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Old Oct 11th, 2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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2013 - 8/8 - Julia's 2013 - Season Review and Off-Season Talk

January



ASB Classic - Auckland, New Zealand
R1 - Julia Görges def. Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-4
R2 - Johanna Larsson def. Julia Görges 7-5 6-7 6-3
Apia International - Sydney, Australia
R1 - Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Julia Görges 3-6 6-3 6-3
Australian 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.
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February



Open GDF SUEZ - Paris, France
R1 - Kristina Mladenovic def. Julia Görges 7-5 5-7 7-6
France vs. Germany - Limoges, France
Julia Görges def. Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 7-5
Julia Görges def. Pauline Parmentier 6-4 6-2
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships - Dubai, UAE
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.
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March



BNP Paribas Open - Indian Wells, USA
R1 - Julia Görges vs. BYE
R2 - Julia Görges def. Sofia Arvidsson 6-3 6-3

R3 - Nadia Petrova def. Julia Görges 6-1 6-2
Sony Open - Miami, USA
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.

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April



Family Circle Cup - Charleston, USA
R1 - Julia Görges def. Yulia Putintseva 6-2 6-3
R2 - Julia Görges def. Olga Govortsova 6-2 0-6 6-3

R3 - Stefanie Vögele def. Julia Görges 3-6 6-1 6-3
BNP Paribas Katowice Open - Katowice, Poland
R1 - Jill Craybas def. Julia Görges 6-7 6-3 4-1 ret
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix - Stuttgart, Germany
R1 - Julia Görges def. Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 2-1 ret
R2 - Petra Kvitova def. Julia Görges 2-6 7-6 6-2
Portugal Open - Oeiras, Portugal
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.

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May



Mutua Madrid Open - Madrid, Spain
R1 - Julia Görges def. Bojana Jovanovski 6-4 6-1
R2 - Varvara Lepchenko def. Julia Görges W/O (illness)
Internazionali BNL D'Italia - Rome, Italy
R1 - Julia Görges def. Andrea Hlavackova 2-6 6-4 6-4
R2 - Viktoria Azarenka def. Julia Görges 2-6 0-6
Brussels Open - Brussels, Belgium
R1 - Julia Görges def. Coco Vandeweghe 6-1 7-5
R2 - Romina Oprandi def. Julia Görges 3-6 ret (wrist injury)
French Open - Paris, France
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.

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June



Nürnberger Versicherungscup - Nuremberg, Germany
R1 - Julia Görges def. Alexandra Cadantu 6-4 7-5
R2 - Andrea Petkovic def. Julia Görges 6-1 7-5
Wimbledon - London, UK
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.

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July



Bank of the West Classic - Stanford, USA
R1 - Olga Govortsova def. Julia Görges 7-6 6-2
Southern 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.

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August



Rogers Cup - Toronto, Canada
R1 - Roberta Vinci def. Julia Görges 2-6 6-4 6-3
Western & Southern Open - Cincinnati, USA
R1 - Magdalena Rybarikova def. Julia Görges 6-2 4-6 6-4
New Haven Open - New Haven, USA
R1 - Julia Görges def. Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 4-6 7-5
R2 - Sloane Stephens def. Julia Görges 7-5 2-6 6-1
US Open - New York, USA
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.

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September



KDB Korea Open - Seoul, Korea
R1 - Julia Görges def. Misaki Doi 6-3 7-5
R2 - Irina-Camelia Begu def. Julia Görges 6-4 6-0
Toray Pan Pacific Open - Tokyo, Japan
R1 - Sorana Cirstea def. Julia Görges 6-4 6-4
China 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.

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October



Generali Ladies - Linz, Austria
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.
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Off-Season


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.

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Outlook


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.

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Old Oct 11th, 2013, 06:05 PM   #2
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An outstanding review of the season, Katja . So is this where the therapy group will be meeting through January? If you bring the witty discussion, I'll bring the snacks!
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Old Oct 12th, 2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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That's the intention.

What I think is remarkable looking at her results throughout the year is that it was indeed the wrist injury that completely derailed it. Up to the previous match against Vandeweghe Julia went 13-12, which is already disappointing and a step down from her performance in the previous years, but starting from the Oprandi match in Brussels Julia went a catastrophic 3-14 for the rest of the year.
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Re: Julia's 2013 - Season review and off-season talk

Topic for discussion: Exhaustion. Here we have a tennis player who isn't playing many singles matches (and the ones she's had lately haven't been grueling marathons), and just a sprinkling of doubles matches, yet she ends up exhausted. So why is she exhausted?

Is it the number of tournaments, the travel, the rigors of hotel living and restaurant-eating?

Is it the emotional impact of the slump? Trying to summon up some positive energy only to be knocked down by the same disappointing results?

Is it the physical injuries that are starting to weigh her down?

Is it all of the above?

