Venus Williams defeated in Auckland quarterfinals by Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu in the Auckland final

Venus Williams defeated in Auckland quarterfinals by Bianca Andreescu

A day after stunning Wozniacki in straight sets, Andreescu pulled off another big upset Friday by dispatching Williams - a seven-time Grand Slam champion - 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-3 in quarterfinal play. Andreescu has dropped two sets: one to Laura Siegemund in the final qualifying round, and one to Venus Williams in the quarterfinals.

"I think that's going to really benefit her in the future because there aren't very many people who can actually do it like she does".

With a place booked in the final, Andreescu is also eyeing a qualifying spot in the Australian Open main draw because her ranking is not high enough for direct entry.

Sharapova was making her first tournament appearance since last year's U.S. Open and it remains to be seen whether she will be fit for the first Slam of 2019. "But for me it was always harder to hit against people like her because I don't really know what's coming next", said Osaka. "I just fought to the end".

Both players got their chances to break the other in that final set including a match point for Bouchard in the 12th game of the set but nothing came off it and Goerges' superior serve helped her carve out a narrow victory.

Bianca Andreescu run in Auckland

"I was really pleased with my performance". She played a bunch of girls in the top 100, top 150.

Branstine said Andreescu is comfortable playing any style of tennis on any surface.

"She can do any shot you can ask of her", Branstine said from Orange County, Calif. "She's a full-package tennis player". Before the season ended, however, she won two more Challenger events to build some momentum heading into the new season. "Finals worthy but it's the quarter-finals and we'll battle it out", Williams had said as she looked ahead after beating Davis.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., did post a doubles semifinal win Friday with American Sofia Kenin. They reached the semifinals with a walkover win over Russia's Alexandra Panova and Germany's Laura Siegemund.

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