After two warm-up sets, we were in for an absolute thriller in the decider, as Angelique Kerber rallied from 5-3 down, when Caroline Wozniacki was serving for the title, won four straight games and engraved her name in the list of the Premier-level Porsche Tennis Grand Prix champions, staying undefeated this claycourt season and extending her winning streak to 11 matches, which now includes a Fed Cup match victory and two big titles (Charleston and Stuttgart).
The 14th-ranked Kerber did not come from behind only in the third set, she had given away the opening set to Wozniacki, who won it by virtue of a sole break in the fourth game, and then managed to level to 1-1 in sets by dominating 6-1 in the second. Throughout the decider, it was Wozniacki who had the upper hand, but that all changed when Kerber’s fighting spirit got on fire in the ninth game of the third set and there was not much Wozniacki could do to stop it. The Dane did save three match points and she definitely didn’t give away the match, but her fate was sealed on the fourth match point. Final score: 3-6 6-1 7-5.
What a well-deserved trophy for Kerber! Not only did she clinch the final in such a dramatic fashion, but her Stuttgart title will also stay remembered by the fact that she ousted three-time defending Stuttgart champion, top seed and fellow Porsche ambassador Maria Sharapova in the second round.
Despite the loss, this was an awesome event for Wozniacki, as prior to Stuttgart, her highest ranked victim of 2015 had been world No.14 Flavia Pennetta, while this week alone the Dane recorded three bigger victories in terms of ranking: over world No.13 Lucie Safarova, No.10 Carla Suarez Navarro and No.3 Simona Halep.
Kerber’s winning outfit: the navy Adidas Spring All Premium Strappy Tank and the matching skort with all-around pleats. Shoes: Adidas Adizero CC Tempaia III CLAY.
As you know, our wonderful photographer Jimmie48 was in Stuttgart all the way from the qualifying matches until the quarterfinals, so make sure to reflect on the big tournament behind us by browsing our photo galleries:
- Final four closes out in Stuttgart on Friday
- Thursday at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Kerber stuns Sharapova
- Mixed luck for Germans in Stuttgart on Wednesday
- Tuesday upset: Garcia beats Ivanovic
- Porsche Tennis Grand Prix kicks off on Monday
- Qualifying continues in Stuttgart on Sunday
- Saturday tennis: qualifying gets underway in Stuttgart