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The Stuttgart Open, also known by its sponsored name Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, is a women's tennis tournament held in Stuttgart, Germany (until 2005, in Filderstadt, a southern suburb of Stuttgart). Held since 1978, the tournament is the oldest women's indoor tournament in Europe. The event was part of the Tier II category from 1990 until 2008 and as of 2009 has been a Premier tournament on the WTA Tour.[1] The singles champion receives prize money and a Porsche sports car.[2] Until 2008 the tournament was played on hardcourt in autumn. Since 2009 it is played on clay court in spring, as a warm-up tournament to the French Open, making it the first indoor clay court event on the women's tour.[3]

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Tournament information
Founded1978
Editions40 (2017)
LocationFilderstadt (1978–2005)
Stuttgart (2006–)
Germany
VenueTennis Sporthalle Filderstadt (1978–2005)
Porsche Arena (2006–)
CategoryTier II (1990-2008)
Premier (2009-)
SurfaceHard - indoors (1978-2008)
Clay - indoors (2009-)
Draw28S / 32Q / 16D
Prize moneyUS$886,077 (2019)
Websiteporsche-tennis.de
Current champions (2019)
Women's singlesCzech Republic Petra Kvitová
Women's doublesGermany Mona Barthel
Germany Anna-Lena Friedsam

The players voted for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as their favourite Premier tournament in 2007, 2008, 2010–2012, 2014–2017.

The tournament has been won by many former number ones and Grand Slam champions. Martina Navratilova holds the record for most singles wins at the event, with six titles between 1982 and 1992, in addition to eight doubles titles. Tracy Austin and Martina Hingis both come second with four wins each in the singles event, with Austin winning four consecutive. This is followed by Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova with three wins each.

Petra Kvitová is the current champion.

Contents

HistoryEdit

The tournament was founded by businessman Dieter Fischer who had organized a men's exhibition tournament[a] in Filderstadt in 1977 to open his tennis centre.[4] After failing to schedule a men's event in 1978 a license for a Tier II women's tournament was purchased for $100,000 and the first edition was held in October 1978, won by 15-year old Tracy Austin.[5] In March 1979 a men's tournament was held, won by Wojciech Fibak, but this event was discontinued as it required too much effort to organize two tournaments annually with a volunteer force. In 1992 a request for promotion to the Tier I category was rejected by the WTA on the grounds that the tournament's centre court, with a 3,000-seat capacity, was too small.[1] In 2002 Fischer sold the tournament licence to Porsche who had been the official sponsor since the first edition.[6]

