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Andreescu rockets to No

Andreescu rockets to No

Canadian Bianca Andreescu became the latest giant-slayer in California over the past week, where the teen wildcard topped almost a half dozen ranked opponents to win at Indian Wells, including a miraculous 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 against world No. 4 ranked Angelique Kerber on Sunday. "Now to have my name in front of so many champions it means the world to me". But she then had to work her way back up the ranks after back injury and then wrist surgery in 2017.

Kerber booked a semi-final showdown with red-hot Belinda Bencic, who stretched her WTA match winning streak to 12-0 with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over fifth-ranked Karolina Pliskova.

Canadian Milos Raonic (ABOVE) and Serb Miomir Kecmanovic (BELOW) in action during their men's singles quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Thursday.

Still, the Swiss superstar was rooting for Nadal to advance against his 22-year-old opponent. And when I saw that I was winning a lot of matches playing like that not only in the junior level but also on the circuit level and now on the pro level, I'm like okay, let's keep working on this and in practice that's all I do.

And that stood her in good stead in a two-and-a-quarter-hour see-sawing contest against her friend, Pliskova, in their first ever meeting. Though, Williams gave a tough fight to her but still couldn't make it happen.

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Nadal's right knee flared up in the second set for the first time during the tournament. The Canadian had 57 unforced errors, though, while Svitolina made 29. In fact, her serving performance stood out against one of the best servers in the game: Bencic matched Pliskova in aces and outperformed the tall Czech in both first and second serve stats. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at two-all but only won one more game the rest of the way.

Andreescu showed signs of fatigue in the third set. He put only 55 percent of his first serves in play. The tennis world will have been watching with their hearts in their mouths as Andreescu missed on three championship points before Kerber came back to break her serve. "She is playing really hard and she is going for it", Kerber said. She was coming off a straight-set win over defending champion and No 1 seed Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.

"I think in the end he played it perfectly", Downey said from Toronto. And that's what I've been doing for so many years and now it's become a reality.

'I wouldn't believe I win today again, ' Bencic said.

"I think confidence is nearly everything for a player", Andreescu said after her fourth-round upset of No. 18 Qiang Wang. "I was really trying, in the first set especially, to find my rhythm". Of course, now it's been a few steps more. Midway through the third set, the teenager was forced to call a medical timeout as she received treatment on what seemed to be a shoulder problem.