2018 was a banner season for 30-year-old Julia Goerges. After a big 2017 saw her win titles for the first time since 2011 and finish just outside the Top 10, this season was about breaking barriers. Not only did Goerges successfully consolidate her season, winning titles in Auckland, Luxembourg, and a final in Charleston, but the German also broke through to make her 1st Slam semifinal at Wimbledon.
And you can’t make a Wimbledon semifinal without having an effective serve. En route to another strong season, No.14 Goerges fired a tour-leading 493 aces over 68 matches, outpacing the field by nearly 100 aces, and ending Karolina Pliskova’s three-year reign as the season-ending ace-leader.
Goerges’ 400+ tally puts her in an exclusive club of players who have hit 400 or aces in a season, a club that includes on Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova.
Goerges was most dangerous behind her first serve. She led the tour in 1st serve points won this season:
First Serve Points Won in 2018:
1. Julia Goerges: 73.8% (68 matches)
2. Ashleigh Barty: 71.6% (61 matches)
3. Kristyna Pliskova: 71.2% (36 matches)
4. Naomi Osaka: 70.1% (60 matches)
5. Madison Keys: 70% (42 matches)
While Goerges led in total aces, Kristyna Pliskova led in ace efficiency. The Czech lefty hit 276 aces in just 36 matches, a tour-leading average of 7.7 aces per match.