Indian Wells (United States), March 16: Canadian sensation Bianca Andreescu toppled sixth-ranked Elina Svitolina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 on Friday and will face Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber for the WTA title in Indian Wells.
Germany’s Kerber, ranked eighth in the world, ended Belinda Bencic’s 12-match winning streak with a 6-4, 6-2 victory to reach the final in the California desert for the first time in her third semifinal appearance. Kerber won the last four games of the opening set and the last three games of the second to subdue Bencic, who was coming off her first WTA title in four years in Dubai.
The 22-year-old Swiss, whose career was disrupted by a string of back and wrist injuries, had beaten six top-10 players in her winning streak, including world number one and defending Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka in the fourth round here.
“It’s incredible,” she beamed when told of the achievement. “Another goal of mine was to make history and I just did.” “I really need a moment to soak this all in. This is just so incredible,” an emotional Andreescu told the crowd.
“This past week has been a dream come true.” Andreescu, who came through qualifying to reach the final at Auckland and made the semifinals in Acapulco in February, had to dig deep to close it out against Svitolina, who saved on match point against her serve in the penultimate game to force Andreescu to serve it out. – AFP