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Goerges vs Blinkova WTA Luxembourg live streaming, preview and tips - Top seed Goerges targets Luxembourg quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 17 Oct 2018
  • Julia Goerges vs Anna Blinkova is live from Luxembourg around 4.00pm local time on Wednesday (3.00pm BST)
  • First career meeting between the pair
Julia Goerges (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Top seed Julia Goerges continues her BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open title quest on Wednesday when she takes on World No. 99 Anna Blinkova for a spot in the quarter-finals.

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World No. 9 Julia Goerges has a lot of points to defend over the next month - can she keep on progressing through the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open draw on Wednesday against Russian youngster Anna Blinkova in the second round?

It was this time last year that Goerges went on a 15-match winning streak that lasted until the second round of the Australian Open, with the German winning back-to-back titles at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow and the second-tier season-ending championships in Zhuhai - the tournament reserved for the best eight players behind the top eight that qualified for the WTA Finals Singapore. It was a run of form that ultimately propelled Goerges into the top 10 as she also defeated Caroline Wozniacki at the ASB Classic in Auckland at the start of the season to win her third title on the trot before Alize Cornet finally snapped her streak in Melbourne.

Currently No. 9 in the world, Goerges needs to defend both of her titles in order to remain in the top 10 - but she might not even get the chance in Zhuhai as she’s No. 16 in the Race at the moment, meaning she needs a big week here in Luxembourg in more ways than one. Choosing to compete in Luxembourg for the first time since 2014 instead of defending her crown in Moscow, Goerges was a former runner-up at the tournament in 2010 when she defeated Carla Suarez Navarro, Ana Ivanovic and Angelique Kerber before going down to Roberta Vinci. Goerges was a semi-finalist the following season but had only won one match in Luxembourg before her first round on Tuesday when she defeated Viktoria Kuzmova for the third straight match, conquering the Slovakian 6-4 6-3.

Now 41-21 for the season so far, Goerges has continued to break new ground in 2018, reaching her first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon with wins over Barbora Strycova, Donna Vekic and Kiki Bertens, while she’s also been a runner-up in Charleston, a semi-finalist in St. Petersburg and New Haven and a quarter-finalist in Doha, Birmingham and the Moscow International. However, Goerges didn’t have the best of Asian swings, losing in the second round of Wuhan to Sofia Kenin and the Round of 16 in Beijing to Naomi Osaka by a 1-6 2-6 scoreline, while she also lost in the first round of Linz last week to Andrea Petkovic. In need of a deep run in Luxembourg, can Goerges make it back-to-back wins for just the second time since the U.S. Open on Wednesday?

Anna Blinkova (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Russian young gun Anna Blinkova stands in her way in the second round. A Wimbledon junior runner-up in 2015 and former junior World No. 3, Blinkova has amassed three ITF titles throughout the course of her young career and is currently coached by Thomas Drouet - the man from Monaco who was caught up in the Bernard Tomic coaching fiasco with his father John and who also was working with Timea Babos up until last month.

Currently in the middle of trying to make that next step in her young career and establish herself inside the top 100 so she can gain direct entry into Grand Slams and Premier Mandatory events, Blinkova has a great start to the season, qualifying for the Australian Open and making the second round of the main draw and also qualifying for the Premier 5 Qatar Total Open in Doha, going on to beat Kristina Mladenovic and Elena Vesnina before going down in a tight match to Caroline Garcia. Blinkova then went on to make the semi-finals of the $60k ITF tournament in Shenzhen before picking up the $60k title in Croissy-Beauborg in France.

Blinkova failed to qualify for the French Open but she built up her ranking high enough to gain direct entry into the Wimbledon draw, where she beat Yafan Wang before falling to Kiki Bertens in the second round. That win propelled Blinkova to her current career-high ranking of No. 98 - and she arrives in Luxembourg just one spot behind at No. 99 after qualifying for Linz last week before losing to Tatjana Maria in the opening round. However, the 20-year-old didn’t have to wait long for revenge, toppling Maria 6-2 7-5 on Tuesday to set up a second round date with Goerges.

This will be the first meeting between the pair and it’s Goerges who is under pressure to perform and defend all of the points she accumulated last year. However, with that being said, the German is still the overwhelming favourite in this match-up. Goerges loves playing indoors and is coming off a good win against Kuzmova, which should give her some confidence. Blinkova is someone that should be pushing towards the top 50 and beyond this time next year, but she’s only won nine WTA main draw matches and she might have to wait a little bit longer to make it 10.


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Goerges vs Blinkova WTA Luxembourg live streaming, preview and tips - Top seed Goerges targets Luxembourg quarter-finals

Top seed Julia Goerges continues her BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open title quest on Wednesday when she takes on World No. 99 Anna Blinkova for a spot in the quarter-finals.

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