Julia Goerges is a name that has surprised many in the last couple of weeks. She won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart by defeating Danish number one Caroline Wozniacki. And then she played Madrid and send Caroline Wozniacki packing again. The media was quick to tout her as the Giant Killer. But let’s see what she does versus Victoria Azarenka in the semis.
In her match versus Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Goerges showed her good form once again with a two set win 6-4, 6-2. The two were pretty much equal in the first set but Goerges was the better player during the keymoments of the match. Goerges survived five breakpoints and needed only three to take the first set. The second set was a breeze for Goerges as Pavlyuchenkova posed no threat at all.
Goerges will now meet Victoria Azarenka.
Azarenka continues to hold momentum after winning the Sony Ericsson Open and the clay tournament in Marbella. However she lost to , surprise surprise, Julia Goerges in Stuttgart.
Azarenka played Lucie Safarova for a spot in the semis. While Azarenka breezed to the quarterfinals with an easy win over Arantxa Parra Santonja, Safarova proved to be a tougher opponent. Azarenka won the first set with 6-3 but lost the second with 3-6 only to take her game up a notch and taking the third and final set 6-2. End score 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Other semifinalists are Chinese Ni La who defeated American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and Petra Kvitova who ended Dominika Cibulkova’s strong run in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 5-7.
Photos by Ralf Reinecke!