The new tennis year has started as successfully as the old one for julia gorges. With the title defense at the tournament in auckland, new zealand, the german number two has once again made a perfect start to the season and is in strong form one week before the australian open.
After a hard-earned 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over surprise canadian finalist bianca andreescu, gorges again received a traditional maori cape as a trophy for her seventh tournament win. But until that point was reached, the 30-year-old had to fight hard and avert the threat of defeat at 4:5 in the second set. "I played on my experience. I put everything into it and tried to force a turnaround in my favor at the important moments," said the wimbledon semifinalist at the award ceremony.
The native of schleswig-holstein, who moved to regensburg three years ago, thanked her team, which had contributed significantly to the consistently good performance she has achieved since moving to regensburg. "It helped me a lot to deal with situations like this," said gorges, who again showed her emotions under the summer evening sky on the other side of the world.
This also helped her during her already third final at the 250.000 dollar event. Gorges was warned, because the 18-year-old andreescu had already sensationally defeated two stars in venus williams of the u.S. And caroline wozniacki of denmark after surviving the qualifiers. Andreescu is so far only number 152 in the world rankings and would have advanced to the top 100 in the world for the first time if he had been successful.
Gorges was also quickly down 0:4 in the lost first set. She then got into the game better, serving more strongly and breaking immediately to take a 2-0 lead in the second. Andreescu countered to make it 4-5 before gorges finally prevailed against the muder looking aubensider. "Bianca made it very difficult for me," admitted gorges, who started the new year as number 14 in the world, after she had converted her third match point after 1:45 hours.