Julia Goerges may be fatal for world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, but Victoria Azarenka was not frightened by the surging German. The Mutua Madrid Open semifinal between Azarenka and Goerges was the one to watch because they had never played a whole match against each other, and both are hot players in this period, among the favorites for the upcoming Roland Garros. The big-hitting Goerges committed 37 unforced errors and earned only one break point which she didn't convert. Final score: 6-4 6-2.
By virtue of this win, Azarenka will make her country's history and become the first Belarusian to be ranked higher than No.5. Germany's Goerges, the in-form player this clay court season, will also bring a significant improvement to her country's WTA standing – cracking the Top 20 and joining German Andrea Petkovic in the elite.
Azarenka's opponent in the final will be either Li Na or Petra Kvitova, who will as of Monday be a new player in the Top 10. (photo: Tony Osborne)