Summary Day 9

It was a thrilling final full of drama, and Laura Siegemund has fulfilled her dream. In beating Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(5), the Porsche Team Germany player won the 40th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in front of a capacity crowd in the Porsche Arena on Sunday. Following on from Angelique Kerber’s successes in 2015 and 2016, a German player has now claimed the long-standing tournament for a third time in succession. Her biggest career achievement to date will catapult the local hero into the world Top 30. “Winning here is an unbelievable feeling,” she said, “The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is the nicest tournament on the tour.” 

More information in the press release.

Summary Day 8

Laura Siegemund has done it again. Like in 2016, the local hero will once again contest the final of the 40th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Her semi-final win against the Romanian Simona Halep means she will now face Kristina Mladenovic on Sunday. The Frenchwoman defeated Maria Sharapova in a high-class three-setter to end the world star’s impressive comeback. With a capacity 4,600 crowd watching on, the Porsche Arena was filled to the rafters for the semi-finals.

Kristina Mladenovic has already amassed 21 wins on the WTA Tour this year and also won her very first career tournament in St. Petersburg in February. In Stuttgart, she is one step away from her biggest success. In the penultimate round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, last year’s doubles winner downed Maria Sharapova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in a match that lasted two hours 38 minutes. It meant that the Russian’s impressive winning run upon her return to competitive tennis in the Porsche Arena was over.

The 29-year old Stuttgarter Laura Siegemund once again showed that she is a force to be reckoned with on her home patch. One year ago, she stormed all the way from qualifying to the final. Pumped up by her fighting spirit and the crowd’s ecstatic support, she again powered her way to the match that will decide the destiny of the winner’s car with a victory over Simona Halep, the world No. 5. She impressed throughout with her aggressive game and quick and unflagging legs that have been put to the test in some very long matches this week. Her quarterfinal against Karolina Pliskova was even the longest match – 3 hrs 9 mins – of the of the tournament. Today’s semi-final against the Romanian lasted 1 hour 43 minutes.

The opening match on Sunday will see Raquel Atawo (USA) and Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) take on Abigail Spears (USA) and Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) in the doubles final.

More information in the press release.

Laura Siegemund at the semi-final

Summary Day 7

The capacity crowd in the Porsche Arena was treated to top class tennis in the quar-terfinals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Maria Sharapova continued her successful comeback with another win and advanced to the semi-finals after beating the impres-sive qualifier Anett Kontaveit from Estonia 6-3, 6-4. She has been joined in the penul-timate round by Laura Siegemund. The local hero and member of Porsche Team Germany defeated the Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 in the best match of the tournament to date. Lasting three hours ten minutes, it was also the longest. In her attempt to reach her fourth final in Stuttgart, Maria Sharapova will face Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic on Saturday. Laura Siegemund’s opponent is the Romanian Simona Halep.

Maria Sharapova’s return has been the subject of much discussion over the past few days at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Laura Siegemund’s comeback in the first set of her quarterfinal encounter with Karolina Pliskova was also a major talking point – the world No. 3 was 5-2 and set point up but the Stuttgart-resident dug deep and ran down every ball. She fended off the first set point and then another to force a tie-break which she won 7-3 in front of the ecstatic audience. Though she lost a tight second set she continued in the zone and eventually had three match points after three hours ten minutes. Last year’s runner-up promptly wrapped up the match with her first chance. The Porsche Arena was quaking.

“You’ve seen some fantastic tennis today. But to be honest, it was so close that we both could have won,” exclaimed the overjoyed winner. “I’m normally very critical of myself but today I have to say that it was one of the best matches of my career.”

The semi-final matches in the Porsche Arena on Saturday

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) – Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Simona Halep (ROU) – Laura Siegemund (GER)

More information in the press release.

Simona Halep is Laura Siegemund’s opponent in the semi-final

Summary Day 6

Whilst the tournament is already over for the title-holder Angelique Kerber from Porsche Team Germany, her teammate Laura Siegemund from Stuttgart has progressed comfortably to the quarterfinals. Maria Sharapova (Russia) also advanced to the last eight.

