In a match that had a very strange beginning, Maria triumphed over Julia Goerges of Germany 4-6 6-4 6-4 to reach Round 4 of the Australian Open.
Has this ever happened on a tennis court before? During the warm-up between Maria and Goerges there was a spot on the court near the net that the ball didn’t bounce. Play was delayed but not for too long as the Australian Open team managed to get it fixed for play to resume.
Maria broke to lead for 3-2 in the first set when Goerges hit a shot wide but was immediately broken back in the next game. Both players didn’t give anything away on serve until the final game of the set when Maria was broken as Goerges took the first set 6-4 on a forehand winner on her third set point.
The beginning of the second set was a nervy affair but Maria managed to keep the set on serve and then got the break to lead 3-2 when Goerges over hit 2 forehands. After that game, Goerges had a medical time-out for a foot injury. The following games were holds of serve and Maria won the set 6-4 on an ace, Goerges challenged but the replay clearly showed the ball hitting the line.
The confidence gained from winning the second set put Maria in a good position in the third set as she took control of the set and led 4-0. In the next three games Goerges started to really connect with the ball and hit some blistering winners and pulled it back to 4-3. Maria stopped Goerges’ run when she held a very strong service game to love to lead 5-3. Goerges then held her serve in the next game and Maria had another strong service game to take the match on an ace.
Maria will play No.30 seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the 4th round on Sunday. Maria has played Petkovic once before at Cincinnati last year and won 6-3 6-1.