For the first time in her career Angelique Kerber has successfully defended a title. On Sunday, the Australian Open winner celebrated her second Porsche Tennis Grand Prix success after 2015 in the sold-out Porsche Arena which was brimming to the rafters with 4,600 spectators. In the first all-German final at the tournament that was first played in 1978, she stopped shooting-star Laura Siegemund’s winning streak when winning in two straight sets 6-4, 6-0. The Porsche Brand Ambassador is therefore the first German to win the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix two times in succession.
Angelique Kerber, the title-holder, or Laura Siegemund, the qualifier – one of them will win the final on Centre Court in the sold-out Porsche Arena and receive the key to the Porsche 718 Boxster S – the main prize for the winner. Both Angelique Kerber, who in the semi-final beat the two-time Wimbledon champion 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, and Laura Siegemund, who defeated the world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2, have earned the sports car. Even in seventh heaven at the end of the match, Siegemund still had her wits about her to supply the quote of the day: “One thing is for sure, the Porsche is staying in Germany.”
The final of the 39th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is writing history even before the first serve is sent down: for the first time two Germans will contest the final of the long-standing Stuttgart tournament. Laura Siegemund is also the first ever qualifier to battle all way to the final. The world number three against the world No. 71, the Australian Open winner against the shooting star and home town girl from Stuttgart – it’s the final spectators have been hoping for for days. Angelique Kerber and Laura Siegemund have fulfilled their wish with dream tennis.
Laura Siegemund’s journey at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is not over yet. After a brilliant performance watched by an ecstatic capacity 4,500 crowd in the Porsche Arena, the local hero has reached the semifinal of a WTA tournament for the first time. And Angelique Kerber, the Australian Open winner and title-holder, advanced comfortably to the penultimate round. The semi-finals on Saturday will be something quite special: First on court will be Angelique Kerber against Petra Kvitova and then Laura Siegemund will take on Agnieszka Radwanska.
Two Porsche Team Germany players will be contesting the doubles semi-finals: Sabine Lisicki and Anna-Lena Grönefeld. Sabine Lisicki will partner Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) against the world’s best doubles team: Martina Hingis (Switzerland) and Sania Mirza (India). The second semi-final will be between the all-French pairing of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic and Anna-Lena Grönefeld and the Czech Kveta Peschke.
The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix has seen its first major upset. Cheered on by the excited capacity crowd in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena, the local hero Laura Siegemund beat the world No. 6 Simona Halep from Romania to advance to the quarterfinals of the long-standing Stuttgart tournament – the second German after title-holder Angelique Kerber. No longer in the running however are Andrea Petkovic and Julia Görges from Porsche Team Germany as well as Anna-Lena Friedsam, a member of Porsche Talent Team Germany.
Laura Siegemund has continued her winning ways at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The German, who only lives just down the road from the Porsche Arena, won her fifth match of the tournament when impressively defeating Simona Halep. In a match lasting just 69 minutes, the qualifier cut short the top Romanian’s appearance in Stuttgart with a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 win.
The title-holder and Australian Open winner overcame Annika Beck, her Porsche Team Germany teammate, after a top class match in the sold-out Porsche Arena on Wednesday. Angelique Kerber was forced to work extremely hard before closing out her opening match after two hours nine minutes with an ace. Countrywoman Annika Beck fought courageously and made her Porsche Team Germany teammate pull out all the stops before eventually losing 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. The visibly relieved winner was full of praise for the world No. 41, who above all was in great form in the first set. “Annika played brilliantly today and fought magnificently,” said Angelique Kerber. “I had to give everything I had and I’m really happy to have a day off tomorrow.”
The thrilled crowd applauded Annika Beck all the way off the court. She too was proud of herself after her brilliant performance and had every right to be. “I definitely didn’t lose the match, Angie won it,” said the player who had previously been supported in the Porsche Talent Team Germany set-up before being promoted to Porsche Team Germany. In their second round match, the two Germans showed high class tennis, long rallies full of subtlety and lots of power. In the end however, the experience and confidence of the Grand Slam winner was decisive but only after she had to battle harder that in their last meeting at the Australian Open. In January Angelique Kerber won 6-4, 6-0 against Annika Beck to reach the quarterfinals.
