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Goerges vs Bouchard WTA Luxembourg live streaming, preview and tips - Top seed Goerges meets resurgent Bouchard in semi-finals

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 19 Oct 2018
  • Julia Goerges vs Eugenie Bouchard is live from Luxembourg at 5.00pm local time on Friday (4.00pm BST)
  • Bouchard won their only previous meeting back in 2014 at the French Open
Julia Goerges (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Top seed Julia Goerges continues her BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open title quest on Friday when she takes resurgent former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard in the semi-finals.

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Current World No. 9 Julia Goerges faces former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard for a place in the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open final on Friday.

Choosing to compete in Luxembourg this week instead of defending her title at the Premier-level Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Goerges has advanced into the semi-finals for the loss of just one set, defeating Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4 6-3, Anna Blinkova 6-1 6-4 and Donna Vekic 6-3 3-6 6-3. 

Considering Goerges has a lot of points to defend over the next couple of weeks as she also prepares to defend her WTA Elite Trophy crown in Zhuhai - the tournament reserved for the year’s best eight players outside the top eight that qualified for the WTA Finals Singapore - it was always important that Goerges made a deep run in Luxembourg, and she’s done that by reaching her first semi-final at the tournament in seven years after she finished runner-up in 2010, beating Carla Suarez Navarro, Ana Ivanovic and Angelique Kerber before going down to Roberta Vinci.

It was this time last year when Goerges put together the best run of her career, winning three WTA titles on the bounce as she prevailed in Moscow and Zhuhai to finish 2017 on a high and then capture the ASB Classic in Auckland to launch 2018, beating Caroline Wozniacki in the final before her 15-match winning streak was snapped by Alize Cornet in the second round of the Australian Open. While her early exit in Melbourne was disappointing considering she entered the tournament as one of the dark horses for the title, Goerges broke into the top 10 for the first time and has stayed there for much of the year.

Now 43-21 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 Vekic, Barbora Strycova 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. But Goerges is back on track in Luxembourg as she targets her first final since Charleston.

Eugenie Bouchard (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Eugenie Bouchard has advanced into her second semi-final of the season after Gstaad, with the Canadian winning six matches in a row for the first time since her breakout 2014 season, qualifying for the main draw with wins over Raluca Serban, Jil Teichmann and Jessika Ponchet before main draw triumphs over Timea Babos, Carla Suarez Navarro (6-1 6-0!) and Andrea Petkovic in Thursday’s quarter-finals, where unfortunately the German was forced to retire with a thigh injury after winning the first set 6-4 and trailing the second 0-4.

“It’s unfortunate that she had to retire - and I know the feeling, I’ve had to do the same a few times in the past,” Bouchard said after the match. “It’s the worst feeling as an athlete, to not be able to play anymore. I’m very sad for her and I hope that she can start next year strong.
“It’s weird to win this way, it doesn’t feel amazing. But I’ll wake up tomorrow in the semifinals and be excited to have another chance.”

A former junior Wimbledon champion, Bouchard experienced a phenomenal breakout year in 2014 after just breaking into the top 100 the previous year, reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros before advancing to her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, beating the likes of Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep before going down to Petra Kvitova. Bouchard also won the Nurnberg title that year and finished runner-up in Wuhan, registering a 41-22 record, taking six top 10 scalps and qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore for the first time as she finished the year ranked No. 5 in the world.

However, after making the Australian Open quarter-finals in 2015, Bouchard’s form too a drastic turn for the worse. The Canadian went 12-18 that year and was outside the top 30 by season’s end, while her woes continued for the next two years as she finished 2017 at No. 81 in the world. Injuries have played a part in Bouchard’s slump, but she’s also embraced many off-court opportunities that have seemingly resulted in a loss of focus on the court - with her ranking plummeting to as low as No. 194 in June this year as she struggled for wins at WTA level. But after reaching the semi-finals of Gstaad and qualifying and making the second round of the U.S. Open, Bouchard’s run to the final four of Luxembourg this week is set to propel her back into the top 100 in the new rankings to be released on Monday.

On her best run in years, can Bouchard claim a first top 10 win of the season against Goerges? The pair have played once before: in 2014 when Bouchard won in three sets at the French Open on her way to the semi-finals. At her best, Bouchard’s relentless aggression behind her serve and with her forehand is very impressive, but the problem with her game is that she doesn’t really have a Plan B when things go wrong - and that has happened a lot over the last few years. Goerges meanwhile has found a nice balance in her own aggressive game and has certainly been operating at a much higher level over the last couple of seasons. I’ve got to lean with Goerges as a result, but Bouchard is a very dangerous opponent in this sort of form.

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Goerges vs Bouchard WTA Luxembourg live streaming, preview and tips - Top seed Goerges meets resurgent Bouchard in semi-finals

Top seed Julia Goerges continues her BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open title quest on Friday when she takes resurgent former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard in the semi-finals.

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