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Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 09:53 PM
Filderstadt/Stuttgart , Germany

Tournament History & Former Champions

Although a joint grand prix circuit had existed for men and women 1971-3, from 1974-1977, there was no international women's tour like the one we know today, just the Virginia Slims circuit & championships in the US. All the other international tournaments around the world were one-off events, not leading to any YEC. In late 77, however, an International Women's Series was reborn under the sponsorship of Colgate and the inaugural Filderstadt tournament was part of it. It is currently the oldest continually running indoor event in Europe. Below is a summary of the results in the finals with a brief note about the event each year.

Venues:
until 2005 at Filderstadt (indoor) , then at Stuttgart (from 2006 to 2008 indoor, from 2009 clay indoor)

Website:
http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pa...winners_single (http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/web/english-tournament_history_winners_single)

1978 Tracy Austin d Betty Stove 6-3 6-3
1979 Tracy Austin d Martina Navratilova 6-2 6-0
1980 Tracy Austin d Sherry Acker 6-2 7-5
1981 Tracy Austin d Martina Navratilova 4-6 6-3 6-4
1982 Martina Navratilova d Tracy Austin 6-3 6-3
1983 Martina Navratilova d Catherine Tanvier 6-1 6-2
1984 Catarina Lindqvist d Steffi Graf 6-1 6-4
1985 Pam Shriver d Catarina Lindqvist 6-1 7-5
1986 Martina Navratilova d Hana Mandlikova 6-2 6-3
1987 Martina Navratilova d Chris Evert 7-5 6-1
1988 Martina Navratilova d Chris Evert 6-2 6-3
1989 Gabriela Sabatini d Mary Joe Fernandez 7-6(5) 6-4
1990 Mary Joe Fernandez d Barbara Paulus 6-1 6-3
1991 Anke Huber d Martina Navratilova 2-6 6-2 7-6(4)
1992 Martina Navratilova d Gabriela Sabatini 7-6(1) 6-3
1993 Mary Pierce d Natasha Zvereva 6-3 6-3
1994 Anke Huber d Mary Pierce 6-4 6-2
1995 Iva Majoli d Gabriela Sabatini 6-4 7-6(4)
1996 Martina Hingis d Anke Huber 6-2 3-6 6-3
1997 Martina Hingis d Lisa Raymond 6-4 6-2
1998 Sandrine Testud d Lindsay Davenport 75 63
1999 Martina Hingis d Mary Pierce 64 61
2000 Martina Hingis d Kim Clijsters 60 63
2001 Lindsay Davenport d Justine Henin 75 64
2002 Kim Clijsters d Daniela Hantuchova 46 63 64
2003 Kim Clijsters d Justine Henin 57 64 62
2004 Lindsay Davenport d Amélie Mauresmo 6-2 retired
2005 Lindsay Davenport bt Amélie Mauresmo 6-2 6-4
2006 Nadia Petrova d Tatiana Golovin 6-3 7-6
2007 Justine Henin d Tatiana Golovin 2-6 6-2 6-1
2008 Jelena Jankovic d Nadia Petrova 6-4 6-3
2009 Svetlana Kuznetsova d Dinara Safina 6-4 6-3
2010 Justine Henin d Samantha Stosur 6-4 2-6 6-1
2011 Julia Goerges d Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 6-3


Doubles

1978 Austin & Stove d Jausovec & Ruzici 6-3 6-2
1979 King & Navratilova d Stove & Turnbull 6-3 6-3
1980 Mandlikova & Stove d K. Jordan & A. Smith 6-4 7-5
1981 Jausovec & Navratilova d Barbara Potter & A. Smith 6-4 6-2
1982 Navratilova & Shriver d C. Reynolds & A. Smith 6-2 6-0
1983 Navratilova & Candy Reynolds d Ruzici and Tanvier 6-2 6-1
1984 Kohde-Kilsch & Sukova d Bunge & Pfaff 2-6 6-4 6-3
1985 Mandlikova & Shriver d Karlsson & Scheuer-Larsen 6-2 6-1
1986 Navratilova & Shriver d Garrison & Sabatini 7-6 6-4
1987 Navratilova & Shriver d Garrison & McNeil 6-1 6-2
1988 Kuczynska & Navratilova d Raffaella Reggi & Elna Reinach 6-1 6-4
1989 Gigi Fernandez & Robin White d Raffaella Reggi & Elna Reinach 6-4 7-6
1990 Mary Joe Fernandez & Garrison d Paz & Sanchez-Vicario 7-5 6-3
1991 Navratilova & Novotna d Shriver & Zvereva 6-2 5-7 6-4
1992 Sanchez-Vicario & Sukova bt Shriver & Zvereva 6-4 7-5
1993 Gigi Fernandez & Zvereva bt Fendick & Navratilova 76(8-6) 6-4
1994 Gigi Fernandez & Zvereva bt Bollegraf & Savchenko-Neiland 7-6(7-5) 6-4
1995 Gigi Fernandez & Zvereva bt McGrath & Savchenko-Neiland 5-7 6-1 6-4
1996 Arendt & Novotna bt Hingis & Sukova 6-2 6-3
1997 Hingis & Sanchez-Vicario bt Davenport & Novotna 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 7-6 (7-3)
1998 Davenport & Zvereva bt Kournikova & Sanchez-Vicario 6-4 6-2
1999 Rubin & Testud bt Savchenko-Neiland & Sanchez-Vicario 6-3 6-4
2000 Hingis & Kournikova bt Sanchez-Vicario & Schett 6-4 6-2
2001 Davenport & Raymond bt Henin & Shaughnessy 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 7-5
2002 Davenport & Raymond bt Shaughnessy & Suarez 6-2 6-4
2003 Raymond & Stubbs bt Black & Navratilova 6-2 6-4
2004 Black & Stubbs bt Groenefeld & Schruff 6-3 6-2
2005 Hantuchova & Myskina bt Peschke & Schiavone 6-0 3-6 7-5
2006 Raymond & Stosur bt Black & Stubbs 6-3 6-4
2007 Peschke & Stubbs bt YJ Chan & Safina 6-7 7-6 1-0 retired
2008 Groenefeld & Schnyder bt Peschke & Stubbs 6-2 6-4
2009 Mattek Sands & Petrova bt Dulko & Pennetta 5-7 6-3 (10-7)
2010 Dulko & Pennetta bt Peschke & Srebotnik 3-6 7-6 (10-5)
2011 Lisicki & Stosur bt Barrois & Woehr 6-1 7-6

