Top seed Maria Sharapova defended a title for the fifth time in her career and extended her winning streak on clay to 16 matches by defeating second seed Li Na in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart with a straight-set victory which came after three three-setters that followed the first-round bye.
The new endorser of Porsche cars earned a double break in the first set to go up 4-1 and eventually win the set 6-4, while in the second set a stretch of four straight games helped her win it 6-3 when Li double faulted on match point.
Before the final, Sharapova defeated Lucie Safarova, Ana Ivanovic and Angelique Kerber, and soon she will be able to park the blue Porsche showcased in the corner of the clay court next to the white one she took home last year. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)
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