Andreescu upsets former No. 1 Wozniacki at ASB Classic

Caroline Wozniacki

Germany's Julia Goerges against Viktoria Kuzmova from Slovakia during the semifinals of the ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Jan 5, 2019.

The tournament qualifier amazed even herself with the come-from-behind victory, a day after she eliminated top seed and world number three Caroline Wozniacki. "I'm just really proud of myself". "I knew she was a very tricky player".

"I feel like right now I'm really confident in myself, and I feel like the off-season training that I've been doing is really paying off".

Andreescu will next face another former No. 1, Venus Williams. Wozniacki, meanwhile, is the world No. 3 and the reigning Australian Open champion.

But Andreescu's relative inexperience certainly didn't show as she used her power game but also showed her own ability to use deft touches to outsmart her opponent.

"It's the biggest part I've learned in the last two or three years when I got up the rankings", Goerges said. But I think I prepared very well before this match.

Healthy and ready to make up for lost time, Andreescu's win over Williams is her fifth win in a row in Auckland and just the second time she's lost a set all week.

The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., downed the legendary Venus Williams 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-3 in a quarterfinal on Friday at the ASB Classic.

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).

She broke the world No 14, and lifted her level to take the match to a tiebreak.

"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". An injury-marred 2018 saw the young Canadian consolidate her Top 200 position with a 43-18 win-loss record in ITF tournaments and WTA qualifying, but she fell in the final round of qualifying at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon - the closest she came to a WTA-level main draw past year.

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