Early in her semi-final against Begu, Azarenka produced some unusual mistakes and dropped her opening service game, before cruising to victory.
“Her tennis was hard to judge, she played many different shots,” Azarenka said. “I was playing well, had a few mistakes here and there, but overall it was a good performance.”
The 19th-ranked Goerges, who also reached the final in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in February, dropped serve three times and double-faulted on set point against Flipkens. She settled with an early break in the second and dominated the rest of the match.
“She served well, so it was hard to get into the match,” Goerges said. “I am happy I managed to find my game in the second set and win the match.”
Additional reporting by CNA