Goerges Upsets Stosur In SFs, Wozniacki Next
Published April 23, 2011 12:00
STUTTGART, Germany - World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki took a step closer to her fourth WTA title of the year Saturday, defeating Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals of the Premier-level Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. In the final she will play a surprise finalist, Germany's own Julia Goerges.
Wozniacki, seeded No.1 at the only indoor clay court tournament of the year, survived some tricky early moments but once she wrapped up the first set she was never in trouble again, recording a 75 63 victory over her good friend. Radwanska led 3-1 in the first set and saved four set points before finally going down; the Polish No.1 also hung on in the second set, saving a total of four match points down 5-3, but the Danish No.1 ended it on her fifth match point.
"I know Agnieszka very well. We know each other's games well and we had a lot of good rallies today," Wozniacki said. "I'm pleased with the way I played. I really enjoyed myself out there and I think we played some good tennis."
Wozniacki is 15-9 in finals. Her title haul includes 10 Premier titles - her first three this year all came at this level (Dubai, Indian Wells, Charleston).
Earlier in the day, Goerges continued her dream week with a 64 36 75 upset of No.5 seed Samantha Stosur. Goerges and Stosur put on a display of big serving and ferocious forehands throughout the two-hour, 16-minute battle, but with seven aces to no double faults and some steely nerves at the very end - she won eight of the last nine points of the match - Goerges clinched it.
"I really didn't expect this," Goerges said. "I believe in myself against the top players. If I didn't, I don't think I should be going onto the court. Before I would be standing on the court and thinking, 'Whoops, there's a top player in front of me, what am I doing here?' A few months ago it changed. I've played some big players on some big courts, and I think it has really helped me in the long run."
"When it came down to it, she played more aggressively on the big points," said Stosur, who had 0-30 on the Goerges serve at 5-all in the decider. "I'm obviously disappointed to lose the match, but it was definitely encouraging to come here and play so confidently. I played four pretty good matches this week."
Goerges is 1-1 in career WTA finals, this being her first Premier final.
Stosur was asked about her next steps. "I'll have a few days off now then head to Madrid and Rome. I know I've got a lot of points coming up in the next month or two. At the end of the day, it's about trying to win each match I play."
Wozniacki leads Goerges in their head-to-head series, 2-0, although in their last meeting, Wozniacki fought back from 5-3 down in the third set to beat the big-hitting German in the quarterfinals of Copenhagen last year.
"Julia is a great player," Wozniacki said. "She hits the ball very hard and goes for her shots. She'll have the crowd behind her but I'll try to take my chances."