Unstoppable Goerges Stuns No.1 In Stuttgart
Published April 24, 2011 12:00
STUTTGART, Germany - With the No.1 ranking firmly in her grasp and three WTA titles already this season, Caroline Wozniacki was a heavy favorite as she took the court against Julia Goerges in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final on Sunday. But with a barrage of big serves and massive groundstrokes, the No.32-ranked German beat all the odds, outdoing the Dane in straight sets for her second and biggest career title by a 76(3) 63 scoreline.
The two players put on a strong serving display in the first set, neither one letting a break slip through - in fact, there was only one break point the entire set (saved by Wozniacki). After Goerges came through in the breaker she also grabbed the first and only break of the match in the second game of the second set and hung onto it, dropping face-first to the red clay of the Porsche Area after converting on her second match point off a Wozniacki forehand mis-hit.
The final was a classic match-up of different styles, Goerges compiling by far the bigger numbers (38 winners to 29 errors) and Wozniacki with the more conservative stats (9 winners to 10 errors). But Goerges also showed some impressive net play (she was 15/22 up there - Wozniacki was 7/8, solid too).
When all was said and done, Goerges became the second German ever to win the oldest European indoor tournament (Anke Huber won in 1991 and 1994). It was the 22-year-old's second WTA title, following another clay court triumph in Bad Gastein last summer. She is now 2-1 in her career in WTA finals.
"I had goosebumps at match point. It was an unbelievable feeling playing the final with so many people watching," Goerges said. "Everything was going so well but you can never be sure against Caroline. She has turned lots of matches around when nobody expected her to. She is only beaten when the last point is over. Now I'm looking forward to my niece's baptism on Monday and being able to sleep in my own bed again after three months travelling the tour!"
Goerges also received a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet.
Wozniacki fell to 15-10 in WTA finals. She was seeking her first career title on red clay. "Julia played really well," the 20-year-old commented. "She was very aggressive and everything was going in. I tried everything but it wasn't enough. I'll go back to the practice court and try to be better next time. I also want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting me, even though I was playing against Julia! Hopefully next year I'll come away with this Porsche."
There was more reason for Germany to celebrate earlier, as another one of their own - Sabine Lisicki - captured the doubles title alongside Samantha Stosur. The first-time pairing hadn't lost a set all week and that trend continued as they beat Germans Kristina Barrois and Jasmin Woehr in the final, 61 76(5), surviving an intense 57-minute second set after a lopsided 22-minute first set.
"It was my first doubles final ever. It was an amazing first week playing with Sam and winning it in my home country," Lisicki said. "We had a very tough draw but we played very well and obviously we wanted the trophy!"
"She's always laughing and smiling, there's no chance to be down," said Stosur, who collected her 23rd career WTA doubles title. "We might pair up again somewhere. It was a lot of fun here this week so hopefully it'll work out!"
Barrois, who also made her first Premier-level singles quarterfinal this week, was proud of the German success on home turf in Stuttgart. "It has been a great week for Germany. We only have this tournament so it's a special one. It was a great week and a great finals day. It was good for everyone here."