Teen Bianca Andreescu caps fairytale run with Indian Wells title
Teenager Bianca Andreescu ended her dream week in Indian Wells with victory over Angelique Kerber in the BNP Paribas Open final.
The 18-year-old held off three-time Grand Slam winner Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win her maiden WTA Tour title while she also became the first wildcard to win the title in Indian Wells.
She is also the youngest winner in California since Serena Williams in 1999.
Defeats Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4! pic.twitter.com/ke5gA9Xvup
— WTA (@WTA) March 17, 2019
The Canadian, who beat the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina en route to the final, opened the match by breaking her more experienced opponent’s serve and then kept her composure to serve out the set.
Kerber, though, fought back with a single break of serve in game four of the second set as she levelled things.
The players traded breaks in games five and six of the decider and again in games eight and nine with Kerber saving two match points, but Andreescu broke in game 10 to earn the win.
“I did [visualise the victory]. Not only this morning but so many times,” she said afterwards
“It’s crazy to think that it became a reality today. After I spoke to my coach I just let it all out there.
“At that point I was really tired, so I went for my shots more, and that obviously worked. The next couple of games I did the same thing. And I just fought till the end, because physically I wasn’t feeling too well.”
More from Tennis365:
Wimbledon day one: Andy Murray digs deep and Emma Raducanu thrills on Centre Court
Two brief suspensions due to rain failed to dampen spirits on day one at the All England Club.
Andy Murray hoping for more matches on Centre Court after first round win
Wimbledon is willing on another Andy Murray run.
Carlos Alcaraz admits he has to improve after first round struggle
Carlos Alcaraz claims he needs to find his level on grass.
Novak Djokovic clearly rusty but still the Wimbledon favourite – Robson
Novak Djokovic looks at home on Centre Court.
Emma Raducanu ‘happy to stay another day’ at Wimbledon as she eases past Alison Van Uytvanck
Emma Raducanu up and running at Wimbledon 2022.
Novak Djokovic claims Wimbledon win No 80 and declares that ‘the love and flame for tennis still burns for me’
The six-time champion battled past Kwon Soon-woo in four sets.
The saint of Wimbledon: Jodie Burrage nurses ball boy during first-round defeat
Burrage passed out Percy Pigs to the youngster at SW19.
Wimbledon: Nerveless Cameron Norrie books spot in second round
Norrie clinched a 6-0 7-6 (3) 6-3 victory on Court Two to become the first home winner of the tournament.
ATP Rankings: Stefanos Tsitsipas back into top five thanks to first title on grass
The ATP Rankings are set to be shaken up in the next fortnight.
Carlos Alcaraz backs himself to upstage the icons at Wimbledon
Carlos Alacaraz believes he can hang with the best but has to get past Jan-Lennard Struff first.