Sunday, 26 February 2012

WTA Dubai - Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Julia Goerges

Agnieszka defeats Goerges 7-5, 6-4

Julia Goerges, who was destined to face Vika in the second round, had a rather sweet surprise awaiting for her as the world no.1 had a last minute withdrawal from the tournament due to ankle injury. She then stormed into the finals with couple of good wins against Hantuchova and Caroline. On the other hand, Agnieszka has had a pretty good year in 2012 with all her 3 defeats been only to the World No.1 Vika. All this set up an amazing finals in Dubai.

Goerges, facing the big stage, had few early nerves in her and gave Agnieszka the chance to race to 4-2. As the nerves had settled in, Goerges was at her own self generating more power behind her shots and pumping down forehand winners to go 5-4 up in the first set. Agniezka had to serve to stay in the first set and was helped by Goerges who had been committing to her shots too early and making errors of all sorts. Being 5-5 in the first set, 30 all in the game, Agnieszka sent a lob (that dint have enough height on it) straight towards Goerges who easily won the point. Despite having the game point to go up 6-5, Georges was struck up in the mid court and committed errors on her forehand shots which eventually handed the break to the Agnieszka. A love hold by Agnieszka saw the first set go in favor of her. Goerges, after having fought her way from 2-4 down to 5-4, made a terrible mess of the opportunity to close the set.

Goerges started the second set breaking Agnieszka. That was the only game she won in the second set for a long time. Agnieszka won the next 4 games with super defense and clever tactics. On the other side of the net, Goerges had good plan of coming towards the net and attacking her opponent, but she just wasn't able to put the winners inside the line and execute her plan. Error-filled play from Goerges saw her trail behind 1-4. Then, there was a quick comeback from Goerges to take the scoreline to 4-5 trailing by just a game. Agnieszka was then serving for the championship. It was an error-filled game by both the players. Goerges had a break point to level the set, but completely missed it by forehand error. Finally an error from Goerges  saw Agnieszka Radwanska win her first title of the year. Goerges had hit 43 winners and 54 unforced errors in the match which sums up the way she played the match.

Goerges had been playing well since the Fed Cup. If she can minimize those unforced errors and play consistently throughout the match, she can easily crack into top 10 soon.

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