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PORSCHE NEWS: Tennis Idol Maria Sharapova – The new Global Ambassador for Porsche

Maria Sharapova...global ambassodor to Porsche

Maria Sharapova…global ambassodor to Porsche

Tennis idol to become brand ambassador of the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer
**Maria Sharapova to represent Porsche**

Stuttgart. Tennis megastar Maria Sharapova has taken on a new role: Effective immediately, the 26-year-old world class player will be representing the sports car manufacturer, Porsche AG, as brand ambassador.

Maria Sharapova...

Maria Sharapova…

The cooperation is initially signed for three years and involves a global communications campaign. The athlete is already very familiar with the vehicles from Zuffenhausen: As last year´s winner of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Sharapova not only took home prize money, but also a white 911 Carrera S Cabriolet.

Maria Sharapova to represent Porsche

Maria Sharapova to represent Porsche

Born in Russia and living in the United States, Sharapova has achieved victories at all four Grand Slam tournaments in women’s tennis and she was ranked number 1 for a total of 21 weeks.

“Maria Sharapova is an exceptional athlete. She combines top performance in her sports with elegance and power. These are precisely the qualities that are embroiled in our sports cars”, as Matthias Mueller, CEO of Porsche AG, explained in today’s introduction of the partnership. According to Mueller it was not easy to find the right person to be Porsche´s ambassador.

Matthias Müller President and CEO, Porsche AG, Maria Sharapova

Matthias Müller President and CEO, Porsche AG, Maria Sharapova

“Maria Sharapova is the perfect choice. Her profile and charisma are an ideal fit for Porsche. She is also highly respected around the world and enjoys an outstanding reputation.”

Maria Sharapova did not really have to think twice: “This is a really special day for me. I have had the privilege to be associated with some of the best brands in the world, but now to be partners with Porsche, is such an amazing honor”, she explained during her presentation in Stuttgart.

Maria Sharapova to represent Porsche

Maria Sharapova to represent Porsche

For Porsche, the choice of Maria Sharapova as brand ambassador extends its long-term commitment to women´s tennis. The company sponsors the German women’s national team, which competes as the Porsche Team Germany in the Fed Cup, and the Porsche Talent Team Germany, which supports promising young players.

Maria Sharapova to represent Porsche

Maria Sharapova to represent Porsche

“We are fully committed to these activities for a long term. And with Maria Sharapova, we are now extending our involvement in women’s tennis globally”, Mueller added.

Maria Sharapova was born in the Western Siberian town of Nyagan on 18 April, 1987. She moved to Bradenton on the Gulf Coast of Florida (USA), when she was seven years old. Two years later she was accepted at the world-renowned Tennis Academy of coach Nick Bollettieri. In 2004, at the age of 17, she won her first Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon, the third-youngest player ever.

Maria Sharapova to represent Porsche

Maria Sharapova to represent Porsche

This feat was followed by titles in the other three Grand Slam tournaments: U.S. Open 2006, Australian Open 2008, and French Open 2012. To date, Maria Sharapova has won a total of 28 singles titles, including last year´s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, the WTA Championships in 2004, and the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Along with her involvement in the “Maria Sharapova Foundation”, she is also active as ambassador of the United Nations Development Program.

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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix – Tennis Superstar Maria Sharapova back at Porsche Arena

Maria Sharapova (RUS) back in the Porsche Arena

Maria Sharapova (RUS) back in the Porsche Arena

Seven Top 10 players entered for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Maria Sharapova back in the Porsche Arena

Stuttgart. Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova will once again grace the Stuttgart tournament.

Last year’s winner has affirmed to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) that she intends to play the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix from 20 to 28 April 2013. In addition to the Russian, six other Top 10 players have also entered the world class event in the Porsche Arena.

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“I’m really pleased we’re again able to present the public with the world’s top players.

Maria Sharapova’s signing up for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is another indication of just how much at home the players feel here,” said Tournament Director Markus Günthardt.

The Stuttgart entry list published by the WTA is headed by Maria Sharapova, the current world No. 2. Especially pleasing for German tennis fans is the fact that a home player is second on the list.

Maria Sharapova (RUS) back in the Porsche Arena

Maria Sharapova (RUS) back in the Porsche Arena

Angelique Kerber, who has climbed up to fifth in the rankings, this year won the indoor tournaments in Paris and Copenhagen. Another player due to appear at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is Sara Errani.

