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Unheralded Andreescu knocks Wozniacki out of WTA Auckland Classic
  Thursday 03 January, 2019
Unheralded Andreescu knocks Wozniacki out of WTA Auckland Classic

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki was bundled out of the WTA Auckland Classic in the second round Thursday, beaten in straight sets by 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu.

It was a blow for Wozniacki who was looking for as much court time as she could get in Auckland on her way to defending her Australian Open crown.

She was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by the Canadian teenager who is ranked 152nd in the world and had to play her way through the qualifying tournament to make the main draw.

ďHonestly, I canít believe it,Ē said Andreescu who was near speechless at having beaten Wozniacki to set up a quarter-final against Venus Williams who progressed to the final eight with a 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow American Lauren Davis. ďFirst I have to swallow this one and then Iíll think about tomorrow. But Iím honestly really excited just being here.

She continued: ďIíve dreamt of playing on this stage against hard players and now Iím here I played against one of the best and I won so really, I donít know what to say. I managed to pull through. Iíve no idea how. I just fought to the end.Ē

Andreescu played herself to a standstill, keeping rallies alive with a mix of well-angled strokes from the baseline and delicate drop shots until Wozniacki made mistakes.

The result would have surprised Williams who had earlier spoken of how she expected to meet Wozniacki in the quarter-finals.

ďThatíll be a great match up. Finals worthy but itís the quarter-finals and weíll battle it out,Ē Williams had said as she looked ahead after beating Davis.

Williams, seeded six in Auckland, broke Davis for the first time in the sixth game of the first set and took control from there.

On a day dominated by teenagers, 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova stunned fifth seed Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-3.

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