LUXEMBOURG -- No.1 seed Julia Goerges of Germany booked her place in the quarterfinals of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, defeating Russia's Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-4 in a Wednesday second-round encounter.
"Overall, I’m very pleased with the way I played," Goerges told the press, afterwards. "It got close at the end, but I think I did very well after I got broken to stay in that match. I really tried to break her again to end the match, and I think I did a very good job."
The first meeting between the two players was controlled by the World No.9, who moved into her ninth quarterfinal of the season after 74 minutes of play. Goerges seeks her second title of the year, and first since beating Caroline Wozniacki to win the Auckland title in January.
The German's powerful delivery was on display, as Goerges fired six aces and won 77 percent of points on her first serve. Additionally, the winners whizzed off her racquet throughout the clash, with 36 in total, well outpacing her 15 unforced errors.
"[Blinkova's] a tough player, she’s very aggressive, especially indoors: there’s no wind, so she can hit some really good shots," Goerges explained. "I tried to take it away from her, being very aggressive, moving very well at the same time. So I think overall, it was a very good match."
Goerges, who reached the Luxembourg final in 2010, will take on No.6 seed Donna Vekic of Croatia in the quarterfinals. Vekic outlasted Fiona Ferro of France in an earlier second-round match on Wednesday, ultimately prevailing 2-6, 6-1, 7-5.
After Blinkova held serve to open the match, Goerges turned on the afterburners, racing through the remainder of the opening set without the loss of a game. The German started by breaking Blinkova for a 2-1 lead after a backhand passing shot winner on break point, and she later blasted a forehand return winner to clinch a second break and lead 4-1.
Goerges saved a break point with an ace en route to a hold for 5-1, and in the next game, another electric forehand service return winner brought up double set point. One more return winner concluded the set, which brought the top seed’s total in the opening frame to a staggering 16 winners, versus only four unforced errors.
Blinkova held five game points in her first service game of the second set, but three double faults in the game caused her to drop serve and hand Goerges an initial 2-0 lead. However, the Russian finally broke Goerges in the next game to get back on serve.
However, another forehand return winner let Goerges break again for 3-1. The German maintained this break lead up to 5-2, where she had two match points on Blinkova’s serve. Blinkova saved both to hold for 5-3, and the Russian suddenly got back on serve in the following game, after Goerges double faulted on break point while serving for the match.
Goerges, though, stayed calm, and received chances in the 5-4 game to end the affair. A long service return squandered the German’s third match point, but Blinkova double faulted to provide Goerges a fourth opportunity to close. There, the German slammed one final forehand winner to clinch victory and reach the final eight in Luxembourg.