Presently world ranked No. 6, the 25-year-old Italian managed to win four WTA tournaments in 2012.

At the French Open this year, she went all the way to the final where she was only stopped by Maria Sharapova. The following Top 10 players have also entered the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix:

the Chinese Na Li (No. 7),

the Czech Petra Kvitova (No. 8),

the Australian Samantha Stosur (No, 9)

and the Dane Caroline Wozniacki (No. 10).

The 36th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix will take place in the Porsche Arena from 20 – 28 April 2013. Advance tickets can be ordered from Easy Ticket Service (telephone: + 49 711-2555 555, Internet: www.easyticket.de).

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VIDEO:Tennis queen’s great debut, Maria Sharapova wins 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Maria Sharapova wins 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

 

Stuttgart. She came, saw and was victorious: Maria Sharapova, the glamorous world star of women’s tennis, hopped around the Porsche Arena’s Centre Court like an excited teenager. Overjoyed, she blew kisses to the crowd after crowning her first appearance at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix with a title. Playing the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, Sharapova dominated the match between the world’s two most successful tennis players.

Matthias Müller, Vorsitzender des Vorstandes der Porsche AG, Maria Sharapova

The world No. 1 didn’t get a sniff against the, on paper, No. 2. The audience in the full-to-capacity Porsche Arena were treated to some world class tennis during Sharapova’s 6-1, 6-4 win. It was thrill a minute tennis. Sharapova now leaves Stuttgart with 115,000 dollars prize money, a Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and the promise to return to Stuttgart to defend her title.

The tennis queen from Russia kicked off as if a match against the current world No.1 is the simplest thing in the world. Impressive considering she had lost her four previous finals against Azarenka, two of which came this year at the Grand Slam tournament in Australia and in Indian Wells.

Markus Günthardt, Turnierdirektor, Matthias Müller, Vorsitzender des Vorstandes der Porsche AG, Maria Sharapova, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender der Porsche AG und der Porsche SE, Christian Dau, Leiter Corporate Social Responsibility Porsche AG, Anke Huber, Sportliche Leiterin (l-r)

But the Russian doesn’t rate statistics:

“The most important thing is what you do on the court,” she said.

And she moved Azarenka all around the Centre Court with powerful and accurate groundstrokes and hit aces at will when at the vital moments. 6-1 with three breaks after 30 minutes – it looked as if it was going to be a very short final.


Siegerin Maria Sharapova (RUS)

That things took a little longer was down to the number one, who didn’t want to say farewell to the Porsche Arena after a great week without putting up a fight, even though she was slightly hampered by a wrist injury.


Siegerin Maria Sharapova (RUS)

“Yes it’s true about the injury but I’m not going to look for any ex-cuses,” she said. Victoria Azarenka fought back and even saved four break points at 2-all but shortly afterwards was forced to admit defeat.

Sharapova broke Azarenka to lead 4-3 and soon afterwards closed out the match on her serve for a 6-1, 6-4 win in 84 minutes.

 

She was visibly overjoyed at winning on her debut at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. For minutes on end she celebrated with the crowd, hugged her crew and eventually drove her new snow white Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet onto Centre Court with Matthias Müller, the President and CEO of the Porsche AG beside her.

Matthias Müller, Vorsitzender des Vorstandes der Porsche AG, Maria Sharapova

The key was given to her by Matthias Müller and the winner’s trophy was presented by Dr Wolfgang Porsche, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Porsche AG and the Porsche SE. The victor also had a presenta-tion to make. On behalf of her colleagues, she handed Dr Wolfgang Porsche the cup for the best and favourite tournament. The WTA players had once again voted the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as their favourite event in 2011.

“The week has been a lot of fun,” she said. “The crowd has been great to me and I was ex-tremely motivated to finally win a final against Victoria.” It was plain for all to see during the tournament week in Stuttgart.

Immediately before the match, the world renowned Stuttgart Ballet provided another tourna-ment highlight. The audience on Centre Court was enthralled by the four dancers belonging to the Stuttgart company performing the piece titled “Sit Back” which was specially choreo-graphed for the tournament by Louis Stiens.

