Angelique Kerber won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart on Sunday, defending her home title in straight sets against countrywoman Laura Siegemund.
While Kerber hit fewer winners than her opponent (16 to 22), her experience and efficiency on the court proved to be the difference as she won the final 6-4, 6-0.
Siegemund started the match brightly as she assumed a 4-2 lead in the first stanza. At that stage of the match it seemed the 28-year-old's fairytale week might end in the most romantic of fashion – en route to her first WTA singles final Siegemund had beaten three top ten players.
However, Kerber, who has only lost one completed match since Indian Wells, then preceded to win 10 games on the bounce as she stormed to victory, backing up her Australian Open success earlier in the year in style. A feature of Kerber's play on the day was her consistency and remarkably low unforced error count.
Speaking after the match, Kerber was delighted.
"It doesn't get any better. I needed a bit of time to find my rhythm and I'm happy I managed it in the end," she said.
On the contrary, Siegemund was frustrated as she felt could have given a far better account of herself if she had not been so fatigued heading into the final after playing eight matches in nine days.
"I'm really tired and I know I can play much better," Siegemund said.
"There is no situation in tennis in which you play more games than at a tournament, and at some stage the limit is reached."
Despite losing in the final, Siegemund will still reap the rewards of a stellar week.
She will bound up nearly 30 spots to a career-high ranking of number 42. Furthermore, she becomes the number four ranked German woman on the WTA rankings, putting her in a strong position to make the national team that can be sent to the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro later this year.