Andreescu shocks Svitolina to reach Indian Wells final

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 17, 2019

The 18-year-old Canadian continued her magical run by overcoming sixth seeded Svitolina to set up a final with three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber who beat Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-2.

"I played the best I could here", she said.

Canadian wildcard Bianca Andreescu claimed another shock win as she defeated world number six Elina Svitolina to advance to the final of the BNP Paribas Open. In the victory, Bencic won 78 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points.

Pliskova raced to 4-1 lead before wrapping up the second set. Kerber hopes to make her first final appearance since last years Wimbledon and her 29th final appearance of her career.

Belinda Bencic is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 28 games to decide. "I'm not going to the court with any expectation". "I just tried to play consistent, be aggressive when I had the first chance".

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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.

But the 19-year-old Serbian, who had one tour-level win before Indian Wells, couldn't convert any of his three break points, including two at 3-4 in the second set. Kerber won 66 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her 12 break points. 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. A forehand return victor sent Bianca 4-3 ahead and she defended three break points in the following game to open a 5-3 advantage and move closer to the finish line. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since a year ago in the desert.

Elina kicked off the match in the best possible way, breaking Bianca twice to open a 3-0 lead before the youngster found her range, rattling off four straight games to move 4-3 up with a backhand crosscourt victor in the seventh game. The players then exchanged breaks before Andreescu won two games in a row to go up 5-3.

Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., advanced to the women's semis on Wednesday.

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