Cana­dian Bianca An­dreescu falls to Ju­lia Go­erges in ASB Clas­sic fi­nal

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ana­dian teenager Bianca An­dreescu came up one set short in an at­tempt at her first WTA Tour ti­tle.

Ju­lia Go­erges of Ger­many beat the 18year-old An­dreescu 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Sun­day to win the ASB Clas­sic for the sec­ond year in a row.

The match started well for An­dreescu, who took the first set in only 30 min­utes, un­set­tling the sec­ond-seeded Go­erges with the same ag­gres­sive re­turn game and mix of strokes which had de­railed her ear­lier op­po­nents. But the tide changed late in the sec­ond set as Go­erges be­gan to put more first serves in play and gain more depth with her ground strokes, forc­ing the Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., na­tive onto the de­fen­sive.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing, I was one game away from win­ning the match, so I'll prob­a­bly be think­ing about this for the next cou­ple of days,'' said An­dreescu, who earned en­try into the tour­na­ment as a qual­i­fier. “But I can't com­plain. I had an amaz­ing week, I beat a lot of top play­ers. I'm just re­ally proud of my­self.''

Go­erges clinched the sec­ond set in 45 min­utes with a piv­otal break in the 11th game, then took the de­cid­ing third set in only 23 min­utes as An­dreescu tired in her eighth match at the tour­na­ment. She broke An­dreescu in the first, fifth and sev­enth games to clinch her sev­enth WTA Tour sin­gles ti­tle.

“This meant a lot,'' Go­erges said. “I don't know what to say right now be­cause Bianca gave me a hard time to­day. She played some ter­rific ten­nis, dif­fer­ent from a lot of play­ers on the tour and I'm sure we're go­ing to hear a lot more of her.''

An­dreescu, who en­tered No. 152 in world rank­ings and had to go through qual­i­fy­ing just to get in, put to­gether some spec­tac­u­lar up­sets on her way to the fi­nal in the tune-up event for the Aus­tralian Open.

Prior to fall­ing to world No. 14 Go­erges, she knocked out for­mer world No. 1 Caro­line Woz­ni­acki of Den­mark and Amer­i­can Venus Williams, then cruised past 28th-ranked Hsieh Su-wei of Tai­wan in the semi­fi­nals. Woz­ni­acki is cur­rently the world No. 3 and the reign­ing Aus­tralian Open cham­pion.

“It feels re­ally good, I'm not go­ing to lie,'' said An­dreescu. “But I'm just try­ing to stay grounded right now, stay hum­ble, and use it to my ad­van­tage.''

Go­erges ousted Eu­ge­nie Bouchard of West­mount, Que., ear­lier in the week on her way back to the cham­pi­onship match. An­dreescu, mean­while, won seven straight matches in­clud­ing three qual­i­fiers just to face the 30-year-old Ger­man in the fi­nal.

Ear­lier in the day, Bouchard cap­tured her first ca­reer dou­bles ti­tle along­side Amer­i­can part­ner Sofia Kenin.

The duo beat Tay­lor Townsend and Paige Mary Houri­gan 1-6, 6-1, 10-7 in the women's cham­pi­onship match.

The US$250,000 WTA Tour event is a warmup for the first Grand Slam of the sea­son.

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