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WTA Auckland: Julia Goerges beats Bianca Andreescu to make history

08 January 2019

Germany's Julia Goerges with the trophy after winning the singles final of the ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu continued her fairy-tale run through the WTA Classic Saturday, stunning third seed Hsieh Su-Wei to set up a final against defending champion Julia Gorges.

The German had to serve to remain in the match when she was 4-5 down, but eventually, that was the beginning of her triumph as she won 9 of the following 10 games before winning the match 2-6 7-5 6-1 after 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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.

The gallant Andreescu saved two match points at 1-5 down, but on the third Goerges clinched her seventh career WTA title. Goerges was in near ideal form as she raced through the first set in under 30 minutes with a power game that forced Kuzmova well behind the baseline.

"This meant a lot", Goerges said.

But the wily Goerges, 30, was not finished, and the momentum began to shift when she broke the Canadian at the start of the second set.

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".

She was overcome with emotion, almost in tears, and with good reason. "My goal was only to qualify and maybe get a couple of rounds in but now I beat a couple of top players so who knows?"

Goerges broke Andreescu in the very first game and proceeded to hit her stride on serve.

"I believe that anything is possible and tonight I think I did the impossible", Andreescu said.

"I think it's really important to me to just stay in the present moment and I think I've been doing that this whole week and I'm beyond grateful right now".

She dictated terms with powerful groundstrokes as Andreescu, in her eighth match in nine days, ran out of gas.

Goerges sensed the opportunity, and converted her second set point to level the match.

WTA Auckland: Julia Goerges beats Bianca Andreescu to make history