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Indian Wells: Canadian Teenager Bianca Andreescu crushes Garbine Muguruza to reach semis

16 March 2019

Canadian 18-year old tennis player Bianca Andreescu has had a fairytale run at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells this year, where she reached the semifinals.

The Mississauga, Ont., native already leads the WTA for wins in 2019 and picked up her 26th win on Wednesday. "So it's become a habit for me", Andreescu said after crushing two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza 6-0, 6-1 in the quarter-finals at Indian Wells.

"It's incredible what I've achieved the last couple months", Andreescu said in an on-court interview. Because I know that tomorrow is a day off, so it's a good thing.

"I felt like every time I was trying something different she was coming up with better shots", Muguruza said.

An injury in the summer forced her to miss tournaments in Montreal, Quebec City and Vancouver, and WTA rules had limited how many tournaments she could play before she turned 18 in June. "So I'm just really happy", Andreescu said.

If Andreescu can win that, she'd have an excellent chance of going from being a wild-card entry in Indian Wells to one of the 32 seeds at the Miami Open next week. I have some time to recover. I played juniors with Marketa. She will face another top player, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, ranked sixth in the world.

"I just went out there, went for it". The top half was rocked by the upsets of Djokovic and No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev.

Shapovalov, 19, couldn't quite make it a 3-0 day for Canadians, though.

Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, will square off with unseeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the round of 16.

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"Probably played a little bit worse today than yesterday", Nadal said. Just wasn't able to convert when I wanted to.

It turned out to be a rather successful afternoon, too, with a third-set loss by Shapovalov preventing a sweep on yet another big day for Canadian tennis. First thing I do is I meditate.

"I just went out there and went for it", she told reporters after the match.

Last on and first off was the surging Andreescu. All three matches started within about 20 minutes of each other.

"In the fall, we made the decision for her to play smaller tournaments, to try to play a lot of matches, and it worked", Bruneau said.

Even if she loses to Svitolina, Andreescu is guaranteed to move to at least 38th place when the new WTA standings come out Monday, a jump of 22 positions from the beginning of the week. What I can say is that she has a very, very high potential.

Earlier in the week, Shapovalov pointed to his younger years, when he and Felix Auger-Aliassime watched Raonic play Davis Cup and were inspired.

Indian Wells: Canadian Teenager Bianca Andreescu crushes Garbine Muguruza to reach semis