Goerges to face Makarova in Washington final

Julia Goerges won a battle of attrition against compatriot Andrea Petkovic on Saturday, outlasting her opponent to seal a spot in the final of the Washington Open.

No.4 seed Goerges earned her third WTA final spot of the year after coming out on top in the all-German affair after a two-and-a-half hour slugfest.

Georges had to dig deep against the 2013 finalist Petkovic, showing her fighting spirit as she came back from a set down before completing a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 win.

Goerges will face No.7 seed Ekaterina Makarova as she tries to win her first WTA title of the year after losing in the finals of both Mallorca and Bucharest.

Makarova also had to rally from a set behind in her semi-final victory over No.5 seed Oceane Dodin earlier in the day.

With the 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over her young French challenger, the Russian reached her first tournament final for three years.

The 58th ranked Makarova was understandably happy.

“I started today a bit slower than I have to be, but in the second set I tried to step in a little bit more and to make her move, and it started working,” Makarova said.

“I’m so happy that finally, I finished it in my way.”