It had eluded her throughout her tennis career. Dozens of tournament victories and millions of dollars couldn't bring her any closer to that elusive goal. On Sunday, Maria Sharapova accomplished it. She got herself a Porsche.
Sharapova defeated No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 this weekend in Stuttgart, winning her first title of 2012 and receiving a car for tournament title-sponsor Porsche for her effort. The world No. 2 had joked on Saturday night that she had a lot of cars, but not one from the German automaker.
It was just the second loss of the year for Azarenka, who is still without a premier victory on clay. She was treated for a wrist injury after getting routed in the first set.
Sharapova won a clay title for the third consecutive season.
"I had lost the last few previous encounters with Victoria, so I was extremely motivated today," she said after the match. "When I got the chance to go out and play her again I knew I had to change a few things. Before I was maybe a little bit impatient and went for a bit too much sometimes, but this time I was really patient. I was aggressive but consistent when I had to be against her.