Goerges Serves Up Strasbourg Shocker

Julia Goerges held all nine of her service games - and never even faced a break point - to score a big upset at the Internationaux de Strasbourg. Who did she beat?

Published May 20, 2014 12:14

Goerges Serves Up Strasbourg Shocker
Julia Goerges

STRASBOURG, France - Julia Goerges served up the upset of the tournament at the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Tuesday, picking off No.1 seed Sloane Stephens in straight sets in the first round.

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The Plot
It has been a tough few years for Goerges. Ranked as high as No.15 in the world a little more than two years ago, she has since fallen out of the Top 100 - she's No.108 this week - after some struggles with injury and consistency from tournament to tournament. And there was more bad news for the German - she drew Stephens, whom she had lost to in both previous meetings, in the first round in Strasbourg.

The Turning Point
In what was their first meeting on clay, which is arguably Goerges' best surface - both of her WTA titles have come on it, as well as most of her big wins - the two players were comfortably on serve until Goerges cracked open the match at 4-3, breaking for 5-3 then smoothly serving out the set, 6-3.

That's when she began piling on. Goerges broke in the first game of the second set and never looked back, even breaking a second time for 5-2 and, again, smoothly serving out the set. She won, 6-3, 6-2.

By The Numbers
Goerges' serve was just too sharp on the day. Not only did she hold all nine of her service games, but there were few struggles in any of them, as she never faced a break point during the whole match.

The German also stepped up big time on break points - she converted three of five of those.

Despite her fall down the rankings, Goerges' win over the World No.16 wasn't her first big win of the year - it was her second Top 20 win of the year, having beaten then-No.7 Sara Errani in the first round of the Aussie Open. As mentioned above, though, it was her first win in three tries against Stephens.

"It's definitely a good win," Goerges said. "It's always a good win to beat a Top 20 player, especially someone I've lost to before. And I'm pleased the way I played today - it was pretty solid in general. She had two or three games in each set where she wasn't on top, and I tried to take advantage of it.

"It's always good having matches, singles or doubles. I had some good wins in doubles in Rome last week, and this week is a good opportunity for me to get more matches before the French Open too."

What's Next
For Stephens, what's next is Roland Garros, where she is projected to be the No.15 seed in the draw.

For Goerges, it's Lauren Davis - the American beat Belarusian qualifier Olga Govortsova, 6-2, 6-4.

Goerges will have to conjure up another first against Davis - Goerges has lost to Davis in both of their previous meetings, and both this year, at the Australian Open and in Rome qualies just last week.

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