An­dreescu makes a large racket

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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.

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