Russian Tennis Star Maria Sharapova, who hit the first tennis ball on the court when she was 4 years old. Former World No.01 completed the WTA tour from April 2001 to February 2020 meanwhile Sharapova won 36 singles titles including 5 Grand Slams on various occasions. However, this clay tournament is special for 33-years-old Sugarpova where she clinched three singles titles in a row.
Sharapova’s Tennis Home Stuttgart
The oldest women’s indoor tournament in Europe Porsche Tennis Grand Prix has been considered as a home for Queen Maria. In Stuttgart Open 2012, Sharapova competed for a singles title race and concluded a hat trick in 2014. For the reason of Russian made history by becoming the first player to win a trophy trice in a row since the 80s.
In 2012, Before entering the clay tournament Maria Sharapova reached the event finals at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami Open. Masha brought her winning momentum to Stuttgart Open. The 2nd seeded Sharapova overcame Samanta Stosur and Petra Kvitova in the tight three sets to reach the finals.
Eventually, Maria defeated her rivalry Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in straight sets. Earlier, Sharapova lost to Belarusian at Aussie Open and BNP Paribas Open finals.
At Stuttgart 2013, the defending champion Maria Sharapova beat Lucie Safarova, Ana Ivanovic and Angelique Kerber in the tight three sets through road to the finals. Top-seeded Sharapova conquered Chinese No.01 Li Na without losing a set to successfully defended her title.
Back in 2014, Russian enrolled as a sixth-seeded player in the 37th edition of Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. However, Sharapova crushed Lucie Safarova and compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova before step into the Quarterfinals. Two times defending champion beat the top-seeded Agnieszka Radwańska in the straight sets in the last eight.
In the semifinals, Maria won the eighth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy in straight sets to reach the finals third in a row. Although, Sharapova upset the Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic to lifted her 30th career title in the historical event finals.