ZHUHAI, China - Julia Goerges capped off the best season of her career by winning the last nine matches of the year to capture back-to-back titles at the Kremlin Cup and the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai. On Sunday, Goerges rallied from 2-5 down in the first to win 11 of the last 12 games to defeat No.2 seed CoCo Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-1 and win the biggest title of her career.
"I think there is no better way to end this season," Goerges told reporters afterwards. "It's been a great season. I have had a lot of tough losses in Grand Slams this year where I had to get over it, but I still continued to work hard and still continued to believe in my team and my work.
"At the end it paid off, and I'm just happy. I think I have not really any words to describe right now. I think I still can't believe it a little bit."
Goerges' season was marred by hard-luck losses and ailments over the first five months of the year, but quickly turned the corner after the French Open. She made three finals over the summer in Mallorca, Bucharest, and Washington D.C., before winning her first title since 2011 Stuttgart, snapping a six-year drought. The thoughtful German never looked back, going undefeated in Zhuhai with wins over Kristina Mladenovic, Magdalena Rybarikova, Anastasija Sevastova, and Vandeweghe to seal her resurgent season.
"It's a completely new Julia, I would say," Goerges said. "You can't really compare that [Stuttgart title] to the one I just won in Moscow. I'm much more mature, and I am more developed in every kind of aspect in my game.
"I don't get as emotional as I probably have been in the past years. I just try to do my thing. That's it. At the same time, I will try to enjoy it. That's probably what I haven't done as much in the last years, what I wanted to do, but I can only say I'm having a different mindset right now. I just learned how to enjoy this life on the tour. When you come as youngster on the tour, you always want to have right away success and you always want to win right away everything. But sometimes you forget the positive sides of this life, as well.
"That's what I changed in the last two years to get really, like, very positive and not seeing the negative sides. 99% of the tournaments you play you go out with a loss, but once you come to a final, you have achieved something positive. You have to see the positive side of it. It's nice that I can finish those tournaments only with positive things, but if I would have lost it today, there would have been a lot of positive things still."
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