LUXEMBOURG - Top seed Julia Goerges is through to the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open semifinals for the first time in seven years after edging past an inspired Donna Vekic in three sets.
Goerges, a finalist here in 2010 and semifinalist in 2011, fired 32 winners and seven aces on her way to the hardfought 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory against the No.6 seed.
The German had comfortably won both of the pair's previous encounters without dropping more than five games in each match, but this time in Luxembourg she was in for a battle as Vekic pushed her to the limit across three sets.
Goerges made a quick start against the Croat, shaking off early trouble as Vekic held a break chance in the first game but managed to zoom ahead to a 3-0 lead. That set the tone for the set to follow: Vekic created five break point chances in total, but every time Goerges rose to the occasion with powerful serves and booming groundstrokes.
But after going 0-5 in break opportunities in the first set, Vekic finally made a breakthrough early in the second set and turned the tables to earn a 3-0 lead. She stepped into the court and didn’t face any break points as she served out the set in commanding style.
The final set unfolded in tense fashion as both players were neck and neck with not much to separate them. Goerges’ powerful groundstrokes and crafty dropshots finally earned her the decisive break at 5-3, and she sealed the victory with an ace after an hour and 50 minutes.
Goerges now awaits the winner in a clash of former Top 10 players for a spot in the final: either Canadian qualifier Eugenie Bouchard or Andrea Petkovic.
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