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Tennis stars to head to Auckland for ASB Classic

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Canadian super star Bianca Andreescu has confirmed she’ll be returning to the ASB Classic next January after winning the hearts of Kiwi tennis fans in her maiden appearance earlier this year.

The 19 year-old has been the form player of 2019 having a staggering 89% win record, the best of any player on the WTA Tour, capturing three titles including the biggest event of the year, the ‘Desert Slam’ in Indian Wells, and her home tournament, the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Andreescu has not lost a match against a Top 10 player, beating six of the world’s best on her rise through the rankings including Caroline Wozniacki, Elina Svitolina, Angelique Kerber, Kiki Bertens, Karolina Pliskova and Serena Williams.

Ranked 152 in the world when she arrived in Auckland last December, the Canadian was forced to make her way into the ASB Classic through qualifying. The heavy-hitting teenager has now reached a career high of world number nine on the live rankings and is forecast to go higher by year’s end.

Her achievements are even more awe inspiring considering she missed the entire grass court season with a shoulder injury and has only played nine tournaments this year.

2019 started with a giant-killing run at the 2019 ASB Classic where she took out top seed Wozniacki, sixth seed Venus Williams as well as third seed Su-Wei Hseih to reach her maiden WTA Tour singles final. She was eventually overcome by defending champion Julia Goerges in an epic three-set match that will be remembered by all those that were glued to their seats.

The teenager can’t wait to return...

"It all started in Auckland for me. I had high expectations starting the season but to beat Caroline (Wozniacki) and Venus (Williams) in my first week was unbelievable.

"It has just been such an amazing year. I feel really comfortable with my game at the moment and for me, that really did start in Auckland.

"I can’t wait to get back. It is such a nice way to start the season and who knows, maybe I can go one better." said Andreescu.

ASB Classic Tournament Director Karl Budge is thrilled to secure one of the most sought-after signatures in the sport.

"Bianca has been a revelation this year. She has risen well over 100 spots to now be in the top ten and has a record of 41 and 4 for the season (41 match wins to just four losses). That really is quite staggering. She has been the best play on tour this year and along with Serena, is an unreal start to our 2020 fields."

Off the back of their dominant displays at the US Open, Andreescu and Serena Williams will vie for the top seed position for January’s showpiece with Andreescu currently in 8th and Williams 10th on the Year End Race.

"We know there is still a lot more to come on both our Men’s and Women’s fields. This is a great start and more announcements will be made over the coming weeks" continued Budge.

Tickets for the ASB Classic go on general release to the public today (Wednesday 4 September) from 12 noon with tickets available via Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone on (0800 842 538) or in person at one of the agencies listed on the Ticketek website.

The ASB Classic will span for two weeks, with Women's Week kicking off on Monday 6 January by Men's Week from Monday 13 through to Saturday 18 January 2020.

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