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The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., dug deep to upset No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in a thrilling semifinal on Friday night.

In the late semifinal, No. 8 Angelique Kerber beat No. 23 Belinda Bencic in straight sets.

A host of seeds have been brushed aside by Andreescu over the past two weeks and Angelique Kerber will be keen not to be added to that list on Sunday.

"I really need a moment to soak this all in, " Andreescu said in an on-court interview. "It's been a dream come true playing in front of awesome crowds like you guys".

Andreescu, a wild-card entry at Indian Wells, beat a top 50 player for the ninth time this year.

The 22-year-old Swiss was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round and improved to an impressive 18-3 this year, including 12 wins on the spin.

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Heading into the year, the Canadian teenager was ranked 152 in the world but after booking her place in the final in California, Andreescu is on her way up. Either total is well above her current career earnings of $350,909.

After two wins in Canada's 4-0 Fed Cup win over Netherlands she reached the last four in Acapulco, losing to another rising star in Sofia Kenin. In the victory, Bencic won 78 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Kerber has won seven of her last nine matches on outdoor hard court.

Andreescu had 36 winners to Svitolina's 14. As long as Bencic continues attacking her opponents serve and limit her unforced errors, she's going to be a nightmare to deal with in this current form. Andreescu in particular seemed to be running out of steam - and it showed as she dropped her serve in the third set's sixth game. "I'm definitely playing how I feel it, and it's going well so I'm not planning on changing that".

Elina kicked off the match in the best possible way, breaking Bianca twice to open a 3-0 lead before the youngster found her range, rattling off four straight games to move 4-3 up with a backhand crosscourt victor in the seventh game.

The Canadian recorded another break to open the second set, but Svitolina bounced back in the next game with her own break and then won three more games in a row to take charge.

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