Larry Ellison bought the BNP Paribas Open in 2009. Here are the changes he brought.
Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu told her coach after being broken in the third set and falling behind 3-2 that she was so tired, she couldn’t move and her feet were burning. But then she added one more thing, “But I want to win so bad.”
Apparently the desire to win is greater than all the body aches in the world.
The 18-year-old Canadian regrouped, and won four of the next five games, including two service breaks, to stun eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and become one of the most unlikely BNP Paribas Open champions.
How unlikely was it? She put it best, and she did so with the exuberance and honesty of an 18-year-old not yet used to winning major titles.
“A year ago, during this period, I had been struggling a lot with my tennis and with my body, too. So it’s crazy what a year can do. I was playing 25Ks in Japan, and now I’m the — can I say the F word? No, I can’t,” she said smiling. “I’m the effing champion of Indian Wells. It’s crazy. Crazy is the word of the tournament for me. Just crazy.”
As Andreescu, who hasn’t technically finished high school…