Sharapova was one of the favorite of the tournament but Errani‘s presence in the final was totally unexpected.
Do you think Errani could upset Sharapova?

Sara Errani’s road to the final

Round Opponent Score
R1 Casey Dellacqua 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
R2 Melanie Oudin 6-2, 6-3
R3 Ana Ivanovic 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
R4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0, 7-5
QF Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-6
SF Sam Stosur 7-5, 1-6, 6-3

Maria Sharapova’s road to the final

Round Opponent Score
R1 Alexandra Cadantu 6-0, 6-0
R2 Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-1
R3 Shuai Peng 6-2, 6-1
R4 Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 6-7, 6-2
QF Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-3
SF Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-3

Thanks a lot to Mauro for his report from Halle. Check out his website STE…fans for more news, pics and videos about Stefan Edberg.

Halle is the Gerry Weber Open. Everywhere you can see the logo of the tournament, that turns 20 years old in 2012, and the walk from the quiet and tidy historic centre of the town to the Gerry Weber Stadion, along Alleestraße and Gartenstraße, is filled with indications that seem to celebrate it as the most important touristic attraction. Surely not everybody is a tennis expert here, but everybody knows (or has heard of) the tennis tournament, even the nice taxi driver that takes me to the hotel from Bielefeld, a town 18 kilometers away, and doesn’t speak a word of English.

Halle, Gerry Weber Stadion

Many would say there’s not much more to see in Halle Westfalen, but, in my opinion, this is not true. Surely not the best destination if you’re looking for “movida” and intense night life (you would hardly meet twenty other persons in the centre if you take a walk from 7 to 9 pm, just as I did), but there are at least a couple of things that catch the eye of a foreigner.

Halle is definitely a “green” city. Without need to reach the near Teutoburg Forest, you will find plenty of nature-friendly spaces inside the town itself and going slightly outwards. Most of the houses built in the characteristic half-timbered style, that remind of the Medieval history of the town, have a very well kept garden space that shows the love and respect for nature by the inhabitants. More bikes than cars around, and this, for an Italian abroad, is always something amazing to watch, just like the “culture of silence” they have here and, generally, in this area of Europe. If you were to think of a tennis tournament for Halle, it could only be on grass, and the rainy weather, the temperature just over 13-14 Celsius degrees of these days reflect the perfect “scenario” for the typical grasscourt tournament of middle June.

Halle Gerry Weber Open
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Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

Sam Stosur

Sam Stosur

Sam Stosur

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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova
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