STUTTGART, Germany - With the No.1 ranking firmly in her grasp and three WTA titles already this season, Caroline Wozniacki was a heavy favorite as she took the court against Julia Goerges in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final on Sunday. But with a barrage of big serves and massive groundstrokes, the No.32-ranked German beat all the odds, outdoing the Dane 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). After Goerges came through in the breaker she also grabbed the first and only break of the match in the second game of the second set and hung onto it, dropping face-first to the red clay of the Porsche Area after converting on her second match point off a Wozniacki forehand 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 the 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, solid too).
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 the 22-year-old's second WTA title.
"I had goosebumps at match point. It was an unbelievable feeling playing the final with so many people watching," Goerges said. "Everything was going so well but you can never be sure against Caroline. She has turned lots of matches around when nobody expected her to. She is only beaten when the last point is over.
well done Julia
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