Bianca Andreescu: under the radar but not for long!

Fintft

Hall of Fame
Bianca Andreescu is in the final of Indian Wells! Congratulations to a Canadian of Romanian nationality!

The seminal has just FINISHED:
B. ANDREESCU(WC)626
E. SVITOLINA(6)364

To me Bianca is the feminine Federer of WTA!
Svitolina didn't do much, except defending and hanging on, the whole match was on Bianca's racquet.
She can change directions like Halep, but she also has power and finesse (drop shots, lobs, slices etc).
It was fun to see Svitolina loosing the power exchanges, on both wings, but especially on the BH side. Svitolina even told her coach as much during on court coaching...
Once Bianca builds her fitness even more she will move to greater things, like GSs!
 
Whew, one of my streams settled down and I was mostly able to watch the last 3 or 4 points. What an amazing kid she is. I really thought she was going to lose but she fought and fought and pulled it off. Youngest woman to reach an IW final and only woman wild card to reach a final at that level. I wonder if she'll have any energy (mental and physical) to pull off another miracle.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Wiki:
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2014
In January, Andreescu won Les Petits As, one of the most prestigious 14-and-under tournaments in the world.

Andreescu ended her season with the under-16 title at the Orange Bowl with a straight sets win over Dominique Schaefer, becoming the fourth straight Canadian after Erin Routliffe, Gloria Liang and Charlotte Robillard-Millette to win that event.[11]

2015
In December, at 15 years of age, she became the first Canadian since Gabriela Dabrowski in 2009 to win the under-18 Orange Bowl, a Grade A tournament.[19] She became the first to win the under-16 and under-18 titles in consecutive years since Mary Joe Fernandez in 1984–85;[19] Chris Evert is another to perform the feat.
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Fintft

Hall of Fame
Bianca Andreescu Press Conference | 2019 BNP Paribas Semifinals




For streams I use an app: "Just Sports" under Kodi and went to Digisport TV channel
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
LA TIMES
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Teenager Bianca Andreescu advances to Paribas Open final with victory over Elina Svitolina

Her thigh was cramping and her strength was ebbing. Bianca Andreescu had squandered a match point in the ninth game of the third set of her BNP Paribas Open semifinal against Elina Svitolina on Friday night, and then a second and a third chance eluded her in the 10th game. By the time that game went to deuce for the fourth time, pain had become as menacing a foe for the 18-year-old Canadian as was the persistent Svitolina.

Andreescu, who massaged her leg during changeovers and often grimaced in pain while she was on the court, gained the advantage by pulling off another of her trademark drop shots. The next point was a baseline rally that, mercifully for Andreescu, ended when sixth-seeded Svitolina hit a forehand into the net. Andreescu’s joy overtook her discomfort as the impact of her 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory began to register, and it was a lot to take in.

The two-hour, 12-minute triumph was the biggest in a career whose trajectory is soaring and can take another leap forward if she prevails in Sunday’s final. Andreescu, a wild-card entrant here, will face No. 8 Angelique Kerber, who ended Swiss standout Belinda Bencic’s 12-match winning streak with a 6-4, 6-2 decision. “I’m really looking forward to a tough battle,” Kerber, who overcame an early break by Bencic in the second set Friday, said of facing Andreescu. “She’s a great player and I know I’ll have to play my best tennis.”

Andreescu ranked 60th in the world before this tournament but climbed to 33rd by getting this far and would be No. 24 if she wins Sunday. “I’m actually shaking right now. It’s just so incredible,” she said after taking an ice bath to recover from cramps she believed were induced by stress. “I’m honestly speechless.”



But only for a moment. She’s engaging and funny and open, and the sports world soon will know and appreciate that. “It was a crazy match, a roller coaster,” said Andreescu, who was born in Canada but lived in her parents’ homeland of Romania for part of her childhood before the family settled in the Toronto area. “In the third set I kept my composure.”

