That’s a wrap for Stuttgart 2015: Kerber beats Wozniacki in gripping finale and gets the Porsche!

KerberHave I mentioned that I love Stuttgart? I’m sorry for sounding like a broken record all week, but this tournament is just totally awesome.  Angelique Kerber extended her winning streak to 11 matches, winning the last four games of the match to beat Caroline Wozniacki in a gripping finale, 3-6 6-1 7-5.  Kerber was 5-3 down in the final set and two points from defeat, but her spirit and fight shone through as her boldness on the big points helped her to claim the biggest title of her career.

I expected this match to be a really brutal one and although the third set did live up to those expectations, the first two went by surprisingly quickly in less than an hour.  Set one was peak Caro and set two was peak Angie.  Wozniacki was GOING for her backhand in the first set and was dominating the majority of the rallies.  As Caroline stepped up to play the second set, she was given a warning for coaching which naturally, incensed Piotr or Viktor Wozniacki as he is now known.  There was something quite amusing about Papa Wozniacki rowing with WTA supervisors while Poker Face played in the background.

IMG_0506Kerber knuckled down and got a solid service hold to love to start the second set, which gave her a platform to build on.  She broke Wozniacki in the second game and then consolidated it in style with back-to-back aces.  The second set flew by as Kerber sealed it, 6-1.

The third set was tense, tight and fascinating.  The rallies lengthened as both players seem to get a little weary, particularly Kerber.  Wozniacki earnt the first break of the third set but gave it away with a sloppy patch of play.  Kerber started to be more proactive in rallies having become a little defensive at the start of the third set.  Now back on serve, Wozniacki held easily at 4-3 and then broke again with Kerber’s resistance starting to flag.  Wozniacki stepped up to serve for the match…

If the last few weeks have taught us anything it is to never write off Angelique Kerber.  Wozniacki was two points away but a couple of backhand errors helped Kerber break back.  I’m already struggling to remember what happened in those last few games and they were a bit of a blur.  I remember Kerber bringing out the drop shot at 30-30 in one of the final games and a stunning backhand in the 5-5 game I think.  It was her bravery on the big points that helped her prevail as Wozniacki was a little passive at the end.  The last game was a struggle with three match points passing by.  On the fourth, Kerber sank to her knees in delight.

The unpredictability of tennis continues to amaze me.  If you’d told me last month that Angie would go on an 11-match winning streak, winning Charleston and Stuttgart back-to-back I would have laughed.  She has completely turned her year around and has, dare I say it, put herself forward as a contender at least for Roland Garros.  It will be interesting to see how she does in Madrid and Rome but confidence will be SKY HIGH.  Wozniacki had a great week and has already bested her clay court season from 2014.  She can catch up so many ranking points with solid performances over the next month.  This was her most encouraging week of the year despite failing to serve out the match.

Finals like these and tournaments like these, are why I love the WTA.  We’ve been spoilt over the last few weeks.  The women are in Prague and Marrakech next week with Madrid starting in a week.  This is my favourite stage of the season… bring it on!

Screencaps from TennisTV coverage

7 thoughts on “That’s a wrap for Stuttgart 2015: Kerber beats Wozniacki in gripping finale and gets the Porsche!

  1. Really can’t believe it. Still shocked that she won back-to-back tournaments on clay (!!!!!) given her bad record in finals. The third set was almost two tense for me and it was amazing to see her repeating those words (in german): “‘I’ve done it. I’ve REALLY done it.” Also, when she was doing her winning speech she was saying a few times that she is extremely proud of herself and of what she has done in the last two weeks. So, I think you’re right James…confidence really is SKY HIGH 😀 So happy to see her playing with aggression and confidence. I’m not sure whether she has a slam in her or not but I’m crossing my fingers for her until she retires 😉

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    • I don’t see her winning a Slam. She’s only ever been in like 3 or 4 quarter finals, which is pretty poor. She could add another at the French… but she won’t have the same support she’s had here.

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      • Two semifinals – US Open and Wimbledon;) I think you are right but as it is my favourite player,I’m hoping for it 🙂

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      • I have learned something about this tournament for sure. Whenever a german player makes it to the final will end up winning it. No matter what. The calls from linesmen were so clear in favor of Kerber that the umpire didn’t see fit to check at least one of them. Just for the sake of it, to wash up the image. But it was so tight that any point awarded to Woz could have turned the tables. All to obvious for my taste. 🙂

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      • That may be going a little far. I did think a few of Kerbers shots and serves looked out. But then it’s down to Wozniacki to challenge and she didn’t.
        Kerber won fair and square though. Wozniacki choked when she was ahead. That was what cost her..not poor line calls.

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  2. I really thought thought Kerber’s game had plateaued,what a turn around she has had winning back to back tournaments,her records in finals isn’t a good one either.What I have been most impressed with his her fight and her mentality.Kerber deserved her win and title.Well done Angie.Caroline played well on clay in this tournament and I look forward to her competing in the upcoming tournaments before Roland Garos

    I really enjoyed the final.

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    • No more moonballs as of late. I remember seeing an encouter of the two in the past that was absolutely unwatchable. It was raining with moonbals, I had to give up for the day 🙂

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