Canadian teen Andreescu reaches Indian Wells final

Canadian teen Andreescu reaches Indian Wells final

Canadian teen Andreescu reaches Indian Wells final

Rankings jump: Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., rocketed 36 spots to No. 24 in the world rankings with her title at Indian Wells.

The Canadian ranked outside the Top 150 at No. 152 at the start of the year, and now is a Premier Mandatory champion after shocking Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Indian Wells title Sunday. Her $1.35m winner's cheque dwarfs her previous career earnings of $350,000.

"It's been a insane ride", Andreescu said.

Andreescu, just 18, had finished a year ago ranked near No. 200 in the world but stepped up her approach in the offseason by getting healthy and focusing on her mental game.

The 21-year-old Japanese went on to win the USA and Australian Opens and achieve the world No. 1 ranking.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu's Indian Wells triumph was not shown on television in her home country but that did not dampen the excitement across a nation where the future of women's tennis is suddenly looking as bright as ever. During her Cinderella-run to the final at the Indian Wells 2019, she dropped just a set against Svitolina and received a bagel and a baguette victory against the former World Number one, Garbine Muguruza.

The joy. The celebration. Neither player served well - Andreescu was 60 per cent on first serve while Kerber was at 67 per cent - but the Canadian held serve throughout and won all of the points on her second serve, compared to just 55 per cent for Kerber. Last year [Naomi] Osaka was the big surprise, this year it's Andreescu. This seems inconceivable now, especially after defeating Kerber, three-time Grand Slam champion and world No. 4.

Less than a year ago, she was ranked outside 200, but her quality was beginning to capture the attention: two ITF titles from four finals last year, and nearly making it through qualifying at the French Open and Wimbledon. Andreescu has taken the tennis world by storm.

Andreescu: Well you really never know what your opponent's gonna bring.

Dominic Thiem edged error-prone Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the men's, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert.

"That's an enormous benefit. she's now got that", Tennis Canada president and CEO Michael Downey said Monday. So when I do see that during the match, when they're just kind of bunting the ball or giving free points, I take advantage of that.

Kerber still looked cool, calm and collected, and she broke at the next opportunity: Andreescu double faulted, and netted a forehand-it was inevitable.

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

Not being 100 percent fit is nothing new for Andreescu.

The 18-year-old began to feel it physically. He didn't lose serve during his semifinal win over Milos Raonic, facing only one break point in that match.

WTA Insider: Going back to your game, how much of what you do on the court is about executing a playbook versus improvisation? Federer won just two more games in the set.

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