She went down two service breaks in the first set but regrouped to win the next six games and clinched the set with a forehand to the far corner. She broke Svitolina’s serve to win the first game of the second set, but Svitolina soon seized control. Andreescu calmed down in the third set and went for her shots, breaking Svitolina for 4-3 and letting out a primal scream. “I’m really happy I pulled through,” she said.

Svitolina acknowledged she had missed her chances and said she was hampered by pain in her knee. She also was upset by an incident at the hotel where she and boyfriend Gael Monfils, a star on the men’s tour, were staying.

On Thursday night she tweeted an image of two animated and frightened bunny-like creatures with the comment, “Our faces when 4 policeman break into our hotel room and point guns at us and scream ‘Hands Up,’” and added a scared-face emoji. “In the end, everything was sorted. So we were fine,” she said. “But still was lots of stress …. it’s not something that happens to you every day.”

Andreescu’s buildup to this tournament included a title at the Challenger Series event in Newport Beach in January. On Friday she recorded her fifth win over a top-20 player in her career, a total that includes her victories at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden over No. 18 Qiang Wang in the round of 16 and No. 20 Garbine Muguruza in a 6-0, 6-1 rout in the quarterfinals. She has won 27 matches this season at all levels, the most of any player this year.

Andreescu’s advance has been as refreshing as it is impressive. Younger women are pushing their elders and contending for titles, bringing with them energy and intriguing personalities. The biggest names here exited early: Naomi Osaka, the world No. 1 and defending tournament champion, was eliminated by Bencic in the round of 16. No. 2 Simona Halep was upset in the round of 16 by Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams had to retire due to illness midway through her second match, and her older sister Venus Williams did well to reach the quarterfinals but lost to Kerber.

Osaka, 21, zoomed to the head of the next generation by winning last year’s U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open, while Andreescu, Vondrousova and other youngsters bring new and welcome elements to the mix. Kerber, incidentally, is 31.

Andreescu was respectful toward Kerber, calling her “a great fighter.” But Andreescu has shown so far she’s no slouch there, either.

Good for her, and good for tennis.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES
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Bianca Andreescu Is Rising in the Tennis Rankings Ahead of Schedule


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Fintft

Hall of Fame
I hope Bianca Andreescu wins!

She is the favorite according to tennis.com, good luck!

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2019...-andreescu-vs-angelique-kerber-preview/80417/

AN UNEXPECTED TREAT: A BIANCA ANDREESCU VS. ANGELIQUE KERBER PREVIEW
Even if it wasn’t the Indian Wells final we expected, it should be one we can enjoy.
By Steve Tignor
March 16, 2019

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A gold star for anyone who predicted, before the tournament began, that this would be the women’s final. The presence of the 18-year-old Andreescu, who began the year ranked No. 178, is obviously a shock. But Kerber wasn’t really part of the contenders’ conversation when the draw was made, either. She had never reached an Indian Wells final; she had made just one semifinal in 2018; and she was drummed out of the season’s biggest event, the Australian Open, 6-0, 6-2 by Danielle Collins.
But Kerber and Andreescu it is, and you can’t say they haven’t earned their spots. Kerber came back from 1-4 down in the third set to beat Aryna Sabalanka in the round of 16, straight-setted Venus Williams in the quarters, and slayed the WTA’s new giant killer, Belinda Bencic, in the semis. For her part, Andreescu steamrolled two-time Slam champ Garbiñe Muguruza, 6-0, 6-1, and outdueled No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina in a three-set semifinal.
But even if it wasn’t the final we expected, it should be one we can enjoy. Kerber and Andreescu are both consistent players who rely on thoughtful tactics, a variety of shots, constant changes of pace, and a mix of offense and defense. Neither is a power server or a hit-and-miss ball basher. It should be interesting to see the German and the Canadian, who have never faced each other, adjust to each other’s games as the match progresses.
Kerber obviously has more big-match experience, but Andreescu is on a breakthrough roll—we saw how far Naomi Osaka took a similar burst of momentum here last year. Andreescu also has a little more offensive weaponry than Kerber. Against Svitolina in the semifinals, it was the teenager who ran around to hit forehands and controlled the rallies with that shot.
Like that match, this one should also be on Andreescu’s racquet; right now that seems like a very good place for it to be.
Winner: Andreescu
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
According to the schedule the match should be well underway by now but I can't seem to find any evidence of it anywhere. Does anybody know what's happening?
 