Past finalsEdit

SinglesEdit

Location Year Champion Runner-up Score
Filderstadt 1978   Tracy Austin   Betty Stöve 6–3, 6–3
1979   Tracy Austin (2)   Martina Navratilova 6–3, 6–2
1980   Tracy Austin (3)   Sherry Acker 6–2, 7–5
1981   Tracy Austin (4)   Martina Navratilova 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
1982   Martina Navratilova   Tracy Austin 6–3, 6–3
1983   Martina Navratilova (2)   Catherine Tanvier 6–1, 6–2
1984   Catarina Lindqvist   Steffi Graf 6–1, 6–4
1985   Pam Shriver   Catarina Lindqvist 6–1, 7–5
1986   Martina Navratilova (3)   Hana Mandlíková 6–2, 6–3
1987   Martina Navratilova (4)   Chris Evert 7–5, 6–1
1988   Martina Navratilova (5)   Chris Evert 6–2, 6–3
1989   Gabriela Sabatini   Mary Joe Fernández 7–6(7–5), 6–4
1990   Mary Joe Fernández   Barbara Paulus 6–1, 6–3
1991   Anke Huber   Martina Navratilova 2–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
1992   Martina Navratilova (6)   Gabriela Sabatini 7–6(7–1), 6–3
1993   Mary Pierce   Natasha Zvereva 6–3, 6–3
1994   Anke Huber (2)   Mary Pierce 6–4, 6–2
1995   Iva Majoli   Gabriela Sabatini 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
1996   Martina Hingis   Anke Huber 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
1997   Martina Hingis (2)   Lisa Raymond 6–4, 6–2
1998   Sandrine Testud   Lindsay Davenport 7–5, 6–3
1999   Martina Hingis (3)   Mary Pierce 6–4, 6–1
2000   Martina Hingis (4)   Kim Clijsters 6–0, 6–3
2001   Lindsay Davenport   Justine Henin 7–5, 6–4
2002   Kim Clijsters   Daniela Hantuchová 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
2003   Kim Clijsters (2)   Justine Henin 5–7, 6–4, 6–2
2004   Lindsay Davenport (2)   Amélie Mauresmo 6–2, ret.
2005   Lindsay Davenport (3)   Amélie Mauresmo 6–2, 6–4
Stuttgart 2006   Nadia Petrova   Tatiana Golovin 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
2007   Justine Henin   Tatiana Golovin 2–6, 6–2, 6–1
2008   Jelena Janković   Nadia Petrova 6–4, 6–3
2009   Svetlana Kuznetsova   Dinara Safina 6–4, 6–3
2010   Justine Henin (2)   Samantha Stosur 6–4, 2–6, 6–1
2011   Julia Görges   Caroline Wozniacki 7–6(7–3), 6–3
2012   Maria Sharapova   Victoria Azarenka 6–1, 6–4
2013   Maria Sharapova (2)   Li Na 6–4, 6–3
2014   Maria Sharapova (3)   Ana Ivanovic 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
2015   Angelique Kerber   Caroline Wozniacki 3–6, 6–1, 7–5
2016   Angelique Kerber (2)   Laura Siegemund 6–4, 6–0
2017   Laura Siegemund   Kristina Mladenovic 6–1, 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
2018   Karolína Plíšková   CoCo Vandeweghe 7–6(7–2), 6–4
2019   Petra Kvitová   Anett Kontaveit 6–3, 7–6(7–2)

