Bianca Andreescu's ranking to skyrocket after Indian Wells

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Unseeded 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu defeated 8th seed - and reigning Wimbledon Champion - Angelique Kerber, at Indian Wells' BNP Paribas Open yesterday to secure the biggest tournament win in Canadian tennis history.

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 would love to follow in the footsteps of world No.1 Naomi Osaka of Japan, who won the tournament previous year before claiming the US and Australian Open titles.

Last year, Andreescu was the first ever woman to be named the Mississauga Sports Council's professional athlete of the year.

She is scheduled to play this week at the Miami Open.

"And I just fought till the end, because physically I wasn't feeling too well". Truly a Cinderella story.

Bruneau stepped away from Fed Cup captain duties past year to focus on coaching Andreescu and others in the Canadian women's program.

She had held for 2-1 in the third when she received treatment on her right arm and shoulder and looked to be flagging when she was broken in the fifth game.

Momentum swung in Andreescu's direction when she broke back to level the set at 3-3 and held serve to love in the next game.




Andreescu's run to the final included rallying from 3-1 down in the third set to beat Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round and a 6-0, 6-1 rout of former world number one Garbine Muguruza of Spain, with a three-set win over sixth-ranked Elina Svitolina putting her into the title match. A clutch second serve out wide once again put her in prime position in the point and a forehand victor closed out the first set 6-4 to the Canadian. "Now to be able to have my name beside so many unbelievable champions it means the world to me". However the German took control of the set with a break to go ahead 3-2 when Andreescu put a shot into the net.

Urged by her coach at the change over to push through, Andreescu dug deep.

"The fricking champion of Indian Wells", Andreescu said.

When she finally converted her fourth match point she kissed the sun-baked court and flopped spread-eagled on her back.

Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand victor to go up 6-5.

"You never know what next week brings".

Midway through their chat, Andreescu extended the fingers on her left hand, tossed her energy drink in her bag and made the emphatic "I want this so bad!" declaration.

"It just feels unreal what happened", Thiem said.

Not being 100 percent fit is nothing new for Andreescu.

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