Stuttgart. Angelique Kerber is the new tennis queen of Stuttgart. The 27-year old German won the final of the 38th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Sunday 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 against the Dane Caroline Wozniacki in front of a capacity 4,500 crowd in the Porsche Arena on Sunday. The Porsche Brand Ambassador and Porsche Team Germany player is the third German winner of the long-standing Stuttgart tournament after Anke Huber (1991, 1994) and Julia Görges (2011).
“It’s the finest win in my career. When I was behind in the third set, it was really tough for me,” said Angelique Kerber. “But the crowd’s support was absolutely fantastic, thanks very much.”
Excitement-wise, the tight match with long and spectacular rallies could hardly be topped. The German and the Dane got off at a cracking pace and raced through the first two sets. After only 57 minutes they were level at one set apiece. Caroline Wozniacki broke once in the first set and eventually closed it out 6-3 before Angelique Kerber, her opponent and friend, broke twice in the second en route to winning it 6-1.
The third set turned out to be a thriller. Caroline Wozniacki got off to a quick start by breaking and was then 5-3 30-30 up on her own serve. “I was only two points away from the tournament win but couldn’t take my chance,” she said. Instead it was her practice partner that re-broke and soon afterwards the German was wrapping up the hard-fought three-setter with her fourth match point in an encounter that had lasted two hours four minutes. The rest was boundless joy and celebrations for the winner and crowd alike.
“My body hurt all over but I ran for every point,” said Angelique Kerber who also praised her opponent: “I had to dig very deep. Caroline put me to the test in every rally. “For the winner, who two weeks ago won the WTA tournament in Charleston/USA, it was her fifth career WTA tournament success and her first on German soil. She will now move two places up the world ranking to No. 12 on Monday.
The winner’s trophy was awarded to Angelique Kerber after the final by Dr. Wolfgang Por-sche, Supervisory Board Chairman, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. She received the key for the victor’s car, a beautiful Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, from Matthias Müller Chairman of the Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. Soon afterwards she was driving the sports car onto Centre Court in the Porsche Arena. That there was no real loser at the 38th edition of the long-standing tournament was made clear by the Stuttgart crowd’s thunderous applause for Caroline Wozniacki that lasted minutes for minutes on end. I’d like to thank the spectators for their support,” said the 2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix runner-up. “It’s always wonderful playing here in Stuttgart.”
The WTA Tour players voted the 2014 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as their favourite tourna-ment of the year in the Premier category. Laura Ceccarelli, WTA Tour supervisor, can well understand why. Speaking at the Closing Press Conference, she commented, “The tournament organisation is so perfect that many others in the world can learn from it. Every now and again we therefore invite organisers here to Stuttgart. The tournament is the future of the WTA.”
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