Tennis – Kerber storms back to deny Wozniacki in Stuttgart


Angelique Kerber fought back from a set down to beat Caroline Wozniacki 3-6 6-1 7-5 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart on Sunday for her second straight title – and fifth of her career.

The German was staring down the barrel of defeat when former world number one Wozniacki took the first set but stormed back to complete a memorable week in which she beat top seed Maria Sharapova and sixth seed Ekaterina Makarova to collect her second WTA Tour title in a month.
“I am completely done here, empty. I gave everything I had and the crowd just carried me,” she said in a courtside interview. “I had to fight until the very end and I could not have done it without this crowd.”
The recent Charleston competition winner has made an astonishing switch to clay and victory over Wozniacki in Stuttgart means 27-year-old world number 12 Kerber is 11-0 so far this season.
“A few days ago I said clay is actually not my favourite surface, but right now I think I will change my mind,” Kerber told reporters. “I’ve played very well on clay the last few days and weeks. I feel good that I have had so many matches on clay, and now I’m looking forward to the next tournaments before Paris [for the 2015 French Open].”
Kerber’s final success makes her the third German winner of the competition and she will now focus her efforts on a return to action at the WTA Mutua Madrid Open in Spain next week.
Angelique Kerber is currently priced 33/1 by Bet365 in the 2015 French Open women’s outright winner betting.