CHARLESTON, SC, USA - No.5 seed Julia Goerges dodged an inspired upset bid from Kristie Ahn to make a winning return to Charleston, notching her first win on the green clay since 2013.
Ahn came into the match fresh off of the biggest wins of her career, stunning former champion and 2011 US Open winner Samantha Stosur in her Charleston debut. She was looking for her first Top 20 win over Goerges, but the German No.2 sent her crashing back to Earth with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(1).
“I think Kristie played a really solid match,” Goerges acknowledged after the match. “She didn’t give me too many unforced errors, and when she had the chance she was very aggressive.
“It was very important for me to somehow find a way to win this match, so that’s what I’m very happy about.
“Obviously it’s my first clay court match and I have a lot of things to improve, but I’m glad that I have another chance tomorrow.”
Goerges struck 60 unforced errors during the rollercoaster two-hour and 14 minute encounter, but was kept abreast by her 33 winners - for her part, Ahn 15 winners but racked up 30 unforced errors of her own. Goerges also added another seven aces to her WTA-leading count, sitting at 132.
Up next in Round 3, Goerges will take on either No.10 seed and Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka or fellow German Laura Siegemund.
More to follow...