WTA Stuttgart

WTA Stuttgart Gallery: Finals, Trophy Ceremonies, Giggles and a Porsche

STUTTGART (April 28, 2013) — World No. 2 Maria Sharapova is a repeat winner at this year’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, defeating Li Na in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Matthias Müller, CEO of Porsche AG, handed over the keys to a new blue Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet to the winner, adding it to her white winner’s Porsche from last year.

“It was a great week for me,” said Sharapova. “I had to fight hard in every match but it was a good start to the clay court season.” One year ago after winning the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix she went on to win the French Open in Paris but, after her triumph in Stuttgart today, she did not want to look that far ahead into this season.

“I’m pretty tired,” she said. “I was out on court for almost ten hours in my four matches, that’s tough. The final against Li Na lasted only two sets but was nevertheless the “toughest match of the tournament” for her.

In the doubles final, Sabine Lisicki and Mona Barthel defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza 6-4, 7-5 to become the tournament’s first all-German team to win the doubles title in Stuttgart.

Finals gallery by Tennis Grandstand photographer Moana Bauer below.

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WTA Stuttgart: Sharapova Ousts Kerber as Li Na Breezes Past Mattek-Sands

STUTTGART (April 27, 2013) — Defending champion Maria Sharapova ended Angelique Kerber’s dream of reaching the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix while Li Na downed American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the day’s second semifinal.

A hard-fought 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win by Sharapova has prolonged the new Porsche brand ambassador’s streak in Stuttgart where she is yet to lose a match. At 5-all in the third set, Sharapova ended the duel quickly as she served at love and then broke Kerber at love to seal the win.

“Maria was more courageous than me in the last two games,” admitted Kerber. “In such situations, she obviously profits from her greater experience. But I saw that I can win such matches.”

Li Na had an easier path to the final as she was never in any real danger, solidifying her place in the finals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Mattek-Sands.

Semifinal Saturday gallery by Tennis Grandstand photographer Moana Bauer below.

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WTA Stuttgart Gallery: Sharapova to Meet Kerber, Mattek-Sands to Battle Li Na in Semis

STUTTGART (April 26, 2013) — Friday at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix saw all four quarterfinal matches hit center court, and the drama and action did not disappoint. Defending champion Maria Sharapova was taken to three sets by Ana Ivanovic before finally taking it, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. The only German to advance was third-seeded Angelique Kerber who defeated Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-3, 7-6(2). In-form American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands ousted fan favorite Sabine Lisicki, 6-4, 6-2, while No. 2 seed Li Na defeated Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 7-5.

All the singles quarterfinal matches in the Tennis Grandstand gallery by Moana Bauer below, and includes select doubles match photos as well.

WTA Stuttgart Gallery: Ivanovic, Lisicki, Petrova Through

STUTTGART (April 23, 2013) — Tuesday at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix featured some great matchups as Ana Ivanovic defeated good friend and sometimes doubles partner Andrea Petkovic, 6-3, 6-2, No. 8 seed Nadia Petrova defeated German qualifier Dinah Pfizenmaier 7-6(2), 6-4, Sabine Lisicki overcame qualifier Nastassja Burnett 6-3, 6-4, and Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni defeated Elena Vesnina 6-0, 6-4.

Full Tuesday gallery by Tennis Grandstand photographer Moana Bauer of all the day’s singles matches above, and also includes practice sessions of Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic and Kirsten Flipkens.

WTA Stuttgart Gallery: Opening Ceremony, Practice Sessions and More

STUTTGART (April 22, 2013) — The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix officially kicked off today with the Opening Ceremonies on center court featuring top seeds like Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic among others. The last of the singles qualifying matches finished up, with notables Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Nastassja Burnett, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, and Dinah Pfizenmaier all making it through to the main draw, and there were several top players who also hit the practice courts to the joy of fans.

Gallery by Tennis Grandstand photographer Moana Bauer.