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

Bianca Andreescu waves

Bianca Andreescu waves

Canada's standing in world tennis took another giant leap forward today thanks to an 18-year-old from Mississauga.

Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu stunned Venus Williams in the WTA Auckland Classic quarter-finals to continue her giant-killing run on Friday, while defending champion Julia Goerges survived a match-point scare.

She had a solid summer in 2017, qualifying for her first and only Grand Slam women's draw to date (Wimbledon) and reaching the quarterfinals of the Citi Open in Washington with an upset of then-No.13 Kristina Mladenovic.

Incredible stuff in Auckland as Bianca Andreescu wins her 7th consecutive match to reach the final after running from the qualifications.

"I believe anything is possible", said Andreescu, after her win, "and tonight I did the impossible. I don't know what's going on really", she said after defeating Hsieh. "It's such an unbelievable feeling".

World No. 143 Andreescu saved 10 of the 12 break points she faced in a resolute display, managing to break through herself twice in each set on the Wozniacki serve to secure a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

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My goal was only to qualify and maybe get a couple of rounds in, but now I've beaten a couple of top players. But I'm honestly really excited just being here. She is guaranteed to smash that career high by at least 30 places on Monday, and will break the Top 100 with a title.

"I guess Auckland just brings the best out of me, " Andreescu said.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., did post a doubles semifinal win Friday with American Sofia Kenin.

The US$250,000 WTA Tour event is a warmup for the first Grand Slam of the season.

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.

"She's very athletic and she moves well around the court", Branstine said from Orange County, Calif. "I thought... I'm one game away from winning this".

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