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Porsche Team Germany in good spirits before the Fed Cup tie against Australia “We feel at home in Stuttgart”

Porsche Team Deutschland: Angelique Kerber, Julia Görges, Andrea Petkovic, Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Teamchefin Barbara Rittner (l-r)

Stuttgart. With the support of the crowd in the Porsche Arena, Porsche Team Germany will be looking to remain in the World Group in the Fed Cup tie against Australia over the weekend.

“We feel at home in Stuttgart,” said team captain Barbara Rittner, who will be appearing for the third time in a row in the state capital on 21 and 22 April. “Australia is a really tough opponent but with the fantastic spectators behind us, we’ll do everything we can to turn our home advantage into a win.”

Porsche Team Germany with Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, Julia Görges and Anna-Lena Grönefeld have been preparing in the Porsche Arena for the play-off since Monday. Just who she will send out on court against the strong Australians including their top player Samantha Stosur is something Barbara Rittner wants to decide after further practice sessions on Friday.

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Only Angelique Kerber is a certainty. The 24-year-old German won her first ever rubber for Germany in the Fed Cup first round tie against title-holders the Czech Republic in February and then her season really took off. In Paris, she celebrated her first ever WTA Tour title, she reached the semifinals at the million dollar tournament in Indian Wells and last weekend she won the indoor event in Copenhagen.

“The wins have given her masses of confidence and it doesn’t matter on which surface. I’ll obviously be nominating her,” said Barbara Rittner. Angelique Kerber showed herself to be a team player at the press conference in the Porsche Arena: “We want to have success together as a team and we support each other no matter who’s out on court.”

For the first time since her long injury break due to a stress fracture in her lower back, Andrea Petkovic is back in the Porsche Team Germany squad. Whether she will play or not is not something she is really thinking about.

She assured everybody:

“The most important thing is that I’m back to one thousand per cent fitness and that I’m not in pain any more. I’ll try to support the team as best as I possibly can, whether it’s on the court or on the bench, we’ll see. I’ve been practicing well over the past few days but practice is different to a real match.”

A lot speaks in favour of Julia Görges being chosen for the second singles on Saturday. She last year won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in the Porsche Arena and produced a top class performance against Petra Kvitovain the tie against the Czech Republic – additionally she has already won twice against Samantha Stosur, the world No. 5.

However, Barbara Rittner did not want to lay her cards openly on the table three days before the first balls are struck in earnest.

“In the end,” she said, “the form on the day will decide who will be nominated.”

Beginning at the same time as the Fed Cup play-off against Australia is the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Seventeen of the world’s Top 10 players, including Victoria Azarenka, the new world No. 1, and, for the first time, superstar Maria Sharapova will be competing at the 35th edition of the long-standing tournament in Stuttgart which goes on until 29 April.

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 week.

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Impressive performance by Porsche Team Germany player Julia Görges in Dubai

Julia Görges, Porsche Team Deutschland

Press Release

2/25/2012

Impressive performance by Porsche Team Germany player in the final


Julia Görges just misses out on causing a sensation in Dubai

Stuttgart. Just inches away: Julia Görges lost the final of the two million dollar

tournament in Dubai after an impressive performance 7-5, 6-4 against the

Pole Agnieszka Radwanska.

For the 23-year-old member of the Porsche Team Germany, who made her

debut at the Premier Event tournament in the Gulf state, it was nevertheless

the biggest success of her career.

She pocketed 446,778 dollars prize money and moved up the WTA rankings

to No. 16 – her career highest position.

“Jule has had an excellent week. And she gave a good account of herself in the final,” praised Barbara Rittner, the captain of the Porsche Team Germany.

“When you consider that she had been on court an extremely long time in three of the previous matches, then you can only take your hat off to her.”

One of those matches was the semifinal against the former world

No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, whom she had defeated in the final of the

2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

Julia Görges, Porsche Team Deutschland

Agnieszka Radwanska, the new world No. 5, had earlier in January comprehensively

beaten her 6-1, 6-1 in the last 16 of the Australian Open. In Dubai, the German and

the Pole were evenly matched.

“She killed me in Melbourne. I did everything wrong there,” she said prior to the final. “This time everything starts from scratch again. When you stand in a final, you have to go out and give it your all. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

Though she immediately lost her serve, she fought back to level at 4-4. In the

decisive stage she however made a few unforced errors that Agnieszka Radwanska

took advantage of to win the set.

