Andreescu becomes first wildcard to reach Indian Wells women's final

Arnold Nichols
March 19, 2019

Andreescu upset eighth-seeded German Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in Sunday's final at the BNP Paribas Open.

I work on changing the rhythm, being able to hit the right shot at the right time since I have so many tools in my toolbox because before I would have just so many options in my head I would just hit the wrong shot at the wrong time.

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.

Svitolina raced to a 3-0 lead before Andreescu found her form to win six straight games and the first set.

Canadian Milos Raonic (ABOVE) and Serb Miomir Kecmanovic (BELOW) in action during their men's singles quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Thursday.

"I'm trying to be as calm as him". It's definitely showing through my matches where I'm staying in the present moment a lot of the time. She says that moment is when she knew she wanted to go pro. Kerber has had a very strong tournament as she has beaten the likes of Venus Williams and Aryna Sabalenka in previous round.

Bencic broke early, held off break points, and broke again for the first set, 6-3. The Canadian had 57 unforced errors, though, while Svitolina made 29. In fact, it was a downright painful one.

The third set was tight, and Bencic was not helped by a dip in her serving level. He put only 55 percent of his first serves in play. Even so, she had Pliskova under pressure in a marathon fourth game, but could not convert four break chances. A year ago at Indian Wells, she was ranked No. 8, played through two top-25 players (and little sister Serena) and didn't drop a set until bowing out to Daria Kasatkina in the semis.

Andreescu won the next four matches without dropping a set, earning convincing wins over two top-20 players and No. 32 Dominika Cibulkova in the process.

"I think in the end he played it perfectly", Downey said from Toronto.

But then after I started winning more and more matches I'm like OK I think there's a really good shot.

"It was one of the toughest matches I've ever played", she said in an on-court interview. When you're confident, you can really just trust your instincts and you don't have to think about it at all.

"You look back at what I did well there, but you can't just copy-paste and play exactly the same thing again", Federer said. Of course, now it's been a few steps more.

What is perhaps most impressive about Andreescu's game - in addition to her maturity, her ability to settle herself after a disappointing string of points and calm her nerves midmatch - is how fully developed it is from all angles.

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