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Andreescu seeks breakthrough win at Indian Wells

AFP  |  Indian Wells (United States) 

Canadian teenager Bianca will try to follow in footsteps of world number one on Sunday and cap a magical run at Indian Wells with a first WTA title.

grabbed a slice of history when she became the first wild card to reach the women's final in the desert with her 6-3 2-6 6-4 victory over sixth-ranked Ukrainian

It was her ninth win over a top-50 this year and an astonishing 27th match win across all levels for a who came through qualifying to reach her first WTA final at in January.

"It's incredible," beamed Andreescu, who recovered from 3-1 down in the third set to beat in the first round then roared past and in the second and third rounds with the loss of just seven games.

She then toppled 18th-seeded before an impressive 6-0, 6-1 rout of former world number one Garbine Muguruza in the quarter-finals.

In she'll be facing another former world number one, but the German hasn't won a title since claiming her third Grand Slam crown at last year.

She was shocked by unseeded American in the round of 16 at the Australian Open, but as she's settled into a routine with a new reached the semi-finals in in February.

"I have learned a lot, especially in the last few tournaments after Australia," said, explaining that she'd made a conscious effort to narrow her focus to alleviate on-court pressure.

"That was actually the goal here, to play every single day the best I can play. It works so far," added Kerber, but she knows in she faces a talented eager to make a name for herself.

Reminded that Japan's Osaka had never won a tournament when she swept to the title last year, Andreescu was asked if she thought she was primed for a similar breakthrough.

"I think so," the composed Canadian said. "I'm in the final -- it's definitely a starting point.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 11:05 IST