now".

Andreescu: So ever since I was little I was always changing the rhythm. She continued to overpower Kerber to grab the opening set. The F-ing champion of Indian Wells. Williams turns 39 in June, and while she balks at any talk of her age or retirement or the toll these tournaments take on an aging body, there is a cruel reality to her reticence.

She didn't have time for a big celebration on Sunday night. "It really gives me another goal to play the sport".

That is a question only Williams can answer. It seems like what she's doing is working ... listen, don't mess with it.

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