Miami | Andreescu upsets Kerber yet again
The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ontario, Bianca Andreescu, continues to surprise both players and spectators by notching up victory after victory.
So I kind of fed off of that. I think I really deserve to be where I am right now, I’ve been working really hard, and hopefully I can keep it up Bianca Andreescu
She won the Indian Wells title the week before arriving in Miami where she picked up the reins by dispatching, unseeded, Irene-Camilia Begu 4-6 7-6(2) 6-2, then the 32nd seeded Sofia Kenin, 6-3 6-3 to set up a re-match of her Indian Wells final against Angelique Kerber, the world No.4, whom she again dismissed, this time 6-4 4-6 6-1.
While Kerber congratulated her in Indian Wells, she wasn’t that effusive in her praise of the young Canadian on this occasion, telling her when they shook hands at the net, “You’re the biggest drama queen ever.”
The 31-year-old, however, about an hour later,did tweet her congratulations “for a great performance and a well-deserved win.”
The Canadian briefly addressed the situation after the match to a small group of media members.
“Really? I have no idea. I don’t even want to know,” she said, acknowledging that she did realize something was said, and it wasn’t the typical handshake. “For sure (I noticed). I just didn’t say anything.”
She then commented on Kerber’s lack of intensity. “I did feel that a bit. So I kind of fed off of that. I think I really deserve to be where I am right now, I’ve been working really hard, and hopefully I can keep it up.”
Kerber was obviously not in the best of moods when she arrived on court as she was displeased with the scheduling of her matches. After a first-round bye, the former world No. 1 and current No. 4 was relegated to the small, noisy Court 6 for her second-round match.
The late start on the stadium court for her match with Andreescu only exacerbated her annoyance. The match was scheduled for a “not before 9:30 p.m.” start, but following a lengthy men’s match, meant they didn’t start until 11:18 p.m.
She also had injury problems arriving with her left upper leg bandaged. She then suffered further irritation when Andreescu took a medical time-out for treatment on her right arm, with the trainer returning on a couple of other occasions.
Andreescu will play No. 21 seed Anett Kontaveit in the fourth round, the Estoninan having beaten Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6(3) 2-6 7-6(4).
In other women’s matches, Venus Williams reached the fourth round of the tournament for the 16th time with a 6-3 6-1 victory over Daria Kasatkina. Williams, who won the title in 1998, 1999 and 2001, next faces world No 3 Simona Halep, who outlasted Polona Hercog 5-7 7-6(1) 6-2.
“I was running like crazy for three hours,” Halep said. “If I keep doing this, I think I have a chance to be back No 1.” A defeat on Saturday by world No 1 Naomi Osaka opened the door for Halep to reclaim the top ranking if she reaches the final.