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Julia Görges (born 2 November 1988) is a German professional tennis player. She has won five singles and five doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including the 2017 WTA Elite Trophy. On 5 February 2018, she achieved her career-high singles ranking of No. 10. In doubles, she peaked at No. 12 on 22 August 2016.
In common with other German names containing the Umlaut “o”, “Görges” may also be rendered as Goerges.
Julia Görges was born in Bad Oldesloe to Klaus and Inge Görges, both of whom work in insurance. She has one elder maternal half-sister named Maike, who also works in insurance. She attended the Klaus-Groth-Schule and Theodor-Mommsen-Schule in Bad Oldesloe from 1995 to 2005, and completed the Mittlere Reife (Realschulabschluss).
She began playing tennis around the age of 5 when she realised her parents would never stop talking about insurance, so she went to the local club. Her tennis idol growing up was Martina Hingis, and she is also a fan of Roger Federer. She was coached by Sascha Nensel, former coach of fellow German player Nicolas Kiefer until 2015. 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 seven tournaments and losing in the first round in five of them. In 2006 and 2007 she continued to play mostly ITF 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 semifinal in Stockholm, where she lost to Vera Dushevina in three sets. Görges made her Grand Slam main draw debut at the US Open, losing to Justine Henin in the first round in straight sets. In 2008 Görges continued to play in a mix of ITF and WTA events. Her best performances were reaching the semifinals of the Banka Koper Slovenia Open, where she lost to Anabel Medina Garrigues, and a quarterfinal-loss to Olga Govortsova in the Cellular South Cup.
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 the 23rd seed Katarina Srebotnik in a three-hour, 41-minute first-round match. However, she bowed out in the second round to Marina Erakovic in straight sets.