Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Canadians Bianca Andreescu, Milos Raonic prevail in Indian Wells

Canadians Bianca Andreescu, Milos Raonic prevail in Indian Wells

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.

Andreescu, who received a wild card into Indian Wells, had her ranking high enough, at No. 70, at the February 4 entry deadline for Miami. However, Bianca is having a smashing season, and it was pretty clear that she could be unsafe for the Spaniard, but it was hard to imagine such dominance from Andreescu.

The 18-year-old Andreescu was largely an unknown at the start of the season, ranked No. 152, but has surged up the standings after already amassing 26 match wins at all levels.

After this match, Bianca is on an fantastic 24-3 win-loss record in 2019, and she will face either Elina Svitolina or Marketa Vondrousaova in the semifinal.

"I have watched them play many, many times".

Andreescu, who began 2019 ranked 152nd in the world, is now headed for the top 40. I take 15 minutes every morning just to get in tune with my body, my mind.

Dominic Thiem defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-3 and will play the victor of the late fourth-round match between Philipp Kohlschreiber or Gael Monfils. "Also the slices, the angles, everything that I like to do worked well today".

"The body is feeling, you know, a little bit exhausted". First thing I do is I meditate. "I don't think I was extra pumped, per se, but I definitely was a lot more diligent about the way I went about things", Raonic said. "I'm beyond grateful. And today I think I just played my best tennis - one of the best matches I've ever played", Andreescu said during her on-court interview after the victory.

"I saw that score actually on a changeover in my match".

Andreescu has been stretched to three sets just once, in the first round. I'm, like, 'No way.' I know she's good, but love and one? What I can say is that she has a very, very high potential.

All three will head to the Miami Open next week, where another Canadian teen, Montreal's Félix Auger-Aliassime, will play the qualifying. "And I think that's a big part of the reason the success has been on such a big ascent over the last few years", he said.

Raonic will play lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia in a Thursday quarter-final.

No. 5 women's double seeds Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and Yifan Xu of China were scheduled to play a quarterfinal against Darija Jurak of Croatia and Raluca Olaru of Romania later Tuesday.

The Andreescu and Raonic matches finished nearly simultaneously, as their compatriot Shapovalov was still on court.

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