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.”