Julia Goerges: 'You just have to get through it'

French Open 18th seed reveals reason of her elimination

by Alice Cimino
Julia Goerges: 'You just have to get through it'

Ousted 7-5 6-1 in the opening round of the French Open by Estonian Kaia Kanepi, World No. 18 Julia Goerges reflected on her match and season so far, “Well, first of all, the positive thing is that I didn't have pain while playing today.

This hasn't been for a while. And I obviously wanted to play better this clay season. It's not an easy situation for me this season. The first half of the year I started off well in Auckland, but my body couldn't be caught up somehow.

And for me, it's actually a tough situation right now because I didn't have a lot of matches. And when I played, I injured myself, and it's something which I'm not quite used to throughout my career. Obviously, you have some setbacks, but not body-wise I had it.

And, well, that's something that you have to go through and you need to practice a lot and need to get matches under your belt. You cannot train the match situations in practice and, well, you just have to get through it”.

Goerges’ season had in fact kicked-off nicely, her start-of-the-year title in Auckland—on the road to which she defeated Viktoria Kuzmova and Bianca Andreescu among others—opening good possibilities to her.

However, the only promising results afterwards were reaching the quarterfinals in Doha, and the round of 32 both at the Miami Open and Indian Wells. As a player who puts a lot on her serve game, Goerges was deceived of not having managed a better use of this strength against Kuzmova, “Well, it's one of my biggest weapons, which was a bit sleeping today, I think.

But as I said, it's also about matches. If you haven't served a lot in the last few weeks, I mean, a serve is not coming from something which you have in your hands. It has to be some work in it, and we couldn't do it as much as I would like to have it and what I also need to serve well.

I think if you just rest and do some stuff on your body, it doesn't mean that your serve is coming right away. So you need to get some feeling, as well, and I didn't have that. But you always have to get the best out of the situation with all the circumstances you are having.

And I tried the best I could today, but as I already said, in some match situations, these situations you cannot practice and you don't get them in practice. So it's all about matches”.

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