Maria Sharapova is well on her way to returning to her old form prior to surgery.
World No. 9 Maria Sharapova rallied from 6-3, 3-1 down to defeat Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic to in three sets, and secured her third title in Stuttgart in the process. It was a fantastic performance from the former world No. 1, and made her the only female player to have won a title in each of the past nine seasons.
“For the first half of the match I thought it might not be my day today, but somehow I turned it around,” Sharapova said. “I had quite a slow beginning to the year, but me and my team have been working hard to get in the position to win titles again, and I’m so happy to be able to do it in Stuttgart.”
This marked the first time Sharapova had won a WTA event on three separate occasions, something she is very proud of.
“It’s really special, and it’s extra special for me because the tournament is here,” Sharapova, a Porsche Brand Ambassador, added. “I feel like I’m a small part of the Porsche family. It’s been an incredible few years at this tournament.”
On the other side of the net, Serbian No. 2 Ana Ivanovic put up a valiant effort against the defending champ but was ultimately unable to win her first title at this event. While she may not have left victorious, she still received a notable standing ovation from the crowd for her efforts.
“From the first moment it was always a close match,” she added. “It was always a few close balls to decide each game, and it went on the whole match. In the second set she definitely went for those big shots, though, and she made some amazing points. She’s just a great player, and that’s what happens when you play against great players in big matches like this. You need to use your opportunities.
“But there’s always next time.”