Maria Sharapova downs Ana Ivanovic for Stuttgart crown

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Stuttgart, Germany (4E Sports) – Maria Sharapova overcame early struggles as she defeated Ana Ivanovic, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, to bag her third straight Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title.

With the win, Sharapova claimed her 30th career title and her first since beating Li Na in last year’s final at this event.

“For the first half of the match I thought it might not be my day today, but somehow I turned it around,” said Sharapova, who improved to 8-2 lifetime against Ivanovic with seven straight victories.

“I had quite a slow beginning to the year, but me and my team have been working hard to get in the position to win titles again, and I’m so happy to be able to do it in Stuttgart,” she added.

Ivanovic was trying for her 14th career title and third of 2014. She won in Auckland and Monterrey earlier this year. The victory in Mexico came earlier this month in her last event and Sunday’s setback ended a nine-match winning streak.

The Serbian star won the first five games of the match and held a 6-3, 3-1 lead with a game point in hand, but Sharapova battled back by winning the next four games.

In Morocco, Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor downed Romina Oprandi, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, to claim her first WTA singles title at the Marrakech Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old Torro-Flor built a 5-1 cushion in the third before stumbling a bit over the next two games and finally closing out the match.

Torro-Flor had just two main-draw match wins in four events this year prior to this week’s title run. Her best previous finish in a WTA event was a semifinal appearance in Tashkent last year.

On the men’s side, Kei Nishikori earned his first clay-court title with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Santiago Giraldo at the Barcelona Open.

The title was the fifth of Nishikori’s career and second in 2014. He also won the Memphis title back in February.

In Romania, Grigor Dimitrov bagged the Nastase Tiriac Trophy crown via a 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 win over Lukas Rosol.

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