Julia Goerges ensured that there was a home grown winner of the season’s first clay event, beating world number one Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday’s final of the WTA event in Stuttgart.
The World number 32 produced her second big upset in as many matches having defeated World number 7 Samantha Stosur, of Australia in the semi final.
In doing so she became the first German to win the title since Anke Huber back in 1994 and only the second in the tournament which is the oldest indoor event on the women’s circuit and the first indoor event on clay
“I don’t quite know how I did it,” said Goerges “Against Caroline, it is always as if you have to climb a high mountain. Now I have done it, I can’t quite believe it.”
Backed by almost all of the nearly 5000 people in attendance, the 22-year-old dominated Wozniacki for most of the final producing 38 winners in a comfortable 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victory.
Cheered on by the partisan home support Goerges, whose only previous tour victory came in 2010 at Bad Gastien in Switzerland, never allowed an out of sorts Wozniacki to settle attacking the Danes backhand to great effect.
Goerges who entered the final ranked 32 in the world broke Wozniacki in the 6th game and opened up a 5-2 lead in the first set before being pegged back as she attempted to serve out the set.
However she raced into a 6-2 lead in the tiebreaker and eventually took the set after a wild forehand from Wozniacki went long.
Bouyed by the victory and spurred on by the crowd, Goerges started the second set confidently and broke Wozniacki’s serve immediately to open up a 3-0 advantage.