Julia Görges (born November 2, 1988 in Bad Oldesloe, Schleswig-Holstein) is a professional tennis player from Germany. Görges reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of 27 on April 25, 2011 and a doubles ranking of 33 on January 31, 2011. She has won two WTA singles title and three doubles titles as of April 2011.
Julia Görges was born in Bad Oldesloe to Klaus and Inge Görges, both of whom work in insurance. She has one half-sister named Maike, who also works in insurance. She attended the Klaus-Groth-Schule in Bad Oldesloe from 1995 to 2005, and completed the mittlere Reife (Realschulabschluss).She began playing tennis around the age of 5 when her parents began taking her to the local club. Her tennis idol growing up was Martina Hingis, and she is also a fan of Roger Federer. She is coached by Sascha Nensel, former coach of fellow German player Nicolas Kiefer. The surfaces she prefers are hard and grass courts, and her favorite tournament is the Australian Open.
In 2005 she began her career on the ITF Women's Circuit, playing in only seven tournaments and losing in the first round in five of them.
In 2006 and 2007 she continued to play mostly ITF Women's Circuit tournaments. In 2006 she won the Wahlstedt and Bielefeld tournaments. In 2007 she won tournaments in Antalya and Bucharest and made her first WTA Tour main draw appearances, the highlight of which was a semifinals achievement in Stockholm. There she lost to Vera Dushevina in three sets. Görges made her Grand Slam main draw debut at the 2007 US Open, losing to Severine Beltrame in the first round in straight sets.
In 2008 Görges continued to play in a mix of ITF Women's Circuit and WTA Tour events. Her best performances were reaching the semifinals of the 2008 Banka Koper Slovenia Open, where she lost to Anabel Medina Garrigues 3–6, 6–2, 4–6, and a quarterfinals loss to Olga Govortsova in the 2008 Cellular South Cup 6–7(5), 2–6. She made her top 100 debut in the rankings after the French Open. She won her first Grand Slam main draw match at Wimbledon, where she upset no. 23 seed Katarina Srebotnik 4–6, 7–6(6), 16–14 in a three-hour, forty-one minute first round match. However, she bowed out in the second round to Marina Erakovic in straight sets.
In 2009 Görges began to play in WTA events more exclusively. It was the first season that she played in the main draw of all four Grand Slam events. She began her season at the 2009 Brisbane International, where she lost in qualifying to Anna-Lena Grönefeld 3–6, 7–6(3), 6–7(4). At the 2009 Australian Open she lost in the first round to Ana Ivanovi? 5–7, 3–6. At the 2009 Open GDF Suez she lost in qualifying to Karolina Šprem 6–7(5), 5–7. At the 2009 BNP Paribas Open she lost in the first round in qualifing to Evgeniya Rodina 4–6, 2–6. At the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open she reached the second round, losing to Jie Zheng 4–6, 2–6. At the 2009 Warsaw Open she lost in the second round to Ioana Raluca Olaru 3–6, 6–0, 6–7(3). At the 2009 French Open she retired in the first round to Iveta Benešová 5–7, 1–4 because of heat illness. At the 2009 AEGON Classic she lost in the third round to Urszula Radwa?ska 6–7(3), 3–6. At the 2009 Wimbledon Championships she lost in the first round to Jelena Jankovi? 4–6, 6–7(0). At the 2009 Banka Koper Slovenia Open she lost in the first round to Ksenia Pervak 4–6, 6–4, 2–6. At the 2009 Istanbul Cup she lost in the second round to Lucie Hradecká 6–2, 4–6, 1–6. At the 2009 US Open she lost in the first round to Svetlana Kuznetsova 3–6, 2–6. At the 2009 Bell Challenge she managed to reach the semifinals, before losing to Lucie Šafá?ová 3–6, 2–6. At the 2009 Generali Ladies Linz she lost in the second round to Ioana Raluca Olaru 6–3, 2–6, 5–7. In her last WTA tournament of 2009 at the 2009 BGL Luxembourg Open, she lost in qualifying to Laura Robson 3–6, 2–6.
