2013 Stuttgart & Marrakech WTA Singles Results    

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  WTA Apr 22-28: Stuttgart & Marrakech

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Stuttgart, GER
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n2 M Sharapova, n5 Na Li
n6 A Kerber, n7 S Errani

GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
Marrakech, MAR INTL $235,000
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n26 S Cirstea, n33 A Cornet
n40 K Kanepi, n41 K Bertens
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Stuttgart:

#5 Na Li
5'7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH
Stuttgart:

#2 Maria Sharapova
6-cyl, 400 hp, 183 mph, 0-60 4.5 sec


    On Sunday at Stuttgart, in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the 2013 champion at Indian Wells (and 2012 champ at Stuttgart, Roland Garros and Rome), 26 year old top seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residences: Manhattan Beach, California and Bradenton, Florida), defeated this year's champion at Shenzhen (and the 2011 French Open champ), 31 year old 2nd seeded #5 (career high: #4) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, 6-4, 6-3 (Na is shown during the match; Maria is shown handling the wheelware afterward).

    Maria's prize is €100,806 (about $131,262 US), and a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet worth over $117,530; Na's prize is €55,000.

    Maria fired 2 aces, with 3 double faults, while scoring on 4 of the 9 break points she reached against Na and totaling 68 points in the match. Na also hit 2 aces, with 3 DFs, while converting 1 of the 2 break points she held against Maria, and totaling 54 points.

    Maria's victory was also a win for Porsche marketing: Maria signed a 3-year endorsement contract with the carmaker at the start of the week.

    Maria's first three matches in Stuttgart this year all were three-setters. Maria said: "I really tried to do the right things from the beginning to the end and not have a letdown like I did in the other matches - there were some struggles in those. But I kept giving myself chances to go to the next round, and I think I really played my best tennis of the week today." WTA story

    Na said: "Today [Maria] was the better one. Of course it's sad when you lose in the final, but looking back at the whole week, it was the first clay court tournament of the year for me, so I'm happy to have reached the final here."

    Maria now leads Na 9-5 in career matches. Their previous meeting was early this year on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the semifinals of the Australian Open, when Na defeated Maria 6-2, 6-2. Maria leads Na 4-1 in matches on clay; their previous dirtcourt encounter was last year in the final at Rome, when Maria defeated Na 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5).

    Maria "Claypova," who once referred to herself on dirt courts as a "cow on ice," has now won 16 consecutive (and 23 of her last 24) matches on clay.

    4-time Grand Slam champion Maria is now 29-20 in WTA singles finals. Maria has a 23-3 singles match record in 2013, losing only to Serena Williams (twice) and Na.

    2011 French Open champion Na is now 7-10 in WTA singles finals. Na has a 20-4 singles match record this year, losing only to Maria, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Agnieszka Radwanska.

    On Sunday in Marrakech, Morocco, in the final of the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, the 2010 French Open champion, 32 year old 6th seeded #48 (career high: #4) Francesca Schiavone from Milan, Italy, defeated the 2011 champ at Bogota, 32 year old #59 (career high: #40) Lourdes Dominguez Lino from Barcelona, Spain, 6-1, 6-3.

    Francesca's prize is $40,000; Lourdes' prize is $20,000.

    Francesca had a 5-9 record this season prior to this week. Francesca said: "This was a great week for me after a long, very difficult period. I think my two toughest matches of the week were my first match against Martic, a very talented young player, and of course today against Lourdes. I played a really complete game today. It's never easy to play her. To win here is a great start to the clay court season for me and inspires me to keep working hard." WTA story

    Lourdes said: "I am really pleased with my result. All credit to Francesca."

    Francesca leads Lourdes 4-1 in career matches, and 3-1 on clay courts. Their previous meeting was in 2011 on a Laykold hardcourt in the 3rd round at Miami, when Francesca defeated Lourdes 6-4, 7-6(2).

    2010 Roland Garros champ Francesca is now 6-11 in WTA singles finals. Francesca has a 10-9 singles match record this season.