I have to wonder if Coach Nensel did not take vacation if she would have been prodded to show up at Luxembourg. Perhaps it was easier for her to just call him up on the phone and say, "I just can't do it, I need to withdraw" and avoid the arm-twisting to play another pointless tournament. To think that for a brief time she was actually planning on two tourneys beyond Linz! Surely her exhaustion was apparent at that moment in time.

Will quality over quantity ever win out with Team Goerges?
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I'd say it is all of the above, with probably the mental/emotional drain being the biggest factor. For all of the stiff upper lip she has tried to maintain in public, it has to be devastating to her to get absolutely killed by players like Begu, Giorgi or Karatantcheva.

Your point about Nensel being on vacation is interesting, and might very well be spot on. We've seen her in the past playing when she absolutely should not have been playing (just remember Nensel's oh-so-funny "She looked like a Zombie!" remarks last year...), so maybe the "voice of authority" that wants her to be tough "and learn to live with pain" not being there might have encouraged her to pull the plug on this rotten season.

But, as far as we know, said voice will be back in 2 or 3 weeks, so I'd be hesitant to hope for a general change in that regard. We might know more as soon as she or the administator of her homepage break the communication silence (It still says that she'll play doubles "tomorrow"..), but who knows when that will be.
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Hey, maybe Julia will put two and two together that when Nensel isn't around she can make good decisions for herself.

BTW, I read NDR's season review (http://www.ndr.de/sport/mehr_sport/goerges241.html) and yours is far more accurate . Journalists are so sloppy these days....
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A well put together summary of the season.
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BTW, I read NDR's season review (http://www.ndr.de/sport/mehr_sport/goerges241.html) and yours is far more accurate . Journalists are so sloppy these days....
Well, I guess I actually followed her season and he didn't and had to guess what happened exactly..
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Maybe (big maybe) news:

According to this post a gentleman called Raja Chaudhuri is the new coach of Petra Martic. I'm assuming that's Julia's fitness genius Chaudhuri. Now there's not a source given nor are there any details, so no idea if it's even true and if yes whether that means that Julia has decided to make some changes or if she's just "sharing" him with another player (I think Julia and Petra are friendly, but don't really remember why I think that) again.

But given the radio silence that's probably the biggest Julia-related news in the last week. He's still listed on her homepage, but so is her doubles match "tomorrow".
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Maybe (big maybe) news:

According to this post a gentleman called Raja Chaudhuri is the new coach of Petra Martic. I'm assuming that's Julia's fitness genius Chaudhuri. Now there's not a source given nor are there any details, so no idea if it's even true and if yes whether that means that Julia has decided to make some changes or if she's just "sharing" him with another player (I think Julia and Petra are friendly, but don't really remember why I think that) again.

But given the radio silence that's probably the biggest Julia-related news in the last week. He's still listed on her homepage, but so is her doubles match "tomorrow".
She could be sharing him; I believe he has a history of working for more than one athlete at a time. I honestly don't know how she can afford to keep so many on her payroll, given the cost of travel and related expenses. That's the other thing to worry about in a slump: are you just breaking even financially, or even running a deficit? She still has a healthy income this year thanks to her run at the AO, although it's hard to know what's left over after expenses and taxes. Of course if she compensates her team with base pay plus bonuses, she probably hasn't had to pay any bonuses in quite a while....
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Well he somehow had coached Craybas (at least she speficially thanked him in that farewell letter in which she forgot Julia), but I don't know how that materialzed itself, as he was with Julia at pretty much every tournament.

Unless I'm seriously underestimating how much she can make from sponsorship deals she will definitely have to go to her financial reserves next year, the pay at ITF tournaments is abysmal, but she'll probably do that at least for the first few months. Her problem is that pretty much all her ranking points are from the time before Roland Garros, so even if she has decent results (much better than in recent months) she'll only be able to keep her ranking steady, not improve it. Once she's in Paris from then on there's a lot of room for improvement, but the huge challenge is to get there in a position where you make MDs and maybe even are seeded are smaller tournament so that it's not so difficult to actually score points.

Her points to defend:

Code:
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
Maybe the only positive side is that Indian Wells and Miami might not be mandatory tournaments for her, so that'd open up a slot for points from an International tournament. But it's hard to overstate how important and trend-setting next January will be in every regard. No margin for error anymore.
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there is mega strong rumurs that julia is together with her trainer!! i find her fans must know that
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There is literally nobody on the whole fricking internet claiming that except you.
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Still thinking about those "15 weeks". Here's what I can come up with:

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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
Even if we add the 2nd week, Sydney (where I don't think either her singles or doubles match were televised, so we don't know if she still was coughing) that's 9 weeks. So are she and Nensel making excuses, or has there been a massive injury/illness that she kept a secret and just played through as if nothing were wrong?
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Review in one word: crap.
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