By Ros Satar, in Stuttgart
- We crunch the numbers between Karolina Pliskova and Coco Vandeweghe as Pliskova wins the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
- Quotes from the winner and finalist
- 10 fun facts from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
STUTTGART, GERMANY – Karolina Pliskova beat Coco Vandeweghe to win the Porsche Tennis Grand prix, and we take a look at just how close this was.
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Head to Head
|Karolina Pliskova||Coco Vandeweghe|
Coming into this encounter there was no doubt that Coco Vandeweghe had the measure of Karolina Pliskova with three wins on hard courts, but it was particularly telling that Pliskova’s victory over the American came last year in the R16 in Stuttgart.
In each of their matches before today they had a first set tie-break, and whoever won that went on to watch the match. The final was no exception. From the outset Vandeweghe was the aggressor and looked to have the upper hand in the first set, roaring pout of the blocks and breaking Pliskova in the first game, only to be pegged back. Those were the only break points in the set as they raced to a fifth straight tie-break in their encounters. First blood went to Vandeweghe but Pliskova wrestled the mini-break back and from that point broke twice to swiftly wrap up the opener.
A rough fall in the first game of the second set may have thrown Vandeweghe off her track a little, as Pliskova took advantage of her rhythm being disrupted with a long medical timeout. That is not to say things were not a little tight as Vandeweghe claimed one of the breaks back, but the break advantage was enough as Pliskova wrapped up her first title since winning Eastbourne last year, and her first title on clay since winning Prague in 2015.
Advantage: Vandeweghe, Break Point: Pliskova
|Titles (2018)||10 (1)||2 (0)|
|Slams||1 Slam Final||0|
There was no doubt that Pliskova led the way in terms of hardware, and more importantly the experience of winning titles. In addition, she has made it to a Slam final, where Vandeweghe fell apart at the seams of the verge of the biggest prize.
While Vandeweghe started like an F1 car off the grid, she was soon pegged back and as per their encounters in the past, Pliskova took the momentum with her into the second set.
Year to Date/Career W/L Record
|All surfaces W/L||19-7 / 227-126||6-4 / 132-122|
|Clay-court||5-1 / 38-30||4-1 / 15-17|
Coming into the match Pliskova was just marginally ahead on clay certainly for the year, and her experience on the dirt was telling. She just seemed a little steadier when it counted, albeit an attack of the jitters when first serving out for the match, but ultimately the safety of a double-break cushion.
Match Stats 2018
While you could argue that Pliskova had the harder time and been pushed to tie-breaks more, her brand of first strike tennis has stood her in good stead in the past. Today was no different and despite giving up the first mini break, she quickly took control of the tie-break, and as par their past encounters – the rest of the match followed.
If Pliskova can get to a decider, she often takes control, but for the fifth straight time, the winner of the first set tie-break took the match in straight sets.
Vandeweghe had been leading just slightly in terms of first service points and second serve points won and was a lot sharper on her returns. But in terms of her first serve percentage – Pliskova was very much in. control and while they are both solid servers, Pliskova’s aces to get her out of trouble had been very much the key at pivotal points during the tournament.
There is hardly anything to separate them in terns of first and second serve points percentage but they were tied across the tournament for first return points win (percent) and total points won.
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