Victoria Azarenka has reached the finale of the prestigious Mutua Madrid Open tournament by defeating “Giant Killer” Julia Goerges in the semis with 6-4, 6-2. The defeat of Julia Goerges marks the end of her 10 match winning streak. Azarenka completely overpowered Goerges in the semifinals. With her win Azarenka is expected to rise to the fourth place when the WTA rankings come out this Monday and that also means that she is the highest ranked Belrussian ever since she surpasses Natasha Zvereva who reached fifth place in 1989.
About her agressiveness and tactics Azarenka had the following to say:
“I have to be the one dominating the game and not her because she has really big shots and when she goes for it it’s tough to see where she’s going and it comes really fast. The most important thing was for me to take time away from her.”
Azarenka now meets Petra Kvitova. Kvitova defeated Chinese Li Na in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 is looking to add her third title of the year after winning Brisbane and Paris earlier this year. It will also mean that Kvitova will enter the top 10 for the first time.
“It’s good being in the top 10 but it’s only a number. I still want to be better,” said Kvitova.
Julia Goerges’ run has not gone unnoticed and her 10 match unbeaten run means that she will enter the top 20 for the first time this coming Monday and she hopes to stay there for longer than one week.
“Honestly I have to say well done to Vika. She is a great player and deserved to win,” Goerges, who will compete in Rome next week, told a news conference.
“Even though my battery was empty I still had chances to take the first set. That was important for me to see.”
“Probably on Monday I will be in the top 20 for the first time and I want to keep my ranking and stay there for more than one week,” she added.
Photocredit Ralf Reinecke