Kerber holds off Venus to reach Indian Wells semi-finals

Canadian Milos Raonic made sure Miomir Kecmanovic s luck ran out on Thursday, beating the 19-year-old Serbian 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters. Kerber roared back to save three championship points and break Andreescu, but it was not enough as the Canadian teenager defeated the German 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to capture the 2019 BNP Paribas Open crown. "I learned a lot, and I have been implementing what I have learned throughout this whole tournament".

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. "Not only this morning but so many times", she told reporters at the winner's news conference.

He'll try to improve next against number seven Dominic Thiem, who advanced via walkover when number 18 Gael Monfils announced on court that he couldn't play because of a left Achilles injury. "And I think this year all the wins have definitely given me confidence".

"I'm not putting pressure on myself even now", the 22-year-old said.

At the break, Andreescu told her coach, Sylvain Bruneau, "My feet were burning" and that she was having trouble moving. Also, after pocketing a career total of $350,909 entering Sunday, Andreescu's Indian Wells title comes with a $1,354,010 winner's purse.

"If someone told me at the beginning of the year that I would be top-50 during Indian Wells, I would have told them that they're insane", she said. "But I have had many moments like this in the past, playing Challenger events, juniors". "She played really tricky - in the good way - it was really hard for me to play my game".

What is perhaps most impressive about Andreescu's game - in addition to her maturity, her ability to settle herself after a disappointing string of points and calm her nerves midmatch - is how fully developed it is from all angles.

"This moment has become a reality so it's really, really insane", Andreescu told the crowd before speaking a bit of Romanian. She missed an easy overhead at 30-15 and wasted three match points soon after, allowing Kerber to come back to 5-4. It has been so far, and I'm just gonna take it one day at a time.

Andreescu's explosive attacks and unpredictable shot choices had endeared her to the Indian Wells crowd in a week in which she saw off a series of higher-ranked players including Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina. When Andreescu was broken by Kerber early in the deciding set it seemed her remarkable week looked set to end in disappointment. "Another goal of mine was to make history, and I just did".

  • Angelo Rivera