Stuttgart. Maria Sharapova has had a successful start to the new tennis season. With just over a week to go before the start of the Australian Open – the first grand slam of the year – the Porsche Brand Ambassador from Russia has won the WTA tournament in Brisbane. In a hard-fought three-set final on the Australian Gold Coast, the world No. 2 defeated Serb Ana Ivanovic 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday.
Despite a 4-1 lead and two set points at 5-4, Maria Sharapova eventually yielded the 62-minute first set. She however fought back magnificently to get back into the match in which she served a total of 10 aces. After comfortably wrapping up the second set, she then converted her first match point after two hours 38 minutes to secure her 34th career WTA title.
The last time Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic faced each other in a final was at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in April 2014 when the Russian also came out on top to win her third title at the time-honoured Stuttgart tournament. Both Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic will also be competing at the 38th edition of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix to be played in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena from 18 to 26 April 2015. A total of seven Top 10 players – including last year’s finalists – have already entered the event. Tickets can be booked by phoning Easy Ticket Service on +49 (0) 711 / 2 55 55 55 or via internet at www.easyticket.de.
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Break of dawn in Los Angeles: The beach is still deserted at that time. Only Maria Sharapova is already on her feet, ready for her daily workout. Fitness is not the only key to her success. The tennis ace emphasises mental strength. "As long as you put in all your power, your faith and your creativity, you can win every match", she says in a recent video for Porsche.
The 27-year-old Porsche brand ambassador will need power, faith and creativity again now, because the tennis 2015 season has opened. After the preparatory tournaments in Brisbane, Shenzhen, Auckland, Sydney and Hobart, the Australian Open starts on January 19. The Fed Cup also goes into the next round a little less than three weeks later. The Porsche Team Deutschland will play against Australia in the opening match on February 7–8.
A highlight of the WTA Tour follows in April: the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The players voted the tournament as the most popular in its category in 2014 – no less than for the sixth time. Any fans wanting to attend the event taking place at the Stuttgart Porsche Arena on 18–26 April can get tickets in advance at the Easy Ticket Service (+49 (0)711-2555 555, www.easyticket.de).
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