Linz: Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka won her sixth WTA title of the season Sunday by beating Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4 at the Generali Ladies.
Azarenka, who now has 14 career titles, extended her unbeaten run without conceding a set to 13 matches since losing the US Open final in September. She pulled out because of dizziness before her quarter final at Tokyo two weeks ago and won in Beijing last week to begin her streak.
“I don’t really count my victories,” Azarenka said. “I just try to go out there and enjoy every match.”
Azarenka broke the fifth-seeded Goerges in the opening game and again at 5-3 to take the first set. That still made the German the first opponent to win more than two games in one set against the Belarusian at this tournament.
“I felt very good, very energized each day of this week,” the world No.1 said.
The event in Austria was her final tournament ahead of the season-ending WTA Championships, which start in eight days’ time in Istanbul.
Azarenka won 12 consecutive points early in the second set to help build a 5-0 lead. She then lost four straight games before closing out the final on her fifth match point.
“I lost my concentration,” Azarenka said. “Julia came back so strong and I made some unnecessary mistakes. I am glad I came out on top. It was quite difficult.”
Goerges earned and converted her first break point when Azarenka was serving for the match at 5-1. She broke Azarenka again to make it 5-4 but then dropped her own serve for the fifth time in the match.
“It was a good match, very intense,” the 19th-ranked German said. “I had a super comeback at the end, but she was just too consistent and deserved to win.”
Goerges, who has won two titles, is 0-2 in WTA finals this season after also losing in Dubai in February.