Kerber rallies past Wozniacki for Stuttgart crown

Stuttgart, Germany ( – Angelique Kerber thrilled the home
crowd with a stirring comeback to beat Caroline Wozniacki for the title at the
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

Kerber rallied for a 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 victory in Sunday’s final for her fifth
career WTA title and second of the year. The 27-year-old German previously
captured the Charleston crown earlier this month and, including a Fed Cup win
against Russia, is riding an 11-match winning streak — all on clay.

“A few days ago I said clay is actually not my favorite surface, but right now
I think I will change my mind,” said Kerber. “I’ve played very well on clay
the last few days and weeks. I feel good that I have had so many matches on
clay, and now I’m looking forward to the next tournaments before Paris.”

Wozniacki, seeded fourth this week, was coming off a three-set win over Simona
Halep in Saturday’s semifinals and carried that momentum into the first set on
Sunday, taking it in 32 minutes.

Kerber, though, quickly turned the tables. She dropped just one game in the
25-minute second set to force a decisive third.

Wozniacki opened leads of 3-1 and 5-3 in the last, but Kerber managed to claw
back. She won the last four games, including a pair of breaks, finishing the
match in just over two hours.

“I had 5-3 in the third set and 30-all, and it could have gone both ways, but
she took her chances and it went her way,” said Wozniacki after the match.
“We’re great friends, we hang out a lot and practice a lot together, and it’s
always nice to play a friend in a final. You obviously want to win, but if you
don’t, it’s still nice that your friend does.”

Wozniacki, who was trying for her 24th career title, fell to 1-2 in finals
this year. She lost to Venus Williams at the season-opener in Auckland and
beat Alexandra Dulgheru last month in Kuala Lumpur.

Kerber has won six of the 10 all-time meetings with Wozniacki and improved to
5-9 all-time in WTA finals, also earning a first prize of $108,000 plus a new
Porsche 911 Carrera sports car.