Julia Goerges is playing the best tennis of her career at age 29.
The big-hitting German was touted as a “next” contender when she came on the scene in 2010-11 with her first WTA titles in Austria and Germany, but that was the end of it for the next six years. The year 2017 saw a resurgence when at the end of the season she won at Moscow and Zhuhai, climbing into the Top 15 on the WTA rankings.
On Sunday Goerges kept the momentum rolling with a title during the first week of the year at the ASB Classic in Auckland, upsetting former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 7-6(4) in the final.
“It’s not just about winning here, but the consistency I’ve had for the last few weeks and months,” the German said afterwards. “That makes me prouder, and I’m just enjoying every moment of it.”
Goerges’ brutal groundstrokes were on point throughout the two sets, cracking 41 winners to 23 unforced errors.
“She played really well today, and she had a great end to last season too, so it’s good to see her bringing that form into this year,” Wozniacki said. “I’ll try to get my revenge in Australia!”
The German improved to 6-4 career against Wozniacki.
Both players entered 2018 on hot streaks: Goerges with her back-to-back titles, and Wozniacki after the win at the year-ending WTA Finals.
Goerges after the final precautionarily withdrew from Sydney next week citing some right knee pain.
The German improved to 5-7 in career finals. Wozniacki, 2-6 in finals last year, fell to 27-24 in career championship matches.
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