Auckland weather bomb threatens second straight washout day at ASB Classic

Caroline Wozniacki and Julia Goerges | AFP

Caroline Wozniacki and Julia Goerges | AFP

"I didn't know what kind of performance I was going to put in this week, whether I was going to do well", he said.

The women's doubles semi-finals and final must also take place.

Budge said he wouldn't move the singles competition indoors either - once again raising the spectre of a long-promised roof for the Auckland arena.

"For me, that's just
confidence, not only mentally but physically as well, and
battling and fighting hard", he said.

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The Auckland Classic is a popular warm-up tournament ahead of the Australian Open and drawcards this year include Caroline Wozniacki, Julia Goerges, Barbora Strycova and Agnieszka Radwanska who are all through to the final eight.

The German beat Polona Hercog 6-4 6-4 in the quarter-finals before moving into the final with a 6-1 6-4 win over Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei. "That's just making me proud and I'm just enjoying every moment of it".

In a final delayed by this week's persistent Auckland rain, Goerges ran riot against the Classic top seed, slamming victor after winner. It was finally in the eighth game that Wozniacki was able to convert her third breakpoint chance to level the set at 4-4.

Wozniacki, meanwhile, vowed to get her revenge at the Australian Open in Melbourne later this month.

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Goerges, ranked No 14 in the world, earned her back-to-back victories at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow and the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, while Wozniacki won the biggest title of her career in October at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

From that point, she held serve through to a 6-4 first-set win, and didn't let a Wozniacki surge prevent her from grinding out a second-set tiebreak triumph. "I'll try to get my revenge in Australia!"

The 2016 champion Alize Cornet was dispatched in the first round yesterday
by the Romanian Mihaela
Buzarnescu.

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