Görges started the 2010 season at the 2010 ASB Classic, losing in the first round to Yanina Wickmayer 3–6, 5–7. At the 2010 Medibank International Sydney, she lost in the first round of qualifying to Jill Craybas 7–6(8), 1–6, 3–6. At the 2010 Australian Open she beat Tamira Paszek in the first round 6–0, 3–6, 6–3, but then lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the second round 3–6, 1–6. At the 2010 PTT Pattaya Open she beat Anna Gerasimou 6–4, 6–4 but lost in the second round to Sesil Karatantcheva 2–6, 1–6. At the 2010 Monterrey Open she lost in the first round to no. 5 seed Ágnes Szávay 6–3, 3–6, 3–6. At the WTA Premier Mandatory tournament, the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, she lost in the second round to Yanina Wickmayer 2–6, 4–6. In the second WTA Premier Mandatory tournament, the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, she lost in the second round to Elena Vesnina 3–6, 4–6. At the 2010 MPS Group Championships she lost in the second round to Elena Vesnina 3–6, 2–6. At the WTA Premier tournament 2010 Family Circle Cup she lost in the first round to Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7–6(1), 1–6, 4–6. At the WTA Premier tournament 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix she lost in the first round to Justine Henin 6–7(3), 1–6. At the 2010 Estoril Open she lost in the second round to Arantxa Parra Santonja 6–3, 5–7, 2–6. At the 2010 Internationaux de Strasbourg she lost in the quarterfinals to Maria Sharapova 6–7(2), 1–6. At the 2010 French Open she beat Melinda Czink in the first round before losing to world no. 1 Serena Williams 1–6, 1–6 in the second round. At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships she lost in the first round to Marion Bartoli 4–6, 3–6. At the 2010 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo she lost in the semifinals to Flavia Pennetta 0–6, 4–6. At the 2010 Gastein Ladies she won her first career WTA singles title by defeating Timea Bacsinszky in the final 6–1, 6–4. She made her top 50 debut in the rankings afterward. At the 2010 e-Boks Danish Open she reached the quarterfinals, but was unable to take advantage of a 5–3 third-set lead over no. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki, eventually falling 6–3, 0–6, 6–7(3). At the 2010 U.S. Open she defeated Romina Oprandi in the first round in straight sets, 6–3, 6–4. She fell to no. 15 seed Yanina Wickmayer in the second round 4–6, 5–7. At the 2010 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, she scored her first win over a former no.1 player in the first round, defeating Dinara Safina 6–1, 5–7, 6–2. In the next round she defeated no. 4 seed Samantha Stosur 7–5, 6–2 for her first win over a top 10 player. However, she was defeated by Coco Vandeweghe 3–6 0–6 in the quarterfinals. At the 2010 Generali Ladies Linz she reached the quarterfinals, but fell to eventual champion Ana Ivanovi? 6–7(6), 2–6. In her final tournament of the season, the 2010 BGL Luxembourg Open, she won a quarterfinals rematch with Ana Ivanovi?, defeating her 6–3, 6–1. She eventually reached her second career WTA final, falling to Roberta Vinci.
Beginning her season at the 2011 ASB Classic once again, Görges lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Gréta Arn 6–7(3), 3–6. At the 2011 Australian Open, she defeated Edina Gallovits-Hall 6–3, 4–6, 6–3 in the first round. In her second round match, Julia upset no. 20 seed Kaia Kanepi 6–4, 3–6, 6–4. Her third round match against the 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova was a three-set battle, which Julia eventually lost 6–4, 4–6, 4–6. This is her best performance in a Grand Slam to-date, and she was rewarded by achieving a career-high no. 34 singles ranking on January 31, 2011. On February 5–6, she helped Germany defeat Slovenia in Fed Cup competition by clinching the tie with a straight-sets win over Maša Zec Peškiri?, her first career win in Fed Cup competition. Seeded no. 1, she then lost in the second rounds of Bogota and Acapulco. Switching to hard-court, she then lost in the first round of Monterrey to Ksenia Pervak 1–6, 5–7. She continued to struggle at the BNP Paribas Open and the Sony Ericsson Open, losing in the 2nd and 1st round, respectively. In the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, however, she got back on track with a quarterfinal appearance on the green clay, losing to Elena Vesnina in three sets. Heading to Stuttgart for Fed Cup, she won a rubber for Germany against Melanie Oudin, whom she lost to earlier in Miami. Staying in Stuttgart for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, she won her first Premier-level tournament and second WTA tournament overall, upsetting Samantha Stosur along the way and benefiting from a retirement by Victoria Azarenka. In the final, Görges scored the biggest win of her career by defeating world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki 7–6(3), 6–3, to become the first German to win Stuttgart since Anke Huber in 1994.