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Goerges vs Townsend WTA Charleston live streaming, preview and tips - Last year's runner-up Goerges begins 2019 Volvo Car Open campaign

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 3 Apr 2019
  • Julia Goerges vs Taylor Townsend is live from Charleston at 10.00am local time on Wednesday (3.00pm BST)
  • Townsend won their only previous clash in Washington back in 2014
Julia Goerges (PA Images)

Last year’s Volvo Car Open runner-up Julia Goerges begins her quest to go one step further in 2019 when she begins her Charleston campaign on Wednesday against Taylor Townsend.

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World No. 15 and Auckland champion Julia Goerges launches her Volvo Car Open title quest in Charleston in the second round on Wednesday against Taylor Townsend.

Goerges has played well in the majority of her previous visits to Charleston, making the quarter-finals in 2011 and the R16 in 2013, but it was last year where she came agonisingly close to the title, beating the likes of Naomi Osaka, Daria Kasatkina and Anastasija Sevastova before finishing runner-up to a rampaging Kiki Bertens in the final, with the Dutchwoman prevailing by the one-sided scoreline of 6-2 6-1.

The 30-year-old started the 2019 season with a bang as she successfully defended her ASB Classic title in Auckland, becoming just one of three players to beat Bianca Andreescu in a complete match this year when she toppled the Canadian in three sets in the final, but apart from that, there hasn’t really been a stand-out result for Goerges. She lost in the opening round of the Australian Open from a winning position against Danielle Collins, went down to Vera Zvonareva in the second round of St. Petersburg and lost in the first round of Dubai, while she also made the quarter-finals in Doha and the third round of both Indian Wells and Miami.

As mentioned, Goerges - who has been ranked between 13 and 16 all season - hasn’t really made an impact anywhere since Auckland. She’s only beaten one player inside the top 40 all season, and that came against No. 37 Maria Sakkari in the opening round of St. Petersburg - and the Greek, save for the Australian Open, hasn’t been anywhere near her best form herself. It certainly is a far cry from the form Goerges has been producing over the last couple of seasons, namely when she won consecutive titles in Moscow and Zhuhai at the end of 2017, while she also made her first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon last year and won her eighth career title in Luxembourg. Can Goerges find her best tennis on the green clay of Charleston this week?


Taylor Townsend is her first opponent. The American was once touted as a future top 10 star and Grand Slam champion as she took home the Australian Open girls title title and hit the top of the junior rankings (she also won three of the four junior doubles Grand Slams), but so far, Townsend hasn’t been able to live up to the hype.

Indeed, the 22-year-old has failed to finish a season inside the top 100 until last season, fluctuating wildly between 100 and 300, but she’s started to stabilise a bit recently, ending 2018 at No. 74 in the world after winning ITF titles in Dothan and Charleston, along with making the second rounds of the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, but she played just two events after July and shut down her season in September, retiring in the second round of the ITF tournament in Templeton. Townsend hasn’t had many eye-catching results so far in 2019 either, failing to win a match during the Australian summer, falling in the quarter-finals of Newport Beach and losing in the opening round of Indian Wells, although she did qualify and win a round in Miami before going down 6-1 6-3 to World No. 2 Simona Halep, while she made the second round of Charleston with a three-set win over Australian qualifier Astra Sharma on Tuesday.

Townsend actually beat Goerges back in 2014 in the first round of Washington when she was still a fearless teenager, but as mentioned, she hasn’t been able to kick on since then. The American has an unpredictable game - she slices, serves and volleys and generally mixes up the pace of her rally ball with almost every shot, but she does lack the sort of outright weapon needed to really take her game to the next level. She could frustrate the hard-hitting Goerges in the German’s first match on clay for the season, but I’d expect the World No. 15 to power her way to victory.


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Goerges vs Townsend WTA Charleston live streaming, preview and tips - Last year's runner-up Goerges begins 2019 Volvo Car Open campaign

Last year’s Volvo Car Open runner-up Julia Goerges begins her quest to go one step further in 2019 when she begins her Charleston campaign on Wednesday against Taylor Townsend.

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