1/6/2019 1:22:37 PM

Goerges beats teen sensation Andreescu to retain Auckland crown

Goerges beats teen sensation Andreescu to retain Auckland crown

Auckland, New Zealand: Julia Goerges drew on her experience to retain the WTA Auckland Classic title Sunday as she came from a set down to end the stunning run of Canadian teen sensation Bianca Andreescu.

There were tears from the 30-year-old German in an emotional celebration who took the match 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 with the final point coming when an Andreescu forehand went into the net.

"This win means a lot to me because not everything was working well in the beginning," said the 30-year-old Goerges who needed all her experience and patience to recover from being down 4-5 in the second set after losing the first.

"I used my experience today and really went for it in the important moments. My coach came at 5-4 and helped me find some solutions," she said.

The ice-cool Andreescu had stunned the tennis world during the week having arrived in Auckland ranked 152nd and needing to play in the qualifying tournament to make the main draw. 

The 18-year-old then beat three top 50 players on her way to her first WTA final including former world number ones Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams.

Her form continued into the final when she raced through the first set and recovered from an early service break in the second to lead 5-4 when her concentration wavered.

"A 5-4 in the second set it was really hard for me to stay in the moment. I was 'oh my god I'm one game away from winning this tournament'," Andreescu said.

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