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Teenager Andreescu stuns Kerber to win Indian Wells title

Monday, 2019-03-18 07:23:48
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Bianca Andreescu with the championship trophy after defeating Angelique Kerber (not pictured) in the final match of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Indian Wells, CA, USA, Mar 17, 2019. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)
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Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu stunned three-times Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber 6-4 3-6 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open and capture her first career title in Indian Wells on Sunday.

Andreescu used creative and aggressive shot-making to defeat the German despite suffering with a troublesome right shoulder and leg cramps on a hot and sunny day in the Southern California desert.

* Rory McIlroy celebrated St Patrick's Day in style by becoming the first player from Northern Ireland to win the Players Championship, emerging as the last man standing to beat Jim Furyk by one stroke in Ponte Vedra, Florida on Sunday. McIlroy finished at 16-under 272 to edge American Furyk, who with a gimme birdie at the final hole threatened to become the event's oldest winner at the age of 48.

* Women's football continues to break records in Spain thanks to the 60,739 fans watched the Liga Iberdrola match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona's women's teams in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Sunday. The game between the top-two sides in the league table saw the highest ever attendance for a women's game in Europe, beating the 48,121 who watched a Copa de la Reina match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Atletico Madrid in San Mames a few weeks ago.

* Angel Di Maria undoubtedly became man of the match in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-1 win over 10-man Marseille in Le Classique at the Parc des Princes to extend their advantage atop Ligue 1 standings on Sunday. The Argentinian winger was directly involved in all of PSG's goals, scoring two and dishing out one assist. Kylian Mbappe also improved his tally of league goals to 26.

* Mercedes team Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas won his first champion in the Australian Grand Prix held in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon. The 28-year-old Fin beat his teammate and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton by 20.886 seconds. It was the fourth time in as many years that Hamilton has taken pole position in Australia only to finish second.

* Inter Milan moved above city rivals AC Milan into third place in Serie A with an exhilarating 3-2 derby victory at San Siro that ended a five-match winning run for Gennaro Gattuso's hosts. Matias Vecino’s goal gave the Nerazzurri a deserved halftime lead before Stefan De Vrij and Lautaro Martinez, with a penalty, struck after the break, while goals from Milan's Tiemoue Bakayoko and Mateo Musacchio kept the Rossoneri in the game.

* Tottenham Hotspur's first Premier League match in their new 62,000-seater stadium will be against Crystal Palace on Apr 3, the London club confirmed on Sunday. The new ground will then host its first European game when Manchester City visit London six days later in the Champions League.

* Second-placed Napoli survived a spirited Udinese fightback to record a 4-2 Serie A win on Sunday but there were concerns over a head injury to keeper David Ospina at the Stadio San Paolo. The Colombian, who arrived on a season-long loan from Arsenal in the close season, collided with Udinese's Ignacio Pussetto early in the game and collapsed later in the first half before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital.

* Goals from forward Richarlison and midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson helped Everton beat Chelsea 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday, denting the London side's hopes of finishing in the top four. Defeat for sixth-placed Chelsea left them with 57 points from 30 matches, a point behind Manchester United above them and three points behind Arsenal in fourth.

* Brighton and Hove Albion reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, beating Championship side Millwall 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday, after clawing their way back into the game to draw 2-2 from two goals down with only two minutes remaining.

* Valencia missed a huge opportunity in their bid for a top-four finish in La Liga as they were held to a 0-0 home draw by Getafe on Sunday to stay six points adrift of the Madrid side in the hunt for the final Champions League spot. Getafe, who are fourth on 46 points with 10 games remaining, hold a two-point lead over fifth-placed Alaves and a three-point advantage over Sevilla in sixth, with Valencia seventh on 40.

* Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez netted a hat-trick to help them return to the top of the Bundesliga on goal difference with a 6-0 thrashing of Mainz at the Allianz Arena on Sunday. Goals from Robert Lewandowski, Rodriguez and Kingsley Coman gave the hosts a commanding lead in the first half, before the Colombian added another two goals after the break and substitute Alphonso Davies scored his first for the German champions.

* Juventus fell to their first Serie A defeat of the season on Sunday as Genoa ran out 2-0 winners days after the Turin club's Champions League heroics against Atletico Madrid. Stefano Sturaro, who joined Genoa on loan from Juventus in January before the deal was made permanent, put the home side in front in the second half before fellow substitute Goran Pandev secured the shock result with 10 minutes remaining.

Reuters, Xinhua