The final of the Bad Homburg Open was the highlight and crowning conclusion to a successful tournament week. Caroline Garcia and Bianca Andreescu served up an enthralling match on the Centre Court situated in the magnificent Bad Homburger Kurpark setting. The crowd in the packed stands enjoyed tense games with spectacular rallies. Canada’s Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 US Open winner, got off to a better start when winning the first set. After going behind, Caroline Garcia, the doubles winner at the 2016 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, fought her way back to win the second after going behind. The deciding third set was a close-run affair before the Frenchwoman eventually converted her first match point after two hours 46 minutes.
“I’ve had a fantastic week. It was so enjoyable playing this tournament,” said Caroline Garcia after her winning performance in the final which secured her eighth career WTA title and the first since Nottingham in 2019. With a wry smile on her face, she added: “The win means a lot to me. You never know how long you have to wait for the next one.”
The title holder and Porsche Brand Ambassador Angelique Kerber, who not only competed in Bad Homburg but who was involved in the organisation, reached the quarterfinals in her Wimbledon dress rehearsal. Another player to make it to the last eight was Sabine Lisicki. After a long layoff with an injury, the 2013 Wimbledon runner-up won her first WTA matches since making her comeback. Porsche Team Germany’s Tatjana Maria and Jule Niemeier from the Porsche Talent Team both progressed to the second round.
Like at the successful premiere in 2021, Porsche was this year once again the exclusive automotive partner and sponsor of the Bad Homburg Open. The shuttle service with which Porsche Germany supported the tournament in close collaboration with the Porsche Center Bad Homburg/Oberursel encompassed a total of 12 electric vehicles. The fleet consisting of Taycan Sport Limousine, Taycan Cross Turismo and Cayenne E-Hybrid models was available to drive both players and VIP guests to and from the venue. The Taycan Turbo S and the 911 Turbo S were additionally on show in the area for the general public in the Baloise Park Village. Questions posed by interested visitors were answered by trained Porsche Car Explainers. In the VIP area, there was a 911 GT3 Touring to be marvelled at. On Kids’ Day and on Family Day, Porsche was represented with its Porsche4Kids experience world and the Porsche Coaching Mobile belonging to the Porsche “Turbo for Talents” campaign to foster junior athletes.
“It was wonderful collaborating with Porsche as a partner once again this year,” said Angelique Kerber. “The shuttle service with the attractive electric vehicles was very popular with the players. And the activities organised by Porsche in the public village were a welcome change for our older and younger visitors.”
Five players from the Porsche teams in Wimbledon
Five players from the Porsche teams will be in action at The Championships that will get underway in Wimbledon on Monday: Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic and Tatjana Maria from the Porsche Team Germany and Jule Niemeier and Nastasja Schunk from the Porsche Talent Team. The latter will both be in the main draw of the year’s most important tennis tournament for the very first time. In her first-round match Angelique Kerber, the 2018 Wimbledon champion and No. 15 seed will meet Kristina Mladenovic (France). Andrea Petkovic will be up against the Swiss Viktorija Golubic, Tatjana Maria will take on the Australian Astra Sharma. Nastasja Schunk, last year’s runner-up in the juniors, will play Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu. Three weeks after winning her first WTA 125 title at the Makarska Open in Croatia, Jule Niemeier will face China’s Xiyuh Wang.