Most Titles

Singles

06 Martina Navratilova
04 Tracy Austin
04 Martina Hingis

Doubles

08 Martina Navratilova


Many thanks to Andy T (who provided the original summaries and results to 2005) and Jimbo (who extended them).

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 09:55 PM
1978

FI: Tracy Austin d Betty Stove 6-3 6-3

DF: TracyAustin/Betty Stove d Mima Jausovec/Virginia Ruzici Ruzici 6-3 6-2

Top seeded Tracy beat Mima Jausovec in the semis and Betty Stove in the final to win her first main tour title, having just turned pro.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 09:56 PM
1979

Dates: November 5-11
Prize Money= $100,000 US

2R: Nina Bohm (Swd) d Billie Jean King (US) [4] 3-6 7-6 6-2

QF: Martina Navratilova [1] d Kery Reid (Aus) [6] default
QF: Mima Jausovec (Yug) d Bohm 2-6 6-3 6-1
QF: Tracy Austin (US) [3] d Regina Marsikova (Cz) [8] 7-6 6-4
QF: Chris Evert-Lloyd (US) [2] d Wendy Turnbull (Aus) [5] 6-2 6-1

SF: Navratilova [1] d Jausovec 7-5 6-2
SF: Austin [3] d Evert-Lloyd [2] 6-3 7-5

FI: Tracy Austin (US) [3] d Martina Navratilova [1] 6-2 6-0

DF: Billie Jean King (US)/Martina Navratilova [2] d Betty Stove (Neth)/Wendy Turnbull (Aus) [1] 6-3 6-3

Tracy clobbers Martina in a 56 minute final. She won the last 9 games. Martina missed a steady stream of backhands and failed in her tactic of drawing Tracy up to net. Now that she of age to drive Austin opts for the Porsche 924 rather than the prize money. The car was worth $10,000 more in the US than Germany.

Summary below written by Ann Jones (from 1980 World of Tennis Annual)

Everyone agreed that the second Porsche Classic ...was a happy tournament, especially for teenage terror Tracy Austin.

A year ago in Stuttgart , the 15 year old schoolgirl had celebrated the start of her professional career with a decisive final win aganst Betty Stove. Twelve months and some $420,000 later , the schoolgirl returned as the US Open champion-an altogether more mature competitor-and claimed her second Porsche title and a second Porsch sports car, which she again preferred to the first prize on $20,000. hitting her forceful ground strokes with relentless accuracy, she outplayed Chris Evert-Lloyd and Martina Navratilova in the last two rounds, for the loss of a meagre 10 games. The feeling was inescapable that a new era had arrived.

Yet the Austin express was almost derailed in the second round when Europe's leading teenager, 17 year-old Hana Mandlikova of Prague, captured the only set the number 3 seed was to lose all week. Austin was thankful to escape with a 6-4 5-7 6-4 win against a more flexible opponent who cleverly exposed her relative slowness on the turn when subjected to a mixed bag of drives, volleys and lobs.

Miss Austin's 6-3 7-5 semi..win against Mrs Evert-Lloyd was a repeat of the US Open final, though this time the reigning world champion did reach set point minutes before the end, only to be denied the game by a decision which obviously surprised her as aforehand down the line was called out.

In the top half. Miss Navratilova emerged to her top-seeded position in the final without a fuss. A quarterfinal default from Kerry Reid, who was suffering from tennis elbow, was followed by a comfortable 7-5 6-2 win over a still exhausted Mima jausovec, who had earlier played the longest match of the year. That ordeal occured in the 2R against the top-spinning Californian lefthander Stacy Margolin, who detained her for 3 and a half hours before the Yugoslav survived 6-1 3-6 7-6. [Mima dodged 4 match points in the tiebreak] In the quarters, too, Mima was taken the full distance by Nina Bohn, who covered herslef in glory by eliminating $3 sed Billie Jean King.



