Julia Goerges vs Andrea Petkovic tips, predictions and live stream: All-German clash in the Citi Open semifinals

Hannah Wilks in WTA 5 Aug 2017
  • Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic face off in the semifinals of the Citi Open on Saturday
  • Goerges vs Petkovic Citi Open tennis is live from Washington, D.C. at 9pm local/2am BST
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Washington, D.C. at bet365 > live streaming > tennis
Julia Goerges (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Julia Goerges targets her third final of a quietly consistent season as she faces compatriot Andrea Petkovic in the semifinals of the Citi Open on Saturday. 

Goerges vs Petkovic Citi Open tennis is live from Washington, D.C. on Saturday at 9pm local/2am BST. Watch and bet on tennis live from Washington at bet365 > live streaming > tennis

It’s an all-German clash in the second semifinal of WTA Washington, D.C. as Julia Goerges faces Andrea Petkovic, who is trying to reach her first WTA final since February 2015.

There have been a few shocks at the Citi Open this week, with brutal heat and humidity taking its toll on some of the seeds including Simona Halep and Kristina Mladenovic – not helped by scheduling which frequently put women on first at the hottest time of the day – but three of the four semifinalists have come from among the seeds, including fourth seed Julia Goerges.

We are so accustomed to thinking of Goerges as a streaky, inconsistent player, dazzling at her best – like her fantastic run to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title in Stuttgart back in 2011, which really put her on the map – and a dangerous floater who is always a threat to take out a top-10 player in the early rounds of a Grand Slam but rarely progresses further herself. It’s something of a shock to realize what a consistent season the German is actually having. After a quiet 2016, which included a runner-up finish in Auckland and semifinals in Nurnberg, Bastad and Moscow for an overall 27-22 win-loss record, Goerges is 30-17 in 2017 already. Now 28, Goerges has made little impression at the bigger events so far in 2017 – she lost in the first rounds of the French Open and Wimbledon, although she did make the third rounds of Indian Wells, Miami and Rome – but a new coaching team and a renewed focus on singles (she is an excellent doubles player but ended last year’s solid partnership with Karolina Pliskova) has seen her make semifinals in Budapest and finish runner-up in Mallorca, where she beat top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on her way to the final, to Anastasija Sevastova and in Bucharest where she lost to Irina-Camelia Begu. 

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Goerges has plenty of reason to be confident, in other words, and has made good progress at the Citi Open where she is playing for the second time, opening with a straight-sets win over the talented Francoise Abanda before surviving a topsy-turvy, fraught match against Alison van Uytvanck, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(9) to make the quarterfinals, where she recorded a solid victory over the tricky Monica Niculescu, ousting the sixth seed 6-3, 6-4.

Andrea Petkovic  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Andrea Petkovic is the lone unseeded player to make the semifinals at the Citi Open, and her presence is definitely much more of a surprise. Ranked as high as world no. 9 in 2011, after semifinals in Miami and Cincinnati, a US Open quarterfinal and a runner-up finish in Beijing, Petkovic missed much of 2012 due to injury and her ranking plummeted as a result. Battling her way back up into the top 50 in 2013, partly thanks to runner-up finishes in Nuremberg and at the Citi Open itself (to Magdalena Rybarikova), Petkovic made it back into the top 15 in 2014, a resurgent season which saw her make the semifinals of the French Open and win titles in Charleston, Bad Gastein and Zhuhai. She would be back in the top 10 in 2015, winning Antwerp and making the semifinals of Charleston and Miami, but suffered a loss of motivation and struggled with what she now half-seriously terms an ‘existential crisis’ in late 2015 and struggled to shake off the after-effects of that in 2016, a year in which she made just one WTA semifinal (in Doha) and slid out of the top 50. 

Petkovic’s downwards momentum has continued in 2017: She comes into the Citi Open ranked world no. 102 after failing to win back-to-back WTA main-draw matches all year, and having been reduced to playing ITF events during the grass-court season (fairly major ones in Ilkley, where she reached the semifinals, and Southsea, to be fair). But the German says she’s feeling better and, if her results in Washington are anything to go by, Petkovic has some of her old spirit back: She beat Kurumi Nara in straight sets before scoring a pair of three-set victories over Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and wildcard Bianca Andreescu to make her first WTA semifinal since last February.

Goerges and Petkovic, Fed Cup teammates and friends, obviously know each other’s games very well and there will be few surprises on Saturday when they face off. Petkovic leads the head-to-head 2-1 and is of course a former Citi Open runner-up, and has won the only match they have played on American hard courts (Cincinnati in 2015), while Goerges’s sole victory over Petkovic came all the way back in 2008. Both women are powerful – and error-prone – players, but Goerges’s game is a little more fluid, although she’s a bit less athletic. Still, the consistency she’s built up over the course of the season is impressive for a player of her style and that confidence should see her past Petkovic and into her third final of 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Goerges vs Petkovic is scheduled in Washington, D.C. on Saturday at 9pm local/1am BST. Watch and bet on the match live at bet365 > live streaming > Julia Goerges vs Andrea Petkovic

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Julia Goerges vs Andrea Petkovic tips, predictions and live stream: All-German clash in the Citi Open semifinals

Andrea Petkovic has slid out of the top 100 but the former world no. 9 is out to make her second WTA Washington, D.C. final as she takes on Fed Cup teammate Julia Goerges in the Citi Open semifinals: Read our tips, predictions and stream the match live online.

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