WTA Luxembourg: Jelena Ostapenko dethrones Julia Goerges in style


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WTA Luxembourg: Jelena Ostapenko dethrones Julia Goerges in style

Competing in her seventh WTA final and the first since Miami last year, the struggling Latvian Jelena Ostapenko dethroned Julia Goerges with a commanding 6-4, 6-1 win in an hour for the third WTA crown. Never looking like a player who claimed a Major crown in 2017, Ostapenko couldn't find her best tennis this year until Linz a week ago, losing in the final to Cori Gauff but fixing that here in Luxembourg for her first trophy since Seoul in 2017.

In her first meeting on the Tour, Jelena delivered an incredible performance on both serve and return, dropping nine points behind the initial shot and never facing a break point. Thus, the pressure was on Goerges all the time and the German had no weapons in her arsenal that could have taken it away, landing only four aces and dropping 45% of the points in her games to suffer four breaks from eight opportunities offered to Ostapenko who controlled the pace all the time to cross the finish line in style.

Julia repelled a break chance in the first game of the match and servers were on a roll in the next seven games, losing seven points overall to reach 4-4 in no time at all. Out of sudden, Jelena grabbed a break at 15 when Julia sent a forehand long, moving 5-4 in front and clinching the opener with a service winner in the next game after a hold at love.

The Latvian broke at 15 in the third game of the second set following another forehand mistake from the German who sprayed another one at 1-3 to suffer a break at love and push Jelena further ahead. Returning at 5-1, Ostapenko grabbed the third straight break when Julia hit a double fault, completing a rock-solid week and celebrating a much-needed title.