Indian Wells | Andreescu continues to make waves
There have been plenty of surprises in the women’s draw at this year’s Indian Wells WTA Mandatory event with a myriad of seeds falling in the earlier rounds like Caroline Wozniacki, Dona Vekic, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keyes.
I didn’t focus on who was on the other side, It really helped me. I used my serve to my advantage. She didn’t serve so well today, so I took advantage of that as well. Bianca Andreescu
Equally surprising was the fall of the world No.1 Naomi Osaka and her predecessor, Simona Halep, both going out in round four as is the arrival in the semi-finals, of the Canadian teenager, Bianca Andreescu, a wild card entry, who blitzed the two-time grand slam winner Garbine Muguruza 6-0 6-1.
The 18-year-old was ruthless as she took just 52-minuts to dispatch the Spaniard in their quarter-final match
It was one-way traffic from the start as Andreescu won the first nine games before Muguruza managed to reply for what proved the only time in the match.
“I just went out there, went for it,” Andreescu said following her overwhelming victory.
“I didn’t focus on who was on the other side,” she added. “It really helped me. I used my serve to my advantage. She didn’t serve so well today, so I took advantage of that as well.
“The key was today just fighting for every ball and just trying to put one extra ball at the net. It was not a perfect match for me, but I was fighting,” said Svitolina.
“I had to really stay in the match and try to put one extra ball. In the end, this is what brought me and what gave me the chance. I took it in the end to win the match.”
Next in line is Elina Svitolina the sixth seed from the Ukraine, who, after dropping the first set, came back to beat Marketa Vondrousova 4-6 6-4 6-4.
Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, is another fast rising teenager. She stunned world No 2 Simona Halep in the third round, taking the Romanian out 6-2 3-6 6-2.
In the top half of the draw Belinda Bencic, Osaka’s 6-3 6-1 conqueror, faces the fifth seeded Karolina Pliskova for a place in the semi-final where the winner could possibly face a resurgent Venus Williams if she can get past an equally revived Angelique Kerber to make up the last four.