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Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 09:58 PM
1980



FI: Tracy Austin d Sherry Acker 6-2 7-5

DF: Hana Mandlikova/Betty Stove d Kathy Jordan/Anne Smith 6-4 7-5

Another prize money hike to $125k but no change in the champion.
With Austin, Mandlikova and Jaeger, all under 18, as the top three seeds, the tournament had a decidedly junior feel to it. Tracy's path to the title was made considerably easier when unheralded Sherry Acker took out Mandlikova 64 62 in round 2 and continued her giant-killing exploits against Ruzici in the semi final. Austin disposed of Jaeger 64 64 to register her 3rd win over Andrea in their fifth encounter.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:03 PM
1981

FI: Tracy Austin d Martina Navratilova 4-6 6-3 6-4
DF: Mima Jausovec/Martina Navratilova d Barbara Potter/Anne Smith 6-4 6-2

Tracy made it 4 in a row in a field which contained four other top 10 players. She beat Kohde-Kilsch, Pfaff, Jausovec and Ruzici in straight sets before edging past Martina in a final which was considerably closer than the one they had played at Filderstadt two years previously, coming back from a set down just as she had done at the US Open a couple of months earlier. As Tracy mainained her unbeaten run in the singles, Martina did so in doubles with her second title in two visits.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:04 PM
1982

FI: Martina Navratilova d Tracy Austin 6-3 6-3
DF: Martina Navratilova/Pam Shriver d Candy Reynolds/Anne Smith 6-2 6-0

After 24 consecutive victories in the event, Tracy finally surrendered her crown to Navratilova in an error-strewn match after Martina had double-bagelled Jausovec in the semis. All in all it was not a happy tournament for Tracy. In the 1st round she met 13 year old Steffi Graf and, after beating her 64 60 was asked how she rated the German's prospects. She replied with the now famous remark that there were hundreds of players as good as her back in the States. Tracy was booed off court after winning her second round match against Ruzici on a controversial line call and then suffered the indignity of dropping a set to 17 year old Helena Sukova in the QF. Germany had its first semi finalist when Hanika beat Shriver 61 26 62 in the QF and Fourth seeded Mandlikova was upset by Jo Durie in round 2. Poor Anne Smith ended up a beaten finalist in the doubles for the third successive year.

Summary by Andy T

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GxYAaqlKSpQ/TlZ1o7xpsGI/AAAAAAAABX4/AbIyED_0YXo/s1600/82oct19.jpg

A 13 year old mite makes her debut and Gets clobbered by Austin.. Tracy infamously remarked "There's are hundreds like her back in the States."

http://www.welt.de/multimedia/archive/00604/graf_82_turnier_DW__604400a.jpg

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:06 PM
1983

FI: Martina Navratilova d Catherine Tanvier 6-1 6-2
DF: Martina Navratilova/Candy Reynolds d Virginia Ruzici/Catherine Tanvier 6-2 6-1

Navratilova, dropping just one service game the entire tournament, retained her crown against surprise finalist Cathy Tanvier of France, who had put out Sukova and Ruzici. Mandlikova continued her miserable run in the event with a second round loss to Catrin Jexell

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:07 PM
1984

FI: Catarina Lindqvist d Steffi Graf 6-1 6-4

DF: Claudia Kohde-Kilsch/Helena Sukova d Bettina Bunge/Eva Pfaff 2-6 6-4 6-3

With the top names all missing from the draw, Steffi Graf kept the crowds happy by becoming the first home player to reach the finals. En route, she beat Claudia kohde-Kilsch 6-2 2-6 6-3 in the QF and Andrea Leand 7-6 1-6 6-3 in the SF. All in all it was a good week for Germany, as bettina Bunge had beaten #2 seed Manuela Maleeva in round 1, Sylvia Hanika knocked out the previous year's finalist Cathy Tanvier and Eva Pfaff made it to the QF with a 6-3 6-1 win over top seed Kathy Jordan. In the doubles final, three of the four players were German, too but ultimately the week belonged to Catarina Lindqvist as she won her first major title.

RU Graf and winner Lindqvist. Catarina had a stylish and effective topspin backhand

We have a detailed match report (courtesy of Samn) of the semi between Leand and Graf. This was written by Leand in 1999.


Her impenetrable bond with her father was never more evident than during a match early in her career, at the 1984 Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Graf, then 15-years-old, had started to make her ascent up the rankings but still was not a sure thing or a definitive star in her home country. Her predecessors- Bettina Bunge, Sylvia Hanika and Claudia Kohde-Kilsch- still commanded the spotlight and perks.

Some say Mr.Graf created animosity and alienation between his daughter and Germany’s tennis hierarchy. Nevertheless, the impasse remained as Graf developed. Even though the willowy teenager clearly possessed the talent and tenacity to be a champion, the German press, tennis officials and the public seemed hellbent on making her prove it before giving her any credit. And they also seemed hellbent on sticking it to her father.

At the Porsche Grand Prix, one of the most illustrious tour stops and Germany’s prime pro showcase, I remember vividly facing Graf in the semifinals on the stadium court. I was ranked in the top twenty at the time and was a tour veteran, and fully expected to overpower this rookie.

For much of the match I did. Her dodgy one-handed slice backhand sat up for me to tee off on, and her extended elbow on the forehand looked as if it would disconnect from her arm. But Graf never gave up. I dominated off the ground, although Graf retrieved far more balls than I expected. I would blast winners into the corners, only to see them returned with disconcerting pace. Somehow, I found myself in a third set. But just when my veteran experience looked like it would pay off, all hell broke loose.

I remember leading 3-2 in that final set up a service break when officials started crowding the court. I was unaware of any problems and could not understand the German conversations between the umpire and the tournament referee. But I knew something was up when two officials surrounded Mr.Graf, who was sitting in the front row of a courtside box. Steffi grew angrier as the conversation continued.

Finally, the umpire informed me that Mr.Graf was coaching from the stands illegally. I did not notice Peter Graf coaching at all- or should I say not more than other coaches did on the tour. Even if he had been giving Steffi hand signals, it was not helping her. I was still in control of the match and she was growing frustrated. And, as the old adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So I did not want any action taken and argued that point with the umpire. Back then, umpires never took action unless a player complained. And I was stunned that German officials wanted to penalize one of their own. When they booted Peter Graf from the arena, I was dumbstruck,
along with a sold-out stadium crowd.

