2014 Stuttgart Porsche Tennis Grand Prix & Marrakech SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem Women's Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    

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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Stuttgart, GER
PREMIER 700 $710,000 28m/32q/16d
indoor: red clay | tourney: draws
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draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP
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n2 Na Li, n3 A Radwanska
n5 S Halep, n6 P Kvitova

GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
Marrakech, MAR INTL $250,000
32m/32q/16d outdoor: red clay
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draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP
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n30 D Hantuchova, n36 E Svitolina
n37 Y Meusburger, n39 B Jovanovski
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Stuttgart:

#12 Ana Ivanovic
6' 1" 152lb RH 2H-BH
Stuttgart:

#9 Maria Sharapova
3472lb, 6-cyl, 3.8L, 400hp, 182mph, 0-60 4.4sec


    On Sunday at Stuttgart, in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the 2013 & 2012 tourney champion (and 2013 champ at Indian Wells), 27 year old 6th seeded #9 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residences: Manhattan Beach, California and Bradenton, Florida), won her third straight PTGP title by defeating the 2014 champ at Auckland (and the 2008 French Open champion), 26 year old 2nd seeded #12 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 (Ana is shown during the match, Maria is shown with the Road&Trackware afterward).

    Maria's prize is $120,000 and a Porsche 911 Targa 4S valued at about the same amount; Ana's prize is $64,000.

    After dropping the 1st set, Maria trailed 1-3 in the 2nd. Then she won seven of the next eight games.

    Maria said: "For the first half of the match I thought it might not be my day today, but somehow I turned it around. I had quite a slow beginning to the year, but me and my team have been working hard to get in the position to win titles again, and I'm so happy to be able to do it here." WTA story

    Ana said: ""From the first moment it was always a close match. It was always a few close balls to decide each game, and it went on the whole match. In the second set [Maria] definitely went for those big shots, though, and she made some amazing points. She's just a great player, and that's what happens when you play against great players in big matches like this. You need to use your opportunities. But there's always next time."

    Maria now leads Ana 8-2 in career matches, and Maria won their last 7 encounters. Their most recent meeting was in 2013 on red clay in the semifinals at Madrid, when Maria defeated Ana 6-4, 6-3.

    Maria "Claypova" is now 30-22 in WTA singles finals (7-2 in clay court finals), and has a 17-5 singles match record in 2014. Maria has never lost a match at Stuttgart (13-0)

    Ana is now 13-6 in WTA singles finals (2-2 in clay court finals), and has a 23-6 singles match record this year.

    Meanwhile at Marrakech, Morocco, in the final of the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, 21 year old #72 (career high: #64) Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor from Villena, Spain, won her first WTA singles title by defeating 27 year old #44 (career high: #44) Romina Oprandi from Bern, Switzerland, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

    Maria-Teresa and Romina had met only once before, in 2012 on red clay in the quarterfinals of an ITF tourney at Bucharest, when Maria-Teresa defeated Romina 6-2, 6-2.

    Maria-Teresa was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has a 8-7 singles match record this season.

    Romina was also playing in her first WTA singles final. She has a 11-7 singles match record for the year.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Stuttgart & Marrakech

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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix,  Stuttgart, Germany

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +2 hours
       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

Germany News


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.
 

click for broader view   Schleyer Halle/Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, GER
Latitude: 48.793606 Longitude: 9.22843 goto link for World Wind

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

 
2014: On Saturday, April 19 in Stuttgart, 2013 & 2012 tourney champ Maria Sharapova
celebrated her 27th birthday at the Fruehlingsfest (Spring Festival) and the Breuninger department store...
Stuttgart, 1st Rd Mon-Wed 1230pm
losers' prize: $6,290; points: 1
n8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n85 LL Mona Barthel GER 2-6, 7-6(8), 6-3 Tue

Jelena about to swat a backhand

n9 s6 Maria Sharapova RUS d n26 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(5), 6(5)-7, 7-6(2) Tue

Maria driving a forehand

    Maria took a 5-1 lead in the 3rd set, but Lucie won the next 5 games. Maria broke Lucie as she was serving for the match at 6-5, then Maria prevailed in the final tiebreaker.

