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Old Oct 20th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #1
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Exclamation Julia's 2014 - Season Review and Off Season Talk

January



ASB Classic
R1 - Julia Görges def. Karin Knapp 4-6 7-6 7-6
R2 - Sachie Ishizu def. Julia Görges 6-2 3-6 7-5
Apia International
QR1 - Julia Görges def. Zoe Hives 6-2 6-0
QR2 - Julia Görges def. Irina-Camelia Begu 6-1 7-6
QR3 - Bethanie Mattek-Sands def. Julia Görges 3-2 ret

R1 - Caroline Wozniacki def. [LL]Julia Görges 3-6 6-2 6-4
Australian Open
R1 - Julia Görges def. Sara Errani 6-3 6-2
R2 - Lauren Davis def. Julia Görges 7-5 2-6 6-4
PTT Pattaya Open
R1 - Julia Görges def. Luksika Kumkhum 6-4 6-4
R2 - Julia Görges def. Svetlana Kuznetsova W/O
QF - Julia Görges def. Elena Vesnina 5-7 6-3 6-3
SF - Karolina Pliskova def. Julia Görges 6-3 4-6 6-3


Her january was up-and-down, but few people probably expected that to already be the best month of her year. Pulled out a tough win against Knapp, then lost to Ishizu while cramping in the third set. Played Wozniacki well in Sydney, but couldn't finish it. Had her good win of the year, destroying Errani 3 & 2, completely ran out of gas against Davis even though she was playing in the evening. Served really well in Pattaya, but not good enough to compensate for the rest of the game.

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February



Abierto Mexicano Telcel
R1 - Julia Görges def. Marcela Zacarias 6-0 6-1
R2 - Kaia Kanepi def. Julia Görges 6-7 6-4 7-6


Was nominated for the Fed Cup team, but only played a dead rubber in doubles. Had match point on her serve against Kanepi, double faulted, lost.

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March



BNP Paribas Open
R1 - Julia Görges def. Jana Cepelova 6-1 2-6 6-3
R2 - Maria Sharapova def. Julia Görges 6-1 6-4
Sony Open
QR1 - Julia Görges def. Michelle Larcher de Brito 6-2 3-6 7-6
QR2 - Olga Govortsova def. Julia Görges 7-6 6-2


March was more or less uneventful and mediocre. Only the match against Sharapova was televised, she never really stood any chance in that match, pretty much only winning return points when Sharapova double faulted.

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April


Family Circle Cup
R1 - Virginie Razzano def. Julia Görges 6-0 5-7 6-2
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
R1 - Julia Görges def. Sorana Cirstea 6-1 7-5
R2 - Ana Ivanovic def. Julia Görges 1-6 6-2 6-3
The Razzano match. Not only was she bageled by Virgine Razzano, for most of the 2nd set it looked like we might witness a golden set. Julia lost something like 15 points in a row before turning the set around only to flop in the third set. She then flew to Australia with the Fed Cup team where once again she wasn't needed in any live rubbers and then had to make the trip back to Germany to immediately play in Stuttgart. Weirdly, this insane jet lag trip somehow helped her game. She played a very good first against Cirstea and then toughed out the win in the 2nd set. The first set against Ivanovic was insane tennis, the scoreline makes Ana look good. Julia played perfectly, forehand clicking, blasting backhand return winner, serving >190 km/h serve bombs....it was beautiful. It also lasted exactly one set. 2nd and 3rd set were pretty much the opposite, she was pretty terrible (or as her coach described it in the third set: "supergeil") until the very end of the match, where she thought of found her game again, but far too late to make any impact. Still, in terms of how she played Stuttgart was probably her best tournament of the year.

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May



Mutua Madrid Open
QR1 - Julia Görges def. Vania King 4-6 6-1 6-4
FQR - Julia Görges def. Katarzyna Piter 6-2 6-3

R1 - Simona Halep def. Julia Görges 6-2 6-0
Internazionali BNL d'Italia
QR1 - Julia Görges def. Marina Erakovic 7-5 7-5
QR2 - Lauren Davis def. Julia Görges 6-2 6-3
Internationaux de Strasbourg
R1 - Julia Görges def. Sloane Stephens 6-3 6-2
R2 - Julia Görges def. Lauren Davis 7-5 6-4
QF - Madison Keys def. Julia Görges 6-2 2-6 6-2
French Open - Roland Garros
R1 - Julia Görges def. Michelle Larcher de Brito 6-2 6-3
R2 - Genie Bouchard def. Julia Görges 2-6 6-2 6-1


Again a pattern of playing one good match and then a bad match. Positive devolpment of the month was that she avoided losing to Lauren Davis of all people 3 times within 4 months, low point was the match against Keys, where she was up 2-0 in the third set after winning tons of games in a row, only for the match to be briefly rain delayed and then Julia de facto bageling herself. The loss against Bouchard in Paris doesn't look too bad as Bouchard made the semis, but Julia was firmly in control of this match until 2-2 in the 2nd set - and then won one more game.

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June


The Championships - Wimbledon
R1 - Lucie Safarova def. Julia Görges 7-6(3) 7-6(3)
Her grass court preparation consisted of an exho on grass, Tennis Bundesliga on clay (sending Iveta Melzer into retirement) and a doubles only tournament in Eastbourne. Given those circumstances, she actually played well against Safarova (who then also made the semis). Julia was the better player for vast stretches of the match and lost it by playing 2 bad tie breaks. C'est la vie.

