ROME, Italy - Germany's Julia Goerges powered to the second upset on day two at the Foro Italico on Tuesday, as she edged Mutua Madrid Open runner-up Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, 7-6(6), 7-5.
Goerges, who came into the match ranked 30 places behind one of the most in-form players on the WTA this season, used her trademark forehand to dominate from the baseline in the match. The German struck a total of 29 winners in the one hour, 52-minutes conetst, with 23 of them coming off the right wing.
The match couldn't have been tighter on paper, as Mladenovic managed to win one more point than Goerges (74-73) over the course of proceedings, but the German rallied from a break down in the opener and claimed the lone break of serve in the final game of the match to see herself to victory.
The first seven games of the match went with serve for both players, as netiher carved out a break point chance while Mladenovic held at love three times.
It was the Frenchwoman who nonetheless carved out the first real advantage in the opener, breaking on her second opportunity in the eighth game to lead 5-3.
Undaunted, Goerges hit back in the next game and the opener went with serve to the tiebreak - a third in six career sets between the pair to that point.
After trailing by a mini-break, Georges lost both points behind her serve to give Mladenovic a set point at 6-5, but the German ran off the next three points to steal the opener and a one-set lead with a booming forehand winner.
The second set was a carbon copy of the first, as both players dominated in their own service games, and neither faced even deuce point for the duration of the set.
Both managed to win just eight points on return in the second set, it was Goerges who ran off the points on the Mladenovic delivery when it mattered the most - and she claimed four of them in the final game of the match to seal the straight sets victory.