When Ana Ivanovic surged to a 5-0 lead in the first set, with a triple break, Maria Sharapova's perfect record at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix seemed endangered, but we know that how capable Ivanovic is of giving her fans a heartbreak and that's exactly what happened today.
In the first set, Ivanovic managed to retain the lead, despite giving Sharapova an opportunity to win three straight games, but in the second set, after having a game point for 4-1, Ivanovic allowed Sharapova to plot her way back into the set and, as it turned out, into the match. From the middle of the second set Ivanovic lost her groove and Sharapova completed the hat-trick in Stuttgart. Final score: 3-6 6-4 6-1. Ivanovic's confidence and determination that lead her to the 5-0 initial lead were simply too good to be true!
Has anyone kept track of how many Porche cars Sharapova has? She has already given one to her boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov, who has actually also lifted a trophy today, in Bucharest.
I hope you enjoyed our coverage of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, especially our photographer Jimmie48's exclusive reporting live from the courts and his galleries on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.