Second seed Julia Goerges has become the first player to win a second consecutive ASB Classic title since 2004 after battling back to defeat qualifier Bianca Andreescu 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.
The world No.14 was pushed to her limits during what was a clash of two worlds. 30-year-old Goerges was playing in her 15th WTA final and third in New Zealand. Meanwhile, teenage qualifier Andreescu, who was playing in only her fourth WTA main draw, was contesting her first final following wins over Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams. Ultimately, it was experience that prevailed as Goerges battled back to wear down her younger opponent.
“It means a lot (this win). I don’t know what to say right now because Bianca gave me a hard time today.” Goerges said in tribute to Andreescu. “She played some terrific tennis, different tennis than a lot of players on the tour and I’m pretty sure that we are going to hear a lot from her in the future.’
“I think I used my experience today and really went for it in the important moments.” She added.
On paper Goerges looked set for a straightforward win, but that wasn’t the case due to Andreescu’s furious hitting. Initially the underdog looked on course for another shock victory after a clinical first set performance that saw her win four consecutive games at the start. In comparison, Goerges leaked a series of costly unforced errors as she failed to hold four service games in a row.
Despite her rocky start, Goerges eventually found her footing at the start of set number two. Upping her intensity, she broke with the help of a winning forehand return down the line. Andreescu admirably battled back to later retrieve that break for 4-4, but came unstuck once again. Serving at 5-5, the Canadian struggled to tame the fierce hitting from her rival as she was moved around the court. Allowing the second seed to break once again before taking the match into a decider.
Gaining in momentum, the German raced through the 26-minute decider against her ailing opponent. Andreescu had heavy tapping on her right thigh and took two medical time outs during the match to have treatment on her back. Closing in on the title, Goerges saw two championship points come and go. It was on the third opportunity where she prevailed after a backhand shot from the teenager crashed into the net. Prompting an emotional Goerges to drop onto the floor before paying tribute to her coaching team.
“Today an important moment was at 5-4 (in the second set) when my coach came and helped my find solutions. I was very thankful for that, he actually woke me up a little bit.” The Auckland champion said.
— WTA (@WTA) January 6, 2019
Andreescu can also draw positives from her week in New Zealand, where she has recorded her first two wins over top 10 players. Becoming the first qualifier to reach the final of the tournament since 1997. She is now set to move up to a career high of 107th when the rankings are updated on Monday.
“It’s amazing, I’ve played my best tennis this week. I love these courts and I love everyone here (in Auckland).” Reflected Andreescu.
The triumph awards Goerges her seventh WTA title. She has become only the third player to have ever won the Auckland title multiple times since it was created in 1986. Following in the footsteps of Patty Fendrick (1988, 1989) and Eleni Daniilidou (2003, 2004).
Amanda Anisimova Enters Winners Circle In Bogota After Edging Out Sharma
Amanda Anisimova edged out Astra Sharma to win her maiden WTA title.
17 year-old Amanda Anisimova won her first ever WTA title after edging past Astra Sharma 4-6 6-4 6-1 in Bogota.
The American, who has been tipped for big things in Tennis, battled back from a set and a break down to win her first WTA title in Bogota.
It means that Anisimova is the youngest American to win a WTA title since Serena Williams in 1999 and is destined for many more titles in the future.
Meanwhile in Lugano another 17 year-old Iga Swiatek just fell short of her first title as she lost to Polona Hercog 6-3 3-6 6-3.
The match saw a nervous start as both players were going for their first title of their career. After the first five break points where converted, Sharma was the first one to hold for a 4-2 lead.
Eventually the American held herself before both women broke each other again in a very messy first set. The Australian held at the end of the set as she secured the opening set.
It was a positive start from Sharma, who was looking to do the double in Bogota after winning the doubles title with Zoe Hives yesterday.
A reassured Sharma took a 3-2 lead, breaking twice, and it was looking increasingly likely that she would be the one to claim her first singles title.
However Anisimova started to gain confidence off her serve and her movement was looking better as the match went on.
A fix on the timing of the return saw the American break twice more as she took the second set 6-4 to force a decider.
The 17 year-old then took charge of the final set as she mixed up her serving and showed a lot of confidence on the backhand side.