This was unheard of at the time. It was not until ten years later that another parent would be escorted from an event- when Mary Pierce’s father Jim struck a spectator at the French Open and was kicked out of Roland Garros. But on this occasion, Graf felt her father’s pain and embarrassment and retaliated furiously to the indignation- as I knew she would. With adrenaline flowing, she blasted balls on the lines, issuing insults to the umpire between winners. I tried to slow the pace, stall her momentum, give her time to calm down and return to her former frustrated self, but to no avail.

When she began charging the net with the score 5-5, I knew I was in trouble. Steffi attacking net? It was as unlikely then as it was 15 years later. But she was out of her mind, rushing in like a raging bull at a red flag. At deuce I put up a deep lob, knowing her overhead was one of her dicier shots. With aplomb Graf galloped back, leaped up in the air and slam dunked the ball past me. That was the match.

Neither of us shook hands with the umpire after she prevailed 7-5. That umpire ruined my chance to win the prized Porsche given the victor. And instead of getting my picture in the paper the next day, photos of Steffi’s father being escorted from the arena like a criminal monopolized the headlines. Steffi boycotted the tournament for the next 13 years, playing it only once more at the end of her
career.

Per Samn--Leand is incorrect here. The "once more" was in 1985, when Steffi again complained about lack of crowd support.



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Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:08 PM
1985

1985 Shriver bt Lindqvist 61 75
Mandlikova & Shriver bt Karlsson & Scheuer-Larsen 62 61
Pam beat off the challenge from Steffi Graf (#3 seed) 64 63 in the SF and defending champion Lindqvist, (victor over 2 seeded Claudia Kohde-Kilsch having saved a match point) to lift the title. Graf announced to the press after her semi final defeat that she would never play Filderstadt again because she did not feel the crowd was supporting her enough. Pam also won the doubles partnering Mandlikova, who was playing doubles only.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:08 PM
1986

Navratilova bt Mandlikova 62 63
Navratilova & Shriver bt Garrison & Sabatini 76 64
Martina claimed singles victory #1000 by beating Nathalie Tauziat in round 1, turned 30, beat third seeded Pam Shriver 61 76 and second seeded Hana Mandlikova to win the title and then teamed with Pam to take the doubles crown as well. But it all could have ended differently if Catarina Lindqvist had converted one of the four match points she held against Navratilova at 6-3 5-4 40-15 and again at 6-3 6-5 40-15 in the second set. Having failed, though, and lost the tie break, Lindvist did not win another game. Hana had no such traumas en route to the final, dismissing Zina and Gaby for the loss of just three games each in the penultimate rounds, though by the time she reached the final she was carrying a stomach muscle injury which prevented her from posing any serious threat to Martina.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:09 PM
1987

Navratilova bt Evert 75 61
Navratilova & Shriver bt Garrison & McNeil 61 62

Meeting #75 for Martina and Chris but this time in a new venue for them. Martina opened up her h2h to 40-35 to win her 4th title at Filderstadt and record her 20th consecutive win in the event. Martina had to come from 2-4 behind in the first set and broke Chris to clinch the first set on her third break point before running away with the second. Chris had let slip a 62 53 lead in the QF against Mary Joe Fernandez befiore finally clopsing out the match 62 57 64 and had beaten Pam 75 63 in the semis, whereas Martina had beaten Lori McNeil 64 62 and Gaby 62 62 in her quarter and semi. The field was very stong with only Graf, Mandlikova and Maleeva missing from the top flight. The cliffhanger match of the event was the 67 (10) 76 (5) 63 battle between Sabatini and Sukova in the quarter finals.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:09 PM
1988

FI: Martina Navratilova d Chris Evert 6-2 6-3
DF: Iwona Kuczynska & Marytina Navratilova d Rafaella Reggi & Elna Reinach 6-1 6-4

The drama of the 1988 edition was not in the final but the first round as Jana Novotna beat Sabatini 16 76(4) 76(8), saving two match points, and Barbara Paulus crushed Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 63 62 in two big upsets. The top two made their way calmly to the final for their penultimate (79th) encounter which was a repeat of the previous year's final.

Evert-a losing finalist 2 years running (possibly from 1987 final)

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Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:10 PM
1989

Sabatini bt MJ Fernandez 76(5) 64
Gigi Fernandez & Robin White bt Rafaella Reggi & Elna Reinach 64 76
The expected final, between top 2 seeds Sabatini and Garrison did not happen because Mary Joe came from behind to upset her compatriot 36 64 75 and reach her first major final. Zina's defeat may have been attributable to the four consecutive games she lost after a self-inflicted but accidental blow the nose with her own tennis racquet at 1-1 in the final set. Gaby sailed thorugh to the final with straight sets wins over Hana Mandlikova (63 60) and Laura Arraya-Gildemeister (61 62) in the quarters and semis. The greatest match of the week, though, was the three-hour 64 46 76 (5) QF between Mary Joe and Monica Seles. Mary Joe came back from 1-4 down to win the first set and Monica came back from 2-5 in the third to take a 6-5 lead in the third but it was Mary Joe who pulled it out in the 'breaker.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:10 PM
1990

MJ Fernandez bt Paulus 61 63
MJ Fernandez & Garrison bt Paz & Sanchez-Vicario 75 63

#8 Paulus puts out 4 seeded Garrison 26 75 64 in the QF and top seeded Sabatini 63 64 in the semis but is no match for MJF in the final, as the American goes one better than the runners-up sopt of the previous year. Maggie Maleeva goes down to MJF 75 60 in the other SF.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:11 PM
1991


