Canadian Bianca Andreescu keeps rolling, upsets Venus Williams in Aussie Open warmup

Florence Fletcher
January 8, 2019

Starting off the new tennis season, Andreescu has made diversifying her game a priority.

Andreescu is now into the semi-finals after beating seven-time grand slam champion Venus 6-7 (1) 6-1, 6-3.

Andreescu will top her career-high ranking of No. 143 (set August 14, 2017) when the new list is released next week, WTA Tour statistics and information director Kevin Fischer said in an email.

"She's only 18 and she's got really, really good potential", Bruneau said Friday from Melbourne. "I think I prepared very well before this match. She can do a lot of things with her technique". Overall, Andreescu saved 83 per cent of break points.

After smashing a forehand to finish the match, Andreescu kneeled and placed her hands over head as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. "I've dreamed of playing on this stage against top players and now I'm here". But then she started raising her level and I stepped back.

"In the second she pushed me back, which I don't like actually but that happens sometimes, and I'm very happy that I pulled it out at the end".

The world No. 152 needed two hours 14 minutes to complete the victory. "She has solid technique".

"I guess Auckland brings out the best in me".

"Bianca has this dimension where she's able to do more", Bruneau said.

"But I am very, very, very optimistic for Bianca".

Once in Auckland, Andreescu recorded three straight qualification victories before topping 59th-ranked Timea Babos of Hungary in the first round.

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The Canadian will face former world No. 1 and sixth-seeded American Venus Williams in Friday's quarterfinals. While most 18-year-olds are nearly permanently attached to their devices, Andreescu wants to keep her mind on the job.

"My goal was only to qualify and maybe get a couple of rounds in, but now I've beaten a couple of top players", the surprised teen said. "To be honest, I knew". (My confidence) skyrocketed like 20 times today.

"I was really pleased with my performance".

"What's really important for me is to stay in the present moment and I've been doing that all week and I'm beyond grateful right now". At 17, Anisimova is the youngest player in the top 100. The defeat for Wozniacki marked the lowest-ranked player she had lost to since 2013.

Despite the distraction of a blustery wind, Bouchard seemed headed for an upset over the tournament second seed when she won the first set.

"She can do any shot you can ask of her", Branstine said from Orange County, Calif. "She competes unbelievably (well)".

"It was a matter of her believing that she could just go out there, play her game, lay it out on the court and just believe".

Andreescu did hit some hurdles in 2018, dealing with injuries and inconsistent results.

Fellow Canadian Eugenie Bouchard has also reached the quarterfinals.

With files from The Associated Press. They reached the semifinals with a walkover win over Russia's Alexandra Panova and Germany's Laura Siegemund.

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