    Maria said: "I think Lucie is an exceptional player. She's presented me a lot of challenges when we've played in the past, and going into the match today I knew it wasn't going to be an easy one. I could have returned better. But I think this was one of the best serving matches she's played against me. She was finding the lines extremely well and mixing it up too, and it was hard to break her. But I'm really happy I was able to be the winner of this match. I was two points from losing." WTA story

    The match lasted 3 hours and 23 minutes. It was the first three-tiebreaker match in a WTA main draw since 2010 [Madrid R2: #1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #44 Vera Dushevina RUS 6(2)-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(5)].

n11 s8 Sara Errani ITA d n31 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n12 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n14 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-1, 6-3 Wed

Ana driving a forehand

    Ana said: "I'm obviously very happy with my performance today. It was a tough match for me, so I really came on the court sharp, started really well, served well. I was consistent throughout the whole match. I stuck with the tactics we had and was very pleased with my performance." WTA story

n13 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n28 Andrea Petkovic GER 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 Wed
n16 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP s n22 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-0, 6-4 Tue
n20 Roberta Vinci ITA d n49 q Annika Beck GER 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n23 Kaia Kanepi EST d n117 LL Johanna Konta GBR 7-6(4), 6-4 Mon
n25 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n210 q Diana Marcinkevica LAT 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*n94 wc Julia Goerges GER d n27 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-1, 7-5 Wed

Julia after winning a point

n29 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n221 q Gioia Barbieri ITA 6-2, 6-3 Tue
*n101 sr Alisa Kleybanova RUS d n72 q Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-2, 6-4 Tue

Stuttgart, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 1230pm
losers' prize: $9,900; points: 55
n3 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n20 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-3, 6-2 Thu

Aga driving a backhand

    Agnieszka said: "She is a very good clay court player. We have played a few times, so I knew what to expect and I knew what I had to do to beat her. I played really good tennis today. It was my first match here, which is always tricky. But I can't really complain about anything." WTA story

*n29 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n5 s2 Simona Halep ROU 7-5, 7-6(4) Thu
*n101 sr Alisa Kleybanova RUS d n6 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-2, 7-6(3) Wed
*n16 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n7 s4 Angelique Kerber GER 7-5, 6-4 Thu
n8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n13 Flavia Pennetta ITA 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Thu
n9 s6 Maria Sharapova RUS d n25 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-4, 6-3 Thu

Maria serving

    Maria said: "I love these kinds of challenges. We've played each other many times, and there are certainly no secrets about each other's games. But I don't think we've played on clay in a while, so I look forward to improving all aspects of my game because she's playing well." WTA story

n11 s8 Sara Errani ITA d n23 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-3, 6-3 Wed
n12 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n94 wc Julia Goerges GER 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 Thu

Ana driving a forehand

    Ana said: "I didn't feel I did many things wrong in that first set, [Julia] was just playing very well. I don't think she had any unforced errors, to be honest, and she had a lot of winners. But I knew I had to stay positive and calm.
    "I waited for my moment and turned it around early in the second set. I played a really good game to break her and then managed to hold my serve, and that set the tone a little bit in the second set. After that a few errors started creeping into her game and I think I used that to my advantage really well. I used that momentum and in the third set I just kept going, staying aggressive and taking risks." WTA story

Stuttgart, QFs, Fri 2pm
losers' prize: $18,460; points: 100
n8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n101 sr Alisa Kleybanova RUS 6-4, 6-3
*n9 s6 Maria Sharapova RUS d n3 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-3

 
Aga reaching for a forehand, and Maria driving a backhand

    Maria won on her 8th match point. Maria said: "[Agnieszka] likes moving her opponents around the court and she does that extremely well when she has time. I don't want to find myself running forwards and backwards. I need to look for the opportunities when I have short ball and take advantage of that and not let her get back into the point, which she does so often. That's something that I did really well...
    "Obviously it was a very difficult end and she played extremely well on some of those match points. I was happy that I stayed aggressive and I was able to win the last one. It was a really big point obviously. So it's a big win for me, probably the biggest since my injury." WTA story

n11 s8 Sara Errani ITA d n16 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6(6)-7, 3-0 retired
n12 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n29 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

Ana volleying a forehand

Stuttgart, SFs, Sat 130pm
losers' prize: $34,350; points: 185
*n12 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-3, 7-5

   
Ana running down a backhand, Jelena driving one, and Ana driving another

    Ana said: "I'm definitely relieved. The last game was a little bit of a drama. When [Jelena] saved that match point when my ball hit the net cord, that was just an amazing point. But it was a great way to finish the match. I really tried to step in on the tight situations at the end. That's my game." WTA story

    Maria Sharapova defeated Ana in the 2013 Stuttgart quarterfinals, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. About the final, Ana said: "It's definitely going to be a very tough match. I don't think [Maria has] ever lost a match here. She loves this tournament, and hopefully it will be a great match like we had here last year."

n9 s6 Maria Sharapova RUS d n11 s8 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 6-2

   
Maria driving forehand and backhand, and after match point

    Maria said: "The further you go in the tournament, the harder it gets, and I really wanted to step up today and produce a good performance. The first tournament on clay is always tough. It's important to improve with each match and I think I've done that this week. I know how good Sara is on the surface and I was extra ready to perform against her. She has a lot of experience and really knows how to play, so I had to take care of things on my side of the net." WTA story