A Huber bt Navratilova 26 62 76(4)
Navratilova & Novotna bt Shriver & Zvereva 62 57 64

Anke Huber took out Garrison 62 61, Sukova 63 76 and Navratilova to give Germany its first home winner. Sukova had put out Mary Joe, defending champ and #2 seed 57 63 63 in the quarter finals and Martinez, the #3, had been dispatched by Zvereva 76 75 in the first round. The final result marked Navratilova's first defeat by an unseeded player since Horvath in 83 at Roland Garros but in tandem with Novotna she gained some consolation by winning the doubles.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:12 PM
1992

Navratilova bt Sabatini 76(1) 63
Sanchez-Vicario & Sukova bt Shriver & Zvereva 64 75
The top 4 seeds, destined to finish ranked 3-6 at the end of the year, all made it to the semi finals and Navratilova won her 6th Filderstadt crown with straight sets wins over Sukova 63 76 , Sanchez 61 61 and Sabatini. Mary Joe Fernandez, whop put out defending champ Huber 57 63 61 in the quarter finals, was Sabatini's victim in the semis, going down 75 62

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:12 PM
1993

Pierce bt Zvereva 63 63
G. Fernandez & Zvereva bt Fendick & Navratilova 76(6) 64

Mary survives a close QF encounter with home fave Barbara Rittner 46 63 75 but then eases past Garrison 62 62 and Zvereva to pick up her 5th tour title and first Tier II. Natasha ousts net rushers Navratilova 63 76 (5) in the QF and Tauziat 46 76 (3) 63 in the SF to chalk up two big wins and adds the doubles title to her list of successes.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:13 PM
1994

A Huber bt Pierce 64 62
G. Fernandez & Zvereva bt Bollegraf & Savchenko-Neiland 76(5) 64

Huber won the title for the second time beating Navratilova, Werdel and Pierce. The event is most remembered, however, for the presence of Martina Hingis, playing her second main tour event. In the first round she trounced Sukova 62 61 and followed it up with a win over Christina Singer before falling to Werdel in the quarter finals. Had both Martinas won their QF matches, they'd have met in the semis. Top seeded Conchita martinez was also a QF casualty, going down to Karina Habsudova 64 61.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:13 PM
1995

Majoli bt Sabatini 64 76(4)
Gigi Fernandez & Zvereva bt McGrath & Savchenko-Neiland 57 61 64

October 1995 was the month where Iva Majoli won her first two pro titles, back to back. Having won Zurich the week before, she squeaked past second-seeded Pierce 26 63 62 and Chanda Rubin 64 16 76 before besting gaby in straight sets. Defending Champ Huber got as far as the semis before bowing to Sabatini 64 61 and Martinez, top seed, fell to Begerow, a qualifier in her first match 64 63.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:13 PM
1996

1996 Hingis bt A Huber 62 36 63
Arendt & Novotna bt Hingis & Sukova 62 63

Filderstadt 1996 was where Martina Hingis won her first tour title, one week after making the top 10 for the first time in her career. In doing so she put out top-seeeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 61 64 and #4 Lindsay Davenport 36 62 63 before beating local favourite Anke Huber, who had eliminated #2 Conchita Martinez 61 63 and Judith Wiesner, in the final.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:14 PM
1997

Hingis bt Raymond 64 62
Hingis & Sanchez-Vicario bt Davenport & Novotna 76 (4) 36 76 (3)

Hingis retained her title, dropping just one set to Zvereva in her 2nd round 46 61 64 win. Her path was made easier by Raymond's removal of #2 seed Novotna 36 64 64 in the QF. Qualifiers Patty Schnyder (bt #3 Majoli 62 62 in the semis and wild card Kournikova lost a close three setter 36 63 64 to Coetzer in the same round. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, unseeded put out #4 Davenport to make it to the QF, where she was beaten 75 64 by Spirlea.

Martinez vs Zvereva at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuTCaguLQXM

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:14 PM
1998

FI: Sandrine Testud d. Lindsay Davenport 7-5 6-3
DF: Lindsay Davenport/Natalia Zvereva d. Anna Kournikova/Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 6-4 6-2

A victor none would have predicted from a field containing the year end top 5 in the world! In fact, only Seles, Graf and Spirlea were missing from the year-end top 17! The seeding list comprised: #1 Hingis (lost QF to van Roost 63 67 64), #2 Davenport, #3 Novotna (lost 2nd round to Serena Williams 26 63 20 rtd), #4 Sanchez (lost SF to Davenport 76 64), #5 Venus Williams (lost 2nd round to van Roost 61 62), #6 Conchita Martinez (lost 2nd round 64 26 62 to Raymond), #7 Tauziat (lost 76 75 QF to Davenport) and #8 Schnyder (lost 1r to Anke Huber). Unseeded participants were Kournikova, Zvereva, Pierce and Coetzer and young Mauresmo had to qualify! Yet somehow, Testud came through without facing a seed until the final when she swept past Davenport in straight sets.

