WTA Indian Wells: Angelique Kerber and Bianca Andreescu set title clash

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However, if we've learned anything from Andreescu's performances in 2019, it's to never write her off. Showing incredible mental strength, coupled with powerful and precise hitting, the 18-year-old broke back three times in a row to turn the set on its head before going on to claim it 6-3.

The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., dug deep to upset No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in a thrilling semifinal on Friday night.

Kerber reached the final by overcoming the red hot Bencic who defeated world number one Naomi Osaka this week and was coming off a win in Dubai last month.

Nearly nothing could separate Andreescu and Svitolina on the court, with the Canadian winning just two points more overall, fending off 13 out of 19 break points and securing six breaks of serve, two of those in the decider to push herself over the finish line.

Andreescu will play the victor of the second semifinal between No. 23 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany in Sunday's final.

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Heading into the year, the Canadian teenager was ranked 152 in the world but after booking her place in the final in California, Andreescu is on her way up.

Andreescu missed a match-point opportunity on Svitolina's serve, but then won the next game to finish it in dramatic fashion, fighting off three break points.

Bencic reaches the biggest final of her career. Bianca stayed focused to repel them all, converting the fourth match point after a loose forehand from Svitolina to celebrate another huge win and move into the final. The Swiss Bencic made 27 unforced errors to just 14 winners. Andreescu in particular seemed to be running out of steam - and it showed as she dropped her serve in the third set's sixth game.

Straight away, though, Svitolina set about trying to restore parity as she took a swift 40:0 lead in the next game. "I'm definitely playing how I feel it, and it's going well so I'm not planning on changing that".

Svitolina saved a match point in the ninth game when Andreescu's backhand landed long and she had the opportunity to prolong the match, with three break chances up for grabs in game ten.

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