Scarlett Werner – the only German in the second round of qualifying
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.