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Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Goerges dominates to finally claim Classic

Goerges dominates to finally claim Classic

It's the dream ASB Classic final scenario.

At the Sydney International tennis tournament, Ekaterina Makarova kept cool in the fierce Australian heat to upset French Open champion and World No.7 Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 in the first round.

The 29-year-old German, with a first serve topping 180 kilometres per hour, sent down 11 aces on her way to winning the title here for the first time in her ninth attempt 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).

Harrison had five break-point chances in the first set but the American couldn't convert and third-seeded Kyrgios bounced back to get the decisive break in the seventh game and took control with a mix of unorthodox shot-making and pure power on his serve.

Due to persistent rain in Auckland during Thursday and Friday, Wozniacki and Goerges were both forced to double-up their matches on Saturday.

"She played really well today, and she had a great end to last season too, so it's good to see her bringing that form into this year", Wozniacki said during the trophy presentation.

In their quarter-final ties earlier in the day, Wozniacki beat American young gun Sofia Kenin 4-6 6-2 6-4 and Goerges thumped Polona Hercog 6-4 6-4.

"Then coming out here and playing three sets this morning, and then two sets when we ran a lot..."

Wozniacki, who lost the Auckland final to Venus Williams in 2015 and has been a tournament regular in recent years, can move up to number two in the world rankings if she wins the title on Sunday.

"We've had so many battles where Caroline came back from a score where she probably don't expect it and she's one of the best competitors in the game", Goerges said.

"I felt a little exhausted going into the second match and then I played really well, started well, and I was like, this is going to be a good day at the office - and all of a sudden it's like, I'm starting to get a little more exhausted", Wozniacki said.

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