Julia Goerges Survives Early Scare To Win Season-Ending Elite Trophy
Julia Goerges has capped off a dream week in China by defeating a frustrated Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-1, in the final of the Elite Trophy.
The world No.18 entered into her clash against the American in fine form. During the round robin tournament, the German only dropped her serve twice. Recording wins over Magdalena Rybarikova, Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasija Sevastova earlier in the week. In comparison Vandeweghe, who was the only top-four player to reach the final, dropped a single set on route to the showdown.
At the start of the match, it looked as if Vandeweghe was the one in control. The Australian Open semifinalist hit a selection of deep and speedy shots to break Goerges for only the third time in the tournament to race out to a 5-2 lead. In her first four service games, the world No.12 only dropped three points to seal the dominant lead. Raising hopes that she would win her first title of 2017.
29-year-old Goerges, who recently won the St. Petersburg Open, recovered to hit back with interest as her rival’s game began to fall apart. As Vandeweghe’s unforced error count began to mount, she was not afraid to show her emotion. Smashing her racket after a forehand error as Georges levelled 5-5. The change in momentum continued after a Vandeweghe volley into the net enabled the German to break once more to serve for the set. An opportunity she capitalized on after hitting a clean forehand cross-court winner on her fourth set point.
Playing in front of tournament ambassador Steffi Graf, who was watching from the crowd, Goerges never looked in danger of squandering her lead. At one changeover Vandeweghe’s coach, Pat Cash, was heard saying that she wasn’t feeling well. Still, it failed to overshadow Goerges’ performance at the Hengqin Tennis Center. Coasting to victory, she lost just one point behind her serve throughout the second set. Sealing the win with a winning forehand return.
“I want to say thanks to my team. Without them, I wouldn’t be standing here (with the trophy) right now.” Goerges said during the trophy ceremony.”I couldn’t have imagined a better ending to this season. Two titles in two weeks and this is the biggest one. Thanks to you guys for working as hard as you do every day in and out. “
Winning the biggest title in her career, Goerges will end the year at a new ranking best of 14th in the world. It is only the second time that she has managed to win two WTA titles within a season after 2010.
There is also some consolation for runner-up Vandeweghe. Regardless of the loss, she will also rise to a new high of 10th in the WTA ranking on Monday.