Stuttgart., . Sensation at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Playing in front of 4500 spectators in the Porsche Arena, Julia Görges, the world No. 32, beat last year’s runner-up Samantha Stosur (Australia) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the semifinals. Though the world No. 7 from the Gold Coast was the favourite going into the match, she was eventually downed by Julia Görges’ fighting spirit. “I’m just so happy,” said the overjoyed winner. “It was one of the best matches of my career.” Julia Görges is the first German in the final of the long-standing tournament since Anke Huber achieved the feat in 1996.
Semifinals Saturday began much earlier than planned for the 22-year-old as she was woken up by doping testers at seven o’clock. Nevertheless she was wide awake for the match. She opened the thrilling semifinal with a break which she was able to hold to win the first set 6-4 after 34 minutes. The Australian upped her game in the second and broke to lead 3-1. Julia Görges had four break points in the next game to re-break but could not convert and the Australian then proceeded to close out the set 6-3.
In the decisive third set, the German was a break and 4-2 up and in sight of the final. But Samantha Stosur clawed her way back and she broke back to make it 3-4. From then on both players held serve until the score stood at 6-5 for Julia Görges. Returning powerfully, she pressured the Australian into making errors and wrapped up the final set (7-5) with her first match point. The encounter had lasted two and quarter hours. Afterwards her opponent was full of praise saying, “I was playing no worse than I did last year but Julia was a bit more aggressive and it made all the difference.”
A few tears were shed by the German after the win: “Amazing – I played a very good match. Samantha too. She played at the same level as at last year’s French Open,” the German said. In the new world rankings Julia Görges will be in the Top 30, no matter what happens in the final on Sunday.
Just one win now separates Julia Görges from winning the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet. “I’ve walked past the car so often this week but I haven’t looked at it closely,” she said with a wry smile on her face. “If somebody had told me at the start of the week that I would be in the final here there’s o way I would have believed them.”