Andreescu on title win: "'It's crazy"

2019 US Open Spotlight Bianca Andreescu

2019 US Open Spotlight Bianca Andreescu

All that's left to do is wait for her next act.

After winning a 125k event at Newport Beach earlier this year, Andreescu upset a host of seeded players on her way to the final, where she completed a 6-4 3-6 6-4 win over German Kerber.

Andreescu bounced back, putting away a smash to set up her fourth match point before Kerber's backhand error ended it after 2 hours and 18 minutes.

Bianca Andreescu pictured herself as champion of the WTA Indian Wells so many times during the tournament that actually winning it should have come as no great surprise.

"I just want to enjoy this moment, because I don't want to take anything for granted", said Andreescu.

"From a wild card to the Indian Wells champion - Bianca Andreescu just made history". Ever since then I have been meditating and I do a lot of yoga. "It's insane. crazy is the word of the tournament for me".

The quality of Andreescu's play and her opponents bode well for her future success.

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.

Just a year after Naomi Osaka won the BNP Paribas Open as an unseeded 20-year-old, and then won two Grand Slam titles months apart, another unseeded youngster found a way to make Osaka's magical ride look commonplace in comparison. She began to look exhausted, made more errors, and her serving suffered, down to 49 percent, but she dug deep in a long eighth game, 3-5.

After double-faulting for 30-all serving for the set, Andreescu came through with a huge first serve that Kerber mishit for her to put away easily.

Andreescu reached the final in Auckland via three rounds of qualifying, beating Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams en route. With the victory Sunday, Andreescu has won 28-of-31 matches this season and becomes the first wild-card entry to capture this event. She now has five.

Bruneau told Andreescu to push and to stay strong under the adversity. Andreescu played aggressively at times, dictating the point and ripping Svitolina from sideline to sideline, and at other times was crafty and unpredictable.

The teen had three match points on her serve before trying one of her patented drop shots.

Patrick Mouratoglou, who serves as coach for Serena Williams, tweeted it was "amazing" how Bruneau helped Andreescu get her composure and confidence back at the changeover. And she's only 18. It's been a insane ride, truly a Cinderella story. "It's obviously throwing off a lot of players".

"Hopefully this moment can be a great inspiration for many young athletes because like I always say if you believe in yourself anything is possible", Andreescu said afterwards in her on-court interview.

Kerber won the last four games of the opening set and the last three games of the second to subdue Bencic, who was coming off her first WTA title in four years in Dubai. She began to throw in some drops of her own, wearing down those exhausted legs of the Canadian.

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