German tennis player, Julia Gorges has made it into the semifinals of the 2019 WTA Auckland Open in New Zealand. At this stage of the tournament, Julia Gorges is set to play Viktória Kužmová from Slovakia.
Viktória Kužmová won her quarterfinal match in 3 sets. It was a tough match for Kužmová as she struggled with her serve. Viktória Kužmová lost 5 service games and that made it very tough for the Slovakian. That being said, Viktória Kužmová returned serve exceptionally well as she won 6 break points to ensure that her weak serve was overlooked. Viktória Kužmová is not regularly seen at the WTA stage which could make it very tough for her as she is playing in a semifinal against a multiple-time WTA champion.
On the other side of the court, Julia Gorges has been playing exceptional tennis as she beat Eugenie Bouchard in the previous round. It was a close match but Gorges won the big points to clinch victory in 3 sets. It has been a very good tournament for Julia Gorges as she has only lost 1 set in the entire event. Gorges ended her 2018 season in incredible form as she won the WTA Luxembourg Open. It seems that Gorges is continuing that form into 2019 and that should make her very hard to beat.
Viktória Kužmová and Julia Gorges have played 3 times in the past with Gorges winning on all 3 occasions. The most recent match was played in 2018 at WTA Luxembourg where Gorges won in straight sets. These two played also played against each other last season at this event where Gorges won comfortably.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Julia Gorges to win this match. Gorges is far more accomplished and skilled. Having already beaten Viktória Kužmová 3 times in the past, I see Julia Gorges winning this match with ease.