Teenager Andreescu crushes Muguruza at Indian Wells

Elina Svitolina needed three sets to defeat Marketa Vondrousova. EPA

Elina Svitolina needed three sets to defeat Marketa Vondrousova. EPA

The rise of Andreescu is even more spectacular in light of where she stood past year.

"She is able to do a lot with the ball, she can bring a lot of variations that sometimes push her opponents to lose their rhythm a bit, to make unusual mistakes".

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. "And Svitolina has had an incredible run", said Andreescu, who is 26-3 on the 2019 season.

In the first meeting between the pair, Andreescu blazed out of the gates to snatch ten of the first 14 points and an opening break for 2-0, dictating with her forehand and conjuring up a number of exquisite dropshot winners from that wing as well.

Andreescu will get a shot at another top-10 player in the semifinals, after sixth-ranked Elina Svitolina clawed out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over another red-hot teen -- Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic.

If Andreescu can win that, she'd have an excellent chance of going from being a wild-card entry in Indian Wells to one of the 32 seeds at the Miami Open next week. I take 15 minutes every morning just to get in tune with my body, my mind. I played a little bit tight, a little bit stupid. I just started playing these high-level events a year ago, and I think I'm gaining more and more experience after every match.

Raonic, who is working with new coach Fabrice Santoro for the first time this week, has made it to at least the quarter-finals in his past five Indian Wells appearances.

"I saw that score actually on a changeover in my match". "It all comes down to good days and bad days, and today I had one of my best days". What I can say is that she has a very, very high potential.

Andreescu's coach, Sylvain Bruneau, said her style of play contributed to Muguruza's frustration. "This year all the wins have definitely given me confidence".

Next week, Andreescu, Shapovalov and Raonic will head to the Miami Open, another major tournament.

Raonic will play lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia in a Thursday quarterfinal.

Another Canadian, Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski, will team up with Chinese partner Xu Yifan to play their women's doubles semi-final Thursday. Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., also may have to qualify, unless there are two more withdrawals before qualifying starts early next week.

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