Julia Goerges vs Ekaterina Makarova WTA Washington tennis preview, predictions and tips: Goerges and Makarova looking to break respective title droughts

Andrew Hendrie in WTA 6 Aug 2017
  • Julia Goerges vs Ekaterina Makarova is live from Washington D.C. at 5.00pm local time on Sunday (10.00pm BST)
  • Makarova won their only previous clash in straight sets at the Australian Open in 2015
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Washington D.C. at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis
Julia Goerges (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

It’s another WTA final for Julia Goerges in 2017, but can the powerful German claim a first title for the season? She faces the always-dangerous Ekaterina Makarova for the Citi Open title in Washington D.C. on Sunday.

Watch and bet on Goerges and Makarova live from Washington at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis. The final begins at 5.00pm local time on Sunday (10.00pm BST).



Into her third final in five tournaments, is this the moment Julia Goerges finally secures a piece of WTA singles silverware in 2017? On a five-match losing run in finals dating back to her last triumph - a dazzling one at the 2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix - Goerges will be determined to snap that sequence in the American capital on Sunday, where she advanced into the final courtesy of a thrilling three-set victory over Fed Cup teammate Andrea Petkovic. Meanwhile, Ekaterina Makarova is looking to break a title drought of her own, which stretches back to Pattaya in Thailand in 2014. Both Goerges and Makarova have won two titles in their careers, but who will capture a third in Washington? The pair take to court at 5.00pm local time on Sunday (10.00pm BST).

Goerges, seeded fourth this week, has come through a tough draw to make the final of the WTA International Citi Open, starting with a straight sets win over the rising Francoise Abanda before edging Alison Van Uytvanck in a deciding set tiebreaker. After taking out the unorthodox Monica Niculescu in the quarter-finals, Goerges again found herself in a long and energy-sapping three-set battle, this time against compatriot and good friend Andrea Petkovic in Saturday’s semi-finals. Barely anything separated the pair as both Goerges and Petkovic redlined their powerful games from the baseline, but in the end it was Goerges who was more steady when it mattered most, recovering from a break down in the third set - Petkovic missed an absolute sitter to go ahead 5-2 - edging her Fed Cup teammate 5-7 6-4 7-5 to secure her spot in the final.

Perhaps it was Goerges’ new-found consistency that allowed her to trust her game in the decisive moments in order to prevail on Saturday night. Usually known as a streaky and flashy player that is capable of beating anyone but rarely delivers on her supreme talent, Goerges has seemingly found a balance in her game this season, with the 28-year-old quietly enjoying her best year in some time.

After going 27-22 last year, Goerges has already won 31 matches in 2017 - and she’s in a nice purple patch of form at the moment, advancing to the final of three WTA International tournaments in her last five events, with disappointing first round losses at Roland Garros and Wimbledon sandwiched in-between. Unfortunately for Goerges, she hasn’t been able to get over the line, finishing runner-up to Anastasija Sevastova on the grass of Mallorca and to Irina-Camelia Begu on the clay of Bucharest.


Demonstrating her all-surface ability by making the final on the hardcourts of Washington, Goerges will stop at nothing to win a first WTA title since Stuttgart in 2011, which was a magical tournament where she beat three top 10 players - Victoria Azarenka, Samantha Stosur and Caroline Wozniacki - to capture the Premier title. Standing in her way is a player who is also hoping to return to the winners circle as far as titles are concerned.

Ekaterina Makarova (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Ekaterina Makarova, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, has only won two WTA titles throughout her career, claiming the Premier-level Eastbourne crown in 2010 with a win over Azarenka in the final, while her last title came back in 2014 when she defeated Karolina Pliskova for the Pattaya silverware. For a player who has cracked the top 10, registered 25 top 10 wins herself and made the semi-finals of the Australian and US Opens, it’s fair to say Makarova has underachieved as far as winning titles is concerned.

Makarova’s best period on tour was between 2012 and 2015, where she made at least the quarter-finals of a slam every season, including reaching the semis of the US Open in 2014 and the final four of the Australian Open in 2015. However the 29-year-old has been relatively quiet over the last couple of seasons, with the former World No. 8 coming into the Citi Open ranked a decidedly modest No. 58 in the world.

In fact, this is the first tournament Makarova has advanced to the quarter-finals of in 2017, and besides a nice first round upset of Angelique Kerber in the opening round of the French Open and a solid run to the R16 of the Australian Open (beating Dominika Cibulkova), she’s struggled to make an impact. However Makarova has strung together a nice tournament in Washington this week, beginning with two straight sets wins over Jamie Loeb and Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig before benefitting from a retirement from top seed Simona Halep in the quarters, with the Romanian pulling the plug early in the third set. Makarova then recovered from a set down, firing 31 winners to outlast French rising star Oceane Dodin 3-6 6-3 6-4 to secure her spot in the final.

Makarova and Goerges have only played once before on tour, with the Russian winning their R16 Australian Open clash in straight sets. Makarova was playing some of the best tennis of her career that tournament, progressing to the semi-finals, but it’s safe to say - despite advancing to the final - she’s well short of that level in Washington. Goerges, on the other hand, is playing great and consistent tennis, and her confidence is sky-high, which makes her powerful game all the more dangerous. I think it will be third time lucky in finals for Goerges in 2017, with the German winning her first title in over six years.


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