Also into the next round are fellow Germans Andrea Petkovic and Julia Görges, the winner of the 2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
The second day of main draw matches served up thrilling tennis for the spectators in the Porsche Arena. And German successes: Annika Beck from Porsche Team Germany and Laura Siegemund have both advanced to the next round. After excellent performances and three good wins in qualifying, Porsche Team Germany’s Carina Witthöft however failed to progress when losing to the Serb Ana Ivanovic.
Annika Beck started the 39th edition of tournament, which was voted by the players as their favourite event in its category in 2015, full of energy. The world No. 41 beat the Italian Camila Giorgi comfortably in two straight sets (6-4, 6-2). “Now I hope I can play a few more days here in Stuttgart,” she said after her match. It will not be easy as in the second round on Wednesday she will be up against, of all people, her teammate Angelique Kerber.
Also into the next round is Petra Kvitova. The two-time Wimbledon champion needed only 54 minutes to end qualifier Louisa Chirico’s (USA) dreams when beating her 6-0, 6-0. A quick win. But the Czech was, as she said afterwards especially motivated: “I lost in the first round here in the last two years, and I didn’t want to continue the series.”
The 39th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix started the week with great tennis and dazzling entertainment. Porsche Team Germany’s players have arrived in Stuttgart after their Fed Cup win, and Angelique Kerber promptly left everybody in no doubt how she expects her tennis week to go when appearing in the Porsche Arena for the first time this year. “I want to defend my title successfully,” said the Porsche Brand Ambassador. She is the first German Grand Slam winner to play the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and immediately complimented the spectators: “Coming to Stuttgart is like a piece of home.”
One of the many highlights on the opening day of the tournament proper was the duel between the tennis legends Michael Stich and Michael Chang in the Berenberg Classics. Victory - 7-5, 6-4 - in the exhibition match went to the last German Wimbledon men’s singles winner. Michael Stich showed his former fighting qualities, Michael Chang displayed astounding showman qualities in many rallies. Afterwards, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix players were introduced to the spectators in an impressive ceremony. Beforehand the fans were able to enjoy the day’s exceptional cultural highlight when the world famous Stuttgart Ballet transformed Centre Court into a big stage and abducted the crowd into another world when performing “PS”, a piece choreographed by Katarzyna Kozielska.
The players captained by Barbara Rittner overcame hosts Romania 4-1 in the Fed Cup after putting on an excellent performance to ensure they keep their place in the World Group next year. Spectators at the long-running Stuttgart tournament, where the qualifying second round was on the menu, were also party to exciting and top class matches. Amongst the eight players that will be battling on Monday for one of the four remaining main draw berths are Porsche Team Germany’s Carina Witthöft and countrywoman Laura Siegemund.
The foundation for Porsche Team Germany’s success in Romania was laid by Angelique Kerber. Playing in front of another capacity 7,500 crowd in the Sala Polivalenta Arena, the Porsche Brand Ambassador and Australian Open winner performed magnificently to beat the Romanian No. 1 Simona Halep in two straight sets (6-2, 6-2) in only 66 minutes. Her second win in her second match secured Porsche Team Germany the hoped-for 2-1 lead. At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Angelique Kerber could meet Simona Halep once again – but only in the final.
A particularly difficult path to the 39th edition of the long-running Stuttgart tournament lies ahead of Andrea Petkovic: the German will meet the strong Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic in the first round. The number one seed Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland awaits should she survive the tough opening encounter.
Annika Beck will only be happy with her first round opponent, a qualifier, who was drawn by “lady luck” Sabine Lisicki. Should she win, she will meet the number two seed – the Australian Open winner and Porsche Brand Ambassador Angelique Kerber. By way of comparison, Sabine Lisicki got lucky. She will most likely meet the Hungarian Timea Babos on Monday.
Porsche Team Germany is still in with every chance of staying in the Fed Cup World Group. After the first day of the tie against the strong Rumanian team, the score is all-square 1-1 in Cluj. Angelique Kerber, the Porsche Brand Ambassador and Australian Open winner, put the team captained by Barbara Rittner 1-0 up when cruising past Irina-Camelia Begu 6-2, 6-3. Watched by an enthusiastic 7,500 capacity crowd in the Sala Polivalenta Arena, Andrea Petkovic made the world No. 6 Simona Halep work extremely hard before being eventually edged 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.
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