Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

Raonic ends Kecmanovic’s dream run, reaches Indian Wells semis
Milos Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells
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18 March, 2019

The 18-year-old Canadiancontinued her magical run by overcoming sixth seeded Svitolina to set up a final with three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber who beat Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-2. "I wouldn't believe I win today", she told reporters.

The 22-year-old Bencic was the teenager star who won the position of number seven in a world but unfortunately her career was stalled after back and wrist injuries.

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.

However, the German player has had no problems since coming to Indian Wells, where she defeated top opponents Aryna Sabalenka, Venus Williams, half of the Swiss team Kerber lost to at the Hopman Cup doubles, Belinda Bencic.

However, the three-time grand slam victor silenced her critics with a 2018 win over Serena Williams at Wimbledon, adding to her slam haul, and demonstrating that she was very much still a contender.

"I will try my best to recover - these are the matches I want to play", he said. "She's won a lot of matches".

Kecmanovic was the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals at the tournament since it became a Masters 1000 event in 1990. But Kerber held in the next game to force the tiebreaker, which she dominated.

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"I think you definitely need it against the top of the world, to be just incredibly fit, and not just one week but many weeks in a row".

"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.

'Even when I was hitting the spots, I wasn't hitting them that well, ' Raonic modestly said of his serving.

For her part, Kerber knows Andreescu is not only playing the best tennis of her life - she is also young, largely unknown and has nothing to lose. At moments, her play was so capricious, it was as if she changed her mind midshot, suddenly solving the riddle of that particular point. Federer won just two more games in the set. I'm really just trying to take it one step 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.

Andreescu's 3rd set conversation with coach Sylvain Bruneau was the turning point in her match as she went on to break the next game and eventually win her 1st career WTA title. "Another goal of mine was to make history, and I just did".


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