Bianca Andreescu has surprised the world of tennis for a second time in as many days with Venus Williams in three sets 6-7 (1), 6-1 and 6-3 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Classic ASB Auckland, New Zealand.
Less than 24 hours after having eliminated the favorite in the tournament and 3rd player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki, the Ontario 18-year-old has continued his good run by winning the general surprise in the face of the american legend who was ranked the 6th top of the range.
After having given a break from the first game of the second round, Andreescu has won 11 games in a row to take control of the match until the final point.
“I believe that everything is possible and I think I managed the impossible, has commented Saying after his victory. My goal was just to qualify and may have to play two games. But now that I’ve beaten two of the best players, who knows ? I have confidence in me. “
The young Canadian, who occupies 152nd rank in the world rankings of the WTA tour, has had to overcome the skills to access the main table of the tournament. It could also become the first player after being qualified to reach the final of Auckland from Marion Maruska in 1997 in the event of a victory in the semi-final against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh.
But already his two victories against champions in Grand Slam does not fall under nothing less than an achievement, considers the vice-president of Tennis Canada and director of the Rogers Cup, Eugène Lapierre.
“This doesn’t surprise us because we know his potential, but at the same time, it is surprising that it succeeds in beating two former top 1 world. Wozniacki has had minor health problems and she tries to return to the top of his form, but it is a playful experience. And Venus is playing her best tennis since a few years, so yes, these are two big victories “, he noted.
A veteran of the Granby Challenger
After all, the Saying is only in its fourth presence in a main draw of a tournament of the WTA tour and not later than last July, she took part in the Granby Challenger for a third consecutive year.
“Last year was a little bit of a year-breaking the heart for Bianca. It was the year of its 18 years, one would have wished that it hatched, but it didn’t happen. She has had injuries, particularly to the back. When she was in Granby, she had reached the semi-finals, but she had not been able to play because of a sore back, ” said Mr. Lapierre.
The vice-president of Tennis Canada, Eugène Lapierre
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Injured, the player from Mississauga, indeed, had said package in the “carré d’as” in Granby, opening the door to Israeli Julia Glushko, who had taken advantage of it to win then the final. Ranked 182nd in the world at the beginning of 2018, she only gained 30 ranks in the global level during the twelve months that followed.
“Bianca has struggled a little bit last year, but I knew that it could erupt at any time for it with the power of his blows. But the speed of his movements, it is this that is the real key in his game “, analyzed Lapierre.
“You know she hits hard, she has the key and she is able to finish points at the net. It also has a good service considering its size (only 5’5”), but if it moves well on the field, if it has no physical problem that handicaps a little bit of that side, it will be very difficult to beat “, he added.
The click expected ?
Now all that remains is to see if its performance in New Zealand will be the trigger that will allow him finally to take off.
“I think that there is a trigger which has just been for Bianca. We will see later, it is still quite fragile, but the fact that it has been difficult for her to be here, I think it is not likely to be a straw fire. She did her homework, she has been working really hard and I think it is paying, ” noted Lapierre, stating that he was going to monitor this closely in the coming weeks.
Already, Andreescu will be another great challenge in front of her in the semi-final in Auckland so that she will face the 3rd seeded Su-Wei Hsieh ranked 28th in the world. The game will take place in the night from Friday to Saturday (time in Canada) and had still not started at the time of going to press.
“We can’t wait to see what it will give in the semi-final against the Taiwanese. It is unfortunate that, Eugenie [editor’s NOTE : reverse of 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) against the German Julia Georges] had lost on the other side of the table, because it would have been able to anticipate a final canadian down there in New Zealand, but we are very happy for Bianca. It starts very well the year for it, ” said Lapierre.
Is it possible to hope to see the Ontario, which will also have to go through the qualifications next week at the Australian open, one last time at the Granby Challenger next year ?
“It is boring to say, but I would like to not have to play challenger, because that would mean that she has climbed in the standings and that it has access already to bigger tournaments of the WTA tour. But in the contrary case, it is, of course, we will welcome him with happiness, ” said Eugène Lapierre.
— With The canadian Press