Originally Posted by vozas
I really love this tournament. My faves always perform(ed) great there (Empress
But I have to say, this title is something I demanded/expected of Maria. It's great that she did it but she had to.
Stuttgart was sweeter to be honest. Much better tennis and much better scalps. Not to mention match of the year against Stosur.
Agree with all this. For some reason I felt all year Maria was going to defend this title, and I would've been disappointed if she hadn't done it. She just seems to love it there for whatever reason (even before last year, it was always the claycourt tournament she performed best at - semifinals in 2005 and 2008 were very good results considering her general level on clay at that point).
And I agree that, despite Rome being the bigger tournament, winning Stuttgart felt sweeter to me. Because of how well she played and because she beat Azarenka, mainly.