Qatar Total Open, Doha R3 Preview
?? (9) Julia Goerges vs ?? Mihaela Buzarnescu
Julia Goerges continues to impress. The German ended 2017 in outstanding form winning back-to-back titles and has started 2018 where she left off in 2017. Goerges has come through a couple of tough matches in Doha and will continue her Qatar Total Open campaign on Thursday with a third round match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu. This is an interesting match-up between two ladies playing the best tennis of their career.
Julia Goerges secured her spot in the third round in Doha with a couple of tough wins over two very competent Czech opponents. Goerges started her 2018 Doha campaign with a 6-1 7-5 win over Lucie Safarova before beating Barbora Strycova 6-2 3-6 6-1. The last few months have easily been the German’s most consistent of her entire career, the 29-year-old is finally fulfilling her potential as she recently cracked into the top 10 for the first time in her career.
Mihaela Buzarnescu is also in career best form. Buzarnescu is competing in Doha for the first time in her career, so far so good for the Romanian. Buzarnescu started the week with a tight straight set victory over Lesia Tsurenko before stunning the 6th seeded Jelena Ostapenko with a comfortable 6-1 6-3 victory. Buzarnescu’s win over Ostapenko was the Romanian’s biggest win of her career based on rankings.
It was Goerges who won the only previous match between the pair, 6-1 6-2 on clay at an ITF even in Bucharest way back in 2009. A lot has changed since then!