Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
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Andreescu upsets Wang Qiang to make Indian Wells quarters

Andreescu upsets Wang Qiang to make Indian Wells quarters

Andreescu, who has won 31 of her last 34 matches, says the secret to her success is mental discipline and meditation.

The 18-year-old Canadian completes a massive upset, defeating Muguruza easily during the quarterfinals at Indian Wells.

Andreescu needed just 52 minutes to get by Muguruza, who has had inconsistent results the past couple of seasons after winning the French Open in 2016 and a Wimbledon title in 2017.

Andreescu broke the Spaniard's serve five times in the match on seven opportunities and held serve on both of Muguruza's break point chances.

"I had a good day".

"It's definitely a new experience", she said.

He said Andreescu was able to maintain a consistently high level of tennis against Muguruza, committing very few errors. She will take on the victor of Emina Svitolina and Marketa Vondrousova in her semifinal match.

Andreescu ended 2018 ranked 178th in the world.


Born in Canada, Andreescu first took up tennis at age 7 in Romania, where her parents worked.

Miomir Kecmanovic, a 19-year-old Serb ranked 130th in the world, became the first lucky loser to reach the quarterfinals at Indian Wells since 1990, advancing when Yoshihito Nishioka retired in the second set. Last March, she was ranked 196th, and in October she had slipped to 242nd.

Andreescu won the first nine games against Muguruza.

An injury in the summer forced her to miss tournaments in Montreal, Quebec City and Vancouver, and WTA rules had limited how many tournaments she could play before she turned 18 in June. "It was not a ideal match for me, but I was fighting", said Svitolina. "I'm beyond grateful. And today I think I just played my best tennis - one of the best matches I've ever played", Andreescu said during her on-court interview after the victory. "We were able to try things that might have been harder to do on the big stage against top-ranked players".

As Andreescu was dominating on the main stadium court, the 13th-seeded Raonic was quietly making his way past unseeded German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-3 to reach the men's singles quarter-finals.

"I would be lying if I said I knew she would make the final in Auckland, that she would beat (Caroline) Wozniacki, Venus Williams and so on", Bruneau said.

"It really helped me". I played a little bit tight, a little bit stupid.

"I felt like every time I was trying something different she was coming up with better shots", Muguruza said. Not opening my phone or anything, not getting too overwhelmed. "I'm happy for her".

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