The 2017 edition of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the 40th anniversary of the event, was certainly a memorable one. The tournament saw the return of Maria Sharapova and a third win in a row by a German player in a fabulous final. This post brings together the highlights from the tournament including a recap of the final and links to memorable matches, points, media and plenty more. All previous Match Points tournament summaries from 2016 and 2017 can be found HERE. Read on for the best bits from Stuttgart…
Going one step better than last year, Laura Siegemund beat Kristina Mladenovic, 6-1 2-6 7-6(5) to win the Stuttgart title in a dramatic finish. While the first two sets were meh, the third was fantastic on all levels. Siegemund received a point penalty when serving for the match at *5-4 *15-30 for slow play having received a warning earlier on – a brave call by the umpire, Mariana Alves! Siegemund lost her way mentally and the crowd became increasingly vocal as Mladenovic rallied to lead 6-5.
Thankfully, Siegemund settled down (with some help from errant returns by Mladenovic too) to force a third set tiebreak, which was what this match deserved. Mladenovic scored the early mini break, dictating the points more often than not. However, Siegemund’s gritty defence kept her in touch and she forced the first match point, producing a fabulous get to a drop shot to win the whole caboodle.
Full credit to Mladenovic for a classy handshake after such a brutal match. I’ve been very disappointed by the Fed Cup antics with Caroline Garcia, but this was at least nice to see. A big congrats to Siegemund who had a magnificent week. While the week has been dominated by the return of Sharapova, it ended with quality women’s tennis and a thrilling showstopper of a final. Here’s hoping that it will receive the attention that it deserves…
Jelena Ostapenko and Raquel Atawo won the doubles title, beating Abigail Spears and Katarina Srebotnik in the final, 6-4 6-4. The pair received bikes at the end 😂😂😂
Siegemund’s record at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix through the past two years has been quite extraordinary – she has won 12 matches, 10 in straight sets, and scored six top ten wins over Karolina Pliskova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep (x2), Svetlana Kuznetsova and Roberta Vinci.
That wild card was well deserved…
From a set and a break down at 3-6 0-2 in her semi-final match against Maria Sharapova, Kristina Mladenovic rallied to win, 3-6 7-5 6-4 and reach one of the biggest finals of her career.
I didn’t get to watch much tennis during this year’s Stuttgart tournament but all my favourite matches involved Laura Siegemund. I’ve already given a shout-out to the final – another match I enjoyed was Siegemund’s three set, three hour and nine minute victory over Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals. I loved the contrast in styles and the rallies at the end of the second set were super entertaining.
A Mladenovic special… having saved three break points in a pivotal game at 5-5 in the second set, Mladenovic came up with this clutch drop shot to hold to 6-5. The Frenchwoman would go onto break Sharapova’s serve in the next game to bag the second set.
And another cracker from Mladenovic in the final… her talent is immense.
Loved this from Elena Vesnina and Daria Kasatkina after their first ever encounter on the WTA tour in the first round.
Sharapova’s press conference after her first match was almost more intriguing than the actual match!
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