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July



Nürnberger Gastein Ladies
R1 - Steffi Vögele def. Julia Görges 7-6(0) 6-2
Collector Swedish Open
R1 - Julia Görges def. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-2 6-0
R2 - Silvia Soler-Espinosa def. Julia Görges 4-6 6-1 6-3
Citi Open
R1 - Taylor Townsend def. Julia Görges 3-6 6-2 6-3


The loss against Vögele was probably the low point of her recent years, because for the first time there actually was no fight in Julia anymore. She blatantly tanked the match, intentionally losing to get off the court as quickly as possible. Can't say that I even remember her playing Bastad or losing to Soler-Espinosa, but apparently she did. Won the first set, then lost anyway. Just like in Washington 2 weeks later.

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August



Rogers Cup
QR1 - Julia Görges def. Shahar Peer 6-2 7-6(1)
QR2 - Monica Puig def. Julia Görges 6-7 6-1 6-4
Western & Southern Open
QR1 - Julia Görges def. Alja Tomljanovic 6-0 4-6 6-4
QR2 - Yanina Wickmayer def. Julia Görges 6-4 3-6 7-5
US Open
R1 - Flavia Pennetta def. Julia Görges 6-3 4-6 6-1


Shahar Peer to the rescue - the one player Julia will probably always beat. Actually managed to magically pull out a 3 set win against the severely slumping Tomljanovic only to lose to Wickmayer. Played well for stretches against Pennetta. She really didn't have easy draws at the slams this year.

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September


Coupe Banque Nationale
R1 - Julia Görges def. Stéphanie Dubois 6-1 6-2
R2 - Julia Görges def. Melanie Oudin 6-2 6-2
QF - Julia Görges def. Andrea Hlavackova 6-7 7-5 6-2
SF - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni def. Julia Görges 4-6 7-5 6-2
Didn't play anybody special here, but still played good tennis in the first 2 matches. Serve really clicked. Another shocking 3 set win against Hlavackova, only to lose a third set to Lucic. Still, the first time since the Australian Open in 2013 that she won 3 matches in a row.

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October



Luxembourg Open
R1 - Varvara Lepchenko def. Julia Görges 6-3 5-7 6-2
Internationaux Féminins de la Vienne
R1 - Andreea Mitu def. Julia Görges 1-6 6-4 6-3


2 third-set collapses to finish off the season in style. Just like last year she pulls out off the last event of the year.

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Off Season



Nothing really known about her off season, but that probably means that everything will be the same as last year. I personally have by now lost any hope that anything will change and her results will improve unless she conducts a radical restart of her career with a new coach and a new approach to tennis, but this looks really, really unlikely.

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Outlook



January was by far her best month of the year, so she once again finds herself with lots of points to defend early on. Same procedure as last year, though not quite as extreme, but still the majority of her points were gained during the first half of the year.
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Old Oct 20th, 2014, 10:42 PM   #2
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Nothing really known about her off season, but that probably means that everything will be the same as last year. I personally have by now lost any hope that anything will change and her results will improve unless she conducts a radical restart of her career with a new coach and a new approach to tennis, but this looks really, really unlikely.
Pretty much this. I've seen enough three-set losses this season to fill an entire career, and worst part about this is it deludes Julia into thinking she's "on the right track" (since she still manages to win sets of tennis).

It's safe to assume Nensel will remain her coach for the rest of her career (which might be another two to three years), and Julia Görges will be completely forgotten as an irrelevant player who managed to have a few good tournaments.
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Old Oct 21st, 2014, 08:23 AM   #3
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Pretty much this. I've seen enough three-set losses this season to fill an entire career, and worst part about this is it deludes Julia into thinking she's "on the right track" (since she still manages to win sets of tennis).

It's safe to assume Nensel will remain her coach for the rest of her career (which might be another two to three years), and Julia Görges will be completely forgotten as an irrelevant player who managed to have a few good tournaments.
sadly this is the true
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Old Oct 21st, 2014, 12:06 PM   #4
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even thought reading this makes me feel depressed -- thanks KatjaS for putting so much effort into this.
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I guess she's happy to be another run-of-the-mill tennis player.

We want our favs to all be top 10 but if that was the case, it wouldn't be top10 anymore.
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Great summary Katja! Thanks
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Julia favorited this tweet:

"@AceForJulia: @juliagoerges Congrats on a great season Jule. That was a pleasure (as usual) to support you this year ! #Aufgehts "

At last she should have some shame!
Yea I don't believe in any changes during off season, too.
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Great summary Katja! Thanks
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"@AceForJulia: @juliagoerges Congrats on a great season Jule. That was a pleasure (as usual) to support you this year ! #Aufgehts "

At last she should have some shame!
Yea I don't believe in any changes during off season, too.
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All a matter of how you define "great".

As a side note, her homepage removed the "Going to Poitiers and Nantes" article and the tournament schedule page is gone completely. She's posting on twitter, though, about football.
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Was it sarcasm?
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Doubt it.
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Was it sarcasm?
Sarcasm is that even the background color of her homepage still is rose.

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Was it sarcasm?
If you're referring to the tweet, it definitely is not sarcastic. By the way, Julia has been on Twitter a lot during this month.

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You really don't get, that there is more in that tweet, than something about a great season, or you just ignore it.
Every little step she takes gets analysed and of course in the worst possible way.

You guys are really pushing each other here, it's getting pretty uncomfortable.
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You think? I actually feel like it's gotten a lot mellower here in recent weeks, 5th state of grief reached.
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Yes, I've definitely hit the "acceptance" stage, although I'm gonna say that the denial stage was/is populated solely by Jule and her team, not the majority of people posting here. Most fans have been able to see that the emperor has no clothes.

Yet still I hope to be proven wrong--is that some sort of denial or wishful thinking?
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