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Maria Sharapova: 2012 Stuttgart Champion!

Posted on April 29, 2012

Maria has won her first title of 2012 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.  Maria defeated world No.1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1 6-4 in the final.

Maria had a great week in Stuttgart by winning the title and defeating three players in the top five (Azarenka, Kvitova and Stosur). This is Maria's 25th career title and her first ever tournament win in Germany.

Maria's stats throughout the match were excellent as she had 63% on first serve and when her first serve went in she won it 84% of the time.  Maria had 31 winners to 13 unforced errors

In the first set, Maria broke Azarenka to love in the second game and won the game when Azarenka hit a shot long.  Maria broke Azarenka again to lead 5-1 and in the final game of the set at 40-30, Maria hit an ace on a second serve to take the set 6-1 in 30 minutes.

The second set was a lot closer and Maria got the decisive break of the set when she broke to lead 4-3 when Azarenka hit a backhand into the net.  In the final game of the set, Maria got to 40-0 on her serve and on matchpoint, Azarenka hit a shot long as Maria took the match in 1 hour and 24 minutes.

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