Whilst Angelique Kerber’s dream of a third win in Stuttgart is over, for Laura Siegemund, the Porsche Arena is increasingly becoming her sporting home. One year after storming all the way to the final from qualifying, the 29-year old local hero is presenting her best tennis at the 40th edition of the tournament. On Thursday, the world No. 49 beat Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is 40 places above her in the world rankings, 6-4, 6-3 after two hours three minutes. The Russian, the first clay court winner in the Porsche Arena in 2009, made her opponent work hard in the match that included many long rallies. “I know I can play very well here,” said Laura Siegemund. “It’s also because I feel at home here and the crowd’s cheering really fires me up.”

The quarterfinal matches in the Porsche Arena on Friday

Anett Kontaveit (EST) – Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) – Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
Laura Siegemund (GER) – Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) – Simona Halep (ROU)

More information in the press release.

Maria Sharapova will face Estonian Anett Kontaveit

Summary Day 5

The sell-out crowd in the Porsche Arena gave Maria Sharapova a rousing welcome and were party to the eagerly-awaited comeback. It turned out a return that they would have wished for the three-time Stuttgart winner. In her first match on the WTA Tour after a 15-month break, Maria Sharapova overcame the strong Italian 7-5, 6-3 to reach the last 16 at the long-standing tournament which is being played for the 40th time this year.

Angelique Kerber will meet the strong Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic

The first player in the quarterfinal of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is Simona Halep. Also in the last eight is the Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit. One player to win her first ever main draw match in the Porsche Arena was Johanna Konta from Great Britain.

Title-holder Angelique Kerber’s first opponent at the anniversary tournament is now known – the world No. 2 will meet the strong Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, who won her opening match in a surprisingly easy fashion against the Indian Wells winner Elena Vesnina from Russia. CoCo Vandeweghe enjoyed a successful debut at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The American had to dig deep when narrowly overcoming the qualifier Jelena Ostapenko (Lithuania) 7-6, 7-6.

For German Tamara Korpatsch, the only other domestic player in the main draw alongside Angelique Kerber and Laura Siegemund, her premiere at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix came to an end in the day’s first match.

More information in the press release.

Lost against Maria Sharapova: the Italian Roberta Vinci

Summary Day 4

Laura Siegemund feels at home at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix – and that in more ways than one. On the one hand, the 29-year old Porsche Team Germany player lives in Stuttgart and, on the other, she celebrated her biggest success to date in the Porsche Arena in 2016. In winning seven times last year, the local hero stormed her way from qualifying to the final. On Tuesday, she safely negotiated the first hurdle at the anniversary tournament. Tenacious and full of energy, Siegemund beat Shuai Zhang from China, 6-2, 7-6.

In the last 16, she will play the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, the first seeded player to reach the next round. The winner of the 2009 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix beat the Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. “It’ll be a tough nut to crack,” said Laura Siegemund, “I’ll only survive if I’m perfectly prepared.”

Anett Kontaveit’s winning ways have continued. After her three victories in qualifying, the 21-year from Tallin in Estonia today followed up with a success (7-6, 6-4) in the tournament proper. She duly ended the tournament for the Croatian Ana Konjuh (19), the youngest player in the main draw. Another player no longer in the tournament is Agnieszka Radwanska. The No. 7 seed from Poland lost to Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-2. The world No. 8’s loss was a minor surprise. Of the eight matches between the two, Radwanska has won six and her last defeat came in Wimbledon in 2014. In to-day’s meeting, their first ever on clay, it was the Russian that came out on top. “I’m very happy,” said Makarova, “I played really well even though I’m not a clay court specialist.”

More information in the press release.

The 21-year Anett Kontaveit from Tallin in Estonia

Summary Day 3

The audience in the sold-out Porsche Arena saw a gala featuring elements from classical music and vocals, pop and ballet, stunning artistic performances and surprising pyrotechnics.

