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First Round Wraps Up In Stuttgart

Julia Goerges was among the winners as the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix wrapped up. Jelena Jankovic continued her 2013 resurgence with a Top 10 win - find out who she beat.

Published April 24, 2013 12:00

First Round Wraps Up In Stuttgart
Julia Goerges

STUTTGART, Germany - The last three spots in the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix were snapped up on Wednesday evening, with former champion Julia Goerges among the winners.

Watch highlights, interviews and more video from Stuttgart all week right here!

Goerges was cruising against Kirsten Flipkens, 62 21, when Flipkens had to retire due to illness.

"I saw in the beginning that she wasn't really feeling well or moving as well as she usually does," Goerges said. "Before the match I thought it was going to be a very tough match but unfortunately she wasn't able to play at her level. She's a great player and you never want to win a match this way."

This is a special tournament for Goerges, not only because it's on home turf, but because she won the title two years ago - she talked about the difference between coming in as defending champion, which was the situation last year, and coming in this year without that kind of pressure on her shoulders.

"It was a completely new situation for me last year, coming into such a big tournament as defending champion," the German said. "This year I'm much more experienced and I'm coming here more relaxed, not really nervous at all, and with no pressure. I just want to enjoy playing this tournament. It's a great court and the crowd is fantastic, so I'm really looking forward to the rest of the week."

Goerges Vs Flipkens Video: Goerges Interview

Next on Center Court was an all-star clash between a Grand Slam champion and a former No.1, as Sam Stosur took on Jelena Jankovic. Jankovic had won five of the pair's seven meetings, but Stosur won their only previous clay court meeting, a 61 62 win at the French Open in 2010. But big picture won this time as Jankovic broke serve once per set and beat the No.6-seeded Stosur in two, 64 64.

"Sam plays very well on clay and she beat me at the French Open, so of course I expected a tough match," Jankovic said. "In the first few games her kick serve was giving me some trouble as it pulled me out of the court, but I felt that if I got a decent return in, I was in good shape for the point.

"It's great to win against a Top 10 player because it's my goal to be back there. Each win gives me more confidence and the motivation to work even harder. I'm enjoying tennis again - I want to be here, I want to compete, and I'd really like that blue Porsche - it would match my blue tennis shoes.

"There's room in my garage."

Jankovic has now won 15 of her last 18 matches, having won Bogotá (5-0), losing her opening match at Indian Wells (0-1), then reaching the semifinals of Miami (4-1) and the finals of Charleston (5-1).

The former No.1 also scored her first Top 10 win in more than a year - her last win against the elite came 14 months ago in the quarterfinals of Dubai, when she defeated - coincidentally - Stosur.

Jankovic Vs Stosur Video: Match Highlights | Jankovic Interview

American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands also moved through to the last 16, holding all eight of her service games and breaking four times to beat Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets on Court 1, 62 61.

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