Caroline Garcia vs. Julia Goerges, Madrid R3 Preview

Mutua Madrid Open, R3 Preview
🇫🇷 (7) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇩🇪 (11) Julia Goerges

An exciting third round clash in Madrid sees Caroline Garcia come up against Julia Goerges. Garcia and Goerges have rocketed up the ranking in recent times, both have dramatically improved their games and are more consistent and reliable than ever. Expect to see a lot of flashy winners in this match-up as two of the most aggressive players on tour go head-to-head…

Caroline Garcia of France in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Caroline Garcia is building momentum. Garcia arrived in Madrid on the back of a nice run to the semi-finals in Stuttgart where she claimed notable wins over Maria Sharapova and Elina Svitolina. Garcia has made her way into the third round in Madrid without dropping a set. Garcia started the week with a 6-1 7-5 win over Caroline Garcia before beating Petra Martic 6-3 7-5. Garcia almost made a mess of her match with Martic as she saw her 4-0 lead in the second set turn into a 4-5 0-30 deficit but Garcia caught fire with her back to the wall as she blasted winner after winner past Martic to end the match in straight sets.

Julia Goerges has had two contrasting matches on route to the third round. Goerges started the week with an easy 6-2 6-4 win over Timea Babos before having to dig deep to come from a set and a break down to defeat Lara Arruabarrena 2-6 6-4 6-2. This is the first time Georges has reached the third round stage in Madrid since her run to the semi-finals in 2011.

It was Garcia who won the only previous match between the pair, a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win in Beijing in 2016. Can Goerges reverse their previous result? Or will Garcia be too strong?

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Julia Goerges vs Alize Cornet, Australian Open R2 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R2 Preview
🇩🇪 (12) Julia Goerges vs 🇫🇷 Alize Cornet

Julia Goerges is arguably the form player on tour right now. Goerges is on a 15-match winning streak after beating Sofia Kenin in straight sets in the opening round at Melbourne Park on day 1. Goerges has never made it past the fourth round at the Australian Open, the 12th seed will look to change that stat in 2018 given her current form. Goerges continues her campaign on Wednesday where she comes up against Alize Cornet in the second round. Goerges has won all 5 of the previous matches between the pair.

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Goerges is full of confidence right now. Goerges arrived in Melbourne having won her last 3 tournaments. The German won Moscow and Zhuhai to end 2017 and started the new year by winning the title at the ASB Classic in Auckland. Goerges’ straight set win over Wozniacki in the Auckland final was particularly impressive. Goerges made a decent start to her Australian Open campaign, beating Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-4. Goerges served very well but was no quite at her best, she did what she needed to do.

Alize Cornet was given a very favourable opening round draw in Melbourne. Cornet defeated Chinese wild-card Xiyu Wang 6-4 6-2 in what was a fairly competitive match. Cornet had too much experience and class for her 16-year-old opponent. Cornet will face a huge step up in opposition when she takes on Julia Goerges in the second round.

Goerges holds a 5-0 head-to-head record over Cornet. Only 2 of those matches were recent enough to be relevant. A 6-4 6-0 win on clay in Stuttgart in 2016 and a 6-3 6-3 win on a hard court in Wuhan in 2015.

Julia Goerges vs Samantha Stosur, Sydney R1 Preview

Sydney International. R1 Preview
(7) 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges vs (wc) 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

Samantha Stosur faces an extremely tough opening round match in Sydney when she comes up against Germany’s Julia Goerges. Julia Goerges arrives in Sydney in the form of her career. Goerges is on a 14 -match winning streak having won 3 titles in a row. Goerges won Moscow and Zhuhai to end 2017 on a high and carried that form into Auckland last week where she won the ASB Classic.

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Julia Goerges is up to a career high ranking of 12 having won 3 title in a row. Goerges was in fine form last week in Auckland where she dropped just 1 set on route to the title. Goerges saved her best performance for the final where she blasted her way past Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 7-6. Goerges was in command for the entire match, apart from a dip in form at the end of the second set it was a near flawless performance form Goerges who served extremely well and was clinical from the baseline.

Sam Stosur’s start to the season was far less impressive. Stosur was easily beaten in the opening round at the Brisbane International, a 1-6 3-6 loss to Anastasija Sevastova. Stosur’s hard court form is not good, a losing record on the surface in 2017 and her form in Australia is also not good, in 2017 she did not win a match in front of her home crowd.

The head-to-head record is also in the German’s favour. Goerges holds a 5-1 head-to-head record over Stosur and has won the last 3 meetings between the pair. Most recently Goerges won 4-6 6-4 6-4 at Indian Wells last year. Goerges has won all 4 of the previous matches between the pair on a hard court. The German’s deep, powerful hitting is troublesome for Stosur.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Julia Goerges, Auckland Final Preview

ASB Classic, Auckland Final Preview
(1) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki vs (2) 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges

Two former finalists will go head-to-head in Sunday’s final at the ASB Classic in Auckland. It will be the ultimate final between the two top seeds: Caroline Wozniacki and Julia Goerges. Wozniacki and Goerges have been regulars in Auckland over the years, both will be desperate to finally lift the title and start the year on the ultimate high. Both enter this match in supreme form, Goerges is on a 13-match winning streak having ended 2017 with successive titles, whilst Wozniacki ended 2017 as the Singapore champion and has for the most part carried that form to Auckland.

