Julia Goerges put on a flawless performance to stun top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and reach the quarterfinals of the Mallorca Open.
WTA Staff

MALLORCA, Spain - Julia Goerges played spellbinding offense to shock top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-1, 6-2, to reach the quarterfinals at the Mallorca Open.

Goerges narrowly lead their head-to-head coming into the match, winning their most recent encounter at the start of the season at the ASB Classic, where she won in straight sets.

Playing to reach the last eight at a grass court tournament for the first time in her career, Goerges unlocked her aggressive game to outrageous effect on Wednesday, hitting 24 winners to just five unforced errors to score her fifth Top 20 win of 2017.

Pavlyuchenkova had been made to battle through a two-day opening round encounter with Sara Sorribes Tormo, and had no answers to the German's imperious form in Mallorca, hitting just seven winners of her own against eight unforced errors.

Serving for the match, Goerges struck one last service winner to clinch victory in just under an hour.

Standing between the unseeded 28-year-old and a spot in the semifinals 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki, who won her second match of the year on Tuesday after an eight-month lay-off.

“I’m really happy,” Lisicki said after the match. “Today feels like the first real win because Kiki retired yesterday. It’s nice to finish and serve it out.

“With every match, I start to feel better and better. It’s about getting those matches under your belt, getting the rhythm. I expect to give 100% on the court and to keep enjoying it.”