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Former No. 1 Wozniacki upset by Andreescu at ASB Classic

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Overcoming a back injury and a cold, Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu upset top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 Thursday and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ASB Classic.

The 18-year-old Andreescu, a qualifier ranked No. 152, has won Australian Open and French Open junior doubles titles and was ranked No. 3 as a junior.

“I can’t believe it right now,” Andreescu said. “I’ve always dreamed of playing on this stage against top players and now I’m here I played against one of the best and so I really don’t what to say right now.”

Andreescu will next face another former No. 1, Venus Williams.

Against Wozniacki, Andreescu needed a medical time out at the start of the second set for her back injury but she still managed to chase down shots and win vital points.

Andreescu was coughing throughout the match and also had to endure a brief rain delay while trailing 4-3 on serve in the second set. She came out and held, broke Wozniacki for a 5-4 lead and then served out the match on her first match point.

“I’ve actually had this cough for three weeks now so I’m used to it,” Andreescu said. “I’ve also had a couple of back issues the last couple of months but I managed to pull through, I have no idea how. I just fought for every point.”

Williams, who beat former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the first round, defeated 2017 ASB Classic champion Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-3.

“I think it was even cleaner than the first round,” Williams said. “But I’m still searching for perfection and she really, really, really can hit the ball.

“I’m 6-1 and a foot taller than her but she hits it just as hard so I had to be on my toes.”

Playing on two surfaces, Vekic reaches Nottingham semis

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NOTTINGHAM, England — Former champion Donna Vekic finally got to play on grass at the Nottingham Open on Friday but had to overcome multiple rain delays and another switch indoors before reaching the semifinals.

The second-seeded Vekic defeated Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-4 in a match played on two surfaces as rain again played havoc with the schedule.

The opening two days were completely washed out before organizers decided to switch the first and second rounds indoors as rain fell for four consecutive days.

Vekic, who won the tournament in 2017, will play Germany’s Tatjana Maria in her third straight semifinal in Nottingham. Maria earlier defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 7-6 (7) in the only match completed on grass so far at the tournament.

Also Friday, American Jennifer Brady defeated fourth-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece 7-5, 6-3 to set up a semifinal against top-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Garcia rallied to beat Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 in the last quarterfinal.

Auger-Aliassime, 18, to play Berrettini in Stuttgart final

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STUTTGART, Germany — Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime will play Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final of the Stuttgart Open.

The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime progressed to his third tour-level final without playing on Saturday as compatriot Milos Raonic withdrew ahead of their semifinal due to back problems. The sixth-seeded Raonic lost last year’s final to Roger Federer, who opted not to defend his title.

Berrettini defeated Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-5 in the other semifinal. The 30th-ranked Berrettini will be going for this third tour title and his first on grass after victories in Budapest in April, and Gstaad, Switzerland, last year.

The 21st-ranked Auger-Aliassime previously reached championship matches in Rio de Janeiro in February and the Lyon Open in May – both on clay.