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Maria Sharapova driven to Pre-Wimbledon party in a Porsche 918 Spyder by Mark Webber

French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens.  Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit  should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Stuttgart. Their first appearances at the world’s most famous tournament traditionally come not on the green grass but on the red carpet – at the WTA’s Pre-Wimbledon Party.

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

As the partner of the prestigious event, Porsche for the first time ensured that the players were driven quickly and safely from their hotels through London’s traffic to the Kensington Roof Gardens venue.

 French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens.  Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Superstar Maria Sharapova had the pleasure of not only an exceptional car but also a special chauffeur: the Porsche Brand Ambassador and recent French Open winner was chauffeured by Porsche works driver Mark Webber in a Porsche 918 Spyder, the super sports car with its innovative plug-in hybrid technology.

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

The CO2 emission of the 918 Spyder is so minimal that it is exempted from the London Congestion Charge. When arriving at the red carpet, the exceptional car and its famous occupants both attracted a lot of attention from the waiting fans.

“What a fantastic way to arrive at the party,” enthused Maria Sharapova. “To be in the fastest Porsche with a racing driver like Mark is amazing. And it’s great too to be driving in a city like London running only on electric power – the 918 Spyder is an unbelievable car!”

 French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit : Matt Alexander/PA Wire

French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit : Matt Alexander/PA Wire

“Having just driven the Porsche 919 Hybrid race car at the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, I already know that this technology can produce incredible results,” said Mark Webber. “The 918 Spyder is the closest thing to a road-going version, and it’s just as amazing – especially as it can be driven into London for free. And of course it’s great fun to drive Maria around in it!”

Mark Webber, Porsche works driver

Mark Webber, Porsche works driver

Other top tennis stars like Serena and Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic and Andrea Petkovic were all chauffeured to the red carpet in a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Victoria Azarenka arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Victoria Azarenka arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Eugenie Bouchard arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Eugenie Bouchard arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Dominika Cibulkova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Dominika Cibulkova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Daniela Hantuchova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Daniela Hantuchova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam tournament of the year and begins on the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the London suburb on coming Monday. Porsche Team Germany’s Angelique Kerber, Sabine Lisicki, last year’s runner-up, and Andrea Petkovic are all seeded.

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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.

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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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