In the second, Julia Görges quickly went 4-1 down. Though she clawed her way

back to 4-3, the Pole, who had knocked out Sabine Lisicki – another

Porsche Team Germany player – in the quarterfinals, converted her second match

point after 1 hour 44 minutes.

Julia Görges, Porsche Team Deutschland

Julia Görges and Agnieszka Radwanska will also be in the line-up for the 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

All the top 10 players, including for the first time the superstar Maria Sharapova, have

signed up for the 35th edition of the long standing tournament in

Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena from 19 to 29 April.

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Germany, Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

 

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Porsche Team Germany player Angelique Kerber WINS the Paris tournament

Press Release

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

Fans in der Porsche-Arena

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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Fed Cup Tennis Team to become “Porsche Team Germany”

Matthias Müller, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Porsche AG (r), mit DTB-Präsident Dr. Karl-Georg Altenburg und dem Porsche Team Deutschland

Porsche extends its tennis sponsoring by becoming a German Tennis Association Premium Partner

Stuttgart. The German women’s tennis team containing the world class players Andrea Petkovic, Sabine Lisicki, Julia Görges and Angelique Kerber will enter the 2012 season as “Porsche Team Deutschland”.

Matthias Müller, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Porsche AG (l), DTB-Präsident Dr. Karl-Georg Altenburg bei der Vorstellung des Porsche Team Deutschland in Stuttgart

As the new Premium Partner of the Deutscher Tennis Bund (German Tennis Association – DTB), Porsche will support the flagship team of the world’s largest tennis association in their campaign to win the Fed Cup and will simultaneously also sponsor junior tennis.

Sabine Lisicki, Porsche Team Germany

The junior national team (U16) will in future compete as the “Porsche Talent Team Germany”. Porsche has thus strengthened its involvement in the women’s game.

The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix was once again voted by the players as their favourite tournament worldwide in 2011.

Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Porsche Team Germany

As a result of the cooperation with the DTB, which will initially run for the next three years, Porsche will stimulate a new dynamism within German women’s tennis.

“We want the German players to also be successful as a team,” said Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Porsche AG. Germany’s junior players, whose development is close to Porsche’s heart, will also profit from the success of the top women.

“Playing tennis is far more fun for youngsters when they have role models. We want to play our part in making sure there are such role models in the future too,” continued Matthias Müller.

“One of our most important aims over the coming years is that German women’s tennis establishes itself long term at the top again,” said DTB President Dr Karl-Georg Altenburg.

“The cooperation with Porsche enables us to optimise the structure to achieve it and to invest in junior coaching. Particularly important here is to put the necessary measures in place for the coaching programmes designed for our up-and-coming female players.”

Julia Görges, Porsche Team Germany

“Porsche Team Germany” will celebrate its premiere against the Fed Cup title holders the Czech Republic in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena on 4 and 5 February.

The Fed Cup is a competition for the world’s top tennis nations where the title as the women’s team world champion is at stake.

Angelique Kerber, Porsche Team Germany

The partnership with the DTB also demonstrates a clear commitment by Porsche for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

“We also want to continue to present our audience in the Porsche Arena with the world’s top players and the best Germans – and if possible a German winner every now and again,” said Matthias Müller. Markus Günthardt, the Tournament Director of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, believers the long-standing tournament will therefore become even more attractive:

“The players supported by Porsche are quite capable of winning important tournaments and can maybe make a major breakthrough in the near future. We’ve had to wait a long time for such strong German players ever since the Steffi Graf and Anke Huber era.”

The support for DTB is an essential part of Porsche’s sponsoring concept which covers every part of society. Thus the company is also the partner of the world famous Stuttgart Ballet and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the banner “Premium meets Premium”. It additionally also supports junior activities in sport clubs in Baden Württemberg and Saxony as well as a variety of scientific and charity projects. By sponsoring a broad spectrum of activities, Porsche wants to further embrace its social responsibility within society.

Andrea Petkovic, Porsche Team Germany

The 35th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, for which all the top 10 WTA ranked players have entered, including, for the first time, superstar Maria Sharapova, will be held in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena from 21 to 29. April.

Advance ticket sales are available at Easy Ticket Service (phone +49 711-2555 555, internet at http://www.easyticket.de).

SOURCE : Porsche AG Media Press Database 

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

 

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