Powerful-serving Julia Goerges stunned top seed Caroline Wozniacki with a straight sets win in the WTA Auckland Classic final on Sunday.
Wozniacki, who lost the Auckland final to Venus Williams in 2015 and has been a tournament regular in recent years, can move up to number two in the world rankings if she wins the title on Sunday.
"It's not about only winning here but it's about my consistency in the last weeks and months", Goerges said. With a thundering forehand proving her biggest asset, it was only fitting for Goerges, the No 2 seed, to seal the title with a forehand victor. "That's just making me proud and I'm just enjoying every moment of it".
"After the first match I thought 'Oh gosh I feel my back, I feel my legs.' We didn't play for a couple of days which was nice and then coming out here and playing three sets this morning and playing two long sets just now".
Goerges, in contrast, was energetic from the start, breaking Wozniacki's serve in the opening game then holding serve to love to set the tone for the match.
Goerges didn't offer a breakpoint chance until the fourth game when she double-faulted for 30-40 but she immediately saved the point with an ace.
Makarova rode an early break for a 5-3 lead and, even though her Latvian opponent got back to 5-5, raced away with the first set tie-break.
"I didn't know what kind of performance I was going to put in this week, whether I was going to do well", he said.
Goerges reached the Auckland final for the second time in the last four years and will face Wozniacki for the third time at the tournament with their head-to-head record at 1-1.
"I felt a little exhausted going into the second match and then I played really well, started well, and I was like, this is going to be a good day at the office - and all of a sudden it's like, I'm starting to get a little more exhausted", Wozniacki said.
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