Bianca Andreescu falls in first WTA final, ending remarkable run

Heather Diaz
January 8, 2019

Julia Goerges defeated Bianca Andreescu to retain the ASB Classic title in Auckland - Jan. 06, 2019.

Julia Goerges defended her singles title at the WTA Tour's ASB Classic, ending the incredible run of Canadian qualifier Bianca Andreescu 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in Sunday's final.

"At 5-4 in the second set it was really hard for me to stay in the moment when I was only one game away from winning the tournament", said Andreescu.

"I think this was one of the toughest matches I've ever played and probably the toughest here in Auckland", Goerges said.

Just 24 hours following her remarkable upset of top seed Caroline Wozniacki, 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu has pulled it off again, this time coming from behind to defeat tennis legend Venus Williams 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-3 at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

"It means a lot", reflected Goerges as she clutched the large trophy.

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Goerges, the No.2 seed, needed just 86 minutes to secure her ninth successive win at this tournament, having raced out to a 5-0 lead in the opening set.

The Canadian Andreescu still enjoyed her best week as a pro. She broke twice in her first two return games as the German struggled to cope with her power from the baseline.

Also, defending champion Julia Goerges saved a match point in the third set before beating Eugenie Bouchard 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Goerges took a more aggressive and assertive approach in the second set, grabbing the initiative with an early break.

The Canadian, who was aiming to become the first qualifier to win this event since Marion Maruska in 1997, played like a veteran in her first WTA final.

Goerges sensed the opportunity, and converted her second set point to level the match. World No.152 Andreescu, the fifth millennial to reach a title-match on tour following Olga Danilovic, Dayana Yastremska, Anastasia Potapova, and Amanda Anisimova, will smash her highest-ranking of No.143, set in August 2017 after she reached her first WTA Tour quarterfinal in Washington, by at least 30 places on Monday.

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