Julia Göerges has started 2018 in the same rich vein of form as she ended 2017: in the winner’s circle. Now, just one week away from the Australian Open, she must be considered among the legitimate title contenders for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season when play begins in Melbourne.

The German won the season-opening ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, this past weekend. Combined with titles at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow and the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China, in her last two events of 2017, Göerges has now won 14 consecutive matches and 23 of her past 26.

Here's more on the right-hander, who climbed two spots in the WTA rankings to a career-high No. 12 this week.

The Julia Göerges File
Age: 29
Height: 5-11
Residence: Regensburg, Germany
Current Rank: 12
Career-High Rank: 12 (January 2018)
Best US Open Finish: 4R (2017)

The Baseline

- Göerges defeated an Olympic champion and a former world No. 1 in claiming the first title of 2018 in Auckland. She defeated 2016 Rio gold medalist Monica Puig in the first round and top-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

- The win gives Göerges the fifth singles title of her career and her third in the past six years. The German won a hard-court title in Moscow in October and then defeated a quartet of Top-25 players to hoist the WTA Elite trophy in Zhuhai in November. Previously she won trophies in Stuttgart (2011) and Bad Gastein (2010).

- Göerges reached the fourth round of the US Open for the first time in her career in 2017, when, as the No. 30 seed, she lost to eventual champion Sloane Stephens. Prior to that run in Flushing Meadows, Göerges had lost in the first round in four of her previous five trips to New York City.

- The German has been a fixture on the WTA Tour for more than a decade, including nine consecutive seasons inside the year-end Top 100. She showed signs of breaking into the Top 10 in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – she finished those seasons ranked 16, 15 and 18, respectively – before reaching No. 14 to end 2017.

- The 29-year-old is no stranger to sharing the court with a teammate. She reached the final of the French Open mixed doubles with Nenad Zimonjic in 2014 and has won five Tour-level women’s doubles titles with five different partners. She also represented Germany at the 2012 London Olympics and has been part of Germany’s national Fed Cup team every year since 2010.

They Said It!

“It feels amazing, I must say," Göerges said to WTATennis.com after her third straight title. "It's not just about winning here but the consistency I've had for the last few weeks and months. That makes me prouder, and I'm just enjoying every moment of it."