Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ontario reached her first career WTA Final on Sunday. Andreescu lost to Julia Goerges of Germany 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 after beating Hsieh Su-Wei of Chinese Taipei 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals on Saturday at the ATB Classic in Auckland. New Zealand.
In Andreescu’s semifinal win, Andreescu had four aces compared to Hsieh’s one. Andreescu also broke Hsieh four times while she was only broken once. She also won 73% of her first serve points and 53% of her second serve points.
Goerges becomes the fourth women’s tennis player to win the Auckland Open in back-to-back years. She joins Evonne Goolagong of Australia (1974 and 1975), Patty Fendick of the United States (1988 and 1989), and Eleni Daniilidou of Greece (2003 and 2004). The only other women’s tennis player to win the Auckland Open twice was Pam Whytcross of Australia, who won in 1979 and 1981.
Andreescu becomes the first Canadian man or woman to advance to the final of the ATB Classic in Auckland. With the win, Andreescu moved 45 spots up the world rankings to 107th in the world. However even though Andreescu climbed a significant amount, she still has to qualify for the 2019 Australian Open which begins Sunday. Andreescu is currently seeded fourth in qualification behind Vera Zvonareva of Russia, Mandy Minella of the Netherlands and Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland.
Zvonareva has reached two grand slam finals and two Australian Open semifinals. In Wimbledon of 2010, Zvonareva lost the final to Serena Williams of the United States 6-3, 6-2. Then in the 2010 United States Open final, Zvonareva lost to Kim Clijsters of Belgium 6-2, 6-1.