On Sunday, Andreescu won the prestigious Indian Wells tournament in California, a tournament she entered as a wildcard, defeating three-time Grand Slam winner and former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber of Germany in three tough, gritty sets.
By the end, Andreescu was spent emotionally and physically–completely drained–but somehow kept finding ways not to capitulate.
She hung in to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Andreescu had that kind of 10 days, spending most of them defeating higher-ranked players, including two-time Grand Slam winner Gabrine Muguruza of Spain and world No. 6 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.
Since the turn of the year, Andreescu’s record is 28-3.
At the turn of the year, the 18-year-old from the Toronto suburb of Mississigua was ranked No. 152 in the world.
On Monday, here WTA ranking was No. 24.
How far, one wonders, can this go?
The side of the tennis highway in strewn with the souls of ex-18-year-old phenoms who–for a whole host of reasons–failed to make it to the top.
Last Friday before Andreescu’s semi-final match against Svitolina, I spoke to Stephanie Myles, the editor-in-chief of tennis.life who covered Indian Wells for Canadian Press.
We talked about Andreescu the player and Andreescu the person.Listen