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Ashleigh Barty writes tennis history in Stuttgart

Ashleigh Barty is the new Stuttgart tennis queen. By triumphing at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the world No. 1 crowned her week on Sunday and wrote tennis history at the same time.

One day after her 25th birthday, she was not only the first Australian to win the singles final by beating Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 but also secured the doubles title immediately afterwards together with Jennifer Brady (USA). Her win has also now put Ashleigh Barty into the lead of the Porsche Race to Shenzhen, the official qualifying ranking for the WTA Finals.

Of the two finalists, Aryna Sabalenka got off to the better start in the singles final. The hot favourite going into the match at the 44th edition of the long-standing Stuttgart tournament, Ashleigh Barty had to recover from losing the first set, just like in the quarter and semifinals. In an almost record breaking 20 minutes, the Australian first levelled the match at one set all and was then 3-love up in the third.

Doubles final: second match – second title

A 6-4, 5-7, 10-5 win against the US doubles pairing Desirae Krawczyk/Bethanie Mattek-Sands handed the Australian her second title in one day at her debut appearance in Stuttgart. Alongside the prize money, the winning doubles team also each received a TAG Heuer Connected from the tournament’s watch partner.

“A successful tournament in difficult times”

It was a quite special Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. It hurt not being able to welcome spectators to the Porsche Arena. But we managed to put safe conditions in place for everybody involved, from the players to the ball kids. We’re therefore generally very satisfied, said Tournament Director Markus Günthardt at the traditional Closing Press Conference before the singles final.

“Aces for Charity”: 60,000 euros for a good cause

It has been a fixture at the time-honoured tournament for many years. Due to the special circumstances, Porsche has this year donated 200 euros to good causes for every ace, double the usual amount. During the tournament week a total of 260 aces were struck and Porsche rounded the donation up to 60,000 euros. The money will go to the tournament’s charity partners, the “Stiftung Agapedia” foundation and the “Landessportverband Baden-Württemberg” sports association. A big part in the large donation was played by Karolina Pliskova.

Service for all the media representatives

Our new media hub containing all the relevant information about the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix like press releases, match results, statistics, audio recordings of press conferences with players and photos is available to journalists via the Porsche press data base at presse.porsche.de/mediahub.

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Apr 26, 2021 at 07:44


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