Tennis: Goerges reaches first grasscourt final in Mallorca

Germany's Julia Goerges returns the ball to Madison Brengle of the US.
Germany's Julia Goerges returns the ball to Madison Brengle of the US.PHOTO: AFP

PALMA (REUTERS) – Germany’s Julia Goerges took a while to learn to love grass but her patience is being rewarded after she reached her first final on the surface by beating American teenager CiCi Bellis in the semi-finals of the Mallorca Open on Saturday (June 24).

The 28-year-old, 10 years Bellis’s senior, was simply too aggressive on the Santa Ponsa turf as she won 6-1 6-1.

Goerges, ranked 54, will play second seed Anastasija Sevastova in Sunday’s final after the Latvian avenged her loss against Caroline Garcia in last year’s inaugural final, beating the Frenchwoman 6-4 6-2.

“It just feels special overall, it doesn’t matter on which surface it is – it’s been a while,” Goerges said.

“I just feel great on the grass here. It’s been a solid week for me. I’m very happy to be in the final. I just try to play every match as best as I can and fight as much as I can.

“My team always told me that I’m a very good grass court player. I didn’t quite believe it but maybe after this week, I should believe it.”

Her opponent in Sunday’s final, Sevastova, proved too steady for Garcia.

“I think I improved a lot since last year. I’m returning better, moving quite good and serving better,” she said.

“I’m feeling good on centre court. I like the conditions here.”