Match Points: Highlights from the 2016 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart

I love Stuttgart… it’s been another fantastic week at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix where Angelique Kerber successfully defended her title, beating Laura Siegemund in the final. This is always one of my favourite tournaments of the year and read on for my match points to round up the week’s action including the best matches, tweets, pics, shots, articles and plenty more. I’m undecided whether i’ll be blogging next week for Prague and Rabat with two packed weeks in Madrid and Rome to follow.

Match Points

Singles Champion

Angelique Kerber recovered from a *0-3 deficit to win 12 of the last 13 games and end the dream run of Laura Siegemund with a 6-4 6-0 victory in the final. Siegemund began right where she left off from against Radwanska, playing aggressively and mixing in drop shots, slices and spins. Siegemund is so comfortable at the net but Kerber began to get a read on all the drop shots and is one of the best, if not the best, at picking her targets with the passing shots. Kerber really settled into her groove as Siegemund finally ran out of steam in the second set… but what a week for Laura :-).

Doubles Champions

Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic won their second consecutive title and extended their winning streak to eight matches, defeating Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza in the doubles final, 2-6 6-1 10-6.

Completed Singles Draw

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Tennis worth catching up with…

Petra Kvitova d. Monica Niculescu (2-6 7-6(5) 6-2, R2)

It’s always enjoyable when two players with completely different game styles come together… this was a lot of fun.

Angelique Kerber d. Petra Kvitova (6-4 4-6 6-2, SF)

Not a classic, but some really great moments in the first of the semi-finals. Kvitova showed some encouraging signs, but Kerber showed tremendous focus to win the last four games of the match.

Angelique Kerber d. Annika Beck (4-6 6-3 6-1, R2)

It took a while to get going but once it did, it was a very entertaining contest. Kerber and Beck combined for 28 winners in the third set, much more engaging than the scoreline would suggest.

Roberta Vinci d. Ekaterina Makarova (7-6(3) 4-6 6-4, R1)

A high quality first round contest that is not necessarily going to make the headlines but is well worth watching back.

Tweets I liked

Stats

Crazy stats on both levels from this first round match… Kvitova keeping it clean but Chirico failed to hit a winner.

Along the same line, rare to see Halep hit so few winners, but what a match from Siegemund in the second round.

The winner-unforced errors ration from the third set of Kerber-Beck was pretty amazing.

And Kerber kept it up in her quarter-final match against Suárez Navarro, producing an even better winner-unforced error differential.

Pictures

Funny moments and GIFs

MONICA NICULESCU

Laura Siegemund’s reaction was akin to when she defeated Jelena Jankovic at the Australian Open but X100!

Best points/shots

A couple of clutch match point saves from Kvitova in her second round match against Monica Niculescu.

And in one of the points of the tournament, this showcases all you need to know about Niculescu.

There was one rally in the Kerber-Kvitova match that was amazing. The one linked below is another good one, which came immediately after the one referenced as Kvitova broke back to 2-2 in the third set.

Kerber though produced a remarkable get in the next game to break straight back and didn’t drop a game from there, marching into the final.

Siegemund was on it with the drop shots in her semi-final against Radwanska, producing this gem on set point.

Memorable handshakes

Kerber and Beck shared a moment after their second round match on Wednesday night.

Julia Goerges is one of the most respectful players on tour at the net.

And add Petra to that list too!

This was a nice touch from Angie in the final.

Interviews/Press Conferences

Favourite articles

Lots of great pieces this week so bear with… a big thanks to René Denfeld of The Tennis Island for some superb coverage all week in Stuttgart. Here’s a couple of my favourites from the week.

Enjoyed this piece on the WTA website about Irina Falconi, who won her first WTA title in Bogota last week.

Delighted to hear that Rebecca Marino is in a much better place after retiring from tennis a few years ago.

And a big thanks to Mitch for contributing two guest posts for Moo’s Tennis Blog from his time at the Australian Open this year.

Fantasy Games

Tennis Draw Challenge: Congrats to this week’s winner who were Vitt97 (Stuttgart) and panmich (Istanbul). More details on how to join the league can be found HERE.

Racket Rally: Bosiddon continues to lead the Moo’s Tennis Blog league and, at the time of writing, is the top scorer of the week with 47 shares in Fernando Verdasco who made the final in Bucharest. I’m losing interest a little bit and i’ve now realised Kasatkina isn’t playing in Prague! To join RR or update your team, click HERE.

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3 thoughts on “Match Points: Highlights from the 2016 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart

  1. Mladenovic and Garcia winning second title in a row on clay. Didn’t look like it’d be the case in the first set though. Mladenovic seems to start slow quite a lot in their finals. But they got it together and could prove a force to be reckoned with over the rest of the season.

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    • Yeah, they seem to have a good chemistry too. I’m very happy to see Caroline smiling again after the ordeal she’d been subjected to by what passes for the media (including social media) recently.

      On other news; some wit on Tennis Forum has dubbed the Prague championships, now taking place, the “Frozen Ass” Championships. 🙂 Apparently the players there have to compete in temperatures of 7^C (45^F) at the moment;

      http://www.tennisforum.com/12-general-messages/1087537-frozen-ass-prague-open-r1-hradecka-def-hlavackova-64-61-a.html

      Which leads me to wonder; is this a low temperature record for a tennis tournament? I can’t believe it is, but I’m not aware of a tournament being played in anything colder than this (the usual problem players have is that it’s too hot, too humid, or sometimes too windy)

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      • Didnt seem to hold Pliskova back. The first 6 points of her match against Voegl were winners! Really impressive stuff.

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