Andreescu makes a large racket
There was little time for Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu to reflect on her giant-killing run to the final of the ASB Classic.
After falling to Julia Goerges on Sunday in her eighth match in nine days, Andreescu left Auckland, New Zealand for Melbourne on Monday to prepare for the Australian Open’s qualifying draw.
“Right now it’s not easy to have to turn around and play qualies,” said Louis Borfiga, Tennis Canada’s vice- president of high performance and athlete development. “But that’s part of the experience to become a champion.”
Andreescu should be brimming with confidence after stunning former world No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Venus Williams of the United States.
She also won three qualifying matches and dispatched Taiwan’s Su-wei Hsieh and Timea Babos of Hungary in the main draw. In the final, Andreescu pushed the 14thranked German to a decisive third set. The 18- year- old from Mississauga, Ont., rocketed 45 positions to a careerhigh No. 107 in the latest world rankings.
“I think it was an incredible performance by Bianca,” Borfiga said from Montreal. “I was surprised because she won ( some) matches quite easily. She beat Babos in two sets, she beat Wozniacki in two sets. Against Williams, after losing the first set, she went 6-1, 5-0, and she won the semifinal in two sets.
“That means that she has been good and her level has been very high. It’s a good sign for the rest of the year.”
It was Andreescu’s first career WTA final and fourth appearance in a main draw on the Tour.
Bianca Andreescu rocketed 45 positions to a career-high No. 107 in the rankings.