Andreescu marches to victory behind strong final set at Indian Wells

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Andreescu marches to victory behind strong final set at Indian Wells
Bianca Andreescu, shown in this file photo at the U.S. Open, defeated American Alison Riske 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-2 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday in Indian Wells, Cali. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images - image credit)
Bianca Andreescu, shown in this file photo at the U.S. Open, defeated American Alison Riske 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-2 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday in Indian Wells, Cali. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images - image credit)

Bianca Andreescu dominated when needed to advance to the third round at Indian Wells.

The Mississauga, Ont., native defeated American Alison Riske 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-2 in second round action of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night in Indian Wells, Cali.

Riske, 31, made it difficult for the reigning champion, who made just 5/17 break points on the match.

Despite that, Andreescu turned it up a notch in the deciding set, winning four straight games by the time Riske took her first one of the set.

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From that point on, the Canadian was able to go into cruise control as she easily closed out the victory.

In doubles action, Laval, Que., native Leylah Fernandez and American teammate Coco Gauff won 6-3, 6-2 over Demi Schuurs and Nicole Melichar-Martinez

Pospisil retires following injury, Shapovalov advances

A matchup between two Canadians came to a premature end at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Cali., Saturday.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., advanced to the third round after Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil retired with an injury early in the first set.

Pospisil was trailing 2-0 when he appeared to hurt his lower back on a serve and took a medical time out.

He returned to the court after spending several minutes with a trainer but struggled with his serve and had seven double faults before bowing out with Shapovalov up 3-0.

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Shapovalov, the No. 9 seed, jumped out to an early lead, breaking Pospisil in the very first game.

The 22-year-old will face either Italy's Salvatore Caruso or No. 19 seed Aslan Karatsev of Russia in the round of 32.

Pospisil, 31, edged American J.J. Wolf 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in a first-round match Thursday, but lost his cool in the second set and repeatedly smashed his racked on the court.

Fernandez, seeded 23rd in the tournament, is set to take on No. 9 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in the round of 32.

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