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Vekic vs Goerges U.S. Open live streaming, preview and tips - Vekic must overturn 0-3 record vs Goerges to make first major quarter-final

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 2 Sep 2019
  • Donna Vekic vs Julia Goerges is live from the US Open at 11.00am local time on Monday (4.00pm BST)
  • Goerges leads their head-to-head 3-0
Donna Vekic (PA Images)

A first U.S. Open quarter-final is on the line as Donna Vekic and Julia Goerges battle it out in the fourth round on Monday.

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A great opportunity awaits for both Donna Vekic and Julia Goerges to reach the U.S. Open quarter-final for the first time - who steps up on Monday and takes advantage?

Vekic, who has never been to the quarter-finals of any Grand Slam before and only advanced to the fourth round twice before this week, has been in red-hot form so far at the U.S. Open, not dropping a set in comfortable victories over Richel Hogenhamp (7-6 6-3), Kaia Kanepi (7-5 6-3) and Yulia Putintseva (6-4 6-1). The Croatian was dominant behind her serve in her third round win over Putintseva, winning 87 per cent of points behind her first delivery and firing 28 winners during the one-sided triumph to advance into the U.S. Open fourth round for the first time in her career, eclipsing her previous-best third round finish from 2017.

However, Vekic knows she will have to play her best tennis in order to continue her progress through the draw as she goes into her fourth round showdown with Goerges on the back of three straight losses against the German.

"Well, I’ve never beaten [Goerges] so far," Vekic said after beating Putintseva. "We’ve had a couple of close matches. She’s a great player, she’s a good friend, I know her well, I know her team well. Hopefully it will be a good match, and hopefully I can win for the first time."
"I’m playing good tennis here," she added, "so hopefully I can make my first [Grand Slam] quarterfinal."

Still just 23 years of age, it feels like Vekic has been around forever - and in a way, she has been, with the Croatian first surging into the headlines when she made the final of the Tashkent Open as a 16-year-old in 2012, while she won her first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur two years later (after also finishing runner-up to Daniela Hantuchova in Birmingham in 2013), beating Dominika Cibulkova in the final. However, Vekic struggled with so much success so early in her career, and she quickly tumbled out of the top 100 and was barely sighted for the next couple of seasons.

But Vekic has experienced a resurgence over the last couple of seasons and arrived at the U.S. Open one spot off her career-high ranking at No. 23. Vekic won her second career title on the grass of Nottingham last year, finished runner-up at the Citi Open in Washington and also beat then No. 3 Sloane Stephens at Wimbledon to finish 2018 at No. 34 in the world, while she brought a 29-16 record into New York this season, making two more finals in St. Petersburg and Nottingham, while she’s also made semi-finals in Brisbane, Acapulco and San Jose, along with reaching the fourth round of Roland Garros. Is she ready to make a first major quarter-final on Monday?

Julia Goerges (PA Images)
Julia Goerges will have other ideas. After dropping the opening set 1-6 in her first round against Natalia Vikhlyantseva and saving a match point in the deciding se, the German has been on a roll, completing a 1-6 6-1 7-6(1) victory over the Russian before storming past Francesca Di Lorenzo 7-5 6-0 and crushing seventh seed Kiki Bertens 6-2 6-3 to advance into the fourth round. Goerges, who lost in the opening round of the U.S. Open in seven of her first nine appearances, has now made the fourth round twice in the last three years and has also defeated Bertens in two Grand Slams over the last two seasons, following on from her triumph at Wimbledon last year.

"After being match point down in the first round, I can be very happy to be in the fourth round," said Goerges. "You never know where it's going to go to. I'm very pleased with the way I fought in the first match, and I think it was all worth it."

Goerges put together a career-best season in 2018, hitting a career-high ranking of No. 9 after making her first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon and winning the Auckland and Luxembourg titles, however, after defending her Auckland crown in January, the German didn’t beat a top 40 player until Su-Wei Hsieh in Rome (where she retired in her next match due to a thigh injury), while she was eliminated in the first round of Roland Garros by Kaia Kanepi. Goerges was clearly hindered by her thigh after January, but she’s got back to some great tennis after making the final of Birmingham, despite her ranking dropping to No. 30 after losing to Serena Williams in the third round of Wimbledon.

Goerges will be confident of reaching her first U.S. Open quarter-final - she’s beaten Vekic in all three of their previous encounters, including during her run to the Wimbledon semis last year, along with two triumphs on hardcourt. Both players have similar games based around big serving and punishing groundstrokes, so it will come down to who’s executing better on the day and who can seize the initiative first in baseline exchanges. There’s not much separating these two right now, but I’ve got to lean with Goerges based on their head-to-head.

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