Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu reaches her first WTA final at ASB Classic


Less than 24 hours after knocking off world No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki, 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.

Andreescu said she purposely stayed off social media after the Wozniacki match, though added she might take a peek following the triumph over Williams.

After delivering a forehand, crosscourt victor out of the reach of the top-seeded Wozniacki on match point, an emotional Andreescu bent down and put her hands over her head as she received a huge ovation from the crowd in the aftermath of a two hour 14 minute match.

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A qualifier for this tournament, Andreescu said her goal was "maybe to qualify" and "get a couple of rounds in". "But I can't complain".

Though Williams, 38, is not the player she used to be, beating her is still an awesome accomplishment for Andreescu. I believed in myself to the end.

The world No 28, 33-year-old Hsieh is renowned for her crafty play, with an often expert ability to take the pace off the ball and use the angles of the court. And as a result, it not just went neck in neck for both players but the match also lasted almost two and a half hours before the victor was decided.

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Anisimova, ranked 96th in the world and the youngest player in the top 100, never dropped a game against the Czech veteran and cashed in on all three break points that went her way.

Andreescu, who is now outside the top 150 in the WTA rankings, has only qualified for a Grand Slam once and was dumped out in the round one of the 2017 Wimbledon. But there would be no comeback from Williams, whose famous run to her first Wimbledon crown in 2000 started just three weeks after Andreescu was born. "But I'm still searching for perfection and she really, really, really can hit the ball".

The German world No 14 not only came from a set down, she saved a match point on her way to beating Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard 3-6 6-3 7-6 (6).

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Including qualifying, Andreescu has now played seven matches to just four for Goerges to reach the final. The Canadian-American duo will fight for what would their first doubles title both separately and as a team on Sunday in Auckland.