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A tennis star is born

Canadian Bianca Andreescu, 18 years old and currently ranked 152 in the world.

The ASB Classic is an annual women’s tournament held every New Year in Auckland. It is a second-tier tournament and a warm-up for top players before they compete in the Melbourne Open held shortly after.

Caroline Woznicki comes back every year. But this year she was beaten in the first round 6-4, 6-4 by Bianca Andreescu. Last night Bianca disposed of Venus Williams 6-7, 6-1, 6-3. After losing the first set Bianca won 11 games in a row, breaking Venus’ serve 5 times. There was a 20 year age difference in the players, Venus 38 - Bianca 18.

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  • After powering past 3rd seed Hsieh-Su-Wei in the semi-final she was beaten in the final last night by World No 9 Julia Georges 6-2, 5-7, 1-6 who was defending her title from last year.

    Bianca finally ran out of steam in the third set having played 8 matches in 9 days. She had played three qualifying matches to get in the main draw. Julia Georges stopped the match for a bathroom break after the second set, came back with new tactics and became the first woman to successfully defend her ASB Classic title in 15 years.
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