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Caroline Wozniacki started her Auckland campaign in supreme form, claiming dominant straight set wins over Madison Brengle and Petra Martic. However, after a few day of rain delays, Wozniacki struggled in her quarter-final match, pushed all the way by world number 108, Sofia Kenin. Wozniacki ultimately defeated the American 4-6 6-2 6-4 before booking her spot in Sunday’s final with a 6-4 6-4 win over Sachia Vickery. Wozniacki was forced to play two matches on Saturday after the multiple rain delays.

Julia Goerges also played two matches on Saturday to reach Sunday’s final. Goerges raced through her two matches, beating Polona Hercog 6-4 6-4 and Su-Wei Hsieh 6-1 6-4. Goerges first match in Auckland has been her toughest of the week to date, a three set win over Monica Puig. Incredibly, Goerges is into her third consecutive final having won back-to-back titles in Moscow and Zhuhai to end 2017, an outstanding turn of events for a player that has been known for her wild inconsistency and unreliability.

These two have built up quite the rivalry over the years. It is Goerges who holds the slight edge in the head-to-head record, a 5-4 record. Wozniacki has often struggled in this match-up, when Goerges is on, her power has usually been too much for Wozniacki to handle. Goerges has won their two most recent matches, including a 1-6 6-3 6-4 win in Auckland last year.

Anastasija Sevastova vs Julia Goerges, Zhuhai Semi-Final Preview

WTA Elite Trophy, 🇨🇳🌹🐉 Zhuhai RR Preview + Prediction
SF #1: (5) 🇱🇻 Anastasija Sevastova vs (7) 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges

Saturday’s first semi-final at the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai sees Anastasija Sevastova come up against Julia Goerges. Both Sevastova and Goerges progressed through the group stage with a perfect record, winning both of their group matches in straight sets to set up an exciting semi-final clash. The head-to-head record between these is split at 2 wins apiece heading into Saturday’s semi-final. It was Sevastova who won their most recent match, a 3 set win in the Mallorca final on grass earlier this year. Can an in-form Goerges reverse the result of their previous match and claim the first spot in Sunday’s final in Zhuhai?

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Kristina Mladenovic vs Julia Goerges, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(1) 🇫🇷 Kristina Mladenovic vs (7) 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges

The final semi-final spot at the 2017 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai will be up for grabs in the opening match of day 4. Julia Goerges is in prime position to progress to the next stage from the Azalea group, the German just needs to win one set against Kristina Mladenovic when the pair square off on Friday. Conversely, Mladenovic will need to beat Goerges in straight sets to advance. These two could not bring more contrasting form into this crucial match. Goerges has won 6 matches in a row after arriving in Zhuhai fresh off the title in Moscow whilst Mladenovic is on a 11-match losing streak. Can Mladenovic produce a miracle to snatch the final semi-final spot in Zhuhai?

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Julia Goerges vs Magdalena Rybarikova, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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Azalea Group: (7) 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges vs (10) 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova

Tuesday second match of the day in Zhuhai sees an in-form Julia Goerges take on Magdalena Rybarikova. Goerges and Rybarikova have been drawn into the Azalea Group alongside the top seeded Kristina Mladenovic. Goerges and Rybarikova have not gone head-to-head in over 4 years, on that occasion it was Rybarikova who won in 3 tight sets in Cincinnati. This will be an interesting match clash between two contrasting styles.

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Julia Goerges vs Saisai Zheng, U.S Open R2 Preview

US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R2 Preview + Prediction
(30) 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges vs 🇨🇳 Saisai Zheng

The 30th seeded Julia Goerges entered the final Grand Slam of the year in good form, Goerges is the type of player that can be a threat to most players over the next fortnight if she can maintain a high level of play. Goerges cruised through her opening round match in New York, smashing compatriot Annika Beck 6-1 6-0. The German will come up against Saisai Zheng in the second round on Wednesday evening in what will be the first meeting between the pair. Zheng secured her spot in the second round with a 6-4 3-6 6-1 win over Alison Van Uytvanck. It will be interesting to see how this match-up unfolds given the huge contrast in styles between the two.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Julia Goerges, Cincinnati R1 Preview

Western & Southern Open, 🇺🇸🌉 Cincinnati R1 Preview + Prediction
(10) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges

Agnieszka Radwanska showed signs of a form reversal in Toronto last week and will be hoping to continue to gain momentum in Cincinnati. Radwanska will begin her Western & Southern Open campaign on Tuesday with a tough opening round clash against an in-form Julia Goerges. Radwanska holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Goerges but it is the German who has generally been playing the better tennis of late, it will be interesting to see if Radwanska is still able to maintain her winning ways over Goerges.

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Madison Brengle vs Julia Goerges, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R1 Preview + Prediction
🇺🇸 Madison Brengle vs 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges

Julia Goerges looms as one of the most dangerous unseeded players in the draw at Roland Garros 2017. The German has shown promising signs here and there in recent times but inconsistency throughout tournaments and matches continues to plague Julia. On the other side of the spectrum is Madison Brengle, a player with little talent but a player that almost always gives the same level, a solid fighter who can expose players like Goerges if they are not on their game.

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