Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu prepares for first WTA final

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu prepares for first WTA final

Williams, 38, edged the first set with a timely break at 5-4 and broke again early in the second before serving up a masterclass with the loss of just five more points on serve on her way to victory.

Now she will compete in her first WTA semi-final on Saturday.

A day after knocking out world No 3 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 18-year-old Andreescu put on another stunning display to oust 2015 Auckland champion Williams.

"I think it's really important to me to just stay in the present moment and I think I've been doing that this whole week and I'm beyond grateful right now". Despite dropping the first set in a blowout tiebreaker, the Mississauga-native would reset and refocus.

The German world No 14 not only came from a set down, she saved a match point on her way to beating Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard 3-6 6-3 7-6 (6). Goerges, who had suffered from lack of rhythm in that opening set, turned things around in the second and converted one of the four break-points she managed to create.

"I think anything is possible, and I think tonight I did the impossible", she said on the court following her win over Williams. "My goal was only to qualify and maybe get a couple of rounds in but now I beat a couple of top players so who knows?"




There was little between the two players in the final set, where the quality of tennis was high considering the hard conditions.

After going up 5-0 in the third and final set, Andreescu let Williams back in the match.

"I tried to do that in the second as well, but I was too passive for my ways".

"For her to make wins like that at such a young age, that's impressive", says Tylek, who is the same age as Andreescu and grew up playing tennis with her.

"Everybody deserves their spot in the final, so she has played some terrific tennis", Goerges said.

"I will do my best in the season to get to the finals here", Sabalenka said. "I want to have it in my hands, I want to play my game and that's it".

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