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Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu reaches her first WTA final at ASB Classic

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  • AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu is heading to her first WTA Tour event final.

    The 18-year-old cruised past 28th-ranked Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan on Saturday 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals at the ASB Classic. Andreescu started the week ranked No. 152 in the world but has knocked out former world No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams at the ASB Classic with back-to-back upsets. 

    “I guess Auckland just brings the best out of me,” said Andreescu, who needed only 81 minutes to beat Su-Wei. “I don’t know what’s going on really.

    “I think it’s really important to me to just stay in the present moment and I think I’ve been doing that this whole week and I’m beyond grateful right now.”

    The 37-year-old Williams, who turned pro six years before Andreescu was born, is ranked 39th in the world. Wozniacki, meanwhile, is the world No. 3 and the reigning Australian Open champion.

    The five-foot-five Andreescu relies less on a power serve and more on a finesse game, playing close to the net. Tennis Canada president and CEO Michael Downey believes that Andreescu’s diverse game confounded her opponents in Auckland.

    “Her drop shots were perfection, and she did it right from the first game, I think the first point she won on a drop shot,” said Downey. “She has unbelievable power, this is a very very strong, powerful young woman, but she has a finesse game as well.

    “That was something she worked on a lot in the off-season, to bring that diversity to another level.”

    The Mississauga, Ont., native will face Julia Goerges in the final after the German toppled Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova 6-1 7-6(6) in the other semi.

    Goerges is the defending champion and ousted Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., earlier in the week on her way back to the championship match. She’s ranked 14th in the world.

    “There’s a book on Bianca now. The more matches you play, the more book is written about your type of game,” said Downey. “Bianca’s going to be in tough tonight with Goerges, but I think she’s going in there with not much to lose.

    “At the end of the day, win or lose, she has captivated the world of tennis and is so deserving of the accolades.”

    The US$250,000 WTA Tour event is a warmup for the first Grand Slam of the season. Andreescu had to earn her way into the ASB Classic by winning the qualifiers.

    — with files from the Associated Press

    The Canadian Press




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    RDC King is ACAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Year!

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  • From RDC Athletics

    Butler and Thudium celebrated across ACAC Men’s Hockey

    Tanner Butler and Chase Thudium of the RDC Kings received special recognition on Friday, March 22 for their outstanding play during the 2018-19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Hockey season.

    Butler was named the ACAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Year and a member of the First All- Conference team. Thudium was also selected to the ACAC Men’s Hockey First All-Conference team. The gifted student-athletes helped guide the RDC Kings (19-7-1-1) to third place in the standings.

    Butler, a graduating fifth-year, led all ACAC defencemen in regular season scoring, recording ten goals and 20 assists in only 26 games. Four of his markers were on the power play and one was a game-winning-goal. Impressively, Butler ranked 11th in overall league scoring while playing a sound defensive game.

    Thudium, a Business Administration student, finished tied for top spot in league goal scoring with 18. He also ranked second in points (37), only one behind ACAC leader Dean Allison of SAIT. The talented winger from Sylvan Lake scored three goals on the power play, one short handed and one game-winning-goal, and was a threat to score every time he stepped on the ice.

    In the quarter-final, the Kings swept the Concordia University Thunder in two games and then pushed the MacEwan University Griffins to overtime in all three games of the semi-final, but dropped a very close series.

    Butler, a well-rounded defender from Souris, Manitoba, had two goals and two assists in a pair of games against the Thunder in the opening round of the playoffs. Against MacEwan University in the next round, the Kinesiology student added two goals in three games and nearly helped the RDC Kings topple the two-time defending champions.

    While Thudium missed the quarter-final due to injury, he was a difference maker against the Griffins. The second-year forward had one goal and two assists in three games. One of his helpers was on his brother Dylan’s overtime winning goal in game two at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

    Last season, Butler was named to the ACAC First All-Conference team and received the honour of being selected as the Red Deer Bottling RDC Male Athlete of the Year. This was Thudium’s first selection, in only his second year.

    The prestigious awards were announced prior to game one of the 2019 ACAC Men’s Hockey Championship held on March 22 at NAIT Arena in Edmonton. The MacEwan University Griffins and NAIT Ooks are competing for top spot in the best of three final.

    For more information about RDC Kings Hockey, please visit rdcathletics.ca.


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    Golden RDC Track Star earns athlete of the week award

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  • From RDC Athletics

    Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce our Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week.

    1. Shayla Sklaruk – Queens Indoor Track  Hometown – Stony Plain, AB
    Bachelor of Education Elementary (1st year)

    This past weekend, Shayla was a key contributor for the RDC Queens, helping her squad win silver at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Indoor Track Championships at Repsol Sport Centre in Calgary. Over two days of competition, the Bachelor of Education student earned three gold medals along with the silver.

    Shayla won gold in the 300 m (42.33), over two and a half seconds faster than silver medalist Shaunice Burgers from MacEwan University (44.87). The first-year runner also captured gold over 600 m (1:38.81), crossing the finish line over six seconds quicker than the second place runner (1:44.97).

    Shayla, who’s from Stony Plain, was also a member of the gold medal winning 4 x 400 m relay team (4:20.21). Lauren Pasiuk, Jill Stewart and Sandra Garcia-Bernal joined Sklaruk on the first place relay squad.

    2. Matt Hope – Kings Indoor Track  Hometown – Red Deer, AB
    Bachelor of Education Secondary (3rd year)

    Matt Hope was an important member of the Red Deer College Kings’ bronze medal performance at the ACAC Indoor Track Championships in Calgary last weekend.

    Individually, the third-year earned bronze in the men’s 1,000 m final (2:36.15), less than three and a half seconds behind first-place Leonard Chesoo (2:32.89) of Concordia University. Then in the 1,500 m, the Bachelor of Education Secondary student from Red Deer added another bronze to his collection, with a time of 4:08.57. Matt’s result was impressively over 11 seconds faster than fourth place.

    Competition for Red Deer College teams has wrapped up for another season, with many successes to be celebrated on and off the playing surface. Throughout the course of the year, thousands of sports fans have enjoyed the excitement of high quality competition at the ACAC and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) level.  Six RDC teams had the honour of playing in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, while all student-athletes were able to benefit from the learning and training opportunities in the new facility. In addition, many student-athletes found time to give back to the communities that support them, positively influencing children, teens and members of the public.

    At the upcoming 2019 RDC Athletics Awards Night on Tuesday, April 16, the volunteerism, medals, and team work will be honoured in the Arts Centre, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes and teams, please visit: rdcathletics.ca


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