Hingis vs Kournikova in the 2R: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p542F8WEQ7w

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:15 PM
1999


Hingis bt Pierce 64 61
Rubin & Testud bt Savchenko-Neiland & Sanchez-Vicario 63 64

Martina Hingis returned to take her third title in four years, beating wildcard Jennifer Capriati, on the comeback trail 64 60, Dechy 62 64, defending champ Testud 67 62 64 and #4 seed Mary Pierce. Another wildcard, two time champion Anke Huber benefitted from good form to beat #7 Halard in round one and Likhovtseva 64 63 in round two and good luck in the form of #2 seed Davenport's withdrawal in the QF to make it to the last 4. Third seed Serena Williams fell to Testud 36 64 75 in the second round.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:15 PM
2000

Hingis bt Clijsters 60 63
Hingis & Kournikova bt Sanchez-Vicario & Schett 64 62

Top seed Hingis concedes just 10 games in 4 matches against Henin (rtd 63 30), Monami-van Roost, Sanchez-Vicario and Clijsters en route to the title. Clijsters upsets #2 seed Martinez 75 75 in the QF and #3 seed Tauziat 36 64 61 in the SF to read her first tier II final.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:16 PM
2001

FI: Lindsay Davenport d. Justine Henin 7-5 6-4

DF: Lindsay Davenport/Lisa Raymond d. Justine Henin/Meghan Shaughnessy 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 7-5

Video highlights from the final: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh4dkHkXzNk
The final in full: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zys2B7ItDgw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG7ppjBJ-Cg

Third seed Davenport beat Kremer, Mauresmo, Hingis (2-1 rtd) and Henin to win her first Filderstadt title. Hingis fell and tore ankle ligaments, an injury that required surgery, ended her season and her reign at #1. Anke Huber beat #4 Clijsters 63 46 63 in the second round to make the QF and former champ Testud put out Capriati 26 63 63 in the a round later. Both were subsequently beaten by Justine.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:16 PM
2002

Clijsters bt Hantuchova 46 63 64
Davenport & Raymond bt Shaughnessy & Suarez 62 64

#6 Clijsters came back from a set down three times in five matches against Myskina, Majoli, Davenport (#2) 46 63 64, Mauresmo 36 63 75 and Hantuchova en route to the 2002 title. Qualifier Alexandra Stevenson eliminated top seeded Capriati 76 (4) 46 64 in the QF and Myriam Casanova took out #4 Henin 75 46 64 a round earlier.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:17 PM
2003

FI: Kim Clijsters d Justine Henin 5-7 6-4 6-2
DF: Lisa Raymond/Renee Stubbs d Cara Black/Martina Navratilova 6-2 6-4

Clijsters retained her title in an all-Belgian final following straight sets wins over Hantuchova, Mauresmo and Pierce. Bovina was the surprise semi finalist, having put out Myskina 62 63 and Davenport 63 62 in successive rounds.


The doubles semifinal (From Zummi's Navratilova site)
http://navratilova.tripod.com/p-tfild1.jpg

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:17 PM
2004

Davenport bt Mauresmo 6-2 retired
Black & Stubbs bt Groenefeld & Schruff 63 62

Mauresmo and Davenport, engaged in a battle royal for the #1 spot on the computer met in the final but the Frenchwoman was forced to retire with an adductor injury. Myskina, Roland Garros Champ, and Kuznetsova, US Open Champ, were the beaten semi finalists, going down 62 64 and 75 64 to Lindsay and Amélie respectively as the top 4 seeds made it to the semi finals. With early round wins over Molik and Jankovic, Lindsay dropped just 16 games in the tournament.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:18 PM
2005

Davenport bt Mauresmo 62 64
Hantuchova & Myskina bt Peschke & Schiavone 60 36 75

In a repeat of the previous year's final, top-seeded Davenport defeated a healthy Mauresmo for her third Filderstadt title. Italian Flavia Pennetta ousted #4 Justine Henin 64 63 but then fell to a resurgent Daniela Hantuchova, whose semi final in the singles (where she lost 64 63 to Davenport) was accompanied by victory in the doubles, alongside Myskina. The Belgians had a bad week, with #2 seed Kim Clijsters losing to Elena Dementieva in the quarter finals 63 36 62. The Russian #5 seed then lost 63 64 to #3 Mauresmo.

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:18 PM
2006

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:18 PM
2007


FI: Justine Henin d. Tatiana Golovin 2-6 6-2 6-1

DF: Kveta Peschke/Renee Stubbs d. Yung Jan-Chan/Dinara Safina 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4) [10-2]

As the world #1 there are few events Henin hasn't won. The Porsche was one that eluded her up to now though. Justine had twice made the final in 2001 and 2003 without hoisting a trophy.

In 2007 she finally had a Porsche, winning in front of a capacity crowd.

Tatiana Golovin, showing all the defensive brilliance of Jelena Jankovic, but with a much better serve, easily took the first set of her match today against world number 1 Justine Henin. But after that first set, Golovin--unlike Jankovic, who gives Henin a tough battle to the very last point--seemed to fade away. The commentators pointed out that Golovin began to make unforced errors, but one expects that after a very clean set. What also did her in was that she lost her ability to create strategy, and what had been an outstanding thinking game turned into a struggle. Golovin missed so many opportunities to make points, including opportunities she herself had set up.

Henin, for her part, raised the level of her game, providing spectators some flawless and outstanding shot-making, and winning the Stuttgart final, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/resources/2007gallery07/$file/gallery_0707-s.jpg




http://www.automobilsport.com/upload/lifestyle2007-tennis/porsche-2girls-dr-porsche.jpg



http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0Dw2nLonyzA/UGhnIf99TxI/AAAAAAAAESo/ox-gBDpYHDU/s1600/Justine-Henin.jpg

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:18 PM
2008

FI: Jelena Jankovic d Nadia Petrova 6-4 6-3

DF: Groenefeld & Schnyder d Peschke & Stubbs 6-2 6-4

Highlights from the week may be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-4rmPrY_iA


The last title-winner indoors on a hard court

http://cdn.wn.com/pd/ee/70/9ba3f8754b18307781748b920d7a_grande.jpg


http://www4.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Porsche+Tennis+Grand+Prix+Day+7+3bIn5TbEUCfl.jpg

