Goerges Ends Strong, Beats World No.1 Again
Published May 05, 2011 12:00
MADRID, Spain - A blockbuster quarterfinal match-up between the No.1 player in the world and one of the world's best clay courters was blocked Thursday, as Julia Goerges and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova pulled off surprises in Madrid.
A few weeks ago in Stuttgart, Goerges emerged in a field that had seven of the Top 10 and won her first Premier-level title, stunning Wozniacki in straight sets in the final. It wasn't straight sets this time but the end result was the same, as the German broke away from 3-all in the third - winning 12 of the last 14 points of the match - to beat the No.1 seed on Manolo Santana court, 64 16 63.
"I was just focused on playing my game," Goerges said. "I hit some high balls to her backhand to get her out of her rhythm on that side, then I went for my shots. I waited for my chances and played my game really well. And when I was down 4-0 in the second set I told myself to keep it together for the third set and give everything. I did that pretty well at the end and served it out well."
A year ago, Goerges was ranked No.81 in the world and 0-6 against Top 10 players; now she is No.27 (and projected to crack the Top 25 after this tournament) and has gone 5-3 against Top 10 players since then. Those five wins include the two aforementioned wins over the No.1, Wozniacki.
Pavlyuchenkova, who was three spots out of the seedings this week, followed with a 76(4) 63 stunner over No.5 seed Sam Stosur. Both players served extremely well during the one-hour, 37-minute contest, but Pavlyuchenkova came through when it mattered most, converting her only break chance of the match in the fourth game of the second set (Stosur was 0/5 on break points).
Stosur, who went 20-3 on clay last year - which included a run to her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros - is now 6-3 on the surface this year.
Goerges and Pavlyuchenkova will be playing each other for the first time.
"It's my first time here and I'm in the quarterfinals. It's very nice and I hope to keep going," Goerges said. "The next match is going to be the same as today, very tough. You only have the best players here. I'm really looking forward to it."