2016 ASB Classic runner-up Julia Goerges held off a late fightback from 2015 finalist Caroline Wozniacki to complete the semifinal line-up in Auckland.
WTA Staff

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Julia Goerges won her second straight match over former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, avenging a 2015 loss to the Dane at the ASB Classic, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, to complete the line-up of semifinalists in Auckland.

Wozniacki became a heavy favorite to take the title in New Zealand following the early exits of Venus and Serena Williams on Wednesday, but the two-time US Open finalist looked ready to do just that from the outset of tonight's quarterfinal, winning the first five games against Goerges before taking the first set in 24 minutes.

The match continued to slip away from the big-hitting German in the second, losing the first three games to fall behind a double break. From there, Goerges came to life, running off six straight games of her own to even up the match at one set apiece.

A match of momentum swings proved thus to the very end; even as Goerges swept 11 of 12 games from a set and 0-3 down, Wozniacki wouldn't go quietly, clawing back from 5-1 to 5-4 in the decider and breaking her unseeded opposition as she served for the match for the first time.

Goerges ultimately got the job done on her second try, clinching victory in one hour and 48 minutes and completing the roster of semifinalists that includes No.7 seed Jelena Ostapenko and Lauren Davis. Standing between her and a second straight final in Auckland is Ana Konjuh.

Davis kicked off the day with a comprehensive win over No.4 seed Barbora Strycova, 6-1, 7-6(2), while Ostapenko ended the run of Madison Brengle, 7-5, 6-3. Konjuh won the first three games against young hotshot Naomi Osaka before the Japanese woman was forced to retire due to a left-wrist injury.