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Andreescu holds off Kerber to claim Indian Wells title

Andreescu holds off Kerber to claim Indian Wells titleā€

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu has created history after a stunning upset of Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the Indian Wells final.

Canadian Milos Raonic made sure Miomir Kecmanovic s luck ran out on Thursday, beating the 19-year-old Serbian 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters. "I've watched them play so many times on TV so it's so incredible to play against them and win".

Svitolina broke Andreescu's service twice in the first three games to storm to a 3-0 lead, but the youngster stormed back with aggressive groundstrokes to win six straight games and the opening set where she claimed 26 of the last 35 points.

Her seven-game winning run came to end at the start of the second as the pair traded breaks and Svitolina took advantage to level the match as Andreescu struggled with unforced errors. But Andreescu mustered her last reserves of energy to break back and capture her first main WTA Tour title. At moments, her play was so capricious, it was as if she changed her mind midshot, suddenly solving the riddle of that particular point. "I knew it was important for me to try to help her to the finish line". In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at 2-all but only won one more game the rest of the way.

And also, just everything that has happened throughout the last couple of years, I remember I was in such a bad spot a year ago and now I'm like you said I'm number 24 in the world.

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"I tried to hit a little bit and I can not compete 100 per cent so I'm so sorry guys to put myself in this situation", Monfils said.

A commentator raved about the young gun as she dropped to the ground and looked around in disbelief at what she'd accomplished in becoming the first ever wildcard victor at Indian Wells.

"My mom introduced me to [meditation] when I was really young", Andreescu said.

Perhaps surprisingly, Bencic leads their head-to-head 3-1, but the Swiss wins came when she was still a teenager, and Kerber won their most recent, in Wimbledon past year. "It's just hitting heavy to her backhand with more spin". "If you trust your shots, if you trust your game, good things always happen".

But when the moment arrived for real, she said, it was "surreal".

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"One of the most astonishing performances at a tournament from an 18-year-old you will ever see", the commentator said.

Andreescu showed signs of fatigue in the third set.

"It's insane to think that it became a reality today".

"I played the best I could here", she said. She's a good mover, great fighter.

Andreescu: It's definitely easier on the body and the mental aspect of things, that I won't have to play qualifying. "Hopefully I can take advantage of that energy and momentum".

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