Day 9

Angelique Kerber is the new tennis queen of Stuttgart. Read everything about her victory at the 38th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix here.

Day 8

Angelique Kerber was in a rush. After the hard-fought successes against title-holder Maria Sharapova and the rising Ekaterina Makarova, the semifinal against American Madison Brengle was over very quickly. It took the Porsche Brand Ambassador and world No. 14 only 58 minutes to defeat the world No. 43. Supported by the highly enthusiastic crowd in the once again sold-out Porsche Arena, Angelique Kerber was in control of the match right from the first serve and forced her opponent to retreat well behind the baseline with her powerful and well-placed shots. There was never any danger of her coming off second best. It is the first time a German will appear in the final (Sunday, 2.30 local time, live in the SWR television channel) of the long-established Stuttgart tournament since Julia Görges in 2011.

Decision in first semifinal took much longer

The first semifinal at the 38th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, which Caroline Wozniacki won against Simona Halep from Romania, was the longest. Lasting two hours 58 minutes and with many spectacular rallies, the win was eventually claimed by the Dane. Both players would have been worthy winners.

In the doubles final, Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) and the Czech Lucie Safarova will face Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik (Slovenia).

More in the official press release (downloads, left column).

Angelique Kerber won after only 58 minutes

Day 7

On Saturday, the Porsche Brand Ambassador and Porsche Team Germany player Angelique Kerber will now meet American Madison Brengle. The second semifinal will be between Romanian Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark.

The first player to book her ticket to the semifinal was Simona Halep when beating Sara Errani from Italy 6-4, 6-4. The number two-seeded Romanian, who this year has won the WTA tournaments in Shenzhen, Dubai and Indian Wells, was more or less in control throughout the match and did not let anything disturb her concentration.

Simona Halep will now meet Caroline Wozniacki

Halep will now meet Caroline Wozniacki in the first semifinal on Saturday. The Dane beat Carla Suarez Navarro from Spain 6-0, 6-3 and was able to take revenge for her first round defeat at the 2013 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

As for the German doubles pairing of Sabine Lisicki/Julia Görges, the tournament came to an end on Friday. Despite having a match point in the championship tie-break, the Porsche Team Germany players were narrowly beaten 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 by Croatian Petra Martic and Stephanie Vogt from Liechtenstein.

More in the official press release (downloads, left column).

Caroline Wozniacki, Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, 2015, Porsche AG

Day 6

In a hard-fought encounter with sensational rallies, Angelique Kerber beat Maria Sharapova 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. She duly inflicted the first ever defeat on the Russian at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix after a three-year winning streak. The spectators in the filled-to-capacity Porsche Arena were out of their seats cheering the moment the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix player converted her second match point after two hours 27 minutes. In the quarterfinal on Friday, Angelique Kerber will meet Russian Ekaterina Makarova, one of the most improved players on the WTA Tour.

Carina Witthöft however failed to progress to the last eight. Despite the loss, the Porsche Talent Team Germany player enjoyed her appearance at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

Petra Kvitova loses against Madison Brengle

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is surprisingly out of the tournament. The world No. 4 lost 6-3, 7-6 (2) against Madison Brengle from the USA. After beating a top 10 player for the first time in her career, the American, who is world ranked No. 43, will face Caroline Garcia.

One player to gain a comfortable passage into the quarterfinal was Sara Errani. The Italian beat Kazakh Zarina Diyas 6-4, 6-1 and will now meet the No. 2 seed Simona Halep from Romania. More exciting than the score suggests was the match between Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) and Caroline Wozniacki. Number 5 in the WTA world rankings, the Dane won 7-6 (5), 6-1. Also into the quarterfinal is Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard beat the 18-year old Swiss Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-6 (1).

More in the official press release (downloads, left column).

Maria Sharapova (photo) loses against Angelique Kerber

Day 5

Angelique Kerber won her opening match 6-2, 7-5 against American Alexa Glatch in the filled-to-capacity Porsche Arena. She will now meet title holder Maria Sharapova in a match many spectators were hoping to see in the final of the long-standing tournament in Stuttgart.

Her Porsche Team Germany teammates were not quite so successful. Julia Görges was unable to take advantage of three match points against the 18-year old Swiss Belinda Bencic – the youngest player in the main draw field – and eventually lost 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in a contest that lasted two hours 40. Sabine Lisicki’s appearance at the tournament was however much shorter lived. Of all places at her home tournament, the German suffered one of the darkest hours of her successful career and lost 6-0, 6-0 in only one hour three minutes against the Kazakh Zarina Diyas.

Diyas will now meet Italian Sara Errani in the second round. The world No. 15 beat the Pole Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (8), 6-4. In the last match of the day, the No. 2 seed Simona Halep from Romania beat the Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.

More in the official press release (downloads, left column).

And now against Sharapova: Angelique Kerber

Day 4

The spectators in the well-filled Porsche Arena were not the only ones that got their money’s worth. The tennis fans that watched the exclusive show match between superstars Maria Sharapova and Andre Agassi in front of the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen were also thrilled. Stuttgart has once again been turned into the tennis capital of Germany by the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

At last year’s tournament, Lucie Safarova played an almost record-breaking three hour 23 minute first round match against Maria Sharapova in the Porsche Arena. This time around however, the Czech Fed Cup winner only needed just over one and a half hours to beat qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko from the Ukraine 7-6, 6-4. “I can still vividly remember the match with Maria,” said Lucie Safarova, the world No. 13, after her match against the No. 140. “For me it was the longest of my career – I unfortunately didn’t win it.” This year Lucie Safarova could get the chance to gain revenge – but only if the two reach the final.

