Bianca Andreescu saved a match point as she produced an astonishing fightback to beat Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round of the Miami Open.
Romanian Begu led 5-1 in the second set after winning the first, but the 18-year-old Canadian Romanian-born Andreescu won five games in a row before bossing a tie-break and going on to secure a stunning 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 victory.
“Well, it’s a new tournament, new atmosphere, new environment, different court. I guess that took a bit of getting used to,” Andreescu said. “Maybe I needed to almost lose to wake up. That’s obviously what happened today. I’m really grateful how I managed.”
“I actually thought I was going to lose my first round, because I started off really, really slow,” Andreescu said. “I was really nervous. I have never played at Indian Wells before on such a big stadium. I played on Stadium 2. I was pretty nervous. But I really didn’t think I was going to win that match.”
“The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory. I have gained a lot of experience from today, but hopefully I don’t have to actually be down match point to win matches,” Andreescu said.
Bianca Andreescu made history by becoming the first wildcard to win the Indian Wells Open on Sunday.