Mississauga's Bianca Andreescu nets historic win at Indian Wells

Dominic Thiem won the biggest trophy of his career at Indian Wells. Reuters

Andreescu, 18, also was searching for answers against an experienced veteran who's considered one of the best counter-punchers in the game. "It's insane." She overcame nerves, fatigue, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career.

Andreescu's run to the final included rallying from 3-1 down in the third set to beat Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round and a 6-0, 6-1 rout of former world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza, with a three-set win over sixth-ranked Elina Svitolina putting her into the title match.

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

Born in Canada, she later moved with her parents to Romania, where she first started playing tennis.

She missed six months in 2016 with stress fractures in her foot and was sidelined a year ago with back problems. Kerber then had to fight hernerves as well after giving up the first game with a double fault.

Bruneau had just over a minute to talk with Andreescu, who looked like she was starting to fade against the three-time Grand Slam champion. Her feet felt torched and she said she was having trouble moving on the court.

The victory vaulted Andreescu to a dizzyingly high ranking of 24th in the world, up 128 places since last December. Both matches went three sets.

Kerber played a much more aggressive game in the set as Andreescu had 19 unforced errors.

"It's not moonballing", she said. It is even more remarkable considering she entered 2019 with a now-laughable goal of cracking the top 100 by year's end.

Novak Djokovic suffered a third round defeat to Philipp Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells. EPA
Novak Djokovic suffered a third round defeat to Philipp Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells. EPA

She earned US$1,354,010 million for the victory.

And Kerber forced the Canadian to continue to work hard in the fourth game, registering a break on some Andreescu unforced errors for the 3-1 advantage.

Andreescu explained that she visualised herself lifting the trophy on the day her dream came true.

Andreescu won the next three games, ripping off powerful forehands while winning nine straight points during one stretch, including a 40-love service game.

"After I spoke to my coach, I just let it all out there", she said.

The trainer reappeared again to ice Andreescu's cramping legs.

She showed no sign of nerves as she opened the match with a break of Kerber's serve. Kerber began to find her rhythm but still could not deal with the power Andresscu threw at her at times with the teen phenom finding some blistering aces and forehands down the line.

"I just want to enjoy this moment, because I don't want to take anything for granted", said Andreescu.

Another changeover where the trainer came out, and she worked on Andreescu's leg. Kerber still had to hold to extend the match, but the Canadian ripped a forehand victor to set up a fourth match point and took the match.

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