Bianca Andreescu is set to break into the WTA top 40 on Monday after adding another impressive Indian Wells Open victory to her stunning start to 2019.
The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., dug deep to upset No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in a thrilling semifinal on Friday night.
"I knew he had nothing to lose, and I had to be really disciplined with myself", Raonic said. Little known at the time, Osaka used her Indian Wells victory as a launching pad to beating Serena Williams for the U.S. Open title and winning the Australian Open while becoming the world's top-ranked player.
Heading into the year, the Canadian teenager was ranked 152 in the world but after booking her place in the final in California, Andreescu is on her way up. She may have been unable to take her first three match points, but there were no signs of nerves on the fourth as she forced a mistake from her opponent to seal a landmark win.
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Pliskova raced to 4-1 lead before wrapping up the second set. Kerber has won seven of her last nine matches on outdoor hard court. The Canadian had 57 unforced errors, though, while Svitolina made 29.
Svitolina refused to squander another fast start in the second set, though, where she dominated. Andreescu in particular seemed to be running out of steam - and it showed as she dropped her serve in the third set's sixth game.
Svitolina, the 2017 Toronto Rogers Cup champion, responded with a break to tie the third set at 3-3.
After losing her first two service games and falling behind 3-0, Andreescu stepped up and won six games in a row to take the first set in stunning fashion. "I've watched them play so many times on TV so it's so incredible to play against them and win".
Svitolina saved a match point in the ninth game when Andreescu's backhand landed long and she had the opportunity to prolong the match, with three break chances up for grabs in game ten.