Julia Gerges - professional German tennis player, finalist of the 2014 Grand Slam competitions (mixed), winner of 6 WTA tournaments, finalist of the Federation Cup as part of the German national team. This article will present a brief biography of the athlete.
1988 - this is the year when Gerges Julia was born. Tennis became the main hobby of the girl from the age of five. It was at this age that parents first took their daughter to a local club. The idols of Julia were Roger Federer and Martina Hingis. And training young Gerges took up Sasha Nensel. Previously, she trained a famous athlete from Germany named Nicholas Kiefer.
Transition to Professionals
Julia Gerges began her tennis career in 2005 at ITF. The girl’s debut could not be called successful: in five of the seven tournaments, the athlete took off in the first round. But this did not bother Herges. The girl continued to work to improve the quality of her own game. And it bore fruit. The following year, Julia won a landslide victory in Bilfeld and Walstedt. In 2007, Gerges submitted to tournaments in Bucharest and Antalya. Also, the athlete first performed in the WTA. The debut in this federation can be called successful, since Julia immediately got to the semifinals, where she lost to Vera Dushevina. A little later, the athlete got to the Grand Slam competitions. Unfortunately, the debut at this tournament was not so successful.
WTA and ITF are the federations in which Julia Gerges played in parallel in 2008. Rating tennis player is constantly growing. Immediately after the end of the French championship, she made her debut in the Top 100. Around the same time, the athlete won her first major match in Wimbledon. The party lasted almost four hours, during which Gerges defeated Katarina Srebotnik. But Yulia failed to advance to the second round. In this, New Zealand professional Marina Erakovich prevented her.
In 2009, Julia Gerges decided to focus exclusively on tournaments of this association. That year, she played in all four Grand Slam competitions. Although the beginning was not at all triumphant: in Brisbane, the tennis player was not able to qualify, losing to Anna-Lena Grönefeld. The following three performances were also unsuccessful: in Paris, Warsaw and Australia, Julia flew out before the third round. French Open was given to the athlete even worse: she dropped out in the first round, receiving a heat stroke.
Defeat and success
2010 Julia Gerges began with a loss in the first round of ACB Classic. In two sets, she was defeated by Ioannina Wickmeyer. A slightly better athlete performed at the Australian Open - the girl managed to reach the second round. The highest achievements of Gerges in 2011 - the third round of the Australian Open and the semi-final of ABS Classic. In 2013, Julia performed very unstable. She lost nine times in the first round and only twice was able to win two matches in a row (Charleston and Australian Open). For this reason, Gerges rolled back in the ranking at the end of the first fifty. The crisis of the single player game was partially offset by the successes of the pair: in June, together with Zaglavova-Strytsova, the German reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Then Julia marked herself with Daria Yurak at the finals at Stanford.
In subsequent years, Gerges had to change the calendar of appearances in favor of weaker competitions. At one of them (in Pattaya), the athlete reached the semifinals. Julia showed good results in doubles, teaming with Grönefeld. In May 2014, tennis players reached the semi-finals of the competition in Rome, and in June they reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. A small number of matches in doubles and singles allowed Julia to concentrate on mixed competitions. Together with Nenad Zenovich, she managed to get to the final of Roland Garros.