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STUTTGART (April 27, 2013) — Defending champion Maria Sharapova ended Angelique Kerber’s dream of reaching the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix while Li Na downed American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the day’s second semifinal.
A hard-fought 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win by Sharapova has prolonged the new Porsche brand ambassador’s streak in Stuttgart where she is yet to lose a match. At 5-all in the third set, Sharapova ended the duel quickly as she served at love and then broke Kerber at love to seal the win.
“Maria was more courageous than me in the last two games,” admitted Kerber. “In such situations, she obviously profits from her greater experience. But I saw that I can win such matches.”
Li Na had an easier path to the final as she was never in any real danger, solidifying her place in the finals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Mattek-Sands.
Semifinal Saturday gallery by Tennis Grandstand photographer Moana Bauer below.
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Maria Sharapova beat Li Na 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to defend her WTA Porsche Grand Prix title in a final that brought together the last two French Open champions.
The top-seeded Russian swept to her second title of the year after winning in Indian Wells, and became the first player to defend the Stuttgart title since Lindsey Davenport in 2005.
Sharapova used the Stuttgart tournament...
Defending champion Maria Sharapova rallied in the third set to beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 Saturday and earn a spot in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix.
Sharapova will play either second-seeded Li Na or qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands for the title in the indoor clay-court tournament Sunday.
The top-seeded Russian committed two consecutive double-faults to drop her serve...
© Getty Images Maria Sharapova has changed things up again in Germany. No tennis fashion repeats for this girl. Winning is another story though. Above are the Nike Summer Premier Maria tank and skort (her own line). Can't see it but she's wearing the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour in grey and orange. Love the tank in ice blue with strata grey and bright citrus. Hi-def bra with molded...
Third-seeded Angelique Kerber defeated Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 7-6 (2) at the Porsche Grand Prix to reach her third semifinal of the season on Friday.
Kerber is aiming for her first title of the year after finishing as a runner-up in Monterrey. Her next opponent will be either Maria Sharapova or Ana Ivanovic.
Shvedova trailed 4-1 before breaking back. But she dropped...
By Tumaini Carayol (April 28, 2013) STUTTGART – Maria Sharapova arrived in Stuttgart as merely the defeNding champion. One Porsche mega-deal later, the Russian had almost assumed home-crowd support as fans and staff alike cheered the Russian on passionately throughout the week. After her perilous struggles in the rounds before, Sharapova saved her most [...]
STUTTGART (April 26, 2013) — Friday at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix saw all four quarterfinal matches hit center court, and the drama and action did not disappoint. Defending champion Maria Sharapova was taken to three sets by Ana Ivanovic before finally taking it, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. The only German to advance was third-seeded Angelique Kerber who defeated Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-3...
By Tumaini Carayol (April 27, 2013) STUTTGART – In a world where the phrase “counterpuncher” has become maimed and warped beyond reason and measure, Angelique Kerber epitomizes the word in its simplest form. The difference between Kerber and the numerous defensive retrievers the phrase is tossed indiscriminately at is clear; while the German too attempts [...]
STUTTGART (April 28, 2013) — World No. 2 Maria Sharapova is a repeat winner at this year’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, defeating Li Na in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Matthias Müller, CEO of Porsche AG, handed over the keys to a new blue Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet to the winner, adding it to her white winner’s Porsche from last year.
“It was a great week for me,” said...