LUXEMBOURG - She began her year with a title and now she's ending her year with one.
Top seed Julia Goerges bested qualifier Belinda Bencic to win her second title of the season at the BGL Luxembourg Open on Saturday, 6-4, 7-5.
For the second straight year, the German has captured a title in the penultimate week of her season, having also won the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow before also winning the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai in 2017.
Her trophy in Luxembourg adds to the one she won in the first week of the season at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
In a tightly-contested two-setter, the World No.9 never dropped serve, and broke the former World No.7 early in the opener and late in the second to seal her victory.
Goerges earned her lone game on Bencic's serve to lead 3-2 in the first set, and her dominance on serve began early in the match. She dropped just five points behind her own delivery in the opener, losing just one behind her first serve.
A mammoth 11th game decided proceedings in the second set, as the Swiss did her best to hang with Goerges, who was firing on all cylinders.
Bencic saved the lone break points either player faced until that point in the opening game, but despite saving two more as she looked to hold to lead 6-5, she was unable to quell the World No.9's efforts.
In her victory speech on court, the German No.2 was complimentary of the 21-year-old's effort in the match: "Belinda had a great week and a great effort this week, coming through qualifying to make the final. She's been in the Top 10 and I know how tough it is to get there."
"It's not a surprise that she's a Top 10 player. Today, I think she was just too good and serving too well. I think we [my team and I] did and amazing job with seven matches won here," Bencic said in her runner-up speech.
"This tournament is so special for me because it was my first WTA tournament when I was 14 years old, and the next year when I was 15, in the main draw."
Goerges rounded off the match in style, hammering home a pair of her seven aces for the match to start the game, before sealing victory with a forehand winner in nearly 90 minutes on her second match point.