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Auckland | Andreescu, the new rising star

Auckland | Andreescu, the new rising star

It seems a new star is fast rising in the form of Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian who has become the giant-killer of Auckland after qualifying for the ASB Classic being held in the second largest city in New Zealand.

I've pictured myself beating top players like this and really it's just a dream come true, I know I have the level. Bianca Andreescu

Ranked 152 she opened her campaign this week with a straight set win over Hungary’s Timea Barbos and then surprised everyone by taking out the top seed and world No.3 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-4 only to follow up that win with another excellent result, this time recovering from a first set loss to upset the experienced Venus Williams 6-7(1) 6-1 6-3.

Her progress continued for on the third day she made the final with a solid 6-3 6-3 performance over Su Wei Hsieh, the third seed.

After defeating Wozniacki the teenager said it was “a dream come true” playing against top players on a stadium like this, in front of a huge crowd”.

She also admitted to being surprised at beating top class players so early in her career. “I’ve pictured myself beating top players like this and really it’s just a dream come true,” while confidently adding: “I know I have the level.”

Following advice form Simona Halep, Andreescu turned professional early to start learning her trade against much stronger opposition and she has proved to be a fast learner.

“In juniors, you can [afford to] slide off a couple of points here and there. Everyone knows how to play tennis but it’s the mind that really controls everything,” she told CBC Sports.

In 2017 she reached her career-high ranking of 143, but as set her goal for a place in the top 50.

Andreescu faces the defending champion Julia Goerges for the title, the German having beaten Viktoria Kuzmova 6-1 7-6(6) having progressed through the bottom half with relative ease. Her only major problem was caused by Eugenie Bouchard in their quarter-final clash, who came near to dismissing the German only to fall in the deciding set tie-break 3-6 6-3 7-6(6)






About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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