SAP Analytics: Julia Goerges first to 100 aces


Goerges is outpacing the field by a fair margin:

2018 Aces (as of February 14, 2018)

1. Julia Goerges: 102
2. Katerina Siniakova: 68
3. Caroline Wozniacki: 62
4. Elina Svitolina: 61
5. Karolina Pliskova: 58

In addition to pounding down aces, Goerges also leads the tour in first serve points won:

First serve points won (Minimum 5 matches, as of February 14, 2018)

1. Julia Goerges: 75.4%
2. Madison Keys: 72.3%
3. Petra Kvitova: 72.2%
4. Elina Svitolina: 72.2%
5. Karolina Pliskova: 71.6%

“I can see the way they return my serve that it must have gotten better because I think they didn’t get worse on their return, but just the way it affects their racquet, I can feel that I create more opportunities on my service games, like with the second ball or ace or service winner,” Goerges said. “It’s much more consistent on my service games.”

Through her 13 matches in 2018, which include a run to her first title of the season at the ASB Classic to kick off the year, Goerges has tallied 10 or more aces in four matches. She has hit 13 aces twice, in the first round of the Australian Open and the first round of Auckland. Goerges says the improvements haven’t come from any change in technique but from the hard work she’s put in the gym. 

“It’s a combination of everything a little bit, but technically I didn’t change anything,” Goerges said. “I’ve been serving the same way as I’ve always been my career. But just like I think gym-wise, we did work a lot on that. I really can create some damage there.”

Statistics and information provided by SAP Tennis Analytics. 

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