    Lourdes is now 2-1 in WTA singles finals, and has a 10-10 singles match record for the year.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Stuttgart & Marrakech

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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix,  Stuttgart, Germany

 
tourney time:
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Stuttgart: The main draw for Stuttgart has 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

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Porsche Grand Prix of Tennis venue address: Schleyer Halle/Porsche Arena, Mercedesstrase 69, 70372 Stuttgart

 
2013: On Monday, April 22, in Stuttgart, 2012 tourney champ Maria Sharapova paid a visit to the Porsche Museum, where she signed a 3-year endorsement contract to represent the sports car manufacturer... Also on Monday, Jelena Jankovic visited with another fine German product, Andrea Petkovic...
Stuttgart, 1st Rd Tue-Wed noon
losers' prize: €4,770; points: 1
n8 s5 Petra Kvitova CZE d n60 wc Annika Beck GER 7-5, 6(0)-7, 6-3 Wed

 
Annika about to connect with a backhand, and Petra watching one fly

*n18 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n9 s6 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6-4 Wed

Jelena volleying a backhand

*n23 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n10 s7 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 7-6(6), 6-1 Wed
n11 s8 Nadia Petrova RUS d n146 q Dinah Pfizenmaier GER 7-6(2), 6-4 Tue
*n37 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n12 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-4, 6-2 Wed
n17 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n128 wc Andrea Petkovic GER 6-3, 6-2 Tue

 
Andrea and Ana driving forehands

n19 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6(5)-7, 7-5, 6-4 Wed
*n30 Julia Goerges GER d n22 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-2, 2-1 retired Wed
n25 Lucie Safarova CZE d n28 Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 6-1 Wed

    Lucie said: "Today's match was a good one to get through. I was playing against an opponent who had been practicing here on the center court in the lead-up to the Fed Cup tie on the weekend. It took me a few games to get my rhythm because the conditions here are so different to Fed Cup in Palermo, where the surface was very slow. Here it's much faster and it took a while to get used to.
    "The first set was very close, but in the second set Mona made a few more errors, while I tried to keep putting the ball back into the court and keep the pressure on her. I'm happy I made it through." WTA story

    Mona said: "I definitely didn't play my best tennis today. Fed Cup weekend with two three-setters was obviously physically exhausting. But Lucie played really well. As a result it was very hard for me to get into the game. She had the better shots in almost every rally and everything came together."

*n102 q Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n29 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-0, 6-4 Tue
*n104 q Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n35 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-2, 6-1 Wed
n47 wc Sabine Lisicki GER d n145 q Natassja Burnett ITA 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Sabine after match point

Stuttgart, 2nd Rd, Thu noon
losers' prize: €8,629; points: 60
n2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n25 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-4, 6(3)-7, 6-3

   
Maria serving, Lucie driving a backhand, and Maria about to launch a forehand on the run

n5 s2 Na Li CHN d n102 q Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 6-1, 6-2

Na lining up a forehand

    Na said: "It's always tough when you change to a new surface so I'm excited to win my first match on clay for the season. Mirjana plays flat, so I had to be prepared for that. And I thought it would be a tough match because she has a lot of experience, too. She's over 30, like me! I was happy I could play more aggressively and had the right game plan to win." WTA story

n6 s3 Angelique Kerber GER d n19 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-0, 6-4

Angelique following a backhand

    Angelique said: "After losing to [Anastasia] twice before, I was set on beating her here at my home tournament. I felt good and it was fun being out there on this court. I made sure I didn't let her get into the match, which was important, as she is a very dangerous player. That was obvious in the second set."

*n104 q Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n7 s4 Sara Errani ITA 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
n8 s5 Petra Kvitova CZE d n30 Julia Goerges GER 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2

 
Petra and Julia serving

*n17 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n11 s8 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-4, 6-3
*n47 wc Sabine Lisicki GER d n18 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-6(3), 7-5
*n37 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n23 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 7-5, 6-4

Stuttgart, QFs, Fri 2pm
losers' prize: €15,565; points: 120
n2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n17 Ana Ivanovic SRB 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

Maria driving a backhand—no press photos were posted of Ana during this match

n5 s2 Na Li CHN d n8 s5 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-3, 7-5
n6 s3 Angelique Kerber GER d n37 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-3, 7-6(2)