Ana Ivanovic loses to Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia

Ana Ivanovic no longer has the opportunity. Last year’s runner-up from Serbia, who pushed the Porsche Brand Ambassador all the way in the 2014 final, lost 7-6, 6-4 to Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia. The world No. 6 had her chances when going 6-3 up in the first set tie-break. She then lost five points in a row, the set and also the match. “If I’d have won the tie-break then perhaps it would have been a totally different tournament,” said Ivanovic, “but I just didn’t take my chances.”

Though a surprise for the spectators it was not one for the 21-year old Garcia. “I’ve already beaten Ana twice this season and things are going really well for me at the moment,” said the world No. 29 from Lyon. In the second round, Garcia will meet Carina Witthöft. Together with Andre Agassi and Angelique Kerber, the Porsche Talent Team Germany player visited the Porsche Development Center in nearby Weissach where, sitting in the passenger’s seat, did a few quick laps of the track.

Most of the favourites progressed

It was also a day in which most of the favourites progressed even though some had their work cut out. Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, the world No. 10 and the Miami runner-up at the start of April, encountered stiffer opposition than expected when winning 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 against the Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina. The much-improved Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) downed Bethanie Mattek-Sands from the United States 6-4, 7-6 and the Spaniard Garbine Muguruza advanced with a 6-1, 6-4 victory against the Czech Barbora Strycova. Julia Görges and Sabine Lisicki started their tournament campaigns on Tuesday with a win in the doubles. The Porsche Team Germany players beat Darija Jurak from Croatia and Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

More in the official press release (downloads, left column).

Caroline Garcia (photo) wins against Ana Ivanovic

Day 3

The 38th edition of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix was officially opened on Monday. Afterwards in the first main draw singles match the day was brought to an end by an exciting all-German encounter between Carina Witthöft from Porsche Talent Team Germany and Mona Barthel from Porsche Team Germany. Playing impressively, Carina Witthöft overcame her compatriot 7-5, 6-3 to reach the second round where she could well meet last year’s runner-up Ana Ivanovic (Serbia).

Andre Agassi and Thomas Muster in the Berenberg Classics

An artistic highlight in front of a capacity crowd in the Porsche Arena was provided at the start of the opening ceremony by the world famous Stuttgarter Ballet which performed the specially choreographed piece “MatchBox” on Centre Court. Prior to the atmospheric presentation of the main draw players who were led on court by a youngster from their respective fan club, tennis legends Andre Agassi and Thomas Muster thrilled the audience with spectacular tennis in the Berenberg Classics. The win (6-2, 6-2) in the exhibition match went to Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf’s husband, which came as no surprise to Thomas Muster: “If I had such a wife then I’d be in better shape too.”

Three players were forced to withdraw after picking up injuries

Three players were forced to withdraw from the long-running Stuttgart tournament at the last moment on Monday after picking up injuries. Particularly bitter for the fans in the Porsche Arena was Andrea Petkovic’s withdrawal. The Porsche Team Germany player suffered a thigh injury over the weekend in the Fed Cup semifinal in Sochi. In addition to Petkovic, Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova – due to adductor problems – and the Serb Jelena Jankovic – due to a foot injury – are also unable to compete at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. They have been replaced in the main draw by lucky losers Marina Melnikova (Russia), Yuliya Beygelzimer (Ukraine) and the Italian Alberta Brianti.

More in the official press release (downloads, left column).

Andre Agassi at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart

Day 2

On Sunday, first Porsche Talent Team Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam lost 6-2, 7-6 to American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and then her teammate Katharina Hobgarski also exited the tournament in the second round of qualification. The 17-year old was defeated 6-3, 6-0 by the Russian Evgeniya Rodina after celebrating the biggest win of her young career on the day before.

The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix picks up speed on Monday. There’s the first main draw match between Mona Barthel and Carina Witthöft, the Stuttgarter Ballet performance, the duel between the tennis legends Andre Agassi and Thomas Muster and the presentation of the players – one highlight follows the other on the Centre Court in the Porsche Arena. Tennis-wise, the day gets underway with the four qualifying finals

More in the official press release (downloads, left column).

Anna-Lena Friedsam, Porsche Talent Team Germany

Day 1

The draw for the main draw at the 38th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix has bestowed the spectators in the Porsche Arena with high class matches right away in the first round. Above all Andrea Petkovic is facing a tough and potentially exciting match. The Porsche Team Germany player will meet Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in a repeat of the encounter she lost in the semifinal of the Miami tournament. Her teammates however appear to have been handed easier draws: Sabine Lisicki will open against Kazakh Zarina Diyas and the Porsche Brand Ambassador Angelique Kerber will face a qualifier. An all-German affair in the first round between Carina Witthöft (Porsche Talent Team Germany) and Mona Barthel (Porsche Team Germany) is sure to be a hard-fought match.

One player unable to come to Stuttgart is Eugenie Bouchard. The Canadian has had to withdraw from the long-standing tournament in the Porsche Arena.

More in the official press release (downloads, left column).

Unable to come to Stuttgart: Eugenie Bouchard

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