Andreescu has shown a knack for competing against top players having beaten Caroline Wozniacki in Auckland earlier this year.
If Friday night was a test, the Canadian teen passed with flying forehands.
Against Svitolina, Andreescu was almost flawless in all the crunch moments. Andreescu played aggressively at times, dictating the point and ripping Svitolina from sideline to sideline, and at other times was crafty and unpredictable. She won the prestigious Les Petites As world junior tournament at age 13 in 2014, over Claire Liu. "It's just hitting heavy to her backhand with more spin". And she's only 18.
"It's insane, what a year can do", she said. "It's obviously throwing off a lot of players". "I've watched them play so many times on TV so it's so incredible to play against them and win".
It's another giant step in a breakout season for Andreescu, who finished 2018 ranked 178th in the world. With 16 main draw WTA wins, she leads for most wins on the tour. I just want to enjoy this moment because I don't want to take anything for granted. For me, the sky's the limit.
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Andreescu hopes that belief will next lift her past three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber, another player she has yet to face in her career.
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We've got to think about the longevity as well, who's going to fit in personality-wise. "I think we felt too comfortable in possession.
Andreescu's run to the final included rallying from 3-1 down in the third set to beat Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round and a 6-0, 6-1 rout of former world number one Garbine Muguruza of Spain, with a three-set win over sixth-ranked Elina Svitolina putting her into the title match.
Nerves appeared to get to Andreescu near the end, when Kerber saved three match points behind some stout defence. She powered through the left-handed German's typically excellent defense with punishing groundstrokes, powerful serving and brilliantly executed drop shots. "That's pretty fantastic what she did".
"When Bianca said that, I knew there was a door for me to try to ignite something in her because I know that she's a tremendous fighter", he told The Canadian Press from Irvine, Calif.
"Very rare to see Venus play such a tactical match today", Serena Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, tweeted after the match.
Kerber overcame a 4-2 deficit in the opening set to reach her first career final in Indian Wells. "She is one who is really trying to take the match into her hands". "I was playing 25Ks in Japan, and now I'm the-can I say the F word?"
Andreescu: It's definitely easier on the body and the mental aspect of things, that I won't have to play qualifying. It was lost on no one in attendance at Indian Wells that this could be the final time Williams, one of the all-time greats, plays in the Coachella Valley.