Stuttgart Ballet

Stuttgart Ballet

Last year’s singles winner Julia Görges stood once again on Centre Court on finals day. To-gether with Anna-Lena Grönefeld, her Porsche Team Germany teammate, the world No. 21 was this time trying to win the doubles title. But the two Germans were however defeated 6-4, 7-5 by the Czech duo of Iveta Benesova/Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

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Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena – 19 Top 20 players at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix – Record breaking tournament April 21-29th, 2012

Sensational main draw field: 19 Top 20 players at the

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Stuttgart. New record at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix: 19 of the Top 20 players on the WTA world rankings will be appearing in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena at the 35th edition of the long-standing tournament from 21 to 29 April.

Logo der Porsche Arena in Stuttgart

Logo der Porsche Arena in Stuttgart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Südfront Porsche Arena in Stuttgart

Südfront Porsche Arena in Stuttgart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the first time ever, superstar Maria Sharapova will also be in the hunt for prize money totalling 740,000 dollars and the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet for the winner.

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart - Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart
Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Porsche Team Germany’s Fed Cup tie against Australia and the duel between the tennis legends John McEnroe and Pat Cash are further highlights.

Markus Günthardt, Turnierdirektor Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Markus Günthardt, Turnierdirektor Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

“The sensational field with all the Top 10 players is a dream,” said Tournament Director Markus Günthardt. “We’re therefore certain to be the tournament with the best main draw field on the WTA Tour.”

Victoria Azarenka will be returning to Stuttgart as the new world number one. The Belarusian celebrated the biggest success of her career in January when winning the Australian Open.

Another favourite to win the tournament is Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic.The Most Improved Player of 2011 took the titles in Wimbledon and at the WTA Championships.

Petra Kvitova - US Open 2010

Petra Kvitova - US Open 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last year’s runner-up and former worldNo. 1, Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) is another top 10 player in the line up in the Porsche Arena.

Not forgetting Germany’s Andrea Petkovic who is hoping to make a return in Stuttgart after a long injury break.

Andrea Petkovic, Porsche Team Deutschland

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart – Andrea Petkovic, Porsche Team Deutschland

Germany’s top players will be looking to present themselves as a force to be reckoned with on home soil, especially last year’s winner Julia Görges. The member of the Porsche Team Germany recently reached the final of the tournament in Dubai which moved her up to No. 15.

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart - Julia Görges, Porsche Team Deutschland

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart
Julia Görges, Porsche Team Deutschland

Spectators in the Porsche Arena can also look forward to Sabine Lisicki (No. 13)

Sabine Lisicki, Porsche Team Deutschland

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart
Sabine Lisicki, Porsche Team Deutschland

and Angelique Kerber (No. 14), who secured the first WTA title of her career in Paris in February and who sensationally reached the semifinals of the million dollar tournament in Indian Wells last week. After her great performance, she is now ranked a career high No. 14.

Angelique Kerber, Porsche Team Deutschland

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart
Angelique Kerber, Porsche Team Deutschland

Four Germans definitely in the main draw of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix – the last time it happened was in 1992 when Anke Huber, Wiltrud Probst, Veronika Martinek and Barbara Rittner were direct acceptances. With two wild cards still to be awarded by the tournament, the number could well rise to six.

Before play starts in earnest at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the members of the Porsche Team Germany will get some serious match “practice” as they will be battling to stay in the World Group in their Fed Cup play-off tie against Australia in the Porsche Arena on 21 and 22 April.

However, Porsche Team Germany’s second appearance in Stuttgart is not the only highlight that tennis fans at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix can look forward to.

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The Berenberg Bank Classics on the Centre Court in the Porsche Arena on Monday, 23 April (play starts at 5.30 pm local time) will include an historical exhibition match between the tennis legends John McEnroe and Pat Cash.

Tickets for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and the Fed Cup are available via Easy Ticket Service (telephone +49 711-2555 555, Internet http://www.easyticket.de) or at the Porsche Arena box offices during the tournament weekend

Eingang Porsche Arena in Stuttgart

Eingang Porsche Arena in Stuttgart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visitors to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix are traditionally offered a multitude of activities between the matches and off-court in the Porsche Arena and the Schleyerhalle. In the attractive Sport and Lifestyle Village, a boulevard and an attractive mixture of sport and entertainment will ensure a day of tennis in Stuttgart will turn into an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

The world class tournament, where the most important matches will be televised live on Eurosport and Eurosport 2, will begin with qualifying on Saturday, 21 April.

