Czech no. 1 and world no. 6, Karolina Pliskova defeated USA’s Coco Vandeweghe at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany in straight sets.
Pliskova was falling behind after an early break by Vandeweghe who is the world no. 16 and was a wildcard into the tournament. However, Pliskova dominated the eventual tiebreak, winning seven straight points after trailing 2-0, therefore taking the first set 7-6(2).
In the second set, Pliskova won three straight games from 2 all, but needed to opportunities to serve out the match, winning the set 6-4.
The Porsche arena was at capacity of 4,500 people for the final. People were excited as it could have gone either way.
“All matches we play, it’s pretty similar. There is always a tiebreak and there is always one break in the set. It’s always tough with her.” Pliskova said after her match.
“I’m happy that I made it and didn’t have to go through a third set because it’s always about a few points.”
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Photo: STUTTGART, GERMANY – APRIL 29: Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic celebrates with the trophy and the winner’s car Porsche 718 Boxster GTS after winning the singles final match against CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States on day 7 of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at Porsche-Arena on April 29, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Karolina Pliskova does not yet have her drivers licence, and she said that “winning this wonderful car is the best motivation to finally take my driving test,” before being presented with her winner trophy.
Having a successful week in Stuttgart was exactly what Pliskova needed. The journey began last weekend for her, and the Czech team, when she helped secure a place in the Fed Cup final. Pliskova’s win against Angelique Kerber gave significantly boosted her self-confidence and even the loss against Julia Görges meant a lot.
“It showed me that I have to work hard if I’m to be successful. Nothing comes from just sitting around.” These are words that the former world no. 1 remembered during the final in Stuttgart when her legs were getting increasingly tired. It allowed her to dig deep and play some of her best tennis under tough conditions, and in the end it was all worth it.
“The longer the match lasted, the better I felt. At the end, I started to wobble a bit but that’s normal when such a fantastic car is waiting behind you.”
This was Pliskova’s first title of the year, her first title at the Premier-level or higher on clay, and 10th WTA title of her career. It was also her fourth consecutive win in a final after losing to Angelique Kerber in the 2016 US Open final.
Even though she couldn’t claim the title in Stuttgart, Coco Vandeweghe had an impressive week playing on the red clay surface she always tried to avoid. On her path to the final, she eliminated the US Open champion, Sloane Stephens from the race for the carmine red Porsche 718 Boxster, the most desired trophy on the WTA Tour. Vandeweghe also proved too much for the world No. 1, Simona Halep as well as last years champion Laura Siegmund.
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Photo: STUTTGART, GERMANY – APRIL 29: CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States in action during her singles final match against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic on day 7 of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at Porsche-Arena on April 29, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)