Having seen this player for the first time in the IW final, I observe the following: Huge shots from both wings, up the line and especially cross court. Good forehand return. Excellent movement. Good serve placement and pace. All the tools to be at the top of the game for a long time. On the other hand, she's carrying a few extra pounds that can be crash dieted off in a few weeks. She never approached the net, and I would assume can't hit volleys yet. She also needs to keep a cooler head and work on eliminating players more efficiently to conserve energy for the back ends of big tournaments. There's not much she's missing that isn't fixable.
 
Managed to watch it on DAZN. Great match. Agree she needs to up her fitness so she can survive the barrage of defenders out there in the WTA. That’s an Ostapenko weakness too. You can’t always hit through everyone like you did in juniors. Fortunately she’s developed a lethal drop shot to give deep defenders fits.
 

Fintft

Hall of Fame
Well deserved by Bianca! With 3 times more winners then Kerber (44 vs 16)! Much love!
Multe fericitari si numai bine in continoare! Esti unica si favorita, incepind cu Roland Garros/French Open!

You are an unique player and will win Grand Slams, starting probably with this year's Rolland Garros/French Open!
 

Fintft

Hall of Fame
http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2019...escu-upsets-kerber-to-win-indian-wells/80423/

After her coach told her to go (or was it watch for?) a FH DTL, Bianca won 5 points in a row with that shot + 2 more wrong footing Kerber afterwards when Angelique was expecting said shot :)

WILD CARD BIANCA ANDREESCU, 18, OUTLASTS KERBER FOR INDIAN WELLS TITLE
The Canadian converted her fourth match point to win her first career title.
By AP
March 17, 2019

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Bianca Andreescu upset three-time major champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, becoming at age 18 the first wild-card winner in tournament history.
The Canadian overcame nerves, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career.
Andreescu won on her fourth match point when Kerber netted a backhand. She broke Kerber three times in the third set, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to take four of the final five games.
Andreescu dropped her racket near the baseline and fell on her back, her legs in the air as she covered her face in disbelief. After getting up and exchanging kisses with Kerber, the teen bent down and kissed the sunbaked hard court and dropped to her back again, her arms and legs splayed, before grabbing her head.
"This moment has become a reality so it's really, really crazy," Andreescu told the crowd before speaking a bit of Romanian.
Born in Canada, she later moved to Romania with her parents and first started playing tennis.
Kerber was the last of five seeded players that Andreescu knocked off in her seven matches in the desert.
The Canadian followed in the footsteps of Naomi Osaka, who was a little-known 20-year-old when she won the title last year. Osaka used it as a springboard to win titles at the U.S. and Australian opens while ascending to the No. 1 ranking in January.
Kerber, ranked eighth, remains without a title since winning Wimbledon last year.
Andreescu is projected to rise 36 spots to No. 24 in the WTA Tour rankings on Monday.
Leading 2-1 in the third, Andreescu took a medical timeout and had a trainer massage her right shoulder and arm.
Kerber won the next two games, breaking Andreescu to go up 3-2.
Andreescu called for her coach, who urged her to make Kerber play every point.
She did just that.
Andreescu won the next three games, ripping off powerful forehands while winning nine straight points during one stretch.
The teen had three match points on her serve before trying one of her patented drop shots. Kerber raced to get it and sent a forehand down the line to get to deuce. The German led 40-add on Andreescu's forehand error before the teen made a low-percentage attempt at a drop shot. It landed in the net, leaving Kerber trailing 5-4.
Andreescu bounced back, putting away a smash to set up her fourth match point before Kerber's backhand error ended the match.
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