All Eight Qualifying Draw Seeds Advance At Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Carolina Kuhl of Germany (photo: Porsche AG)

STUTTGART, April 14, 2024 (Press Release)

Spectators enjoyed high-class tennis at the start of the 47th edition of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in qualifying Saturday. Special focus was on World No. 26 Anna Kalinskaya of Russia, who faced German Carolina Kuhl in her opening match. Playing for the first time at this level, the 19-year-old lefty Kuhl gave her all but succumbed 6-1, 6-2 against her experienced opponent.

In the second and final round of qualifying on Sunday, the top-seeded 25-year-old Kalinskaya will meet the experienced Italian Sara Errani, who defeated Liechtenstein’s Kathinka von Deichmann 6-2, 6-3.

In the first match of the day on Court 1, Ella Seidel of Germany, from the Porsche Talent Team, faced the No. 4 seed Oceane Dodin of France. Despite a courageous performance, the 19-year-old Seidel lost 6-4, 6-1. In the qualifying finale, Dodin will take on Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, who narrowly overcame Jana Fett of Croatia, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Germany’s Nastasja Schunk, also a member of the Porsche Talent Team, lost to American Sachia Vickery, 6-2, 6-3. Vickery advanced to face Belgian Greet Minnen, who was a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 winner against Olivia Gadecki of Australia. Diana Shnaider of Russia and the Czech Republic’s Sara Bejlek will also go head-to-head in the final round of qualifying following their respective wins.

Tournament main draw ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday

At stake on Sunday – play starts at 11 a.m. (Central European) – are four main draw berths. The draw ceremony for the main draw will take place on Court 2 at 1 p.m. Assisting the Operating Tournament Director Anke Huber will be former French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova. Main draw play begins on Monday in Porsche Arena.

Sunday’s order of play

Court 1 (starting at 11 a.m.)

[4] O. Dodin (FRA) vs [6] A. Sasnovich
[3] G. Minnen (BEL) vs [7] S. Vickery (USA)
[1] A. Kalinskaya vs [5] S. Errani (ITA)

Court 2 (starting at 2 p.m.)

[2] D. Shnaider vs [8] S. Bejlek (CZE)