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Third win against Bencic in no time.
Angelique Kerber is close to her first tournament win in 2019. In the semifinal of Indian Wells, the 31-year-old prevailed against the Swiss Belinda Bencic with 6: 4, 6: 2. Only 67 minutes "Angie" needed to make the entry into the final perfect, only in sentence one she had a little trouble.
Belinda Bencic is becoming more and more the favorite opponent of Angelique Kerber. Having lost the first three duels, the German could now claim her fourth victory in a row against the 22-year-old - twice at the Hopman Cup in Perth, once on her way to the 2018 Wimbledon victory and now in California.
Kerber increased after a weak start
At the beginning, however, there was little indication that Kerber, who had previously defeated Venus Williams, could make it through. She did not start the match well and was 2-4 down. But then the three-time Grand Slam winner turned up and won four games in a row. In the second set, Bencic's resistance then visibly subsided and Kerber had a comparatively easy game. "I am very happy that I made it to the final here for the first time," she said after her victory.
In the final, the German gets to deal with Bianca Andreescu, whose run continues. In the semifinals, the 18-year-old took the next big hurdle with top-ten player Elina Svitolina, after she had already pointed the limits to Garbiñe Muguruza (6: 0, 6: 1). This time, the young Canadian had to accept a set loss, but showed in 6: 3, 2: 6, 6: 4 in total again an impressive performance.
Bianca Andreescu: So strong is "Angies" final opponent!
Kerber is warned before the final on Sunday in any case. "She has nothing to lose, she enjoys her tennis and is a great player," praised "Angie" the newcomer. For Andreescu, this is the second final against a German player this year. In Auckland, she put a march through and switched calibres like Venus Williams or Caroline Wozniacki before Julia Görges stole the show. Should Kerber be able to orientate on her compatriot's performance, another title would be possible in her 29th WTA final.
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