Goerges and surprising Andreescu to meet in ASB final

Bianca Andreescu of Canada

Bianca Andreescu of Canada

Goerges, who had suffered from lack of rhythm in that opening set, turned things around in the second and converted one of the four break-points she managed to create.

"For her to make wins like that at such a young age, that's impressive", says Tylek, who is the same age as Andreescu and grew up playing tennis with her. "But I can't complain". Starting off the new tennis season, Andreescu has made diversifying her game a priority.

"I guess Auckland just brings the best out of me", Andreescu told reporters.

The world No 28, 33-year-old Hsieh is renowned for her crafty play, with an often expert ability to take the pace off the ball and use the angles of the court.

"This meant a lot", Goerges said. "I wasn't really expecting to get this far but now I've beaten a couple of top players so my confidence is there, that's for sure", Andreescu said. "I want to have it in my hands, I want to play my game and that's it".

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Andreescu, who is now outside the top 150 in the WTA rankings, has only qualified for a Grand Slam once and was dumped out in the round one of the 2017 Wimbledon.

Andreescu started the week ranked No. 152 in the world but has knocked out former world No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams at the ASB Classic with back-to-back upsets. "And I think I've been doing that this whole week and I'm beyond grateful right now".

Goerges ousted Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., earlier in the week on her way back to the championship match.

Sevens days ago, Andreescu entered the qualifying rounds of the Classic, unheralded and hoping to get in a few matches before chancing her arm in qualifying at the Australian Open. The Canadian-American duo will fight for what would their first doubles title both separately and as a team on Sunday in Auckland. The final result was 6-3 6-3, and the match ended after 1 hour and 21 minutes.

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