Join Date: Aug 2012
R1 - Julia Görges def. Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-4Apia International - Sydney, Australia
R2 - Johanna Larsson def. Julia Görges 7-5 6-7 6-3
R1 - Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Julia Görges 3-6 6-3 6-3Australian Open 2013 - Melbourne, Australia
R1 - Julia Görges def. Vera Dushevina 7-5 2-6 6-4
R2 - Julia Görges def. Romina Oprandi 6-3 6-2
R3 - Julia Görges def. Jie Zheng 6-3 1-6 7-5
R4 - Li Na def. Julia Görges 7-6 6-1
2013 began the same way we sort of expected it to begin: Julia got sick. Coughing her way through Auckland and Sydney, Julia had unimpressive results at those tournaments before fighting her way to the fourth round of the Aussie Open. In the first round she had to break Dushevina for the match late in the third set, followed by an easy win over over an uninterested looking Oprandi. The third round saw Julia reeling off 4 games in a row with great play after Jay-Z served for the match at 3-5. Against Li Na in the fourth round she actually had set point in the first set - the first putaway volley she played right into Li Na's racket, the 2nd one landed in the net. January also saw us introduced to what in a better year probably would have been a bigger story: Julia is now sponsored by Fila, and the outfits they make her wear are, well, controversial.
R1 - Kristina Mladenovic def. Julia Görges 7-5 5-7 7-6France vs. Germany - Limoges, France
Julia Görges def. Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 7-5Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships - Dubai, UAE
Julia Görges def. Pauline Parmentier 6-4 6-2
R1 - Sara Errani def. Julia Görges 6-3 4-6 6-4
February didn't start well, she lost to Mladenovic after serving for the match in the 3rd set, but she didn't play too badly and Mladenovic was very good in that match. Then Julia pulled out 2 wins in Fed Cup despite being visibly ill, getting revenge on Mladenovic and beating Parmentier. In Dubai she played a match against Errani that's hard to describe, Errani was obviously extremely afraid of her forehand and just played every shot slowly to her backhand, not even hitting a winner in the first 2 sets. But Julia kept missing and missing. If she had just made half of her smashes she would have won the match.
R1 - Julia Görges vs. BYESony Open - Miami, USA
R2 - Julia Görges def. Sofia Arvidsson 6-3 6-3
R3 - Nadia Petrova def. Julia Görges 6-1 6-2
R1 - Julia Görges vs. BYE
R2 - Ajla Tomljanovic def. Julia Görges 7-6 6-2
March was the first really bad month, a win against Arvidsson but from then on a loss against Petrova that wasn't televised but had terrible stats, and then losing in straight sets to Tomljanovic who was ranked in the 240s (but is ranked higher now, to be fair). Some back problems in Miami.
R1 - Julia Görges def. Yulia Putintseva 6-2 6-3BNP Paribas Katowice Open - Katowice, Poland
R2 - Julia Görges def. Olga Govortsova 6-2 0-6 6-3
R3 - Stefanie Vögele def. Julia Görges 3-6 6-1 6-3
R1 - Jill Craybas def. Julia Görges 6-7 6-3 4-1 retPorsche Tennis Grand Prix - Stuttgart, Germany
R1 - Julia Görges def. Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 2-1 retPortugal Open - Oeiras, Portugal
R2 - Petra Kvitova def. Julia Görges 2-6 7-6 6-2
R1 - Monica Puig def. Julia Görges 7-6 6-2
The last time Julia won 2 matches in a row, but not without getting bageled by Govortsova in the process. A loss to Vögele who was on fire in Charleston, but then she was stuck in Charleston for days because she was waiting for her doubles match to get put on the schedule. Arrived in Katowice on Monday and lost to Jill Craybas on Tuesday in what was probably the most embarrassing loss of her career. This is also when her injury/illness story starts becoming murky. She canceled Fed Cup for mysterious "medical tests", which apparently meant getting tested for mono. She was back for Stuttgart and played her last decent tournament of the year, routinely beating Flipkens and then dominating Kvitova for a set and a half until running out of steam, which was understandable given that she hadn't trained. Then off to Portugal for a windy R1 loss.
R1 - Julia Görges def. Bojana Jovanovski 6-4 6-1Internazionali BNL D'Italia - Rome, Italy
R2 - Varvara Lepchenko def. Julia Görges W/O (illness)
R1 - Julia Görges def. Andrea Hlavackova 2-6 6-4 6-4Brussels Open - Brussels, Belgium
R2 - Viktoria Azarenka def. Julia Görges 2-6 0-6
R1 - Julia Görges def. Coco Vandeweghe 6-1 7-5French Open - Paris, France
R2 - Romina Oprandi def. Julia Görges 3-6 ret (wrist injury)
R1 - Zuzana Kucova def. Julia Görges 7-6 6-0
A routine win against Jovanovski and then the illness saga continues, with Julia pulling out of her R2 match at the last minute due to not being able to eat. In Rome she came back from 2-6 0-4 15-30 down in the first round, but then got horribly beaten up by Azarenka in R2, barely moving her feet. The scoreline was almost kind in that match. Then came Brussels, one of those tournaments in the week before a slam that really should be skipped if you mean business but, given her scheduling hardly a surprise, she was there and inevitably a day gets washed out. After beating Vandeweghe with a decent performance Julia was scheduled to play another match on the same day, taking on Romina Oprandi. After missing a forehand return Julia suddenly screams and starts holding her wrist, being obviously in a lot of pain. After a long MTO she calls for Nensel and then shockingly decides to continue playing. She retires after losing the first set. After a prolongued uncertainty whether she would be able to play at all she does play her R1 match in Paris but is visibly impaired and can't put any spin on her forehands. After losing to the unranked Kucova she pulls out of doubles.
