When Julia Goerges wanders the streets of Berlin or Munich, she is rarely noticed or disturbed. Although she is one of the best tennis players in the world, Goerges remains quite anonymous in her native Germany.
Goerges, who will play Bianca Andreescu in succession in their second ASB Classic final today, has a remarkable two years behind them.
She reached the top 10 in the world for the first time in her career and won eight WTA finals with four wins. Last year she won 46 games on tour – only two players had more victories – and had a fairytale run in the semifinals of Wimbledon before being stopped by Serena Williams.
Despite all her successes, Goerges tends to be under the radar at home. “There’s a nice sport called football,” Görges said when asked about their relative fame in Germany. “I love football, but sometimes it does not help in our sport, especially in Europe, football is all on TV and not so much tennis, we still do our thing, but it’s not covered as we probably wished have it too. “
This means that the global No14-Görg mainly avoids the celebrity lifestyle.
“I can still walk around normally in Germany,” said Görges. “In my hometown, where I live, people know and know what I’m doing, I like that people do not recognize me as much as football players, so maybe it would be different if I was a kiwi. “That would definitely do it.
Goerges has achieved a decent profile here for frequent visits and their consistency. This year, she celebrates her 10th visit to Auckland, where she won 24 games at ASB Classic (Caroline Wozniacki is second best at 16) and has a 18-3 victory record since 2015.
The defending champion prevailed yesterday with a 6: 1, 7: 6 (6) against the Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova.
The German has not beaten since the semi-finals in 2017 on the courts in Auckland and always looked under control. She blew 20-year-old Kuzmova off in the first set, with a string of winners and irrevocable serves.
The second set was closer, though Goerges dominated until a spirited fight by Kuzmova .She broke back and raised her level to make the match a hit. The odds, however, favored the German, who in a shorter format had a better record than any other player who was on tour last year.
“My serve helps me – sometimes it’s nice to have a point free,” said Görges. “All in all, my game is aggressive, I do not want to be passive, I want to take my shots and not step back from my line, that’s the key in the tiebreakers to try.”
Kuzmova increased her level, but Goerges converted her third match point to seal her final passage.
“It was a pretty good game by my side,” Görges said. “I wanted to be aggressive, I wanted to be the dominant person on the pitch, and at the crucial moments, I was the more experienced player and played the big points better. Goerges has a healthy respect for Andreescu, but he is typically pragmatic.
“Everyone has earned their place in the final, so they played a terrific tennis,” said Görges. “This [year] was probably the [hardest] draw that ASB Classic had in the women’s game, but I do not focus on my opponent, I want to have it in my hands and play my game.”