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Julia Goerges

Julia Goerges overwhelmed No.7 seed Sara Errani in warm conditions on Monday afternoon, advancing to the second round of AO2014 with a 6-3 6-2 victory.

Twice breaking the serve of her Italian opponent, Goerges captured the opening set in 41 minutes on Margaret Court Arena before cruising to a straight-sets win.

Errani failed to capitalise on the waywardness of her opponent, managing only two first set winners in a performance that, bar a break of serve in the seventh game of the first set, was relatively lifeless.

Former world No.15 Goerges made her own task more challenging with 25 unforced errors and a first serve percentage of only 53 percent in the opening set.

But otherwise, she was brilliant.

Now ranked 73 in the world, Goerges blasted 39 winners for the match, and quite often left Errani flat-footed and simply watching in awe.

“I’m an aggressive player and I didn’t miss a lot today,” Goerges said of her first round performance.

The second set continued in much the same vein as the first, with the German tightening up the errors but continuing to make winners from all over the court to leave her opponent with no answers.

Goerges fist-pumped the crowd as she broke Errani once more to go ahead 5-2 with her serve to come.

While Errani forced a break point, the result was a mere formality with 26-year-old Italians fight long gone.

Errani looked flat as she was dismissed from the Australian Open in the first round for a second consecutive year.

Goerges on the other hand looked at home after arriving in Melbourne in December to prepare for the tournament.

Following a disappointing 2013, this was the kind of performance Goerges needed to start 2014.

“Well, first of all this was a big hurdle for me and I am just happy to be in the second round,” added Goerges.

Winning at Melbourne Park is not unfamiliar for 25-year-old Goerges, after two fourth round appearances in the last two years.

She will be hoping to build on those performances, which were halted by Li Na last summer and Agnieszka Radwanska in 2012.

Goerges will meet either wildcard American Sachia Vickery or Vickery’s compatriot Lauren Davis in the second round.

Margaret Court Arena - Women's Singles - Round 1
Pts
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5
J.Goerges GER 
 
6
6
 
S.Errani ITA (7)
 
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Post-Tournament
Thursday, 24 July 2014
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