R1 - Julia Görges def. Alexandra Cadantu 6-4 7-5Wimbledon - London, UK
R2 - Andrea Petkovic def. Julia Görges 6-1 7-5
R1 - Mariana Duque-Marino def. Julia Görges 6-4 6-7 7-5
After Paris she stated that she will have to take time off for her wrist to heal, but then plays even Tennis Bundesliga before her next scheduled event, so her "time off" actually was just the nonexistence of tournaments in those 2 weeks. In Nuremberg she wins a chaotic R1 match that was riddled with rain delays before playing a terrible match against Petko, barely being able to make first serves. In doubles she has to take a MTO after hurting her knee. Wimbledon, her first slam without being seeded since Australia 2011, sees her losing an untelevised R1 match against a South-American qualifier. That sort of says it all. In mixed doubles she takes a very nasty fall and hurts her knee again, but is able to play doubles. Their doubles exit is noteworthy for the fact that Nensel and Chadhuri left the match after the first set and went to a restaurant, drawing a lot of ridicule for Julia from the BBC announcers.
R1 - Olga Govortsova def. Julia Görges 7-6 6-2Southern California Open - Carlsbad, USA
R1 - Sesil Karantcheva def. Julia Görges 6-3 7-5
After 2 weeks in Portugal to relax and train Julia starts the US Open series with 2 losses that really don't need further description. Not a set won against Govortsova and Karantcheva. On the plus side, no injuries and illnesses this month as far as I can remember.
R1 - Roberta Vinci def. Julia Görges 2-6 6-4 6-3Western & Southern Open - Cincinnati, USA
R1 - Magdalena Rybarikova def. Julia Görges 6-2 4-6 6-4New Haven Open - New Haven, USA
R1 - Julia Görges def. Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 4-6 7-5US Open - New York, USA
R2 - Sloane Stephens def. Julia Görges 7-5 2-6 6-1
R1 - Christina McHale def. Julia Görges 6-4 6-3
Her next tournaments in the US Open series see her losing two close 3 set matches against decent opponents. Particularly heartbreaking was the way she lost against Vinci, having break point to go up 4-0 in the final set. She took a late WC into New Haven and was finally able to win a match again, beating the also-slumping Jovanovski before falling to Stephens. At the US Open she plays an absolutely terrible match against McHale and loses in the first round.
R1 - Julia Görges def. Misaki Doi 6-3 7-5Toray Pan Pacific Open - Tokyo, Japan
R2 - Irina-Camelia Begu def. Julia Görges 6-4 6-0
R1 - Sorana Cirstea def. Julia Görges 6-4 6-4China Open - Beijing, China
R1 - Kaia Kanepi def. Julia Görges 7-5 6-4
Seoul saw her last won sets of the year, beating Misaki Doi before losing in straight sets to Begu (which included a bagel), Cirstea in Tokyo and Kanepi in Beijing.
R1 - Camila Giorgi def. Julia Görges 6-2 6-3
Then came Linz, a tournament were she made the final in both and singles and doubles. Her coach, Sascha Nensel, somehow thought it would be appropriate to go on vacation while his player is in the worst crisis of her career, looking completely lost. Against Giorgi Julia played an absolutely horrible match, missing every 2nd shot, barely making returns and losing in straight sets. After that loss Julia decided to pull out of Luxembourg and Poitiers and ended her terrible year that saw her fall from #18 to around #80 in the rankings.
Not too much is known about her planned off-season, only that she will travel to Australia on December 9th, renting an apartment there to avoid the cold she usually has in her first tournament of the year. No hints that there will be further changes beyond that.
She will start the year 2014 ranked around 80, but a failure to score points in the first 4 weeks of the year would see her fall to a ranking higher than 120 and therefore out of the MD of almost all WTA tournaments and certainly the majors. A good start into the year is crucial or she will have to take the difficult road back, playing ITF tournaments.
Date Tournament Points Jan 28 Australian Open 280 Mar 18 Indian Wells 80 Apr 29 Stuttgart 60 May 13 Madrid 80 May 20 Rome 70 May 27 Brussels 60 Jun 17 Nuremberg 30 Sep 23 Seoul 30
Week Tournament Illness/Injury 1 Auckland Coughing - Flu/cold 6 Fed Cup Virus 15 Katowice Mono scare 16 Fed Cup Mono scare 19 Madrid Gastro-Intestinal Illness 21 Brussels Wrist 22 French Open Wrist 23 French Open Wrist