Stuttgart . Sensational win for Julia Görges in the dream final at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. In a top class match, the 22-year-old German defeated Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, the world’s number one ranked player, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in front of a capacity crowd in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena. The well-earned reward for the biggest career success: 110,210 dollars and a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet.
“I had goose pimples on match point. It was an unbelievable feeling playing the final with so many people watching,” said Julia Görges. “Everything was going so well but you can never be sure against Caroline. She never gives up and has turned lots of matches around when nobody expected her to. She’s only beaten when the last point is over.” Along with her first drive in her new Porsche she is especially looking forward to two things: “Her niece’s baptism on Monday and being able to sleep in my own bed again after three months on the tour.”
Julia Görges is only the second German winner of Europe’s oldest indoor tournament and the first since Anke Huber 1994. She has beaten two Top 10 players – Victoria Azarenka and Samantha Stosur – en-route to the final and played at an amazingly high level for the whole of the match. She risked a lot and won the first set on a tie-break. After quickly going 3-0 up in the second, she eventually closed out the match on her third match point to win her second WTA title since winning in Bad Gastein in 2010. Her brilliant performance in Stuttgart has enabled her to break into the Top 30 for the first time – she’ll be ranked 27th when the new world rankings appear on Monday.
“I played well but Julia was simply better. I’d like to congratulate her on her win,” said Caroline Wozniacki, who this year has already won the tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells and Charleston. “At the start of both sets I had a few break chances but I couldn’t take them. But I had a good tournament. Of course I’d love to have won the Porsche. I’ll just have to try again next year.”
There was also a German win in the doubles. Playing alongside her Australian partner Samantha Stosur, Sabine Lisicki won the final 6-1, 7-6 (5) against local heroes Kristina Barrois and Jasmin Wöhr. It was Lisicki’s first ever doubles titles on the WTA Tour.