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The 18-year-old Canadian racket was titled at Indian Wells and has already beaten Garbiñe Muguruza, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki
Just three months of 2019 are marking the appearance of a new great star in women's tennis. Yes, is that Bianca Andreescu, the new queen of Indian Wells after beating German favorite Angelique Kerber, is the one that has won more games so far this year with 28, threatening already, and with only 18 years.
El Espectador picked up the statements offered by the Canadian barely titled in Indian Wells: "I hope this moment is an inspiration for many other athletes because, as I said many times, if you believe in something you can get it. I dream big and I do not put limits (...) Trust is the basis of everything, as I have won a lot this year, my confidence is very high", words that denote a great personality.
The summit of this statement is that Andreescu has arguments to sustain it, because already in the same tournament she had beaten elite tennis players like Garbiñe Muguruza in the quarter and Elina Svitolina in semis, to stand in the final instance. In addition, she did it with pain in her right shoulder, culminated El Espectador.
The Canadian, of Romanian origin, began the season in 152nd place in the WTA ranking and, now, will rise to 24th position. Although the less knowledgeable of tennis could have been surprised by the emergence of 'Bibi' in Indian Wells, the truth is that after reviewing her previous achievements, it was not surprising.
Last January, for example, reached the final in Auckland beating the Danish Caroline Wozniacki and American Venus Williams and weeks later, played the semifinals of the Acapulco Open in Mexico, showing that she was ready to compete against the best.
Chicago Tribune made a review by the rivals that was leaving 'Bibi' on the road. In the previous rounds, Andreescu consecutively beat Dominika Cibulkova (N.32), Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele (pre-qualifying) and China's Qiang Wang (N.18). "Possibly I played the best game of my entire career. It was one of those days when everything came out (good) and that has made a difference", she said after sweeping Muguruza.
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Deja Vú as Naomi Osaka?
The Spectator brings up a very important fact: in the last edition of Indian Wells, a then-unknown Naomi Osaka, only 20 years old, was overcoming rounds to stay with the tournament, before Daria Kasatkina. It was a prelude because immediately in that year, Osaka was titled in the United States and Australia to climb to the top of the WTA classification. What about Andreescu, up to now, it seems a lot.
"It was definitely an inspiration for me to see how he lifted the trophy last year and then he won two Grand Slams, but I do not want to focus on the future right now, I just want to enjoy the moment", the Canadian said of the comparison.
European gene, American development
'Bibi' was born in Mississauga, Ontario, in 2000, the result of the union of Romanian parents. As a child, however, she started playing tennis in Romania where her parents returned for a few years. As a teenager, they returned to Canada and that was when Bianca decided to enter the development system for tennis in that country. So far it has been a great choice, according to NMnoticias.
The same media recalls that the Canadian was honored by the Indian Wells organization with a Wild Card position. The mentioned tournament, in the female branch, is the third most important after the Grand Slams and the WTA Tour Championship.
Influence and growth
It seems clear that we are facing a phenomenon with the ability to revolutionize the WTA. Andreescu already made the jump at the WTA International Auckland 2019, with a versatile game and a lot of maturity, qualities that he already brought from the junior circuit.
Point of Break ensures that it is important to note that Bianca has managed to establish - thanks to its origins - a great friendship with the Romanian Simona Halep, current number 1 of the WTA and who recommended that she should be in search of better challenges when observing the patient who has been Andreescu, staying a long time in ITF events, where he did not have much else to prove.
"I have the experience of having played too much time on the junior circuit, I know what Bianca is capable of, so I recommended that she look for the top as soon as possible", said Halep at Tennismash the Romanian on an Andreescu that has a history of three victories and zero defeats against top-20 tennis players, having also defeated Muguruza and Venus Williams, Kristina Mladenovic in 2017 in Washington 2017.
Development in Canada
Finally, the Chicago Tribune reviewed the Canadian tennis players that give that country a remarkable growth in this sport.
Andreescu is part of a new generation of young Canadian tennis players who are slowly knocking on the door of the elite and who showed it in Indian Wells. Milos Raonic (N.13) reached the semifinals, Denis Shapovalov (N.24) gave in eighths, and Felix Auger-Aliassime in the third round.
"Canadian tennis lives a truly positive moment, it is an inspiration and a joy for me to see the progression and everything that is happening," said Raonic, the fourteenth of the ATP and the most "veteran" of the group with 28 years.
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Translated from "Bianca Andreescu: la tenista que apareció de la nada y está arrasando"