By Ros Satar, at the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells
- Bianca Andreescu [WC] def. Garbiñe Muguruza 6-0 6-1
- Will face Elina Svitolina for a spot in the final.
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA USA – A returning-to-form Garbiñe Muguruza was brushed aside by the fast rising wild-card Bianca Andreescu as the teenager advanced to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals.
Bianca Andreescu [WC] def. Garbiñe Muguruza 6-0 6-1
The tournament of upsets continued as former World No. 1 and two-time Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza was the latest of the big names to be booking a plane ticket out of the desert as Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu claimed her second Top 20 scalp in as many matches.
Muguruza has been playing far better tennis than we have seen her of late – her movement has improved and aside from a hacking cough, had been looking very focussed in both practice and on the court.
Yet she had no answer for the 19-year-old, who came out swinging for the fences, as wildcards can often do, yet she did so with purpose and a plan, preventing Muguruza from getting into any kind of rhythm or position to even get into the match, much less impose herself on it.
Muguruza had to admit she had been outplayed on the day, telling reporters: “I think she played very good since the first ball. She looked very fresh and very confident. I think today my level wasn’t as good as the previous days, obviously. I struggled to find a way to turn things around, because she was keeping her high level all the time.
“I think she was just hitting great shots. The serve was good, too, leading a lot with the forehand. I didn’t know a lot about her, but she’s playing very well.
“I think she’s playing better and better. Today she even played better, I think. I would look forward for the next match how I’m going to play against her.”
Indian Wells can be a tournament for surprises, and it is of course not the first time that the newer faces on the tour have announced their presence
Andreescu is bubbly and genial, giving fresh-faced enthusiastic answers to her questions as we saw last year with the delights of the Daria Kasatkina and Naomi Osaka press conferences, but this girl is a wise old soul in a young body.
“I do (yoga and meditation) all the time. Every day since I was 14, I have been doing it. So it’s become a habit for me.
“It’s nothing complicated. I wake up every morning. First thing I do is I meditate. I think it really helps me get a good jump-start to the day. Not opening my phone or anything, not getting too overwhelmed.
“It’s just creative visualisation. I take 15 minutes every morning just to get in tune with my body, my mind. Because I feel like a lot of people work on the physical part of things, but I think the mental part is the most important because it controls your whole body, right? Yeah, I just take 15 minutes every morning. I visualise myself having a good day, like, stuff like that.”
Whatever she is doing, it has been working well for her this season. She came through qualifying in the season opener in Auckland to reach the final, won her way into a couple of rounds of the main draw for the Australian Open, reached the final in the lower tier event at Newport Beach $125K, the semi-final of Acapulco and now the biggest WTA semi-finals of her career.
She will play Elina Svitolina in Friday’s semi-final.
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