Doubles final

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3010/3042875597_6b2cbf376c.jpg

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:18 PM
2009

FI: Svetlana Kuznetsova d Dinara Safina 6-4 6-3



The event switches to indoor clay-becoming the first tour-level indoor clay event in WTA history.

http://images.smh.com.au/ftsmh/ffximage/2009/05/04/sveltana_kuznetsova_wideweb__470x392,0.jpg

http://i1.ce.cn/english/sports/tennis/200905/04/W020090504342517665173.jpg

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:19 PM
2010 (April 26-May 2)

FI: Justine Henin d Samantha Stosur [7] 6-4 2-6 6-1

2010 is a return for Henin after 18 months off the tour. She doubtless saw the stuttgart event as excellent prep for the upcoming French Open. In the semis Justine gives birthday girll Shhar Peer no presents. The 6-3 6-2 thrashing means the 23 year old Israerli must find other ways to celebrate turning 23.

The final is the first time Henin and Stosur have ever met. The Aussie wildcard is riding an 11 match win streak on clay. Juju is the mepress of clay tohugh, and takes her first title since her comeback in January. "It brought back the fire", declared Henin.

"Getting to the final was really good, it's been a great week," Stosur said. "I enjoyed playing here.
"She just got very aggressive in the third set, she put me under a lot of pressure and broke my serve three straight times."

Seedwise the event saw a string of upsets. #1 Wozniacki went out in her first match to Safarova. #2 Dinara Safina's woes continued as she was upset by Peer. Back fractures have sideline the Russian, who virtually retires from the tour by 2011. #4 Kuznetsova is sidelined by Na Li.

Source: AP Wire quotes.

http://www.walterknoll.de/data/images/Unternehmen/PTGP_2010-0001.JPG

http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2010/05/02/justine%20hninx-large.jpg


Penetta and Dulko
http://chadanielle.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/porsche-tennis-grand-prix-050210-doubles-pennetta_dulko.jpg

Video of Henin vs Jankovic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zCxSgnmfEM

Highlights from final:
http://www.wtatennis.com/video/20100502/stuttgart-henin-vs-stosur_2256553_2042010

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:19 PM
2011


FI: Julia Goerges d Caroline Wozniacki [1] 7-6 (7-3) 6-3

Goerges upset the current world No. 1 in Stuttgart, the first premier title of her young career.

The first set went by without a break of serve and the world No. 1 never broke her opponent's serve for the entire match. That's right. Julia won the final without dropping her serve, saving all five break points. On clay.

"I had goosebumps at match point. It was an unbelievable feeling playing the final with so many people watching," Goerges told the press in Stuttgart after the match. "Everything was going so well but you can never be sure against Caroline. She has turned lots of matches around when nobody expected her to. She is only beaten when the last point is over. Now I'm looking forward to my niece's baptism on Monday and being able to sleep in my own bed again after three months traveling the tour!"

(Source: http://craighickmanontennis.blogspot.com/2011/04/julia-start-your-engine.html)

The final can be seen here at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqBvQQysd60


Surprise winner Goerges

http://dedeporsche.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/t12_0085_fine.jpg?w=645&h=505


http://answers.bettor.com/images/Articles/thumbs/extralarge/Julia-Goerges-stuns-Caroline-Wozniacki-to-win-the-Porsche-Tennis-Grand-Prix-64286.jpg

2011 attendance: 32,800 (from website)

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:19 PM
2012



http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/resources/T12_0567/$file/T12_0567.jpg

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:19 PM
2013



Another year and another car

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/04/28/article-2316139-1986BB36000005DC-353_634x418.jpg

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:19 PM
2014

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:20 PM
2015

Rollo
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:21 PM
If anyone has stories, pictures, comments, etc regarding this event please post here. Over the coming couple of weeks I hope to add a lot more to this thread.

samn
Mar 26th, 2012, 04:43 PM
If anyone has stories, pictures, comments, etc regarding this event please post here. Over the coming couple of weeks I hope to add a lot more to this thread.

Here's an excerpt from an article that Andrea Leand wrote in the December 1999 issue of "Tennis Match". This is specifically about the semi-final that Leand played against Steffi Graf in 1984. BTW Leand's not quite right about a couple of things. She says that Graf boycotted the tournament after 1984 due to what happened in the semis that year and played it again only once more at the end of her career. Actually Graf did return to Filderstadt in 1985 and, as you've already noted, after losing to Pammy Whammy Shriver in the semis, told the German press that she was going to skip the event for the rest of her career because she felt that the crowds weren't supporting her enough. And Steffi never returned to Filderstadt after 1985 although she did plan to play there in 1999 but her retirement from the sport in August prevented that.


Her impenetrable bond with her father was never more evident than during a match early in her career, at the 1984 Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Graf, then 15-years-old, had started to make her ascent up the rankings but still was not a sure thing or a definitive star in her home country. Her predecessors- Bettina Bunge, Sylvia Hanika and Claudia Kohde-Kilsch- still commanded the spotlight and perks.

Some say Mr.Graf created animosity and alienation between his daughter and Germany’s tennis hierarchy. Nevertheless, the impasse remained as Graf developed. Even though the willowy teenager clearly possessed the talent and tenacity to be a champion, the German press, tennis officials and the public seemed hellbent on making her prove it before giving her any credit. And they also seemed hellbent on sticking it to her father.

At the Porsche Grand Prix, one of the most illustrious tour stops and Germany’s prime pro showcase, I remember vividly facing Graf in the semifinals on the stadium court. I was ranked in the top twenty at the time and was a tour veteran, and fully expected to overpower this rookie.

