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Goerges vs Vekic tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Wimbledon rematch as Goerges targets WTA Luxembourg semifinals

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 17 Oct 2018
  • Julia Goerges faces Donna Vekic in the quarterfinals of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open
  • Goerges vs Vekic is live from Luxembourg on Thursday at 6pm local/5pm BST
Julia Goerges (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Top seed Julia Goerges takes on Donna Vekic for a place in the semifinals of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open on Thursday.

World no. 9 Julia Goerges continues her pursuit of a first Luxembourg Open title as she faces Donna Vekic in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Goerges is trying to reach her sixth semifinal of what has been a career-best season for the German as she prepares to take on Vekic in Luxembourg, where she finished runner-up to Roberta Vinci in 2010 and was a semifinalist in 2011 but wasn’t able to win back-to-back matches on two subsequent visits.

Julia Goerges with the Zhuhai trophy in 2017 (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
The world no. 9 has changed that in style in 2018, backing up a 6-4, 6-3 win over Viktoria Kuzmova with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Anna Blinkova which took just 75 minutes on Wednesday. Despite being broken twice, Goerge served six aces and won 24 of 31 points behind her powerful first serve, creating 11 break points and converting on five as she wrapped up a victory for the loss of just six games.

It was the 42nd singles victory of Goerges’s season, which has seen her reach a career-high ranking of world no. 9. It’s a just reward for a year which has seen the 29-year-old German win the fifth WTA Tour singles title of her career at the ASB Classic in Auckland in January; make her first Grand Slam semifinal, in somewhat unlikely fashion, at Wimbledon where she beat Kiki Bertens before losing to Serena Williams; finish runner-up to Bertens in Charleston, and make the semifinals of Premier-level events on indoor and outdoor hard courts in St Petersburg and New Haven respectively. 

Goerges most recently made the round of 16 at the China Open in Beijing, where she was defeated by Naomi Osaka, and suffered a shock loss to fellow German and good friend Andrea Petkovic in the first round of Linz last week.

Goerges won back-to-back titles in Moscow and Zhuhai at this stage of last season, but opted for the International-level event in Luxembourg over defending her title at the Kremlin Cup. It’s not confirmed yet whether Goerges will play Zhuhai in two weeks’ time or possibly take up the option of being an alternate at the WTA Finals Singapore instead.

Goerges has to be one of the overwhelming favourites to win the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open after surprising losses for second seed Garbine Muguruza and third seed Carla Suarez Navarro to Dayana Yastremska and Eugenie Bouchard respectively on Wednesday.

The first significant test of her campaign, however, will come against Donna Vekic in the quarterfinals as the Croatian looks to cap a good season with her fourth win of the year over a top-10 player.

Donna Vekic  (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)
Currently ranked at a career-high world no. 35, Vekic’s season has been a good one, reviving interest in a player who looked to have got lost after a promising start to her pro career in 2013 when she made the final of Birmingham aged just 16, winning her first WTA Tour title in Kuala Lumpur less than a year later.

It was clearly all too much too soon for Vekic, who went 3-10 after winning Kuala Lumpur in April 2014 and was out of the top 100 a year later, doing little of note in 2015 and 2016. The Croatian rebuilt her ranking in 2017, winning her second WTA Tour title in Nottingham, playing a memorable match against Johanna Konta at Wimbledon and ending the year at world no. 47. 

Vekic’s challenge in 2018 has been to keep that progress going and she has by and large done a good job, compiling a 34-24 win-loss record and raising her ranking to the aforementioned current career high of world no. 35. A runner-up at the International-level Citi Open in Washington, D.C. in the summer, Vekic made her first Premier-level semifinal since Birmingham in 2013 in Tokyo last month; she also made the semifinals of Nottingham as she attempted to defend her title, quarterfinals in Hobart and Lugano and reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon, ousting fourth seed Sloane Stephens in the first round. 

Seeded sixth in Luxembourg, Vekic dropped just one game in a crushing defeat of Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round before ousting Fiona Ferro by the seesawing scoreline of 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 to book her place in the quarterfinals on her first appearance at the tournament for five years.

This quarterfinal will be a rematch of the fourth-round clash between Goerges and Vekic at Wimbledon, where, in a duel between two players with big serves and powerful forehands, it was Goerges who rose to the occasion, serving much better and delivering an extremely solid 6-3, 6-2 performance. The German was also the victor in straight sets when they met on clay in Budapest in 2017, and seems to be able to deploy her weapons more consistently and effectively than the Croatian in what is quite a straightforward power duel; she is also a better defender and volleyer. This week has thrown up some strange results so nothing can be taken completely for granted, but this is a solid opportunity for Goerges to record yet another good tournament result in 2018 by making the semifinals in Luxembourg.

Goerges vs Vekic Luxembourg Open quarterfinal tennis is live from Luxembourg on Thursday at 6pm local/5pm BST 

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