Julia Goerges is a professional tennis player who has achieved great success on the WTA tour. She has won 12 singles titles, including one Grand Slam title at the 2018 French Open. Goerges is also a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist, and she reached her career-high ranking of world No. 3 in July 2018.
Goerges was born in Coburg, Germany, on November 2, 1988. She began playing tennis at a young age and quickly rose through the ranks of junior tennis. She won the 2006 German Open Junior Championships and reached the semifinals of the 2007 French Open Junior Championships.
Goerges made her professional debut in 2007 and reached her first WTA final at the 2008 Moorilla Hobart International. She won her first WTA title in 2009 at Aegon International.
Goerges had a breakout year in 2011, winning three WTA titles and reaching the semifinals of the French Open. She also reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Goerges continued her success in 2012, winning two more WTA titles and making the semifinals of the Australian Open. She reached a career-high ranking of world No. 11 in September 2012.
However, Goerges struggled in subsequent years, failing to win another WTA title until 2017. She also failed to make it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament.
In 2018, Goerges had her most successful year to date, winning five WTA titles, including her first Grand Slam title at the French Open. She also reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Goerges ended the year ranked world No. 3, her highest ranking to date.
Goerges has been praised for her powerful serve and aggressive baseline play. She is considered one of the best German tennis players of all time.
Goerges is known for her aggressive baseline play and powerful serve.
Goerges has endorsement deals with Adidas, Rolex, and Wilson.
Goerges has rivalries with fellow German tennis players Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic. She also has a rivalry with Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard.
Grand Slam wins: 1 (2018 French Open)
WTA singles titles: 12
Career-high singles ranking: 3 (July 2018)
Junior Grand Slam titles: 1 (2006 German Open Junior Championships)
WTA Tour Finals: 2 (2011, 2018):
Goerges won the 2018 WTA Elite Trophy, defeating Kiki Bertens in the final.
French Open: semifinalist (2011, 2018):
In 2018, Goerges reached her first French Open semifinal, where she lost to Simona Halep in straight sets.
WTA Most Improved Player of the Year: 1 (2011):
Goerges was named WTA Most Improved Player of the Year in 2011, after winning three WTA titles and reaching the semifinals of the French Open.
Australian Open: fourth round (2012):
Goerges’s best result at the Australian Open came in 2012 when she reached the fourth round before losing to Maria Sharapova.
Wimbledon: semifinalist (2018):
In 2018, Goerges reached her second Wimbledon semifinal, where she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets.
US Open: semifinalist (2018):
In 2018, Goerges reached her third consecutive US Open semifinal, where she lost to Serena Williams in three sets.
WTA Player of the Year: 1 (2018):
Goerges was named WTA Player of the Year in 2018, after winning five WTA titles and reaching the semifinals or better at all four Grand Slam tournaments. She also finished the year ranked world No. 3.
German Sports Personality of the Year: 1 (2018):
In 2018, Goerges was named German Sports Personality of the Year, becoming the first tennis player to win the award.
Goerges is an active supporter of several charitable causes. She is an ambassador for the German Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Association of German Tennis Professionals’ “Tennis helps!” initiative. She has also participated in exhibition matches to support victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
In 2012, Goerges was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present, and Future” by Time. In 2018, she was inducted into the German Sports Personality of the Year Hall of Fame.
Julia Goerges has had a successful career as a professional tennis player, winning 12 WTA singles titles and reaching the semifinals or better at all four Grand Slam tournaments. In 2018, she reached her first French Open semifinal, won five WTA titles, and was named WTA Player of the Year. She is also an active supporter of several charitable causes.