Kerber Collects Her Own Double
The stars were aligned for Angelique Kerber in Stüttgart to win her second straight tourney title on home soil.
After all, she'd just dispatched event favorite Maria Sharapova -- 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 -- in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix's second round.
It set her up for a championship clash with the resilient and current World No 4, Caroline Wozniacki.
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And with that, Kerber did her own personal double, topping the top-seeded Wozniacki, 3-6 6-1 7-5.
At the outset, it wasnt all Spätzle mit Hackbällchen for World No 14 Kerber. Wozniacki was more confident in her serve. But it was only a matter of time before the eventual winner would respond, racking up 12 out 13 points on her first serve.
The real drama occurred when Woznaicki was at 4-5 and 15-30 to serve out for the match. Her German challenger went all-in to complete the comeback and igniting a crowd waiting to go wild for the hometown girl.
This event also features a tantalizing tradition for its winners. While the prize money spends and the silverware needs dusting from time to time, neither one of them handles like a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet.