Goerges beats Andreescu to win ASB Classic

Lynette Rowe
January 8, 2019

Andreescu's win over Hsieh in a semifinal Saturday was her most dominant performance of the week.

The 18-year-old Andreescu, who is ranked 152nd in the world and had to go through qualifying to make the tournament, defeated top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

"It feels really good, I'm not going to lie", Andreescu said. "I'm just really proud of myself". "But I'm just trying to stay grounded right now, stay humble, and use it to my advantage".

Bianca Andreescu, now number 107 in the WTA singles ranking, was born in Canada and is of Romanian descent. Wozniacki is now the world No. 3 and the reigning Australian Open champion.

She was overcome with emotion, almost in tears, and with good reason. "I was trying not to focus on the end of the match but obviously in my head I was like "Oh my God, I'm one game away from winning" - so I think that kind of shifted things. I think that is one of the best moments so far". She then moved back to Canada, where she continued her training, and now represents Canada in the tennis tournaments she's playing.

Indeed, even as the favourite belatedly found her feet with a pair of breaks, there was no let-up in Andreescu's attack and she rounded out the opener, in which Goerges failed to hold serve, with consummate ease.

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The German was broken in her first two service games, unable to cope with the power and precision of the Canadian.

"That was something she worked on a lot in the off-season, to bring that diversity to another level".

Also, defending champion Julia Goerges saved a match point in the third set before beating Eugenie Bouchard 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

"There's a book on Bianca now. She played some terrific tennis, different from a lot of players on the tour and I'm sure we're going to hear a lot more of her".

The win sees the Canadian reach her maiden WTA semi-final following a hard 2018 campaign marred with injury.

She started the competition in Auckland as a qualifier and in her opening round, she edged past Timea Babos.

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