By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Dominika Cibulkova, Simona Halep
- Defending Champion: Angelique Kerber
- British Interest: Johanna Konta, Naomi Broady (Qualifying)
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- Paths to the finals based on Ranking/Seeding
STUTTGART, GERMANY – Angelique Kerber looks to match the achievements of Martina Navratilova and yes, Maria Sharapova as she looks to make it three in a row at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
Draw & Results
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Top seed Angelique Kerber faces a pretty tough year at Stuttgart. Not only is she trying to emulate just two players before her who have made it three wins in a row, but she will (temporarily) lose the top spot for a week before having a chance to regain it.
With the announcement that Serena Williams (who returns to World No. 1 on Monday) will now no longer compete in 2017 as she awaits the birth of her first child, the chance is there to really stamp her authority at the top of the WTA rankings.
It has taken her some time to adjust to the role but two Slam titles and a Slam final in 2016 do not happen by accident. She has a tough field though with the prospect of French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza in the quarter-finals. After starting our well against the Spaniard, Kerber has relinquished the last four meetings, on every surface.
Kerber’s Path to the Final
- R1: BYE
- R2: Kristina Mladenovic/Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
- QF: Carla Suárez Navarro
- SF: Garbiñe Muguruza 
- F: Karolina Pliskova 
The big hitting Karolina Pliskova will have played on many a clay court back in Czech Republic and the slightly quicker conditions indoors may well play to her strengths. She is many people’s tip for the No. 1 spot this year.
However, on paper at least this does not look klike the best draw for her
Although she is likely to meet Coco Vandeweghe in the second round, and has a losing head to head over her, the American and clay were not good bedfellows last year. A sterner test though will be Svetlana Kuznetsova who has twice gotten the better of the Czech in three meetings.
Pliskova’s Path to the Final
- R1: BYE
- R2: Coco Vandeweghe
- QF: Svetlana Kuznetsova 
- SF: Simona Halep 
- F: Angelique Kerber
It has been a turbulent run-in to this tournament for Simona Halep. The fracas on the first day of the tie between Romania and Great Britain, where she had to appeal to (literally) her home crowd to respect the players after Romanian coach Ilie Nastase was ejected for verbally abusing the tie refereree, GB Captain Anne Keothavong and Johanna Konta.
With Konta having taken a Top 20 wild-card into the event, and sitting at the top of Halep’s bracket, we could be on for quite the battle.
Halep turned around an injury-marred start to the season with a solid run in Miami (where incidentally she came unstuck at the hands of Konta). Her movement on the clay back home in Constanta was impressive, and she will have gained a fiar bit of confidence with her trouncing of Konta in the reverse singles.
A former semi-finalist here, we could be seeing Halep really making her mark now she is fit.
Halep’s Path to the Final
- R1: BYE
- R2: Barbora Strycova
- QF: Johanna Konta [6/WC]
- SF: Karolina Pliskova 
- F: Angelique Kerber 
The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix takes place between 24-30 April – (BST +1 hour).
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