Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu reaches her first WTA final at ASB Classic

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu reaches her first WTA final at ASB Classic

Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu made two key decisions a year ago that have helped her kick off the 2019 campaign in style.

In contrast, second-seed Goerges who beat Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova 6-1, 7-6 (8/6) in her semi-final has not faced one seeded player all week.

Defending champion Julia Goerges is bidding to become just the third back-to-back ASB Classic victor in tournament history, following Patty Fendick (1988-89) and Eleni Daniilidou (2003-04).

The Canadian teenager knocked off Venus Williams at the ASB Classic in Auckland on Friday, 24 hours after beating Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, both former World No.1s. Andreescu also moved her off-season training location from Boca Raton to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., which allowed her to practise against tougher opponents. "I don't know what to say right now because Bianca gave me a hard time today". "She has unbelievable power, this is a very very strong, powerful young woman, but she has a finesse game as well".

A qualifier for this tournament, Andreescu said her goal was "maybe to qualify" and "get a couple of rounds in". She's ranked 14th in the world.

After winning the first five games in the decisive third set, Andreescu let Williams back in the match.

Bianca Andreescu run in Auckland

"I guess Auckland just brings the best out of me", said Andreescu, who needed only 81 minutes to beat Su-Wei.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., is also in the doubles draw with American Sofia Kenin.

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

"This week I've been playing a lot of different types of game styles".

Andreescu has now played seven matches to just four for Goerges to reach the final.

Andreescu, who lived in Canada and Romania as a youngster, won her first title on the lower-level Challenger series in 2016 in her first year as a pro. "But you can't do anything about it, you just have to accept it and stay positive about it".

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