No.8 seed Julia Goerges will stand between doubles partner Ashleigh Barty and the World No.1 singles ranking on championship Sunday at the Nature Valley Classic.
WTA Staff
June 22, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain - No.8 seed Julia Goerges will stand between Ashleigh Barty, and the Nature Valley Classic title and the World No.1 ranking on championship Sunday.

Goerges downed Petra Martic in Saturday's second semifinal, 6-4, 6-3, to set up a championship meeting with her doubles partner this week to boot. 

The German struck 34 winners and six aces in an 82-minute semifinal victory, in which she never allowed the crafty Martic opportunities to showcase her variety on the lawns.

"I think overall I can be very happy with the way I played today. I'm very solid, good serving and trying to make it as hard as possible for her," Goerges said.

"I must say especially body-wise I feel very good but also with the way I'm playing, I think it has a little bit, a bigger impact and effect on the opponent, what I'm having at the start of the year.

"A title is always great at the start of the year, but now I'm feeling much more confident than I did at the beginning of the year."

Goerges proved consistent off the ground as she fired off winners, hitting just 23 unforced errors, as Martic tallied only seven winners to 16 unforced.

Goerges and Barty will face off for the second time on grass, and third time overall, with the head-to-head tied at 1-1.

The German won their first meeting on grass last year in Birmingham, while Barty came from a set down in the semifinals en route to winning the title at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai to end 2018.

She will look to win her second title of the season, after triumphing in Auckland at the ASB Classic in the first week of 2019.

"It is not a big secret of playing each other since we practice all the time together," Goerges said. 

"I just try to play my game being aggressive and doesn't really focus too much on the opponent because it's up to myself, it is in my hands, and I can only control what I can do and not what my opponent is doing.

"I just focus on being the same what I did the last three matches, or four matches here. I was almost out of the tournament in the first round, so now being in a final I think that makes it even sweeter.

"Matches are not over until the end and that is what I proved myself here that I'm capable of producing good tennis and improving match by match.

"Maybe [last year], it's in the back of the head a little bit, but she beat me on hard court, so there's not -- every match starts from zero. It's a new chance for both of us tomorrow and just the better one should win."