Qualifier Marketa Vondrousova shocked German No.1 Julia Goerges in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Tuesday with the loss of just four games.
WTA Staff
April 24, 2018

STUTTGART, Germany - Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova silenced a partisan home crowd from start to finish in a first round upset of German No.1 Julia Goerges at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Tuesday, 6-2, 6-2.

Contesting her fourth match of the week after coming through qualifying, Vondrousova needed less than half the time to reach the round of 16 than she did to win any of her matches to book her spot in the main draw.

The teenager needed a trio of three-setters to qualify, and came from a set down to defeat Goerges' compatriot in the final round, but had no such trouble in a dominant 66-minute showing.

"It was a great match for me. The pressure was on her. I just played my game," Vondrousova said after the match. "I returned as much as I can and I played a great match."

Though Goerges was making her debut at this year's edition of the tournament, the 2011 champion went 1-1 on center court of the Porsche Arena over the weekend in Germany's Fed Cup semifinal defeat the the Czech Republic.

While Vondrousova was not competing in her country's tie, she made her debut on the court yesterday in her final round qualifying win over Witthoeft.

"I think it was good for me that we played there yesterday in the finals of qualies," she said. "I was kind of used to it and the crowd was good today, they were cheering for all of us."

The lefty broke the World No.11's serve four times, dropped just six points behind her own serve in the match, and won a staggering 74 percent of the points played behind Goerges' second serve to set a second round clash with No.3 seed Elina Svitolina.

While calling the match a "learning lesson," Goerges nonetheless was complimentary of the World No.73's effort in the upset.

"She was very solid. You also have to give credit to her because I think in some parts I didn’t play bad. It was aggressive but I think she retrieved a lot of good balls and she didn’t give me a lot of
errors. You have to give credit to her as well. Obviously, I wanted to play a bit better," Goerges assessed after the match.

"I think she is very talented, especially she is a lefty as well which makes the situation always a bit tricky. She has a great touch, she has a great spin on her forehand and she is a good mover and defender. At the same time, she can also play offensive tennis and I think it’s a good mix out of her. We’ll see what the future brings but I’m sure that she’s going to get some big wins."