Andreescu dominates Muguruza, into Indian Wells semis

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Bianca Andreescu, in action at Indian Wells, is projected to rise to world No.37 following her run to the semifinals (Getty Images)
Teenaged Canadian wildcard Bianca Andreescu drops just one game in crushing Garbine Muguruza to reach the semifinals at Indian Wells, where she’ll face Elina Svitolina.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu hammered two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza to advance to the semifinals of the WTA premier event at Indian Wells.

The 18-year-old tournament wildcard won 83 per cent of her first serve points, more than double that of the 20th-seeded Spaniard, and converted five of her seven break-point opportunities in the 6-0 6-1 blowout.

Andreescu smashed a forehand winner on her first match point to seal the 52-minute win.

In the semifinals Andreescu will take on No.6 seed Elina Svitolina, who ended the run of another teenager, Marketa Vondrousova, in three gruelling sets.

It was her second straight three-setter; a day earlier, Svitolina stopped Ash Barty in a three-hour epic.

“In the beginning, physically I was not 100% there. That’s why I had to really push myself physically today, because the rallies were long,” Svitolina told wtatennis.com.

“I was just trying to bring everything what I’ve got left in my body. Because I know that tomorrow is a day off, so it’s a good thing. I have some time to recover. For me, it’s important. The body is feeling a little bit tired. It’s normal, but in the end, I’m very happy. The physical part that I improved and stayed strong for two tough matches.

“(Andreescu) plays great tennis. I think she moves good, and I have to be ready. We saw, I think, just a little bit of her matches, because she’s just 18 years old.

“I will just try to bring my best game for the semifinal.”

Andreescu has grown familiar with victory of late with Wednesday’s success her 26th win of the year, the most of any WTA player.

Since dropping the first set of her first match at Indian Wells to Irina-Camelia Begu, Andreescu has beaten her last four opponents in straight sets – including seeds Dominika Cibulkova (32), Wang Qiang (18) and Muguruza.

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The Muguruza result sealed Andreescu’s third and biggest semifinal of the season after her breakthrough run to the Auckland final and appearance in the last four of Acapulco two weeks ago.

“I didn’t have anything to lose today, so I just went for it,” Andreescu said on court.

“It’s incredible what I’ve achieved the past couple of months. I’m beyond grateful, and today I think I just played my best tennis – one of the best matches I’ve ever played.

“I think it all comes down to good days and bad days, and today I just had a really good day.”

She is projected to rise to No.37 when next week’s rankings are released – and higher still if she continues her progress through the draw in the Californian desert.

On Thursday, the other two women’s quarterfinals – Belinda Bencic v Karolina Pliskova and Venus Williams v Angelique Kerber – will be played.

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