Julia Goerges, who has won back-to-back titles at the Elite Trophy in Zhuhai and then at Moscow, says she has improved both her game and her attitude to have the best season of her career.
“It’s a completely new Julia, I would say. Because I'm much more mature, and I really am more developed in every kind of aspect in my game,” the 29-year-old said. “I don't get as emotional as I probably have been in the past years. I just try to do my thing.”
The German will finish ranked No. 14, a career high, having begun the season at No. 54 in the rankings.
Goerges had her big breakthrough during 2011, winning the title at Stuttgart. But she had not lifted another trophy until Moscow three weeks ago, when she bested Daria Kasatkina.
She did not drop a match at Zhuhai, winning the final against CoCo Vandeweghe.
Goerges finished 2014 at No. 75, and says she changed her approach.
“I just learned how to enjoy this life on the tour. When you come as youngster on the tour, you always want to have right away success and you always want to win right away everything,” Goerges said. “But sometimes you forget the positive sides of this life, as well. That's what I changed in these two years to get really, like, very positive and not seeing the negative sides. 99% of the tournaments you play you go out with a loss, but once you come to a final, you have achieved something positive. You have to see the positive side of it.”