Elise Mertens vs. Julia Goerges, Zhuhai RR preview + prediction

WTA Elite Trophy – Zhuhai RR preview + prediction
🇧🇪 (4) Elise Mertens vs. 🇩🇪 (5) Julia Goerges

Julia Goerges’ title defense is hanging by a thread heading into Thursday’s match with Elise Mertens. Goerges suffered a shock 3-set loss at the hands of Anett Kontaveit in her first match of the week whilst Mertens defeated Kontaveit in straight sets in her first match of the event. This all means that Goerges needs to win this match in straight sets to advance, otherwise Mertens will go through to the semi-finals.

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This will be the first career meeting between Mertens and Goerges. I’m going to side with Mertens here. The pair will be aware of the situation heading into this match, 1 set will do for Mertens. Once Mertens gets that set I think the resistance of Goerges will waver and Mertens will cruise to victory. Mertens has the versatile game that should frustrate Goerges, especially given how poorly Goerges played in her first-up loss to Kontaveit. Mertens on the other hand looked very solid in her first match and should be too consistent for Goerges.

Prediction: Elise Mertens to defeat Julia Goerges in 2 sets

Julia Goerges vs. Anett Kontaveit, Zhuhai RR Preview

WTA Elite Trophy, Group Stage – Preview
🇩🇪 (5) Julia Goerges vs. 🇪🇪 (10) Anett Kontaveit

Julia Goerges begins her title defense in Zhuhai on Wednesday where she takes on Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. Goerges reignited her career this time last year and is seemingly peaking at the later stage of the season once again having won the title in Luxembourg a few weeks ago. Conversely, Kontaveit was extremely poor in her first match of the week and may find it tough to respond here.

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Julia Goerges arrives in Zhuhai full of confidence as she looks to defend her title. 12 months ago, Goerges arrived in Zhuhai fresh from winning the title in Moscow, this year she arrives fresh from winning the title in Luxembourg. The German’s title run in Luxembourg was much needed because her form prior to that had been pretty poor. Goerges’ triumph in Zhuhai 12 months ago was the biggest title of her career, it will be interesting to see how she handles the pressure of the defending the title this week.

Anett Kontaveit made a very lackluster start to her Zhuhai campaign, she was thrashed by Elise Mertens 3-6 1-6. Kontaveit was extremely impatient, hitting far too many unforced errors from the baseline. Kontaveit’s first-up horror show in Zhuhai means she is basically eliminated from the tournament. Kontaveit will need to drastically raise her level if she is to even be competitive against the defending champion.

The only previous match between the pair took place in Budapest last year, Goerges won 6-7 6-3 6-4.

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Julia Goerges vs. Serena Williams, Wimbledon SF Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon semi-final preview
🇩🇪 (13) Julia Goerges vs. 🇺🇸 (25) Serena Williams

Serena Williams is now just two wins away from claiming a historic 24th Grand Slam title. Standing in Serena’s way is the 13th seeded Julia Goerges, the pair will do battle in Thursday’s second semi-final at SW19. Serena enters this match as a strong favourite, this will be the German’s very first Grand Slam semi-final appearance, clearly there is a huge gulf in class between the pair. Nevertheless, Goerges has a big game that can challenge anyone when she is at her best.

Serena Williams of the United States in action during her first round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Julia Goerges has already broken new ground at this event. The German had never previously made it to the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam prior to this event. It has not been a straightforward passage to the final 4 for Goerges, the 13th seed started the event with a tight straight set win over Monica Puig before requiring 3 sets to get past Vera Lapko and Barbora Strycova. Goerges went on to thrash Donna Vekic before conforming her spot in the final 4 with a 3-6 7-5 6-1 victory over Kiki Bertens.

Serena Williams is through to a 10th Wimbledon final and will be playing for an 8th title. Serena stormed through the first week with straight set wins over Arantxa Rus, Viktoriya Tomova and Kristina Mladenovic. Serena easily defeated Evgeniya Rodina in the fourth round before overcoming her first big challenge as she came from a set down to defeat Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4, it was typical Serena win as she really raised her level and intensity after an early challenge.

Serena holds a perfect 2-0 H2H record over Goerges. The pair haven’t played for a while, their most recent match between the pair was at the Rogers Cup way back in 2011, Serena won 6-1 7-6. This will be the first career meeting between the pair on a grass court.

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Julia Goerges vs. Donna Vekic, Wimbledon R4 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R4 Preview
🇩🇪 (13) Julia Goerges vs. 🇭🇷 Donna Vekic

Julia Goerges and Donna Vekic have both made their way through to the second week at Wimbledon for the first time, both will be playing to reach the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam for the first time. Goerges has come through 3 extremely tough matches whilst Vekic is yet to drop a set on route to the final 16. Which of these two will raise their level and claim a spot in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time?

