Julia Goerges successfully defended her Auckland title beating surprise finalist Bianca Andreescu 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.
The 18-year-old Andreescu had previously stunned Venus Williams and then Caroline Wozniacki to reach her first WTA final, but couldn’t break at 5-4 in the second, and the German won nine of the last 10 games to win her seventh career title.
“It feels very good. A nice relief, I must say,” Goerges said. “I didn’t really get a foot on the court in the beginning. I didn’t really feel my game but I changed my tactics a little bit.
“Once again this week I found a way to manage to win. It was probably more worth it than a 6-2, 6-2 [routine victory]. For me, a great start to the year.
“I’m going to enjoy the victory right now and tomorrow we’re going to decide how best to prepare for the next two weeks.”
The Canadian Andreescu still enjoyed her best week as a pro.
think I dominated in the first set and even in the second, but at 5-4 she just started going for her shots more and more,” Andreescu said. “I was trying not to focus on the end of the match but obviously in my head I was like ‘Oh my God, I’m one game away from winning’ – so I think that kind of shifted things.
“It is disappointing but I can’t complain – I played quallies, I wasn’t supposed to make the finals. I’m really proud that mentally I was able to hang on in there.
“I’ll probably be thinking about this for a couple of days but I can’t complain. I’ve had an amazing week, beaten a lot of top players and I’m really proud of myself. My game evolved from the first match I played here ’til the end and hopefully I can bring that into my next couple of tournaments.”
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