Goerges and surprising Andreescu to meet in ASB final | AP sports

Goerges and surprising Andreescu to meet in ASB final | AP sports

"I don't know what's going on really".

Earlier, defending champion Julia Goerges, who is to play Viktoria Kuzmova in the other semi-final, fought back from match point to overpower Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in a three-set cliffhanger 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).

Though Williams, 38, is not the player she used to be, beating her is still an fantastic accomplishment for Andreescu.

With a shot out of bounds by her opponent Venus Williams, Andreescu managed her second upset in as many days, beating Williams 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 in a quarterfinal on Friday at the ASB Classic in New Zealand.

Andreescu got off to a stunning start, winning five games in a row to go up 5-1 in the opening set. Honestly, I've worked really hard for this moment.

Standing in the way of Goerges and a second straight Auckland crown is giant-killer Andreescu.

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"This week I've been playing a lot of different types of game styles", said Andreescu. "The more matches you play, the more book is written about your type of game", said Downey. At 5-3, I'm like "OK screw this".

Andreescu said she purposely stayed off social media after the Wozniacki match, though added she might take a peek following the triumph over Williams.

She followed that up with a 6-3, 6-3 semifinal victory over Hsieh Su-Wei, who is now ranked 28th in the world. An injury-marred 2018 saw the young Canadian consolidate her Top 200 position with a 43-18 win-loss record in ITF tournaments and WTA qualifying, but she fell in the final round of qualifying at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon - the closest she came to a WTA-level main draw past year. With one last point of dogged defence, the 18-year-old would claimed victory after two hours, 24 minutes.

The US$250,000 WTA Tour event is a warmup for the first Grand Slam of the season.

Andreescu, who is now outside the top 150 in the WTA rankings, has only qualified for a Grand Slam once and was dumped out in the round one of the 2017 Wimbledon.

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