CINCINNATI, OH, USA - The Julia Goerges train just keeps on rolling. The 28-year-old German is in the midst of her finest season of the last few years. Over the last two months, Goerges has made three finals on three different surfaces, at the Mallorca Open, Bucharest Open, and Citi Open. She's still chasing her first title since winning the 2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, but no one wants to be standing across the net from Julia these days.
"I know how dangerous I can be when I play my game my way," Goerges said on the WTA Insider Podcast. "If I'm aggressive and serving big it's tough to break me, but I still have the capability of breaking someone. If this all comes together with good quality and being consistent at the same time I know how dangerous I am and how successful I can be. But it's still about putting it all together and bringing it on the court."
Up to No.37, Goerges is chasing a seeding at the US Open this week at the Western & Southern Open, where she kicked off her campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 win over No.10 Agnieszka Radwanska. On Wednesday she booked her spot in the Round of 16 with a straight set win over young Canadian Francoise Abanda. She'll face either No.5 seed Elina Svitolina or Lesia Tsurenko.
"My next goal is to be seeded at a Grand Slam, which doesn't mean it makes it easier, but you don't get one of the top players in the first two rounds but it doesn't mean you have a secure third round spot," Goerges said. "At the same time, it still gives you a little bit of self-confidence that you made it into the seedings as well. I'm close to that I know, if I don't do it at the US Open I'm happy to do it at the Australian Open."
One of the keys to Goerges' season has been her improved serve. According to SAP Tennis Analytics, heading into this time last year Goerges hit 234 aces in 52 matches. This year she's bested that mark by over 60 aces, hitting 310 in 50 matches and sits at No.2 among ace leaders behind World No.1 Karolina Pliskova.
"We did work a lot physically to improve my serve because I think there is still a lot of room to improve," Goerges said. "I can serve every kind of serve -- kick, slice, flat -- and it's all about the variety on the serve. If you only serve flat then everyone knows where you're serving to and at some point you get it back as fast as you served it. So it's about improving this and speed-wise as well. I think I improved this a lot, especially with my off-court as well as my work on-court, to really understand how I make my game more dangerous and also my serve more dangerous.
"If this goes all together with the tactics you get from your coach it's a dangerous package. I will try and carry this package as long as possible," she said with a laugh.
WTA Insider caught up with Goerges after her big win over Radwanska, her first over the crafty Pole on hard court, to discuss her resurgent season and the work she's put in with her team to shape her dangerous game.
Listen to the full conversation on the WTA Insider Podcast:
On how her team work makes the dream work:
"I think what is the most important is that we are actually three friends. We live close together so we do a lot at home as well. If you don't have to travel to train somewhere -- all three of us are home so we don't feel like we are just on the road the whole year. That's a big factor for me. Once we are home we can recharge and then we get ready for the next trip. They're very positive guys, which I think is, for every human being, a big factor."
On how experience has shaped her perspective:
"I see the sport and my job a little bit differently than I used to the last four or five years. I'm enjoying it much more. I know you have just a certain time of your life where you can really do this job with everything that you have. There will be a day coming where this whole thing ends and the new chapter of your life starts. For me, it's important to get everything out that I'm still capable of while I'm still feeling young and fresh even though I'm 28. This gives me perspective for the future. I can only say for myself, enjoy what you're doing. That's the main thing and that's what changed me and what brought me back the game that I'm playing now."