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Julia Goerges v Lucie Safarova WTA Doha predictions, betting tips & live stream: Safarova to spring upset

Leye Aduloju 13 Feb 2018
  • Julia Goerges vs Lucie Safarova is live from Doha on Tuesday, 13 February from 7:00pm local time/ 4:00pm GMT
  • Goerges and Safarova are locked at 2-2 on head-to-head
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Doha at Unibet > sports > tennis
Julia Goerges. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Julia Goerges brings her excellent run of form into Doha this week, but she has a difficult opener to prosecute as she takes on former world number five, Lucie Safarova on Tuesday.

Julia Goerges vs Lucie Safarova WTA Qatar Open tennis is live from Doha on Tuesday, 13 February from 7:00pm local time/ 4:00pm GMT. Watch and bet on tennis live from Doha at Unibet > sports > tennis

Since the turn of the second half of last year, Goerges has been on an absolute tear, winning matches and claiming titles all over the place. The German fell just short in runner-up finishes in Mallorca, Bucharest and Washington, but she converted those finals to trophies at the end of the year, winning nine straight matches to bag titles in Moscow and the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai- her first WTA titles since 2011.

The off-season did little to break her momentum, as she opened the new year with victory in Auckland, powering past Caroline Wozniacki in the final to claim her third straight WTA title, and position herself as a genuine dark horse for the Australian Open title. It did not quite happen for Goerges in Melbourne, as she crashed to a second-round defeat to Frenchwoman, Alize Cornet. She was back at it at St. Petersburg, reaching the semis before falling to eventual champion, Petra Kvitova in three sets.

Goerges first broke into the top 20 in May 2011, and she maintained a top-30 status till the end of 2012, but the promised she showed back then threatened to evaporate after a string of disappointing seasons- she fell out of the top 100 by mid-2014. However, she launched an impressive resurgence in the second half of 2017, and has been rewarded with a spot in the top-ten after her semi-final run in St. Petersburg. Can the world number 10 keep this brilliant form going in Doha this week? She has not been granted the easiest of starts as she takes on former top-five player, Safarova on Tuesday.

Safarova’s most memorable achievement on the singles’ court is arguably her second-placed finish at Roland Garros in 2015, but she did put together a fabulous week in Doha earlier that year, when she took out Victoria Azarenka in the championship match to claim her sixth career title.

Lucie Safarova. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Safarova has enjoyed an excellent doubles career, peaking at No. 1, and claiming five Grand Slam titles. Her singles’ career has not been as illustrious, but she has boasts some very good numbers- seven WTA titles, a Roland Garros final and a career-high ranking of No. 5- the latter two achieved in a brilliant spell in 2015. The Czech leftie was unfortunately dogged by career-threatening health problems soon after that, and had slipped out of top 60 by the end of 2016. 

2017 was all about rebuilding for Safarova, and she made a decent job of it, claiming a runner-up finish in Budapest, semi-finals in Taipei, Eastbourne, Birmingham and Quebec City, and also managing a noteworthy quarter final in Miami, where she was stopped by Caroline Wozniacki.

Unfortunately, injury struck again towards the end of the year, as a wrist problem forced the 31-year-old to halt her season after her semi-final in Quebec City. Despite the premature closure to her campaign, she secured a year-end top 30 ranking.

Safarova opened the new season in Sydney, where she dragged a resurgent Angelique Kerber to three sets before falling to the German. She scored two good wins at the Australian Open, beating Ajla Tomljanovic and Sorana Cirstea, before crashing in two tight sets to compatriot Karolina Pliskova in the third round.

Safarova and Goerges are tied at 2-2 on head-to-head, with three of their four matches going the distance. Goerges has been in superb form for the best part of the last year, but Safarova remains the dangerous Czech lefty who is more than capable of taking down the best players in the world on her day, as reflected in her 25 top-ten wins.

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