World No.6 Karolina Pliskova was the last player standing at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The Czech No.1 claimed her tenth career title with a 7-6(2), 6-4 win over American World No.16 and wildcard CoCo Vandeweghe. "It's the best atmosphere to play in Germany!" she recognized after her win.
The American had won their last meeting at 2017 US Open, although Pliskova triumphed here in Stuttgart 12 months ago. Vandeweghe upset three Top 10 players en route to final but surrendered to Pliskova who has won 16 of her past 18 matches against players from the United States, with only defeats in this time coming against Vandeweghe (2017 US Open) and Bellis (2018 Doha).
Karolina Pliskova has been just as impressive, 52 aces taking her season total to a tour-leading 171. This barrage has helped her win 88.9% of her service games. The former world No.1, through to her 20th career final and first since 2017 Eastbourne (d.
Wozniacki in F), now owns a 2-1 record in these matches on clay (lost 2014 Nürnberg and won 2015 Prague). Vandeweghe. making her second appearance in Stuttgart, opened her 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix campaign by winning all-American encounter against No.9 Stephens, whom she had teamed up with on Fed Cup duty last weekend.
In the second round she defeated defending champion, Siegemund for the third time in three career meetings, claiming her first back-to-back wins of 2018. The American defeated World No.1 Halep in QF on Friday in straight sets, and now owns an impressive 3-1 record against World No.1s, also defeating Kerber (2017 Australian Open) and Pliskova (2017 US Open), and losing to S.Williams (2014 Miami).
She did not face a break point and won 92% of first serve points (season average 74.9%) during her semifinal win over No.7 Garcia, her 16th over a Top 10 player, but she saved 2 of 5 break point chances conceded today. Pliskova, the first Czech woman in the final here, rallied from an early break down in the first set, only to dominate the eventual tiebreak to the tune of seven straight points after falling 2-0 down.
In the second set, the former World No.1 won three straight games from 2-2, but ultimately needed two opportunities to serve out the match to clinch her first title at the Premier-level or higher on clay. CoCo Vandeweghe, in tears at her chair, now knows she can win on this surface. Just must believe it.