Goerges beats Andreescu to win ASB Classic - 1/6/2019 3:59:59 AM

Julia Goerges plays a forehand during the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland

Julia Goerges plays a forehand during the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland

The German came back to beat Bianca Andreescu 2-6 7-5 6-2 and became the third player ever to win back-to-back Auckland titles, after Patty Fendick (1988-89) and Eleni Daniilidou (2003-04).

It was a fitting finale as Andreescu, the 18-year-old Canadian qualifier who had set the tournament alight this week, took the opening set and did all she could to pull off one more upset.

Andreescu wasted no time in seizing the initiative, the Canadian breaking twice early on for a 4-0 lead in the first that had Goerges reeling.

Although the final set was all Goerges the German said Andreescu deserved praise for the way she had played in only her fourth WTA tournament.

In an extremely one-sided contest, she went 4-0 up and converted the first set point with a ripping forehand victor. "But I can't complain". "I don't know what's going on really".

While it appeared that the World No. 152 will take the second set into a tie-break, Goerges got a break point at a crucial stage in the game.

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On Sunday she will play Goerges for a WTA Tour title after beating No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and Hsieh on her way to the final.

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. "Bianca's going to be in tough tonight with Goerges, but I think she's going in there with not much to lose". Wozniacki is now the world No. 3 and the reigning Australian Open champion.

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

"I used my experience today and really went for it in the important moments".

However after knocking out Wozniacki, repeating the dose against Williams became more hard when the 38-year-old American took out their first set tiebreak. The Canadian-American duo will fight for what would their first doubles title both separately and as a team on Sunday in Auckland.

Reigning champion Goerges stormed into the decider with a 6-1 7-6 (8-6) victory over Viktoria Kuzmova on Saturday.

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