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Muguruza vs Andreescu WTA Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Muguruza faces on-fire teenager for semi-final spot

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 13 Mar 2019
  • Garbine Muguruza vs Bianca Andreescu is live from Indian Wells at 1.00pm local time on Wednesday (8.00pm GMT)
  • It will be the first career meeting between the pair
Garbine Muguruza (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza looks to continue her resurgent form at Indian Wells when she takes on teenage sensation Bianca Andreescu in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

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An extremely intriguing encounter awaits in the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals at Indian Wells on Thursday when former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza squares off against rising star Bianca Andreescu.

Muguruza came into this tournament on the back of an extremely disappointing last 12 months, a period that has seen her drop from No. 2 in the world to No. 20, but the Spaniard is showing signs of recapturing her best tennis so far this week in the Californian desert. Muguruza opened with a clean and clinical straight sets dispatch of Lauren Davis in her opening match and then played some excellent tennis as she took the opening set against Serena Williams before the American was forced to retire with a viral illness. While it wasn’t the way Muguruza would have wanted to win, she would have taken immense confidence from her level during that first set - and it showed on Tuesday as she secured her first win over a top 10 player in a completed match in 13 months, beating Kiki Bertens in a tough three-setter, coming back from a set down to prevail 5-7 6-1 6-3.

“I think it was a very tough match,” Muguruza told reporters after the win. “I think we both played well. Every rally was very intense, was very long. Basically until the end of the match, any of us could win.
“And I'm happy about the level I played, and also how I managed the intensity of the game and not let drop, basically, nothing during the whole match.”

A big tournament here in Indian Wells is much-needed for Muguruza, who as mentioned earlier, has really struggled over the last year. Apart from winning a WTA title in Monterrey, finishing runner-up in Dubai and making the French Open semi-finals, there wasn’t much for Muguruza to cheer about in 2018 as she lost in the second rounds of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, dropped out of the top 15 and failed to make a final after April.

It was an unexpected slump for the player who put together extraordinary runs to win the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon titles, and Muguruza hasn’t really gotten out of it despite her promising form in Indian Wells, withdrawing from Brisbane, losing in the second round of Sydney, falling in the fourth round of the Australian Open, going down in the quarter-finals of Hua Hin and exiting in the third round of Dubai so far in 2019. One of those defeats (in Hua Hin) came against 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska - can Muguruza avoid another defeat to an 18-year-old rising star on Wednesday in Indian Wells?

Bianca Andreescu (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Bianca Andreescu has been one of the most-talked about players on tour to launch 2019, and for good reason. The Canadian teenager has put together a remarkable start to the season, registering a 23-3 record in all competitions, including making her first WTA final in Auckland, winning the Newport Beach $125k tournament, making the semi-finals in Acapulco, winning both her Fed Cup matches for Canada, qualifying for the Australian Open and making the second round (with no rest from her Auckland run) and now becoming the youngest Indian Wells quarter-finalist since Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in 2009, starting her campaign with a come-from-behind win over Irina-Camelia Begu before storming past Dominika Cibulkova, Stefanie Voegele and Qiang Wang without dropping a set. No matter what happens against Muguruza, Andreescu is ensured to make her top 50 debut in the next WTA rankings after starting the season outside the top 150. That’s a rankings jump of over 100 places in just over two months!


"Amazing is an understatement right now," Andreescu said after her 7-5 6-2 win over Wang in the fourth round. "I don't think it's going to be all butterflies and rainbows every day, but it has been so far, and just gonna take it one day at a time. Hopefully I can do a lot of great things this season.
"I think confidence is almost everything for a player. If you trust your shots, if you trust your game, good things always happen. I think that's what's happening with me right now."

Andreescu has always been a bright talent - she qualified and made her first WTA quarter-final as a 16-year-old in Washington D.C. two years ago, but injuries have played a part in stunting her progress - which seems ridiculous to write considering she’s about to enter the top 50 at 18 years of age. Despite her injuries, Andreescu won two ITF titles last year and made two further finals, but nothing could have prepared her (and everyone) for her amazing start to 2019.

Can the Canadian go even further in Indian Wells? I think she’s an excellent chance. Muguruza should start favourite, but I’m not entirely convinced she’s back to her best. Winning a set off Serena is impressive, but who knows how that match would have turned out if the American was fit, and while Bertens is a genuine top 10 player and much improved on hardcourt, I don’t count it as an overly big win for the Spaniard. Andreescu has weapons and the confidence to take the match to Muguruza, while all of the pressure is on the former No. 1 to continue her resurgence. I’m certainly not ruling out the teenager for another upset in the desert.


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Muguruza vs Andreescu WTA Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Muguruza faces on-fire teenager for semi-final spot

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