Radwanska & Goerges Start Strong
Published January 01, 2013 12:00
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The Top 2 seeds rolled through their opening matches at the ASB Classic on Tuesday, wrapping up the first round of the $500,000, International-level tournament.
"The first match of the year is always hard, especially going from practicing indoors in the off-season to the conditions here," Radwanska said. "My opponent was very tough today, too. The score looks easy but the match was not easy - we had a lot of tight, long games. I really had to fight for every ball."
Radwanska, who is making her first appearance at the ASB Classic, had a lot of nice words for the tournament. "I really love it here," she said. "It's great you have a full crowd from the first round."
And the World No.4 and fan favorite's goal for the week? "It may be my first time here, but every time I go on the court I want to win - everything's good so far here, so why not go for the trophy?"
"It's always nice to get a win, and to get one in two sets is very nice," Goerges said. "I expected a tough match from Anastasija and I got it. I think it's much better when you get tough matches at the start of a tournament, so you can really try to show what you've been working on."
Goerges isn't just a star on the singles court, a fixture in the Top 20 - she's also a fixture on the doubles court, and she has quite a popular partner lined up for the upcoming Australian Open.
"I'm playing with an Aussie - I'm playing with Sam Stosur," the German said. "I was going to play with Barbora Zahlavova Strycova this year but unfortunately she's injured, so I had to look for someone, and Sam and I decided to play. We've had some good doubles results before and have a lot of fun together - it's going to be fun at the Aussie Open, and to play with an Aussie there is even better."