After saving a couple of break points, she held for a 3-0 lead as the Australian was missing simple shots as she had no clear decision making.
Eventually Anisimova remained poised and confident to secure her first ever WTA title and to become the youngest WTA winner since Serena Williams in 1999.
It was a mixed day for the juniors after Wimbledon Juniors champion Iga Swiatek fell short of her first WTA title after a 6-3 3-6 6-3 defeat to Polona Hercog.
The Slovenian showed more experience and grit to overcome a confident Swiatek to claim her third career WTA title.
This week’s results means now their have been 18 different winners in 18 different tournaments on the WTA tour, which is an unprecedented feat.
Amanda Anisimova becomes the second US player to reach the final in Bogotà
US 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova fought back from one set down to beat Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 after 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogotà.
Roland Garros Junior finalist Amanda Anisimova has become the second US player to reach the final in Bogotà and the first since Irina Falconi in 2016. She has reached the second final of her career.
Haddad Maia earned the first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead, but Anisimova broke straight back in the next game. Haddad Maia got another break lead for 3-2. Anisimova brought up five break point chance on Haddad’s next three service games, but the Brazilian player held on her service games to clinch the opening set 6-4.
Anisimova earned six break points, but Haddad Maia saved them setting up a tie-break. Anisimova opened up a 2-0 lead, but Haddad Maia pulled back the mini-break to draw level to 2-2. Anisimova reeled off five consecutive points to seal the tie-break 7-2 sending the match to the third set.
Anisimova went up a double break to open up a 4-1 lead. Haddad Maia got one of the two breaks back, but Anisimova broke again for 5-2, when the Brazilian player made a double fault. Anisimova saved five break points before serving out the match after three deuces.
“She is a great player, and I have never played her before. I was expecting a really tough match, because especially on clay she is really good”, said Anisimova.
Anisimova will face Australia’s Astra Sharma, who beat 2012 Bogotà champion and 2017 and 2018 finalist Lara Arruabarrena 7-5 6-1 after 66 minutes reaching the first final of her career.
The first set went on serve in the first eight games with no break point chances. Arruabarrena earned the first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. Sharma got the break back after saving two set points. Arruabarrena held two game points in the 12th game, but Sharma rallied from 15-40 to break serve for 7-5 after a double break from the Spanish player.
Sharma earned two consecutive breaks in the fourth and sixth games to cruise through to winning the second set 6-1.
“The most important thing this week has been keeping my keeping really good mentally. Staying positive, staying positive, not thinking too much or getting too negative on court. I have just been really solid and consistent, point by point”, said Sharma.
Iga Swiatek Becomes New Polish Number One At 17 After Reaching Lugano Final
Iga Swiatek will be the new Polish number one on Monday at 17 after reaching the final in Lugano.
Iga Swiatek has become the new polish number one at the age of 17 after reaching the final at the Samsung Open in Lugano.
The fearless Pole is making a name for herself on the tour after reaching the final in Lugano at the age of 17, her first WTA final of her career.
A simply stunning 6-0 6-1 win over Kristyna Pliskova confirmed her place at this year’s main draw of Roland Garros and made sure she overtakes Magda Linette on Monday to become the new Polish number one.
After the win Swiatek said she was quite surprised herself at her form, “I feel great. I’m quite surprised that I’m in the final,” Swiatek said in her on-court interview.
“Because that was my first tournament that I played [directly] in main draw, but I’m really happy that I made it. I was believing in myself, and I hope tomorrow will be a great match also.”
— WTA (@WTA) April 13, 2019
To put into perspective her achievements this week, Swiatek has become the youngest ever Polish player to reach a WTA final, even younger than Agnieszka Radwanska.
After her rapid rise through juniors including winning the Wimbledon title, I don’t think even Iga could have predicted her transition to the WTA tour would be as successful as it has been.
Her variety mixed with precise footwork and movement is the ultimate combination to be a great player on clay as she is proving right now.
But her Wimbledon Girls title last year also proves that she can adapt to all surfaces at such a young age and be successful.
The Pole will play Polona Hercog for her first WTA title after the Slovenian defeated Fiona Ferro 6-4 7-5 to reach the final.
No matter what happens tomorrow though Swiatek has officially arrived on the WTA tour, already making history, and nobody will want to play her at the French Open next month.
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