Porsche Team Germany beats Brazil 3-1 in the Billie Jean King Cup and is now in the finals.
Jule Niemeier secures the important second point with a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2 victory against Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Anna-Lena Friedsam clinches the win with a straight sets 6-1, 6-0 success against Laura Pigossi.
Two Germans – Sabine Lisicki and Tamara Korpatsch – have advanced to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix qualifying finals.
Thrilling day of tennis in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena – on the menu at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix was the first round of the strong qualifying. In the Billie Jean King Cup against Brazil, Porsche Team Germany booked its ticket for the finals in November.
Anna-Lena Friedsam clinched the win for Porsche Team Germany. In the day’s second rubber, she beat Laura Pigossi in two straight sets 6-1, 6-0. The thrilled Porsche Arena crowd rose to their feet celebrating the success of the team captained by national coach Rainer Schüttler. Earlier Jule Niemeier had put the hosts ahead in the day’s first match with a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2 win against the Brazilian No. 1 Beatriz Haddad Maia. She wrapped up the tense three-hour encounter with her first match point. Previously on Friday, Tatjana Maria’s hard-fought 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory against Laura Pigossi had levelled the scores at 1-1. The doubles was not played afterwards.
“It was a very important match for me and the team. You really could feel the pressure, especially as I haven’t had the best start to the season and consequently wasn’t so confident,” said Jule Niemeier after her win in the top rubber. “But I was boosted by the whole team and am now very proud to have won the important point.”
Anna-Lena Friedsam was also relieved after her easy win in the decisive singles. “Simply amazing. Yesterday, it looked as if we’d go behind, and now we’re winners. It really was a golden day,” she said. “I learnt my lessons from the match on Friday. Today, I was totally focussed, nothing troubled me. I’m very happy with my performance.”
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix – two Germans in the running for a main draw berth
Qualifying at the 46th edition of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix began on Saturday with an impressive win by Sabine Lisicki. In the second match of the day on Court 1, the former Wimbledon runner-up, who was beset with illness and injuries in recent years and who is now only ranked No. 281, defeated the Australian Kimberly Birrell 6-3, 6-4. In the qualifying final, the German will meet Croatia’s Petra Martic who overcame Nigina Abduraimova (Uzbekistan) 6-4, 6-2.
Another home player Tamara Korpatsch, who last year managed to qualify for the main draw of the long-established Stuttgart tournament, also got off to a winning start. Playing Kathinka von Deichmann from Liechtenstein, the German enjoyed a comfortable straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory. Awaiting her in Sunday’s second qualifying round is USA’s Alycia Parks, who defeated Ana Konjuh (Croatia) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Two Porsche Talent Team players have been knocked out despite perfoming well – Ella Seidel lost narrowly 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) to the 17-year-old Czech youngster Linda Fruhvirtova, Noma Noha Akugue went down 6-4, 6-4 against Cristina Bucsa from Spain. The third German to exit was Mona Barthel after losing out to the Swiss Ylena In-Albon 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-5.
The draw for the main draw will take place on Sunday at 1 o’clock. German Tatjana Maria, who won the WTA tournament in Bogota one week ago, will pull the names out of the hat.
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