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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix - Day One Summary
Stuttgart. Scarlett Werner served up the only German win on the opening day of the 2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The 26-year-old, who returned to the Tour in 2009 after a six-year break, beat Kai-Chen Chang from Taiwan 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Given a wild card for qualifying, she remained calm after losing the first set to stay in the hunt for one of the four places in the main draw. A total of eight Germans were in action on the first day of the qualifying tourna-ment on the indoor clay courts in Stuttgart but in the end only Scarlett Werner made it through to the second round on Sunday.
Seventeen-year-old Julia Kimmelmann had no chance in the qualification against the No 1 seed Anna Chakvetadze (Russia) and lost in two straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Countrywoman Annika Beck also went out in the first round. After winning the first set she was eventually beaten 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 by the Spaniard Beatrix Garcia Vidagany. A third German also failed to make it past opening round as Laura Siegmund was defeated 7-6(6) 7-5 by Austrian Yvonne Meusburger. After putting up stiff resistance in the first set, Carina Witthöft from Hamburg ran out of steam in the second against Ana Vrljic (Croatia) to go down 7-5, 6-2.
After winning a first set tie-break, local player Tanja Ostertag was another to fall at the first hurdle when losing 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-1 to the Russian Vitalia Diatchenko. Compatriot Julia Schruff was also beaten in three 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 by the Slovakian Lenka Jurikova. The final German to be knocked out on the first day of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix was the 27-year-old Kathrin Wörle, who succumbed late in the evening 6-1 6-2 to the Ukrainian Mariya Koryttseva.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
12. December 89
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day