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Radwanska wins her 8th WTA title in Dubai.

Agnieszka Radwanska claimed her eighth WTA Tour title by beating Julia Goerges of Germany 7-5 6-4 to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The 22-year-old’s extra experience told as she won the first set in just over an hour before claiming two breaks in the second to move into a 4-1 lead. Goerges, 23, dug deep and broke Radwanska’s serve in the sixth game and failed with a break-point chance at 5-4 on the Radwanska serve which could have turned the match around. The Pole recovered from that scare to seal the match at the second time of asking to triumph in one hour and 44 minutes. The Dubai triumph added to previous career titles won in Carlsbad, Tokyo, Beijing, Pattaya City, Istanbul, Eastbourne and Stockholm.

The victory also elevates Radwanska to number five in the world. Radwanska broke in the first game of the match and led 4-2, but Goerges broke back to level the first set at 5-5. Radwanska broke again in a five-deuce game to edge ahead again to gain the upper hand. “I was pretty close to losing in the first round (having been 5-3 down in the third set to Canadian qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak), so I’m extremely happy right now,” Radwanska. “Tonight I think I was just better in a couple of points, to be honest. In the important moments I was more consistent. The conditions were a little bit difficult during the match, but I stayed calm until the end. “Julia’s forehand is a very big weapon. It’s just going so fast, and sometimes I’d be moving to it right away and the ball was already behind me.” Goerges added: “Agnieszka’s a tough player and I was close to winning both sets. “There were a few balls I missed, but it was still the way I should play it. You need to dictate the game by yourself and that’s what I did. It wasn’t enough today but it was still the right direction for my game. “She doesn’t give you anything. She doesn’t make any mistakes at all. And when she does a few, it’s at 15-all or 15-0, not in the important moments.”


Wozniacki’s slump continues as she is ousted by Julia Goerges.

Julia Goerges from Germany reacts after winning a point against Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark during their semifinal match at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Caroline Wozniacki lost in the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, falling to Julia Goerges 7-6 (3), 7-5 Friday. The former-top-ranked Dane led 4-2 in the second set, but Goerges rallied to advance in straight sets. Goerges will face Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in Saturday’s final. Radwanska defeated Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.

The fifth-seeded Radwanska took an early 4-1 lead and won the first set in 33 minutes. The Polish player faltered in the second when Jankovic broke twice. Radwanska regrouped and wrapped up the match without losing another game. She said she regained her confidence by breaking early in the third set. “She just start to play much better in the second set. I was really in trouble,” Radwanska said. “But in the third set, I was just trying to be focused on my game and just fight until the end. “I really get more confident after that, and I think she get a bit angry.”


Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez maintained her perfect record against Julia Goerges by knocking the third seed out of the Korea Open on Friday.


Goerges, the highest-ranked player left in the event entering the quarter-finals, was beaten 7-6 (8/6) 6-1. Martinez Sanchez, seeded six, also beat the German in their only previous meeting, in New Haven in 2008. The match featured nine breaks of serve with the opening set breaker proving crucial. After it went the way of the Spaniard, Goerges’ challenge wilted and Martinez Sanchez wrapped up the win in one hour and 50 minutes.

Fifth seed Polona Hercog defeated fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova for the loss of just four games and will now play Galina Voskoboeva – 6-2 6-3 winner against Vera Dushevina. The semi-final line-up was completed when Klara Zakopalova beat Vania King 6-2 4-6 6-1. She will play Martinez Sanchez in the last four.


US teenager Sloane Stephens shocked seventh-seeded German Julia Goerges 6-3, 7-5 on Wednesday at the WTA San Diego Open to earn her first career victory over a Top 20 player.

Stephens, ranked 131, ambushed the 20th-ranked Goerges, who won the Stuttgart title on clay and beat number one Caroline Wozniacki twice in the first half of the season. Stephens was 0-3 against the Top 20 before beating Goerges.

Russian Vera Dushevina ousted another seed at La Costa, defeating number 16 Slovenian Polona Hercog 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round. Austrian Tamira Paszek did the same but without firing a shot as number 11 Russian Maria Kirilenko withdrew before their second-round match due to a left hip injury. Pasek and Stephens now face off in a battle of young guns for a quarter-final spot. Stephens, 18, won back-to-back matches for the first time in her career at the WTA level after beating China’s Zhang Shuai in the first round. The American said she was frankly surprised to have advanced over Goerges. “I had nothing to lose but I wasn’t expecting a win,” Stephens said. “She played well with a few mistakes,” Stephens added of Goerges, who has now lost all three of her post-Wimbledon matches. “She’s still an awesome player, she’s not just any girl. “She didn’t have her greatest day and maybe I did. I’m happy to take this victory.” Goerges said that her season’s goal is to improve her consistency. “I’ve been down and up and now maybe a bit down. There are a lot of good young players out there,” said the 23-year-old. “I need to stay consistently at my level. “I’m going back to the practice courts.”

Goerges was one of a trio of fast-rising Germans making their San Diego debuts. Second seed Andrea Petkovic is already into the third round after a bye and victory while number 12 Sabine Lisicki will play a second-round match against 40-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm, winner of the title a decade and a half ago.


Friday will be the best day so far at the French Open….stay home and watch!

Friday is shaping up to be an exciting day at the 2011 French Open with several key matches that could upset the outcome of the tournament. On the men’s side is the match between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin delPotro. On paper it looks like another win for Djokovic, but the big Argentine is playing far above the level his ranking would suggest. This could easily turn into a long 5 set match, and deplete Djokovic’s energy for week two.

Defending champion Schiavonne is facing hard hitting Shuai Peng, and based on current form this could be the end of the Italian’s reign. Marion Bartoli, the home town favorite, will face relative new comer Julia Goerges in a test of the potential for the German who many have picked as the surprise eventual winner.

