Unstoppable Andreescu to face Goerges in WTA Auckland Open final

Caroline Wozniacki

That was in evidence in the second set as Andreescu saved three break points in a game with seven deuces, levelling the set at 3-3.

Now she will compete in her first WTA semi-final on Saturday.

Less than 24 hours after knocking off world No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki, the 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., downed the legendary Venus Williams 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-3 in a quarterfinal on Friday at the ASB Classic. "And I think I've been doing that this whole week and I'm beyond grateful right now".

The former world No 5 and Wimbledon finalist, who has risen back to 87th in the rankings after struggles with injury and form, got her nose in front and secured the first set.

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Goerges was in near ideal form as she raced through the first set in under 30 minutes with a power game that forced Kuzmova well behind the baseline.

Healthy and ready to make up for lost time, Andreescu's win over Williams is her fifth win in a row in Auckland and just the second time she's lost a set all week.

"This match was really important because I think that I can handle power players pretty well".

She then lost two straight games but broke her opponent for the set.

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But with the next point she ripped a victor and on her third matchpoint Kuzmova cracked a return straight into the net.

The German, who was also runner-up to Sloane Stephens here in 2016, has also become the first ever player to reach the Auckland final three times.

"In the second set I stepped away a bit from my line and I wasn't as aggressive as I wanted to be, because in the first set she was behind the baseline and I was more in the court". Andreescu had to earn her way into the ASB Classic by winning the qualifiers.

"This meant a lot", Goerges said. "Finals worthy but it's the quarter-finals and we'll battle it out", Williams had said as she looked ahead after beating Davis. Today she didn't serve as well as other matches I've seen her play.

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"You have to start somewhere and I guess this is my awakening moment, maybe", she said.

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