Julia Goerges of Germany in action during the third round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Julia Goerges arrived at Wimbledon with a terrible recent record at the championships having lost at the first round stage in her last 5 appearances. The 13th seed started the event with a 6-4 7-6 win over Monica Puig before defeating Vera Lapko 6-2 3-6 6-3. The German secured her spot in the round of 16 with a gutsy 7-6 3-6 10-8 win over Barbora Strycova in a match that lasted just under 3 hours. Goerges has played really well under pressure all week, good signs for 29-year-old.

Donna Vekic is having one the best weeks of her young career. Vekic has long underachieved but is finally starting to fulfil her potential. Vekic kick-started the event in style with a 6-1 6-3 win over the 4th seeded Sloane Stephens. Vekic backed-up her victory over the reigning U.S Open champion impressively well, beating Rebecca Peterson 7-5 6-4 and Yanina Wickmayer7-6 6-1. How long can Vekic keep up this level of play?

The only previous match between the pair took place at Budapest last year, Goerges claimed a comfortable 6-2 6-2 victory on that occasion.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Julia Goerges, Birmingham QF Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham QF Preview
🇨🇿 (4) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇩🇪 (5) Julia Goerges

A blockbuster quarter-final in Birmingham sees the 4th seeded Petra Kvitova come up against the 5th seeded Julia Goerges. Kvitova has had the better of Goerges in recent times having won the last 4 matches between the pair, including 3 matches in 2018. Nevertheless, Goerges enters this match on high after a big win over Ash Barty in the previous round, can the German finally get the better of Kvitova?

Julia Goerges of Germany in action during the second round at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova had made a commanding start to the grass court swing. Petra has breezed through her first few matches, a 6-3 6-4 win over Johanna Konta followed by a 6-2 6-2 demolition of Daria Gavrilova. Kvitova is arguably the form player on tour right now having won 15 of her last 16 matches, the 2-time former Wimbledon champion is arguably the tour’s most dangerous player on grass.

Julia Goerges caused a big upset in the second round where she claimed a 7-6 6-3 victory over the in-form Ash Barty. Goerges incredibly saved 7 set points in the opening set, luck was certainly on her side at the end of the opening set before she ran away with the match in the second set. The German claimed a 6-4 6-4 win over Maria Sakkari in the opening round.

Kvitova holds a 5-1 head-to-head record over Goerges. The most recent match between the pair was in a Fed Cup tie earlier this year on an indoor clay court in Stuttgart, a 6-3 6-2 victory. This will be their first career meeting on a grass court.

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Julia Goerges vs. Serena Williams, Roland Garros R3 Preview

Roland Garros, R3 Preview
🇩🇪 (11) Julia Goerges vs. 🇺🇸 Serena Williams

Serena Williams continues her quest for glory on Saturday with a tough third round clash with the 11th seeded Julia Goerges at Roland Garros. Serena has scrapped her way into the third round in Paris, the 23-time Grand Slam champion has had to call on her trademark fighting spirit to get her over the line in a couple of tough matches. Serena is likely to face another tough test against Goerges, the German was in career best form earlier this year and has the weapons to trouble any opponent.

Serena Williams of the United States in action during her second round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Julia Goerges started 2018 on fire after an outstanding end to the 2017 season. The German’s form has cooled off in recent times but she remains a threat. Goerges arrived in Paris on the back of a disappointing opening round exit in Nuremburg at the hands of Kristyna Pliskova. Nevertheless, Goerges has made a decent start to her Roland Garros campaign by defeating 2 quality opponents. Goerges started the week with a 6-4 5-7 6-0 win over Dominika Cibulkova before defeating Alison Van Uytvanck 7-5 7-6. Goerges does not have a great record in Grand Slams and she will be desperate to change that here after another disappointment in Melbourne earlier this year.

The return of Serena Williams has been the greatest talking point of the tournament. Competing in her first Grand Slam since winning the Australian Open in 2017 and since giving birth the signs have been decent for Serena. The American started the tournament with a 7-6 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova in a match that was very serve dominated. The 3-time former champion was in trouble in the second round when she trailed the 17th seeded Ash Barty by a set and break but as is often the case, Serena was able to raise her intensity and her level as ran away with a 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

Interestingly these two have only gone head-to-head on two previous occasions. The pair have not met since 2011 where Serena claimed a 6-1 7-6 victory in Cincinnati.

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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.