Linz Gallery: Snaps Of Semifinal Saturday
Victoria Azarenka cruised, the dance troupe returned and Julia Goerges doubled up - that and more.
Published October 14, 2012 12:00
Victoria Azarenka kicked Semifinal Saturday off with a commanding 62 61 win over lucky loser Irina-Camelia Begu.
For the second straight day, after Victoria Azarenka hit balls to the fans, a dance troupe jumped out onto the court.
And for the second straight day, the No.1 player in the world joined in, busting a move right on center court.
Victoria Azarenka recorded her WTA-leading 66th match win of the year, which propelled her into her 25th WTA final.
Victoria Azarenka's three previous indoor titles came at Memphis in 2009, Moscow in 2010 and Luxembourg in 2011.
The second semifinal started out with a surprise, as Julia Goerges dropped the first set to Kirsten Flipkens, 6-1.
But Julia Goerges came alive from 61 10 down, winning nine of the next 11 games to take complete control of the match.
With some massive serving and massive groundstrokes, the No.5-seeded Julia Goerges battled to a 16 62 63 victory.
Julia Goerges dodged a bullet - Kirsten Flipkens beat Ana Ivanovic a day before and had won 23 of her last 24 matches.
Julia Goerges has never taken a set from Victoria Azarenka but does have two wins over World No.1s to her name.
Victoria Azarenka met the press after reaching the final in her first appearance at the Generali Ladies Linz.
Meanwhile, back on the court, Julia Goerges was winning her doubles semifinal, alongside Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.