Underdog knocks top seed Caroline Wozniacki out of ASB

07 January, 2019, 08:53 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Bianca Andreescu ASB Classic 2019

Andreescu is competing in just the fourth WTA-level main draw of her career, and first since Québec City 2017.

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.

"I know I have nothing to lose, this is my first WTA 250 [final] so I'm just going to try and enjoy every moment". Despite dropping the first set in a blowout tiebreaker, the Mississauga-native would reset and refocus.

Defending champion Julia Goerges is bidding to become just the third back-to-back ASB Classic victor in tournament history, following Patty Fendick (1988-89) and Eleni Daniilidou (2003-04).

With her opponent increasingly misfiring and her own confidence growing, Andreescu would build a 5-0 lead in the decisive set, only for the seven-time Grand Slam champion to reel the score back in to 5-3.

"I believe that anything is possible and I think I did the impossible (beating Venus)".

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The win over the reigning Australian Open champion sends Andreescu into a match against former world No. 1 Venus Williams, the No. 6 seed, in the quarterfinals on Friday.

But, having saved a match point at 5-4 down with a clutch second serve, it was Goerges who prevailed in the tiebreaker, eventually securing a semifinal berth on her third match point.

The German second seed had only shown patches of herself during the defence of her title, but in the first set against the Slovakian, she reached her peak, playing some incredible tennis.

"I played pretty aggressive, overall it was a pretty good match from my side", Goerges said of her match. I had an incredible week, I beat a lot of top players.

"This meant a lot", Goerges said. "I want to have it in my hands, I want to play my game and that's it".

"Canada has gone from being a minor nation in tennis", says Roth, "Sure, we've always had a few players who were good, to now being a legitimate force in the tennis world".

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