    Angelique said: "We both played well. I was fully concentrated right from the first point and tried to make her move around and not let her get into the match. Luckily enough my tactics worked well today.
    "It was extremely important for me to play as well as possible at my home tournament. Reaching the semifinals is a big achievement for me. But I'm not going to put myself under any pressure. I'm naturally going to have the crowd behind me. They've been supporting me so fantastically all week." WTA story

*n104 q Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n47 wc Sabine Lisicki GER 6-4, 6-2

Stuttgart, SFs, Sat 2pm
losers' prize: €29,464; points: 200
n2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n6 s3 Angelique Kerber GER 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

     
Maria serving, Angelique launching a forehand on the run, Maria driving a backhand, and after match point

    The match, Maria's third consecutive three-setter, lasted two hours and eight minutes. Maria fired 4 aces, but also struck 6 double faults, while scoring on 5 of the 10 break points she reached against Angelique and totaling 91 points in the match. Angie hit 5 aces, with 3 DFs, while converting all of the 4 break points she held against Maria, and totaling 89 points.

    Maria said: "[Angelique] plays pretty well off both sides, the forehand and backhand, but I think she does much better when she has the time to create angles or change directions, just like any other player. I lost momentum in the second set because I wasn't being as aggressive or stepping in as much, just not having as much on my ball as I did in the first set. So she was able to open up the court. My level certainly dropped in the second, but I'm really happy with the way I fought through it in the third. I'm really happy I was able to come through in this match. I did my job out there." WTA story

    Angelique said: "I'm disappointed. It was close and tough. But I've had a great week. I'm feeling good on clay and I will take this experience and look forward to the next tournaments coming up."

n5 s2 Na Li CHN d n104 q Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-4, 6-3

     
Na serving, Bethanie and Na driving backhands, and Na after match point

Stuttgart, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: €55,000; points: 320
winner's prize: €100,806 (AND a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet) points: 470
n2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n5 s2 Na Li CHN 6-4, 6-3

   
Na delivering a forehand, Maria driving a backhand, and after match point

Stuttgart, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: €17,046
winners' prize: €32,258
Sabine Lisicki & Mona Barthel d Sania Mirza & Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 7-5

Stuttgart, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 22 noon
losers' prizes: q1 €806 1pt; q2 €1,282 8pts; q3 €2,359 12pts; qualifier 20 points
*n145 Natassja Burnett ITA d n79 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-4, 7-5
n102 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n107 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6-1
n104 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n178 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 6-3, 6-4
n146 Dinah Pfizenmaier GER d n177 Catalina Castano COL 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-2

Stuttgart, Withdrawals
n20 Klara Zakopalova CZE allergy
n31 Tamira Paszek AUT neck injury


 
Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem,  Marrakech, Morocco

 
tourney time:
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       = US EDT +5 hours
       = US PDT +8 hours

Morocco news


    Marrakech: The 32-player main draw for Marrakech has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.
 



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2011: After befriending a burro in Fès on Monday, Yaroslava Shvedova tweeted: "This little local Fes creature is so cute! :)" SlavaSays at Twitter...
Young ladies looking good at the Fès players party Tuesday night included Sloane Stephens and Arina Rodionova, in photos by Anastasia Pivovarova...
Marrakech, 1st Round, Mon-Wed 11am
loser's prize: $1,800 US; points: 1
*n70 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n26 s2 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n33 s3 Alize Cornet FRA d n1135 wc Fatima Zahrae El Allami MAR 6-1, 6-1 Tue
n40 s4 Kaia Kanepi EST d n61 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n41 s5 Kiki Bertens NED d n114 q Timea Babos HUN 7-5, 6-2 Tue
n48 s6 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n100 Petra Martic CRO 7-6(8), 6-4 Wed

