Angelique Kerber and Bianca Andreescu set title clash — WTA Indian Wells

Paola Ditto
Marzo 17, 2019

There will be much more meditation and visualization to do for Bianca if she wants to beat Angelique Kerber in the final in Indian Wells.

It seems that 2019 will be her breakthrough year after a string of impressive victories over some of women's tennis' top stars saw her overtake Eugenie Bouchard as Canada's top-ranked player.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu rallied past No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, winning on her fourth match point to reach the biggest final of her young career.

Raonic won 88 per cent of his first-serve points and saved all three break chances against him.

Raonic is 2-0 in his career against Thiem, winning both matches in straight sets on hard-courts in 2016.

Belinda Bencic is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 28 games to decide.

"I was trying to focus only on my side of the court". Kerber has won the last three meetings against Bencic, and all six matches overall have been decided in six straight sets.

A forehand victor secured another break for Andreescu a few minutes later and she grabbed the opener with another one in game nine, moving 6-3 ahead with six straight games and massive momentum on her tally.

Andreescu will play the victor of the second semifinal between No. 23 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany in Sunday's final.

Bencic improved to 18-3 this year.

Standing in her way is Kerber, the 31-year-old German who is the former world No. 1 and entered the tournament ranked eighth.

The 22-year-old Swiss, who knocked out world number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka on Tuesday, won 6-3 4-6 6-3 for her sixth victory this year over opponents in the world top-10. A backhand down the line victor sent Belinda 3-2 up and she fired a service victor for a hold at 15 in game six and even a more significant advantage. "I've watched them play so many times on TV so it's so incredible to play against them and win". Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since past year in the desert. We take a look at the meteoric rise of Bianca Andreescu.

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