World no. 2 Maria Sharapova, 25 earned her first WTA title in 2012 by winning the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.
The Russian beat World no. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1 6-4. Azarenka was not 100 percen fit and needed treatment at the start of the second set because of a wrist injury.
"In such a tough tournament with difficult opponents, it was a good week. I was going to use this event as a warm-up (to the French Open) so I did not come much earlier. Maybe I should continue doing it like that," Sharapova said.