This year’s schedule includes a major change to the order of play on finals day on Sunday, 29 April. In contrast to the previous years, the singles final will begin later at 6.30 pm local time. It will be preceded by the doubles final at 2.30 pm.

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Porsche Team Germany player Angelique Kerber WINS the Paris tournament

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02/12/2012

 Angelique Kerber  


Angelique Kerber takes maiden WTA title

Stuttgart. What a dream week for Angelique Kerber:

She won her first match for Germany at Porsche Team Germany’s Fed Cup premiere in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena.

And now in Paris, she has celebrated her first career WTA title.

In the thrilling final of the Open GDF SUEZ on Sunday, the 24 year-old German beat Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli after three hard-fought sets 7-6, 5-7, 6-3. She pocketed 107,000 dollars prize money and moved up the WTA world rankings to No. 22.

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En route to her second WTA final after Bogota in 2010, Angelique Kerber defeated superstar Maria Sharapova from Russia in the quarterfinals and then Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in the semifinals.

She had lost her last three matches against Marion Bartoli, the world No. 7. However as a 15-year-old teenager back in 2003, she won her very first match on the WTA Tour by beating the Frenchwoman in Berlin.

Now at the Premier Tournament in the Seine metropolis, she has pulled off the most important win of her career after a tough battle against the local hero who was the favourite going into the final.

“I was very nervous before my first final. This time around I tried to take the match like any other.

It worked quite well,” said Angelique Kerber.

“I made it a bit more tense than necessary but I’ve won my first WTA tournament. It’s all that counts.”

A Porsche Team Germany member also stood in the doubles final in Paris: Anna-Lena Grönefeld and her Croatian partner Petra Martic were however defeated by the Americans Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond, currently the world’s best doubles pair, after putting up an impressive display in the first set 7-6, 6-1.

Angelique Kerber 

The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, for which all the world’s Top 10 have entered for the first time in addition to Porsche Team Germany’s Andrea Petkovic plus Sabine Lisicki, Angelique Kerber and last year’s winner Julia Görges, will take place in the Porsche Arena from 21 to 29 April.

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Porsche Team Germany thrills with classy tennis and fighting spirit

Fed Cup, 1st Round in the Porsche Arena, Stuttgart: Germany – Czech Republic

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Stuttgart.In the opening tie of the 2012 Fed Cup season, Porsche Team Germany thrilled the sell-out crowd in the Porsche Arena with their great fighting spirit and excellent tennis – even though it did not suffice for them to progress to the hoped-for semifinal berth in the first round match against title-holders the Czech Republic.

Eingang Porsche Arena in Stuttgart

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Though unable able to take their chances in the decisive moments, Sabine Lisicki, Julia Görges, Angelique Kerber and Anna-Lena Grönefeld nevertheless showed themselves to be a strong team in the 4-1 defeat.

Barbara Rittner (l.), Angelique Kerber, Porsche Team Deutschland

“We’re leaving Stuttgart with a great feeling,” said captain Barbara Rittner when summing up the Fed Cup weekend.

“I’m so-so proud of the girls. They’ve showed they’re highly talented and can excite the spectators.

Everything is very positive even though it wasn’t enough to win against such a strong opponent. Now we’re hoping for the luck of the draw and will do our very best to stay in the World Group.”

After Sabine Lisicki surprisingly lost the first rubber on Saturday 6-2, 4-6, 2-6 against Iveta Benesova and Julia Görges’ 6-3, 3-6, 8-10 defeat against Petra Kvitova in a high-class tennis thriller, Porsche Team Germany stood with their backs to the wall on Sunday.

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Sabine Lisicki had to win to keep her team in the race to the semis, Cheered on by the Stuttgart crowd, the German, who played nowhere near her best the day before, took the first set 6-2.

Sabine Lisicki, Porsche Team Deutschland

She continued to play well in the second set against the Wimbledon champion and the current world No. 2 but eventually succumbed 6-4. In the third, the Czech proved to be too strong when running out a 6-2 winner.

“We’re obviously very disappointed. Nevertheless I’m very proud to have played much better today than I did yesterday,” said Sabine Lisicki, the world No. 14.

“Yesterday, I immediately lost plot when things weren’t going well. Today I served far better and my groundshots were also better. Unfortunately though I didn’t win the vital points and it made all the difference.

However these kind of matches are the ones that help me to improve this aspect of my game.”