Honorary guest, Tracy Austin, who won the first Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filder-stadt in 1978, travelled specially to Stuttgart for the occasion. The American, a four-time winner of the tournament, was chauffeured onto Centre Court by the former Por-sche racing driver Mark Webber in an historical Porsche dating back to 1978. In a Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet, the current winner’s car, was the title-holder Angelique Kerber and Porsche CEO Oliver Blume who said: “Porsche has a great tradition and the tournament also has a great tradition. Let us all come back here and celebrate the 50th birthday.” High praise for the favourite tournament of the players came from the WTA CEO Steve Simon: “The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix stands for 40 years of ex-cellence,” he said. “And it has been setting many standards for the whole tennis world for years now.”

There were also many tennis highlights on Monday

Alongside Angelique Kerber and Laura Siegemund, Tamara Korpatsch is the third German in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix main draw. Also in the main draw is Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia.

Another player to claim a place in the tournament proper is the Japanese Naomi Osaka after her 7-5, 6-2 win against Katharina Hobgarski from Porsche Talent Team Germany. Anett Kon-taveit (Estonia) has also secured herself a berth in the 28-player field after beating the Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 in her final qualifying match. Completing the tour-nament line-up is lucky loser Jennifer Brady after Dominika Cibulkova, the 2016 WTA Finals winner, was forced to withdraw with a wrist injury. Her place in the seedings has now been taken by the Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.

In the doubles, Laura Siegemund from Porsche Team Germany and her partner Asia Muhammad from USA have reached the second round.

More information in the press release.

Steve Simon, Markus Günthardt, Tracy Austin, Angelique Kerber, Mark Webber, Oliver Blume

Summary Day 2

With Germany 2-0 up going into the second day of the Fed Cup tie, Angelique Kerber lost the opening showdown between the two top players 6-4, 6-2. It was her fourth defeat in a row against the world No. 13. The result duly increased the pressure on Julia Görges in the second singles against Lesia Tsurenko. Görges, who on Saturday performed excellently to beat Svitolina in a three-setter, began nervously and was quickly behind 4-1. The world No. 46 then found her form to reel off five games in succession and with it the set 6-4. Things went much the same way in the second set – Görges lost the first three games before getting back on track to win the match 6-4, 6-4. It meant that Porsche Team Germany were 3-1 up and could not be caught going into the doubles. They are also certain of a place in the Fed Cup World Group in 2018.

There were also exciting matches on Sunday in the second round of qualifying at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Katharina Hobgarski, a member of Porsche Talent Team Germany, has progressed to the third round. 

Also one step away from a main draw berth is compatriot Tamara Korpatsch.

More information in the press release.

Katharina Hobgarsk has progressed to the third round

Summary Day 1

The opening day of the 40th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix served up numerous highlights – the drawing of the main draw for the long-standing Stuttgart tournament produced a whole host of exciting encounters, and the spectators were treated to thrilling first round encounters in qualifying in which five German players have progressed to the next stage. Not to forget – in the Fed Cup World Group play-off taking place parallel to the start of the tournament, Porsche Team Germany went 2-0 up against Ukraine.

Porsche Team Germany now only needs a single point from a possible three matches on Sunday to retain their place in the World Group in 2018.

The matches of the main draw

The draw for the first round of the tournament proper has handed the title-holder a tough opening match – Angelique Kerber will face the winner of the duel between the Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni from Croatia. “The draw has not been kind to Angie,” commented Anke Huber, the Operating Tournament Director of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Laura Siegemund, the second German in the main draw, will face Shuai Zhang in the first round. The Stuttgart resident won her only previous match against the Chinese at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. “On clay, the draw is doable for Laura,” said Anke Huber.

More information in the press release.

Consumption data

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet: fuel consumption combined: 9.4 – 8.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 214-190 g/km

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