Karolina Pliskova is not yet in possession of a driver’s licence – but a dream car. By winning the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the 26-year old Czech received, alongside the prize money and world ranking points, a 718 Boxster GTS as the main prize. In the high-class and thrilling final at the long-standing Stuttgart tournament on Sunday, she defeated the impressive Coco Vandeweghe 7-6 (2), 6-4 in front of capacity 4,500 crowd in the once again sold-out Porsche Arena.
On the final day of an exhausting working week in Stuttgart, Karolina Pliskova and Coco Vandeweghe once again gave everything they had. The evenly-matched first set was sewn up by the world No. 6 on a tiebreak. After going a break and then 5-2 down in the second, it seemed as if the match was virtually over but Coco Vandeweghe dug deep in an effort to ward off defeat. She fought her way back to 5-4 but then Karolina Pliskova, whose three-set quarterfinal match against the French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko lasted until past midnight, had no desire to put in any more overtime and wrapped up the match and her tenth career WTA title with her first match point after one hour 56 minutes.
“It was a very intensive match. Winning this wonderful car is the best motivation to finally take my driving test,” said Karolina Pliskova before Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, the Supervisory Board Chairman of Porsche AG, handed her the winner’s trophy and Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, chauffeured her onto court for the winner’s photo in the carmine red 718 Boxster GTS. “I got off to a slow start but after an intensive week I felt pretty tired. And my serve wasn’t quite on song,” said the overjoyed winner before congratulating her opponent on her excellent tournament week. “Playing Coco is never easy. She doesn’t give you many chances and the few you get, you have to take.
It is exactly what Karolina Pliskova did to crown a successful week for herself in Stuttgart. The journey began last weekend for her, and the Czech team, when she helped secure a place in the Fed Cup final. For her, the win against Angelique Kerber gave her self-confidence a big boost and even the loss against Julia Görges was very important for her. “It showed me that I have to work hard if I’m to be successful. Nothing comes from just sitting around.” Words she remembered it during the final on Sunday when her legs were getting increasingly tired. It made her dig deep and show her best tennis under difficult conditions, and it all paid off. “The longer the match lasted, the better I felt. At the end, I started to wobble a bit but that’s normal when such a fantastic car is waiting behind you.”
Date Posted: May 8, 2018