Bencic sweeps past Pliskova into Indian Wells semi-finals

Bianca Andreescu won the Paribas Open title at Indian Wells with a three set win over Angelique Kerber

Becoming a fighter pilot? Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since past year in the desert.

"Not that I didn't expect it", Federer said, "but it definitely went better than I thought it would". She can put away swing volleys from the middle of the court, while recoiling backwards. Nagging minor injuries, cramping and exhaustion didn't slow her down after a long week at Indian Wells.

Thiem had come through a gruelling two hour, 31 minute semi-final against Milos Raonic, while Federer had a walkover after Rafael Nadal withdrew, but the the 25-year-old showed no signs of tiredness in the second set.

"I think (it's) good that I fought, that it went to the third set, but otherwise not even close to my good tennis", she said.

Andreescu has won more matches than any woman in 2019.

Andreescu defeated Irina Begu, Dominika Cibulkova, Qiang Wang, Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina, all top-level opponents.

She overcame nerves, fatigue, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career. I think the optimism that he brought to the situation pumped her up because quite frankly at that point in time, her body was telling her, 'I'm going to lose.' It was her mind that carried her through actually.

Andreescu had 36 winners to Svitolina's 14.

"No pressure", Andreescu said, joking.

Andreescu told her coach at the changeover before the 6th game that she was tiring.

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With the win, Andreescu, who was ranked 152 at the end of last season, is expected to reach the WTA top 30. She powered through the left-handed German's typically excellent defense with punishing groundstrokes, powerful serving and brilliantly executed drop shots.

Andreescu: It starts in practice. "Obviously, my plan was to try to make her rally and try to be good in the defensive and also try to be dominant when I can".

She managed to do exactly that this week, but there will be days and weeks when she doesn't.

WTA Insider: Going back to your game, how much of what you do on the court is about executing a playbook versus improvisation? In each match, Williams was relentless, playing sharp and focused - her lethal, telegenic forehand a highlight of the tournament.

"She changed the rhythm a little bit", Kerber said. Who encouraged you to play this way? But Kerber held in the next game to force the tiebreaker, which she dominated.

Thousands of well-wishers took to Twitter to congratulate the 18-year-old Canadian in the moments after her historic triump, with big names both inside and outside the world of tennis making their thoughts heard on the sport's newest star.

Pegged as a player to watch after a strong junior career, Andreescu has all the tools for success on the main circuit.

Born in Canada, she later moved with her parents to Romania, where she first started playing tennis. "I loved every moment out there".

One year ago, then-world No. 198 Andreescu lost in the second round of a $25,000 Futures event in Toyota, Japan. The F-ing champion of Indian Wells.



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