INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Bianca Andreescu had thought herself a champion many times.
Now it’s true.
The 18-year-old Canadian, who practices visualization every morning, upset three-time major champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, becoming the first wild-card winner and second-youngest to claim the title in tournament history.
“The fricking champion of Indian Wells,” Andreescu said. “It’s crazy.”
She overcame nerves, fatigue, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career.
Roger Federer chased a record sixth title in the desert against Dominic Thiem in the men’s final later.
Andreescu won on her fourth match point when Kerber netted a backhand. She broke Kerber three times in the third