    Francesca said: "I think I was playing really well until 4-1 in the first set, but I started missing some shots. It's not easy to stay focused because the ball flies a little bit, and you have to pay attention on every point. It's easier to make the points but also easier to make an error, so you really have to focus hard and find the right balance. But I'm happy I was able to do that today and win the match." WTA story

n51 s7 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n95 LL Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Tue
n53 s9 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n76 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-5, 6-1 Tue
n58 Simona Halep ROU d n110 LL Nina Bratchikova RUS 6-1, 6-3 Tue
n59 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP d n89 Misaki Doi JPN 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 Tue
n65 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP d n293 q Michaela Honcova SVK 7-6(4), 6-2 Tue
*n78 Olga Puchkova RUS d n75 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 Wed

    Olga said: "We were both fighting for it and it was really up and down out there, but I think I really took my chances. In the first set I think I went for too much and made some unforced errors, but then the next two sets I just focused on running for every ball and not going for too much, and staying patient, and it worked for me. I'm really happy about getting the victory today.
    "I knew Daniela was coming from playing Fed Cup in Russia and it was a really tough transition for her, but it was also my first match of the year on clay courts, so it was tough for both of us."

*n96 Yulia Putintseva KAZ d n80 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-3, 6-4 Wed
n84 Maria Teresa Torro Flor ESP d n86 Arantxa Rus NED 6-1, 6-1 Mon
n92 Mandy Minella LUX d n111 q Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-5 Tue
n98 q Karin Knapp ITA d nNR wc Lina Qostal MAR 6-0, 6-1 Tue
*n113 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n101 Melinda Czink HUN 6-1, 7-6(2) Wed

Marrakech, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $3,100 US; points: 30
n33 s3 Alize Cornet FRA d n98 q Karin Knapp ITA 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 Wed
*n92 Mandy Minella LUX d n40 s4 Kaia Kanepi EST 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 Thu
n41 s5 Kiki Bertens NED d n113 Flavia Pennetta ITA 7-6(0), 6-4, 6-4 Thu
n48 s6 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n58 Simona Halep ROU 6-3, 6-2 Thu
51 s7 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n96 Yulia Putintseva KAZ 6-3, 6-3 Thu
*n59 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP d n53 s9 T Pironkova BUL 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 Thu
n65 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP d n78 Olga Puchkova RUS 6-0, 6-3 Thu
n70 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n84 Maria Teresa Torro Flor ESP 6-2, 6-1 Wed

Marrakech, QFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $5,500 US; points: 70
*n48 s6 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n33 s3 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-4
*n59 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP d n41 s5 Kiki Bertens NED 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
*n70 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n51 s7 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-1, 6-2
*n92 Mandy Minella LUX d n65 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Marrakech, SFs, Sat 12:30pm
loser's prize: $10,425 US; points: 130
n48 s6 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n70 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 7-6(4), 6-1

    Francesca said: "It's been a long time since I've been to a final, so I'm really happy. It's good to get this far again. I have one more step to go, so I want to take advantage of this chance and leave everything on the court." WTA story

n59 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP d n92 Mandy Minella LUX 2-6, 6-0, 6-1

    Lourdes said: "It was a tough match because [Mandy] started off playing well and I was a little bit tired from yesterday. But I think mentally I was stronger in the end, and that was the difference. I'm so happy I won."

Marrakech, Final, Sun 3pm
loser's prize: $20,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $40,000 US; points: 280
n48 s6 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n59 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP 6-1, 6-3
Marrakech, Doubles Final
loser's prize: $6,000 US
winner's prize: $11,500 US
s3 Mandy Minella & Timea Babos d s4 Petra Martic & Kristen Mladenovic 6-3, 6-1

Marrakech, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 22 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $500 1pt; q2 $700 6pts; q3 $950 10pts; qualifier 16 points
*n114 Timea Babos HUN d n95 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-2, 6-2
n98 Karin Knapp ITA d n120 Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA 6-0, 6-1
*n111 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n110 Nina Bratchikova RUS 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
*n293 Michaela Honcova SVK d n118 Teliana Pereira BRA 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Marrakech, Withdrawals
n15 s1 wc Dominika Cibulkova SVK
n50 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU right shoulder injury
n52 s8 Romina Oprandi SUI
n73 Lara Arruabarrena ESP illness
n127 Polona Hercog SLO right wrist injury

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