Andreescu announces arrival with stunning win

Andreescu announces arrival with stunning win

Unseeded 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu defeated 8th seed - and reigning Wimbledon Champion - Angelique Kerber, at Indian Wells' BNP Paribas Open yesterday to secure the biggest tournament win in Canadian tennis history.

It was the flawless start for the 18-year-old Canadian, breaking Kerber and mixing up the pace she was throwing at the German.

Andreescu, who played with an injured right shoulder and cramp, became the first wildcard and youngest to clinch the WTA Indian Wells title, one of the Tour's most prestigious Premier Mandatory tournaments.

Andreescu had to call on her last reserves as Kerber saved three match points in the next game on the way to earning a break.

Andreescu won't get to enjoy her success for very long though, she's already set to play 70th ranked Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round of the Miami Masters 1000 tournament early this week.

The 18-year-old began to feel it physically. "So it's insane what a year can do", she added.

Bruneau stepped away from Fed Cup captain duties a year ago to focus on coaching Andreescu and others in the Canadian women's program.

The two again held serve to start the third set but Andreescu required medical treatment on her right arm/shoulder after going ahead 2-1. Osaka used it as a springboard to win titles at the USA and Australian opens while ascending to the No. 1 ranking in January. A clutch second serve out wide once again put her in prime position in the point and a forehand victor closed out the first set 6-4 to the Canadian.

And after Kerber held serve to go ahead 5-2, Andreescu showed her frustration by repeatedly banging her racket on the surface as she left the court. "Now to have my name in front of so many champions it means the world to me", she added.

Andreescu kept up the momentum in the decider, however, saving nine out of 10 break points and wrapped up the win after two hours and 12 minutes.

This will be Thiem's first finals appearance at Indian Wells.

But the young woman's desire to win was greater than those annoyances and she launched more forehand winners to claim a fourth match point. "I just want to savor this".

At the break, Andreescu told her coach, Sylvain Bruneau, "My feet were burning" and that she was having trouble moving.

She said the key to the match came during a visit with her coach when she was trailing 3-2 in the third set. "I want to savour this moment because you never know what the next week can bring".

The sudden flood of attention being directed at Andreescu is reminiscent of that given to other Canadians when they burst onto the tennis scene in recent years, including former women's world number five Eugenie Bouchard and men's No. 3 Milos Raonic.

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