So close for Bianca An­dreescu!

Cana­dian loses in ten­nis fi­nal to Ju­lia Go­erges, as Bouchard wins dou­bles ti­tle

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AUCK­LAND, NEW ZEA­LAND— Cana­dian teenager Bianca An­dreescu came up one set short in an at­tempt at her first WTA Tour ti­tle.

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

Ear­lier in the day, Canada’s Eu­ge­nie Bouchard cap­tured her first ca­reer dou­bles ti­tle along­side Amer­i­can part­ner Sofia Kenin. Bouchard had lost to Go­erges ear­lier in the week.

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, 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.

An­dreescu knocked out for­mer world No. 1 Caro­line Woz­ni­acki of Den­mark and Amer­i­can Venus Wil­liams.

CHRIS SYMES THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bianca An­dreescu, 18, of Mis­sis­sauga, lost to Ger­many's Ju­lia Go­erges dur­ing the sin­gles fi­nal of the ASB Clas­sic ten­nis tour­na­ment Sun­day.

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