Speaking on BT Sport, the 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova commented on Bianca Andreescu's Indian Wells final win over Angelique Kerber on Sunday. The American said: "Every time we thought: “this is it – she doesn’t have the game or she doesn’t have the belief, the legs…” she just kept proving us wrong.
It was a coming of age tournament. Bianca really came out of nowhere and she deserved to win. She played amazing tennis. This one is here to stay. I’m looking forward to seeing her develop into an even better tennis player."
Navratilova also compared Andreescu to Andy Murray: "She still has a way to go to play like him but she is definitely on that trajectory. She’s got all the goods – she just believes in herself. What she can improve the most is the forehand, it gets a little off when she gets nervous, physical fitness – that will just happen, she’ll become more match tough.
‘She’s got really great hands, knows when to use what shots. Her tennis IQ, shot selection is really outstanding. Last year [Naomi] Osaka was the big surprise, this year it’s Andreescu. She’ll be in the top-10 by the end of the year if she plays like this, if not better." Andreescu now seems willing to go far in Miami too.