Stuttgart. The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix has its dream final: Angelique Kerber from Porsche Team Germany will meet Dane Caroline Wozniacki in the Porsche Arena on Sunday (2.30 local time, live in the SWR television channel). It is therefore the first time a German will appear in the final of the long-established Stuttgart tournament since Julia Görges in 2011.
Angelique Kerber was in a rush. After the hard-fought successes against title-holder Maria Sharapova and the rising Ekaterina Makarova, the semifinal against American Madison Brengle was over very quickly. It took the Porsche Brand Ambassador and world No. 14 only 58 minutes to defeat the world No. 43. Supported by the highly enthusiastic crowd in the once again sold-out Porsche Arena, Angelique Kerber was in control of the match right from the first serve and forced her opponent to retreat well behind the baseline with her powerful and well-placed shots. There was never any danger of her coming off second best.
“Even though it looked as if it was all rather easy, I felt a quite bit of pressure. I knew that people expected a lot of me and I really wanted to fulfil those expectations,” said Angelique Kerber who has reached a WTA final for the tenth time. “Now I’m just so happy that I’ve done it. The match against Caroline will certainly be very difficult. Both of us will be giving our best and we’ll just have to see who will be driving off with the Porsche.”
The first semifinal at the 38th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, which Caroline Wozniacki won against Simona Halep from Romania, was the longest. Lasting two hours 58 minutes and with many spectacular rallies, the win was eventually claimed by the Dane. Both players would have been worthy winners. There was hardly a game between Simona Halep, the new world No. 2, and Caroline Wozniacki (No. 5) that did not go to deuce. They had to battle hard for every point and the majority of the rallies were spectacular. Both showed fighting qualities and were not nervous in the decisive moments. “I’m so happy,” said Caroline Wozniacki. “When you still feel fit in the third set and your opponent is getting tired, then it’s very comforting. The tournament is the perfect start to my clay court campaign. Everything that now comes is the icing on the cake.”
In the doubles final, Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) and the Czech Lucie Safarova will face Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik (Slovenia).
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