For much of the match I did. Her dodgy one-handed slice backhand sat up for me to tee off on, and her extended elbow on the forehand looked as if it would disconnect from her arm. But Graf never gave up. I dominated off the ground, although Graf retrieved far more balls than I expected. I would blast winners into the corners, only to see them returned with disconcerting pace. Somehow, I found myself in a third set. But just when my veteran experience looked like it would pay off, all hell broke loose.

I remember leading 3-2 in that final set up a service break when officials started crowding the court. I was unaware of any problems and could not understand the German conversations between the umpire and the tournament referee. But I knew something was up when two officials surrounded Mr.Graf, who was sitting in the front row of a courtside box. Steffi grew angrier as the conversation continued.

Finally, the umpire informed me that Mr.Graf was coaching from the stands illegally. I did not notice Peter Graf coaching at all- or should I say not more than other coaches did on the tour. Even if he had been giving Steffi hand signals, it was not helping her. I was still in control of the match and she was growing frustrated. And, as the old adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So I did not want any action taken and argued that point with the umpire. Back then, umpires never took action unless a player complained. And I was stunned that German officials wanted to penalize one of their own. When they booted Peter Graf from the arena, I was dumbstruck,
along with a sold-out stadium crowd.

This was unheard of at the time. It was not until ten years later that another parent would be escorted from an event- when Mary Pierce’s father Jim struck a spectator at the French Open and was kicked out of Roland Garros. But on this occasion, Graf felt her father’s pain and embarrassment and retaliated furiously to the indignation- as I knew she would. With adrenaline flowing, she blasted balls on the lines, issuing insults to the umpire between winners. I tried to slow the pace, stall her momentum, give her time to calm down and return to her former frustrated self, but to no avail.

When she began charging the net with the score 5-5, I knew I was in trouble. Steffi attacking net? It was as unlikely then as it was 15 years later. But she was out of her mind, rushing in like a raging bull at a red flag. At deuce I put up a deep lob, knowing her overhead was one of her dicier shots. With aplomb Graf galloped back, leaped up in the air and slam dunked the ball past me. That was the match.

Neither of us shook hands with the umpire after she prevailed 7-5. That umpire ruined my chance to win the prized Porsche given the victor. And instead of getting my picture in the paper the next day, photos of Steffi’s father being escorted from the arena like a criminal monopolized the headlines. Steffi boycotted the tournament for the next 13 years, playing it only once more at the end of her
career.

Rollo
Apr 5th, 2012, 03:16 PM
Great report Samn-thanks!

I will add that to 1984 and provide a link back to your post.

Thanks again:)

Rollo
Apr 23rd, 2012, 07:48 PM
As this is Stuttgart week I'll work on this thread.

Samn great post is in the 1984 section-thanks Samn:worship:

I added a summary of the 1979 written by Ann Jones.

Rollo
Apr 23rd, 2012, 07:55 PM
3 winners with their Porsches


http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/resources/grand_prix_ewigesieger_head_eng/$file/head_ewigesieger_eng_615.jpg

tommyk75
Apr 27th, 2012, 03:44 PM
Monica Seles talks about this tournament in her autobiography. According to her, she says that she lost to Mary Joe here because the umpire made a huge mistake. From the top of my head, I think she said there was a point mix-up (maybe from an overrule), and the umpire said that it was match point for Mary Joe instead of for Monica. Apparently, Monica was pretty stewed, which is understandable if that was indeed the case. But it's hard to know for sure, and Monica's book wasn't without errors (she talks about beating Martina N. in Paris despite being super sick; but the records show Martina won that match!).

Calvin M.
May 5th, 2012, 11:23 AM
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip down memory lane (and seeing the list of Porsche winners, haha). Fantastic job, Rollo and Andy T!

1982

FI: Martina Navratilova d Tracy Austin 6-3 6-3
DF: Martina Navratilova/Pam Shriver d Candy Reynolds/Anne Smith 6-2 6-0

After 24 consecutive victories in the event, Tracy finally surrendered her crown to Navratilova in an error-strewn match after Martina had double-bagelled Jausovec in the semis. All in all it was not a happy tournament for Tracy. In the 1st round she met 13 year old Steffi Graf and, after beating her 64 60 was asked how she rated the German's prospects. She replied with the now famous remark that there were hundreds of players as good as her back in the States. Tracy was booed off court after winning her second round match against Ruzici on a controversial line call and then suffered the indignity of dropping a set to 17 year old Helena Sukova in the QF. Germany had its first semi finalist when Hanika beat Shriver 61 26 62 in the QF and Fourth seeded Mandlikova was upset by Jo Durie in round 2. Poor Anne Smith ended up a beaten finalist i the doubles for the third successive year.

Summary by Andy T

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GxYAaqlKSpQ/TlZ1o7xpsGI/AAAAAAAABX4/AbIyED_0YXo/s1600/82oct19.jpg

A 13 year old mite makes her debut and hets clobbered by Austin.. Tracy infamoulsy remarked "There's are hundreds like her back in the States."

http://www.welt.de/multimedia/archive/00604/graf_82_turnier_DW__604400a.jpg

Austin has mentioned the comment a few times in her on-air commentary and was good-natured about her incorrect assessment back in '82.

Rollo
Apr 21st, 2014, 04:24 AM
A bump up as it's Stuttgart week. Amazing this has had the same sponsor for so long:)

Rollo
Apr 27th, 2014, 03:49 AM
A video with 29 years of highlights from Stuttgart:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnBD5u7LJRI