Stuttgart, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $64,000; points: 305
winner's prize: $120,000 (AND a Porsche 911 Targa 4S) points: 470
n9 s6 Maria Sharapova RUS d n12 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

   
Ana and Maria driving backhands, and Maria after match point

Stuttgart, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US
s1 Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci d s2 Cara Black & Sania Mirza 6-2, 6-3

Stuttgart, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 21 1230pm
losers' prizes: q1 $850 1pt; q2 $1,500 13pts; q3 $2,850 18pts; qualifier 25 points
n49 Annika Beck GER d n287 Katerina Vankova CZE 6-1, 6-0
n72 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO d n85 Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(1)
*n221 Gioia Barbieri ITA d n117 Johanna Konta GBR 6-4, 6-2
*n210 Diana Marcinkevica LAT d n167 Katerina Siniakova CZE 7-5, 2-6, 7-5

Stuttgart, Withdrawals
n2 Na Li CHN right knee injury
n10 s7 Dominika Cibulkova SVK achilles injury
n15 Caroline Wozniacki DEN left wrist injury
n24 Kirsten Flipkens BEL left ankle injury

 
Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem,  Marrakech, Morocco

 
tourney time:
       = GMT+1
       = 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.
 

click for wider view Royal Club de Tennis Marrakech
Latitude: 31.628514 Longitude: -8.009859 goto link for World Wind

click for larger photo at Plixi click for larger photo at TwitGoo click for larger photo at TwitGoo
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-Tue 11am, Wed 1pm
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
Monday: rain delays
n30 s1 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n176 q Renata Voracova CZE 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 Tue
*n81 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT d n36 s2 Elina Svitolina UKR 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 Tue
n37 s3 Yvonne Meusburger AUT d n80 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*n69 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP d n39 s4 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n41 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n96 Julia Glushko ISR 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n44 s6 Shuai Peng CHN d n135 wc Ons Jabeur TUN 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 Tue
*n67 Polona Hercog SLO d n45 s7 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-2, 6-2 Wed
*n248 q Beatriz Garcia Vidagany ESP d n47 s8 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*n108 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n70 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-3, 7-6(2) Tue
*n153 q Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n73 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-1, 6-3 Tue
n74 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP d n118 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-2, 7-5 Mon
*n86 Alison van Uytvanck BEL d n76 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-4, 6-1 Tue
n77 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n107 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n90 Shahar Peer ISR d n109 Petra Martic CRO 6-2, 6-3 Mon
n100 Romina Oprandi SUI d n223 LL Anastasia Grymalska ITA 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 Tue
n133 q Maryna Zanevska UKR d n763 wc Rita Atik MAR 6-2, 6-0 Tue

Marrakech, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 1pm
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
n30 s1 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n74 L Domínguez Lino ESP 7-5, 6-2 Wed
n37 s3 Yvonne Meusburger AUT d n108 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 6-0, 6-2 Thu
n41 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n77 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-3, 6-2 Wed
n44 s6 Shuai Peng CHN d n133 q Maryna Zanevska UKR 6-4, 7-6(5) Wed
n67 Polona Hercog SLO v n86 Alison van Uytvanck BEL Thu cC m3 530pm+
n69 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP d n153 q Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-1, 6-2 Thu
*n90 Shahar Peer ISR d n81 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(3) Wed
n100 Romina Oprandi SUI d n248 q Beatriz Garcia Vidagany ESP 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 Thu

Marrakech, QFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
n30 s1 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n44 s6 Shuai Peng CHN walkover
*n100 Romina Oprandi SUI d n37 s3 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-4, 6-4
n41 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n90 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6-1
*n69 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP d n67 Polona Hercog SLO 7-6(3), 7-6(5)

Marrakech, SFs, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
*n100 Romina Oprandi SUI d n30 s1 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
*n69 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP d n41 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-0, 6-3

Marrakech, Final, Sun 3pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n69 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP d n100 Romina Oprandi SUI 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Marrakech, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
Garbine Muguruza & Romina Oprandi d Katarzyna Piter & Maryna Zanevska 4-6, 6-2, (11-9)

Marrakech, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 21 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points
n133 Maryna Zanevska UKR v n260 Daniela Seguel CHI 6-1, 6-4
n153 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n322 Constance Sibille FRA 6-2, 6-3
n176 Renata Voracova CZE v n293 Ysaline Bonaventure BEL 6-1, 6-4
*n248 Beatriz Garcia Vidagany ESP d n223 Anastasia Grymalska ITA 6-1, 6-3

Marrakech, Withdrawals
n46 Alison Riske USA low back injury
n57 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE left wrist injury
n64 Laura Robson GBR left wrist injury
n132 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU
n582 sr Vera Zvonareva RUS right shoulder injury


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