Raonic ends lucky loser's run, Venus out at Indian Wells

Annette Crawford
March 17, 2019

But out of nowhere, the 18-year-old seemed to find a new lease of life.

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.

A host of seeds have been brushed aside by Andreescu over the past two weeks and Angelique Kerber will be keen not to be added to that list on Sunday.

Nearly nothing could separate Andreescu and Svitolina on the court, with the Canadian winning just two points more overall, fending off 13 out of 19 break points and securing six breaks of serve, two of those in the decider to push herself over the finish line.

Bianca Andreescu is set to break into the WTA top 40 on Monday after adding another impressive Indian Wells Open victory to her stunning start to 2019.

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.

Heading into the year, the Canadian teenager was ranked 152 in the world but after booking her place in the final in California, Andreescu is on her way up.


Bencic reaches the biggest final of her career. The Canadian finally won it on the fourth match point.

Elina Svitolina was a tougher challenge in Saturday's semi-final but Andreescu's determination, hunger and aggression got her past the world number six. As long as Bencic continues attacking her opponents serve and limit her unforced errors, she's going to be a nightmare to deal with in this current form.

Andreescu showed signs of fatigue in the third set.

Svitolina refused to squander another fast start in the second set, though, where she dominated.

Svitolina, the 2017 Toronto Rogers Cup champion, responded with a break to tie the third set at 3-3. "I've watched them play so many times on TV so it's so incredible to play against them and win".

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.

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