Women's Stuttgart Open

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Tournament information
Founded 1978
Editions 40 (2017)
Location Filderstadt (1978–2005)
Stuttgart (2006–)
Germany
Venue Tennis Sporthalle Filderstadt (1978–2005)
Porsche Arena (2006–)
Category Tier II (1990-2008)
Premier (2009-)
Surface Hard - indoors (1978-2008)
Clay - indoors (2009-)
Draw 28S / 32Q / 16D
Prize money US$710,900 (2017)
Website porsche-tennis.de
Current champions (2018)
Women's singles Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
Women's doubles United States Raquel Atawo
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld

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]

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.

Karolína Plíšková is the current champion.

History[edit]

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 finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

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

Doubles[edit]

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

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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