Two-time ASB Classic winner Julia Goerges retires from tennis at 31


Julia Goerges of Germany holds the ASB Classic trophy after winning the women's final against Bianca Andreescu of Canada in 2019.

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Julia Goerges of Germany holds the ASB Classic trophy after winning the women’s final against Bianca Andreescu of Canada in 2019.

Dual ASB Classic winner and former Wimbledon semifinalist Julia Goerges has retired from tennis at the age of 31.

A popular figure in Auckland, Goerges won there in 2018 and 2019, was a finalist in 2016 and a semifinalist a year later. She rose to a best world ranking of No 9 in 2018.

She had slipped well off that peak and was ranked 45th at her retirement. Her most recent match was a second-round loss to fellow German Laura Siegemund at the French Open.

Goerges, in a letter addressed to the game of tennis, wrote that she was “ready to say ‘goodbye’” after a 15-year pro career.

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“I always knew how I would feel when it is time to say goodbye to you, and that moment has arrived. I am ready to close the tennis chapter of my life and open a new one, which I am really excited about,” she added.

Germany's Julia Goerges celebrates after defeating Croatia's Petra Martic in their second round singles match at the Australian Open.

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Germany’s Julia Goerges celebrates after defeating Croatia’s Petra Martic in their second round singles match at the Australian Open.

Goerges reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2018 before losing in straight sets to Serena Williams. She was runner-up in mixed doubles at the French Open in 2014 alongside Nenad Zimonjic and was a finalist in the Fed Cup with Germany in 2014.

Goerges finishes with a 7-10 record in tour-level singles finals. Her most notable titles came in 2011 in Stuttgart, and in 2017 in Moscow and at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai.

“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, chief executive of the WTA.