Stuttgart: Julia Goerges became the first German for 15 years to reach the final of Stuttgart's WTA tournament when she beat Australia's Samantha Stosur in Saturday's semi-final.
Goerges, 22, needed two hours 16 minutes to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 against fifth-seed Stosur, 27, and will now face either world number one Caroline Wozniacki or Poland's Agnieska Radwanska in Sunday's final.
"It is unbelievable to have beaten a player like Stosur. And in front of a home crowd. I'm just too happy for words, " said Goerges, ranked 32nd in the world.
"It was one of my best matches ever, I played right to my limits."
This is only the third time Goerges has reached a WTA final and she is the first German to reach the Stuttgart final since Anke Huber, who was the runner-up to Martina Hingis in 1996.
"I have nothing to lose now in the final and will enjoy the game," she said.
"Having the crowd behind me will, of course, be a big plus for me."
Stosur, who reached the French Open final last year after losing to Justine Henin in the 2010 Stuttgart final, said she was disappointed, but happy to have reached the last four this year.
"I definitely felt like I was back in the match, when it came down to it, she was probably a bit more aggresive than me," said Stosur.
"At crucial times she managed to get herself ahead."
"I am obviously disappointed to have lost the match, but it is encouraging to have come here and played well."
"I probably haven't played with this much confidence all year, I have come through and played four good matches here."
"It is disappointing to lose, but it is definitely something I can build on."
Having broken Stosur in the opening game, the first set followed service until Goerges produced a deft shot to win the opening set 6-4.
Stosur came back in the second and broke the German in the fourth game for a 3-1 lead.
Goerges broke back in the seventh game, but Stosur repaid the compliment immediately for a 5-3 lead and then she served out for the set.
In a tense third set, Goerges broke Stosur in the sixth game, before being broken herself in the very next game, but having served out to a 6-5 lead, the German produced some great shots to break again for the set and match.
Goerges is in the hunt to claim the winners prize of a brand-new sports car worth 111,000 US dollars, which could present her with a luxury problem.
"I haven't driven a car for three months now, maybe if I win, I should try to drive again with a normal car first," she joked.