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

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?? (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

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?? (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. 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

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?? (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 Saisai Zheng, U.S Open R2 Preview

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(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

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(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

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?? 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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Julia Goerges vs Katerina Siniakova, Australian Open R1 Preview

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?? Julia Goerges vs ?? Katerina Siniakova

Two of the most dangerous unseeded players in the draw at Melbourne Park will go head-to-head in the first round when Julia Goerges comes up against Katerina Siniakova. Both Goerges and Siniakova ended 2016 in good form and started 2017 in great form. Siniakova won the title in Shenzhen in the first week of the year whilst Goerges made it to the semi-final stage in Auckland.

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Dubai DFTC Day 1 Recap

Day 1 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships was dominated by upsets (as is so often the case with a WTA event). A pair of American’s recorded impressive, surprise victories: CoCo Vandeweghe defeated 2015 runner-up Karolina Pliskova whilst Madison Brengle defeated 2015 semi-finalist Ekaterina Makarova. Julia Goerges recorded a dominant victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova whilst Andrea Petkovic recorded a much needed win over Camila Giorgi.

 

The day started with a huge upset, Madison Brengle recorded one of the biggest victories of her career, defeating an erratic Ekaterina Makarova 6-4 7-5. Brengle showed great resilience throughout the match, coming from behind in each set courtesy of dogged defense. Brengle’s reward is a second round clash with 2013 champion Petra Kvitova. Fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe also recorded a significant win, defeating Karolina Pliskova 7-6 6-1. It was the American’s first singles victory of 2016. Vandeweghe won a tight opening set which featured no breaks of serve before running away with the match in the second set.

A pair of German’s made brilliant starts to their Dubai campaign on Monday. Andrea Petkovic thrashed Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-1 whilst Julia Goerges produced a superb performance to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0 6-1. Goerges blasted 28 winners past the Russian, it was the worst loss inflicted on the Russian in her 13-year career. The challenge for both Petkovic and Goerges will be to bring their great form into the next round, both have struggled to be consistent in recent times.

 

On a day of upsets there was some stability, Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia both got off to a positive start in Dubai. Mladenovic overcame Lesia Tsurenko with a 6-2 7-6 win whilst Caroline Garcia defeated Anna Schmiedlova 6-4 6-1. Kristina Mladenovic will face CoCo Vandeweghe in the second round, Caroline Garcia will face Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals.

The qualifying draw was also finalised on Monday with Tsvetana Pironkova, Yaroslava Shvedova, Jana Cepelova and Saisai Zheng all winning their way into the main draw. A strong group of qualifiers, it wouldn’t be surprising to see one or more of them progress through the first round in Dubai.


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