With a bit of luck in the draw, the play-off, whereby the winning nation will contest the 2013 World Group, could also be staged in the Porsche Arena on 21 and 22 April.

Sabine Lisicki, Porsche Team Deutschland

Sabine Lisicki would be more than happy:

“It’s great playing at home.

The atmosphere in the Porsche Arena is awesome. It’s such fun and really motivating.”

In the second rubber of the day, Angelique Kerber notched up the first point for Porsche Team Germany.

Angelique Kerber, Porsche Team Deutschland

The German, who was one of last season’s top up-and-coming players after reaching the semifinals at the US Open, had relatively little trouble in overcoming Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4.

Lucie Hradecka (CZ)

 

Angelique Kerber, Porsche Team Deutschland

“I’m so proud to have won my first Fed Cup singles for Germany,” she said.

“Even though it made no difference to the result, I gave my all – also for the crowd which has given us such fantastic support over the past two days.”

Iveta Benesova/Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova won the concluding doubles 6-3, 7-6 against Julia Görges/Anna-Lena Grönefeld.

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Porsche Team Germany – Fed Cup, 1st Round in the Porsche Arena, Stuttgart

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Fed Cup, 1st Round in the Porsche Arena, Stuttgart: Germany – Czech Republic

Porsche Team Germany still hoping to reach semis

Tennis Fedcup World Group First Round 2012 – Germany Czech Republic in Stuttgart Germany – Porsche Team Deutschland: Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Sabine Lisicki, Barbara Rittner, Julia Görges, Angelique Kerber (v.l.)

 

Stuttgart. Porsche Team Germany hasn’t give up hope yet of reaching the Fed Cup semifinals.

Porsche Team Deutschland: Julia Görges, Angelique Kerber, Barbara Rittner, Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Sabine Lisicki (v. l.)

Even though, in spite of putting up stiff resistance, they are 2-0 behind at the end of the first day of the first round tie against title holders the Czech Republic in the Porsche Arena, captain Barbara Rittner still feels they are in with a chance of advancing.

“We’re not going to let our heads drop,”

she said, “Nothing’s lost yet.”

At the premiere of Porsche Team Germany, the sell-out crowd in the Porsche Arena experienced an unbelievably exciting tennis thriller. Julia Görges, who celebrated the biggest success of her career by winning the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at the same venue one year ago, played out of her skin against Petra Kvitova.

Julia Görges, Porsche Team Deutschland

Petra Kvitova (CZ)

In the third set of the top class match, she had the Wimbledon champion and winner of the WTA Championships 2011 on the verge of a defeat. The German eventually went down 6-3, 3-6, 8-10 against the current world No. 2.

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“In the first moments after such a tight match one’s naturally disappointed,” she said, but, “I can’t put any blame on myself but it just wasn’t enough in the end.

Nevertheless we’re not giving up. We’re a strong team and it’s not all over in such a situation.”

Commenting on her return to the Porsche Arena she said: “I had goose bumps all over. I really enjoyed everything out there. It’s an unbelievably nice feeling when everybody’s right behind you.”

In the opening rubber, Sabine Lisicki surprisingly lost 6-2, 4-6, 2-6 against Iveta Benesova. After taking the first set comfortably, it seemed the German, the world No. 14, would win the first point for Porsche Team Germany.

Sabine Lisicki, Porsche Team Deutschland

Iveta Benesova (CZ)

But then in the second set she failed to convert the chances she had to break and proceeded to let the match slip.

“I played aggressively from the start and kept fighting to the end,” said the visibly disappointed Lisicki, “but I didn’t serve hard enough and I couldn’t get any length in my shots.

It was the main reason why I wasn’t able to turn the match around in the third set.” She had no problems with pressure of being the team’s No. 1: “I normally play better under pressure.

But unfortunately it didn’t work out that way today. I hope I can show it again tomorrow.”

In spite of trailing the defending champions, Barbara Rittner is still hoping her players can pull off a surprise on Sunday.

Barbara Rittner, Julia Görges, Petra Kvitova (v.l.)

“Julia forced Petra to dig very deep physically in a fantastic match and Sabine can definitely play much better than she did today,” said the German captain.

“Up until the moment the Czech Republic wins the third point, then nothing’s decided.”

Starting at 11.00 am (local time), two further singles and a doubles will be played in the Porsche Arena on Sunday.

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