World No.71 Laura Siegemund of Germany recorded the most prominent victory of her career by ousting sixth-ranked Simona Halep in the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
Even though Halep was troubled by an ankle injury sustained during the Romania vs. Germany Fed Cup tie this past weekend, Siegemund pleased her home crowd with aggressive returns and ambitious angles, making the quarterfinals of the Premier tournament with a decisive 6-1 6-2 scoreline.
The 28-year-old qualifier Siegemund, who had upset Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round, is continuing her 2016 rise which includes her first ever Premier-level quarterfinals earlier this month in Charleston and a win over world No.22 Jelena Jankovic at the Australian Open.
In Thursday's second-round match at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Halep hit only three winners to ten unforced errors, while Siegemund recorded 28 winners to 14 unforced errors. Also, Siegemund converted as many as 5 out of 6 break points.
Next up for the German is US Open finalist Roberta Vinci of Italy, who advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3 6-4 win over Julia Goerges.