Kerber holds off Venus to reach Indian Wells semi-finals

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

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

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Still, the Swiss superstar was rooting for Nadal to advance against his 22-year-old opponent.

Kerber overcame a 4-2 deficit in the opening set to reach her first career final in Indian Wells.

"Just continue doing what she's doing". She put the balls in the court.

Canadian Milos Raonic (ABOVE) and Serb Miomir Kecmanovic (BELOW) in action during their men's singles quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Thursday. Mississauga, Ontario-born Andreescu brought the tennis world to its knees by defeating Angelique Kerber in an upset victory on Sunday.

"Because after matches, you would sign autographs, you would give interviews, and the stadium court was actually really big and a lot of people came and watched", she said.

Federer was in the final for the third straight year and lost for the second year in a row.

At the start of the tournament, you sat here in this room and told us you believed you could win multiple majors and become World No.1. After beating four top-10 seeds to win the Auckland Open in January, Andreescu made the semifinals in Acapulco and has taken down two top-20 players here, prompting many to wonder whether she will turn out to be the Naomi Osaka of 2019.

Andreescu had 36 winners to Svitolina's 14.

"She's done her due diligence coming up to this", Bassett-Seguso said.

After gritting out a tough three-setter against Andrea Petkovic in the first round, Williams rallied from down a set and two breaks against No. 3 Petra Kvitova and then cruised to straight-sets wins over Christina McHale and Mona Barthel.

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

Andreescu, who started the year ranked 152nd in the world, will climb into at least the top 35 next week after yet another deep run at a WTA Tour event. She powered through the left-handed German's typically excellent defense with punishing groundstrokes, powerful serving and brilliantly executed drop shots.

Andreescu has practically shown a different facet of her game every match this week.

The reigning Wimbledon champion Kerber had won five of her previous eight meetings with Williams.

She managed to do exactly that this week, but there will be days and weeks when she doesn't. But Federer broke back in the next game and served out the set. At moments, her play was so capricious, it was as if she changed her mind midshot, suddenly solving the riddle of that particular point. Andreescu's returning was very strong as she broke Svitolina's serve on 6 occasions. Who encouraged you to play this way?

After a gruelling first set, Kerber took advantage in the tiebreaker as Williams totted up the unforced errors.

And while it seems nearly certain that Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime will eventually become regular members of the top 10, it is Andreescu who has stolen a march over them by winning a big title first - despite being considerably less hyped than either.

Among the first to offer their congratulations were Canada's other teenage tennis stars.

"I want this so bad". No, I can't. I'm the f-ing champion of Indian Wells. "It's insane", Andreescu said after the final. "This moment has become a reality so it's really, really insane".

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