ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) today pays tribute to German star Julia Goerges as she calls time on a 15-year career that saw her capture a total of 12 WTA titles and achieve a coveted Top 10 singles ranking and Top 20 doubles ranking.
“Julia’s powerful playing style, exemplary sportsmanship and thoughtful nature made her a fantastic ambassador for women’s tennis and a fan favorite around the world,” said Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO. “On behalf of the WTA family, I congratulate her on her wonderful career and the contributions she will leave with our sport and wish her every success and happiness for the future. She will certainly be missed.”
Goerges made her professional debut on the ITF Circuit in Germany in 2005 and contested her first WTA main draw as a qualifier at the Qatar Total Open in Doha in 2007. She collected the first of her seven WTA singles titles on the red clay of Bad Gastein, Austria in 2010, and the following year became just the second German woman, after Anke Huber, to triumph at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.
Six years later, Goerges captured her second Premier-level trophy at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow and two weeks later she punctuated the 2017 season with the biggest title of her career, the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai. Carrying that momentum into 2018 with another trophy run, at the ASB Classic in Auckland, Goerges compiled a 15-match win streak across her hat-trick of titles and into the second round at the Australian Open.
The 2018 season also saw Goerges achieve her best Grand Slam singles result, reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon. With that run, Goerges had reached at least the Round of 16 at all four majors.
Already the eighth German woman to crack the Top 10 in singles (joining Sylvia Hanika, Bettina Bunge, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Stefanie Graf, Anke Huber, Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber), Goerges duly achieved her career-high ranking of No.9, the week of August 20, 2018.
With a career-high ranking of No.12 in doubles (achieved the week of August 22, 2016), Goerges is also just one of three German women to reach the Top 15 in both disciplines, along with Graf and Kohde-Kilsch, All up, Goerges went 5-11 in WTA doubles finals and in 2016 qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore alongside Karolina Pliskova.
Goerges steps away from the game with a 479-337 singles record across all levels, including 316 wins at Tour-level (main draw) and a 54-49 record at Grand Slams.