Maria breezes into Stuttgart final

Maria is through to her third consecutive final at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany after she defeated No.8 seed Sara Errani of Italy. Maria won 6-1 6-2 in 59 minutes.

This is Maria’s first final of 2014.

A pair of forehand winners gave Maria’s breaks in the second and sixth games to lead 5-1 in the first set. In the final game of the set on set point, Maria hit a forehand crosscourt winner as she wrapped up the set 6-1 in 26 minutes.

The momentum continued in the second set as Maria built a 4-1 lead. Maria was broken in the next game but re-grouped and won the next two games and won matchpoint on a down-the-line backhand winner. Second set: 6-2 in 33 minutes.

In Sunday’s final to be played at 2.00 PM local time, Maria will play No.9 seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. Maria has played the 26-year-old eight times before and leads 7-2. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2006 Linz QF: Maria won 7-6 7-5
2007 Tokyo SF: Ivanovic won 6-1 0-1 ret
2007 French Open SF: Ivanovic won 6-2 6-1
2007 WTA Championships RR: Maria won 6-1 6-2
2008 Australian Open F: Maria won 7-5 6-3
2012 Indian Wells SF: Maria won 6-4 0-1 ret.
2012 Rome R3: Maria won 7-6 6-3
2013 Stuttgart QF: Maria won 7-5 4-6 6-4
2013 Madrid SF: Maria won 6-4 6-3