Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Andreescu upsets former No. 1 Wozniacki at ASB Classic

Andreescu upsets former No. 1 Wozniacki at ASB Classic

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu says she "did the impossible" by beating seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams a day after defeating world number three Caroline Wozniacki.

Hsieh, who is looking to claim her fourth WTA Tour title in Auckland, faces 18-year-old world No. 152 Andreescu in today's semi-final after the Canadian rallied to beat Williams, 20 years her senior and a seven-time Grand Slam victor, 6-7 (1/7), 6-1, 6-3. "I've dreamed of playing on this stage against top players and now I'm here", Andreescu said on-court after the match.

"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".

Williams, seeded six in Auckland, broke Davis for the first time in the sixth game of the first set and took control from there.

Including qualifying, Andreescu has now played seven matches to just four for Goerges to reach the final.

Andreescu will meet Hsieh Su-Wei in the semi-finals after the third seed, who has not dropped a set all week, beat Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3 6-2.

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Meanwhile, Germany's Julia Goerges came back from a set down on Friday to beat Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., for a spot in the tournament semifinals.

The win sees the Canadian reach her maiden WTA semi-final following a hard 2018 campaign marred with injury.

"I got really tight at 5-0", Andreescu said.

18-year-old Bianca Andreescu is the first qualifier to reach the Auckland final since Marion Maruska in 1997, and will seek to follow in the Austrian's footsteps that year in also winning her maiden title here.

In the clash of the rising stars, 20-year-old Kuzmova outlasted 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova 6-3 2-6 6-4.

"I guess Auckland brings out the best in me".

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