So close for Bianca Andreescu!
Canadian loses in tennis final to Julia Goerges, as Bouchard wins doubles title
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.
Bianca Andreescu, 18, of Mississauga, lost to Germany's Julia Goerges during the singles final of the ASB Classic tennis tournament Sunday.