The 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells finished on Sunday in dramatic fashion with another closely contested clash. There’s more about Bianca Andreescu’s sensational victory in this post. Attention quickly switches to the brand new Miami Open which i’m excited about! I’ll be sharing my thoughts on selected matches throughout the tournament so stay tuned for that. Read on for Monday’s Set Points…
Andreescu d. Kerber to win Indian Wells
Bianca Andreescu just won Indian Wells… capping off an incredible run, Andreescu beat Angelique Kerber in Sunday’s ripper of a final, 6-4 3-6 6-4 in two hours and 20 minutes. There have been so many competitive matches this tournament so it was rather fitting that the 2019 BNP Paribas Open closed out with a three setter. In my opinion, it was one of the most exciting matches of the year so far and I was screaming at the end 😂.
I was blown away by Andreescu’s performance in the final. Her tactics were spot on as she consistently looped up the ball to Kerber’s backhand, managing to open up the court to then dictate. Andreescu was aggressive and always look to come forward, persisting with the tactic even when she made some errors. Her forehand was absolutely lethal in the last 20 minutes of the match.
This final was very similar to the Andreescu-Svitolina semi-final. There was a moment in the decider where I felt Kerber had it in the bag. Andreescu has been incredibly resilient in her last two matches, managing to overcome dips in form with sudden and unexpected surges of great play. Andreescu also converted on her fourth match point. I don’t know how she managed to steady herself having missed three MPs at *5-3. An exceptional mental effort.
I felt there was a moment in the decider where Kerber could have stamped her authority on the match with Andreescu struggling physically towards the end. I think the German player backed off at the end, but still, it was a solid display. It’s one of the most sensational title runs i’ve witnessed in my years of following the WTA and Andreescu is now into the world’s top 25. Andreescu is also the highest ranked player that I don’t have any photos of!
Andreescu’s press conference
Well worth a listen…
We move immediately onto Miami with main draw action to begin on Tuesday. The draw doesn’t seem to have the potential blockbuster second rounders that Indian Wells had, but there are some really enticing openers. I’m going to delve into the draw tonight!
Barbora Strycova vs. Marketa Vondrousova
Daria Gavrilova vs. Viktoria Kuzmova
Victoria Azarenka vs. Dominika Cibulkova
Andrea Petkovic vs. Amanda Anisimova
CoCo Gauff vs. Catherine McNally