Bethanie Matek-Sands will try to defeat Jelena Jankovic again. A win for the American could vault her up the rankings to be the #1 American.


WTA tour’s two ‘hottest’ players will meet in the Madrid semifinal.

Viktoria Azarenka kept up her fine run of recent form with a 6-3 3-6 6-2 win over Lucie Safarova to reach the Madrid Open semi-finals. The Belarus player won back-to-back titles in Miami and Marbella and will reach number four in the world if she wins through to the final in Madrid.

Standing in her way is Germany’s Julia Goerges, conqueror of world number one Caroline Wozniacki. Goerges beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-2 to seal her semi-final spot.



Julia Goerges defeats Caroline Wozniacki for the second time in little more than a week.

Julia Goerges defeated world number one Caroline Wozniacki for the second time in little more than a week, sending the top seed out 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the third round of the ATP-WTA Madrid Masters on Thursday. The 27th-ranked German had stunned the Dane 11 days ago to win a clay title in Stuttgart, and produced another winning performance to send Wozniacki packing. Wozniacki is now into her 29th week as world number one but will need to lift her game next week in Rome if she is to have any chance of winning a career-first grand slam trophy. The Dane has reached the final at five of eight events and owns three titles this season, the most on the WTA.

Goerges, only the second German to win Stuttgart, is making a solid Madrid debut and next plays the winner from Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and French Open finalist Samantha Stosur in the quarter-finals. Goerges advanced in just over two hours and needed treatment on a foot in the final set. She broke Wozniacki for 5-3 in the closing stages and served out the victory on the first of three match points.



Mattek-Sands rallies to defeat Ivanovic as Goerges upsets Kanepi.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands rallyed from 60 31 down to beat No.15 seed Ana Ivanovic, 06 64 64. Mattek-Sands, ranked 22 spots lower than the No.18-ranked Ivanovic at No.40, lost the first set in just 23 minutes but never gave up hope against her. The first set wasn’t the worst set I’ve ever played, she just came out on fire and I was missing a couple of shots here and there,” Mattek-Sands said. “I just needed to get my footing beneath me on the clay and hang in there. It was great tennis – both of us were playing well, it just came down to who was better at the end of the day. Obviously I’m an aggressive player too and it paid off.”

Vania King, ranked No.109 now but a former Top 50 player, had the opposite trend in her match against No.23-ranked Nadia Petrova, blowing through her first set in 24 minutes and holding off a late charge from the two-time French Open semifinalist to win, 61 76(5). King missed one match point at 61 54. In what many expected would be an Ivanovic-Petrova second round match-up, Mattek-Sands and King will have an all-American duel for a place in the third round. Mattek-Sands leads King in their head-to-head series, 2-0.

In the only other upset of the day, Julia Goerges fired 12 aces to keep her clay court win streak going with a 67(3) 61 64 win over No.14 seed Kaia Kanepi. Goerges, who won her first Premier title in Stuttgart a week ago, led 4-2 before dropping the first set but regrouped to extend her streak to seven wins in a row. “To beat a player like Kaia is a good win,” Goerges said. “It has been different since I won Stuttgart. When you come here after a win like that, a lot of people are congratulating you. But everyone is tough to beat here – all the best players are here. We’re also not indoors anymore and the ball jumps differently, so you have to get used to it. I’m happy I managed it well today and was able to win.”



Julia Goerges wins the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final on Sunday.

With a barrage of big serves and massive forehands, the No.32-ranked German beat all the odds, outdoing Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets for her second and biggest career title by a 76(3) 63 scoreline.

The two players put on a strong serving display in the first set, neither one letting a break slip through – in fact, there was only one break point the entire set (saved by Wozniacki). Goerges came through in the breaker though, winning five points in a row from 1-2 and closing it out, 7-3. Goerges grabbed the first and only break of the match in the second game of the second set and hung onto it, dropping to the clay of the Porsche Arena after converting on her second match point off a Wozniacki mis-hit.

The final was a classic match-up of different styles, Goerges compiling by far the bigger numbers (38 winners to 29 errors) and Wozniacki with more conservative stats (9 winners to 10 errors). But Goerges also showed some impressive net play (she was 15/22 up there – Wozniacki was 7/8). When all was said and done, Goerges became the second German ever to win the oldest European indoor tournament (Anke Huber won in 1991 and 1994). It was her second WTA title, following another clay court triumph in Bad Gastein last summer. She is now 2-1 in her career in WTA finals.

Wozniacki fell to 15-10 in WTA finals. She was seeking her first career title on red clay. “Julia played really well. She was very aggressive and everything was going in. I tried everything but it wasn’t enough. I’ll go back to the practice court and try to be better next time. I also want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting me, even though I was playing against Julia! Hopefully next year I’ll come away with this Porsche.”



Julia Goerges defeats Stosur to reach her first WTA final.

Julia Goerges upset last year’s runner-up Sam Stosur 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the final of the Porsche Grand Prix, her first final in a WTA Premier Event. Goerges broke the fifth-seeded Stosur’s serve to win the match after 2 hours, 16 minutes and became the first German in the Stuttgart final since Anke Huber in 1996.

They had met once before in Tokyo where Julia Goerges defeated Stosur in what most observers said was a match where Stosur was not at her best, but today she has no excuses as Goerges out-hit, out-served and out-played her. Stosur was forced to play a defensive style of tennis, a style she is unaccustomed too, and one in which she rarely wins. Julia Goerges just hit the ball hard from both sides, and Stosur had no answer.

Caroline Wozniacki will face Germany’s Julia Goerges in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Wozniacki remained on course for her fourth title of the year with a hard-fought 7-5 6-3 win over Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in Saturday’s semi-finals.


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