Latest 2 Jan 2013

Goerges won’t be resting on her laurels

Goerges won’t be resting on her laurels

“Nobody cares if you are seeded or not, especially me. Unseeded players beat top 10 players all the time. You have to be there from the first second,” says the 24-year-old who is making her fourth appearance in Auckland.

Her focus and determination is clear. Goerges has been spending a lot of time in the build up to the tournament relaxing at her hotel focusing on the job at hand.

Last year she struggled with illness in Auckland but after an impressive 2012, finishing the year with a world no.18 ranking, she will be a strong contender to take out the ASB Classic title.

When asked about her top 20 ranking, Goerges commented “It shows you how consistent you were in the year. I’m getting better, improving every year and I hope I can keep doing it.”

Life on the WTA tour can be lonely but Goerges likes to take a slice of home with her. Her only request upon arriving in Auckland was that she has the same apartment as past years so that she can do her laundry with German washing powder.

Goerges made the Dubai final in February, she reached the third round at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon and competed in her first Olympics.
The German collected an impressive win over Sam Stosur in Beijing before going on to reach the final in Linz, where she fell to world no.1 Victoria Azarenka.

Watch out for her renowned powerful serve and forehand when she plays Johanna Larsson second up on centre court today. Goerges had a strong win in straight sets last night despite battling a cold.

Other feature matches today include Kiwi no.1 Marina Erakovic against Jamie Hampton, who knocked out defending champion Zheng Jie, while Agnieszka Radwanska faces 2011 quarterfinalist Simona Halep.