WTA wrap: Julia Goerges makes brilliant start in the Moscow River Cup

Julia Goerges backhand

Top seed Julia Goerges was in brutally efficient mood as she made a fine start to the Moscow River Cup.

Goerges, fresh from her maiden Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon this month, was on no mood to hang about, destroying Slovakian youngster Viktoria Kuzmova 6-1 6-0 in the newest WTA Tour event.

“I was actually expecting a tough match because I knew her from the second round in Auckland,” Goerges said after the match.” I was just playing very well today, very solid, and I didn’t make too many mistakes.

“I’m pretty pleased with my performance, especially after coming from grass and then re-adapting to clay courts.

“I like Russia. The first time I came here was in 2016 for the Kremlin Cup. I always had a great time here; people are very friendly, and they do a great job at these events.

“They’re very well organized. I’m loving it here and hopefully I can do well. I’m also having a good time, and that’s also important.”

“I always like going from grass, to clay, and then to hardcourts, because it’s a nicer transition for me to get into rhythm for hardcourts.

“I didn’t expect to begin in the first round this well, especially because there are so many great players here and every match is tough.

“I’m very happy with my match today, but the second round is waiting, and I’m already looking forward to that one.”

Elsewhere, number two seed Daria Kasatkina was also in emphatic mood, demolishing Anna Kalinskaya 6-1 6-1.

She’ll now face Tamara Zindansek in the next round.