DoublesEdit

Location Year Champion Runner-up Score
Filderstadt 1978   Tracy Austin
  Betty Stöve
  Mima Jaušovec
  Virginia Ruzici
6–3, 6–3
1979   Billie Jean King
  Martina Navratilova
  Betty Stöve
  Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 6–3
1980   Hana Mandlíková
  Betty Stöve (2)
  Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
6–4, 7–5
1981   Mima Jaušovec
  Martina Navratilova (2)
  Barbara Potter
  Anne Smith
6–4, 6–1
1982   Martina Navratilova (3)
  Pam Shriver
  Candy Reynolds
  Anne Smith
6–2, 6–3
1983   Martina Navratilova (4)
  Candy Reynolds
  Virginia Ruzici
  Catherine Tanvier
6–2, 6–1
1984   Claudia Kohde Kilsch
  Helena Suková
  Bettina Bunge
  Eva Pfaff
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
1985   Hana Mandlíková
  Pam Shriver (2)
  Carina Karlsson
  Tine Scheuer-Larsen
6–2, 6–1
1986   Martina Navratilova (5)
  Pam Shriver (3)
  Zina Garrison
  Gabriela Sabatini
7–6(7–5), 6–4
1987   Martina Navratilova (6)
  Pam Shriver (4)
  Zina Garrison
  Lori McNeil
6–1, 6–2
1988   Martina Navratilova (7)
  Iwona Kuczyńska
  Elna Reinach
  Raffaella Reggi
6–1, 6–4
1989   Gigi Fernández
  Robin White
  Elna Reinach
  Raffaella Reggi
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
1990   Mary Joe Fernández
  Zina Garrison
  Mercedes Paz
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 6–3
1991   Martina Navratilova (8)
  Jana Novotná
  Pam Shriver
  Natalia Zvereva
6–2, 5–7, 6–4
1992   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková (2)
  Pam Shriver
  Natalia Zvereva
6–4, 7–5
1993   Gigi Fernández (2)
  Natalia Zvereva
  Patty Fendick
  Martina Navratilova
7–6(8–6), 6–4
1994   Gigi Fernández (3)
  Natalia Zvereva (2)
  Manon Bollegraf
  Larisa Savchenko Neiland
7–6(7–5), 6–4
1995   Gigi Fernández (4)
  Natalia Zvereva (3)
  Meredith McGrath
  Larisa Savchenko Neiland
5–7, 6–1, 6–4
1996   Nicole Arendt
  Jana Novotná (2)
  Martina Hingis
  Helena Suková
6–2, 6–3
1997   Martina Hingis
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (2)
  Lindsay Davenport
  Jana Novotná
7–6(7–4), 3–6, 7–6(7–3)
1998   Lindsay Davenport
  Natasha Zvereva (4)
  Anna Kournikova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 6–2
1999   Chanda Rubin
  Sandrine Testud
  Larisa Savchenko Neiland
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–4
2000   Martina Hingis (2)
  Anna Kournikova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Barbara Schett
6–4, 6–2
2001   Lindsay Davenport (2)
  Lisa Raymond
  Justine Henin
  Meghann Shaughnessy
6–4, 6–7(4–7), 7–5
2002   Lindsay Davenport (3)
  Lisa Raymond (2)
  Meghann Shaughnessy
  Paola Suárez
6–2, 6–4
2003   Lisa Raymond (3)
  Rennae Stubbs
  Cara Black
  Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–4
2004   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs (2)
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Julia Schruff
6–3, 6–2
2005   Daniela Hantuchová
  Anastasia Myskina
  Květa Hrdličková Peschke
  Francesca Schiavone
6–0, 3–6, 7–5
Stuttgart 2006   Lisa Raymond (4)
  Samantha Stosur
  Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 6–4
2007   Květa Peschke
  Rennae Stubbs (3)
  Chan Yung-jan
  Dinara Safina
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–2]
2008   Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Patty Schnyder
  Květa Peschke
  Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–4
2009   Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  Nadia Petrova
  Gisela Dulko
  Flavia Pennetta
5–7, 6–3, [10–7]
2010   Gisela Dulko
  Flavia Pennetta
  Květa Peschke
  Katarina Srebotnik
3–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–5]
2011   Sabine Lisicki
  Samantha Stosur (2)
  Kristina Barrois
  Jasmin Wöhr
6–1, 7–6(7–5)
2012   Iveta Benešová
  Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
  Julia Görges
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
6–4, 7–5
2013   Mona Barthel
  Sabine Lisicki (2)
  Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  Sania Mirza
6–4, 7–5
2014   Sara Errani
  Roberta Vinci
  Cara Black
  Sania Mirza
6–2, 6–3
2015   Bethanie Mattek-Sands (2)
  Lucie Šafářová
  Caroline Garcia
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–4, 6–3
2016   Caroline Garcia
  Kristina Mladenovic
  Martina Hingis
  Sania Mirza
2–6, 6–1, [10–6]
2017   Raquel Atawo
  Jeļena Ostapenko
  Abigail Spears
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–4, 6–4
2018   Raquel Atawo (2)
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld (2)
  Nicole Melichar
  Květa Peschke
6–4, 6–7(5–7), [10–5]
2019   Mona Barthel (2)
  Anna-Lena Friedsam
  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  Lucie Šafářová
2–6, 6–3, [10–6]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The two-day event had a four-player field consisting of Mark Cox, Charlie Pasarell, Jeff Borowiak and Ray Moore.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Hans-Jürgen Pohmann (16 October 1995). "Filderstadt kämpft brav gegen den Einheitsbrei". Die Welt (in German).
  2. ^ "Caroline Wozniacki loses to Julia Goerges in Stuttgart". BBC News. 24 April 2011.
  3. ^ David Werner (14 April 2016). "Ein Traum wird Realität". Stuttgarter Zeitung (in German).
  4. ^ Bernd Dassel (31 October 1980). "Schmetterball in der Provinz". Die Zeit (in German).
  5. ^ Jörg Allmeroth (29 April 2017). "Die Vision des Dieter Fischer". Tennisnet.com (in German). Spox.
  6. ^ Simon David (23 April 2014). "Ein Turnier mit großer Geschichte". Stuttgarter Nachrichten (in German).

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Indian Wells
Favorite WTA Tier I - II Tournament
2007, 2008
Succeeded by
Indian Wells
(Premier)
Preceded by
Indian Wells
Indian Wells
Favorite WTA Premier Tournament
2010, 2011, 2012
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Succeeded by
Indian Wells
TBD