World No.40 Laura Siegemund of Germany lifted her first champion's trophy today at the Ericsson Open in Bastad, Sweden, overcoming 92nd-ranked qualifier Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic in the title match.
Earlier this year Siegemund played her first WTA final at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in her home town of Stuttgart, losing it to compatriot Angelique Kerber, who was top seed at this week's Bastad tournament, but had to withdraw due to an elbow injury sustained in the first round.
In the final against Siniakova, Siegemund was handed a love break in the seventh game of the first set, but in the following game her own mistakes allowed her opponent to level to 4-all. Siegemund then earned the decisive break in the eleventh game and won the first set 7-5 in 50 minutes.
The 28-year-old German, sporting a Tonic by Martina Hingis tennis outfit, continued the momentum in the second set, racing to a 2-0 lead, then 4-1, and very quickly 6-1.
It's interesting about Siegemund that she used to live in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from age 4 to 7, and then in Jakarta, Indonesia from age 9 to 10.
I hope you enjoyed our Bastad coverage this year, especially the photos of my photographer Jimmie48, who had the privilege of enjoying this wonderful tournament at the beautiful Swedish seaside.
- Thursday: Defending champion Larsson moves on, Kerber withdraws
- Wednesday: Top seed Kerber avoids early upset
- Tuesday: First-round action & players' party fun
- Monday: The Ericsson Open kicks off at the Swedish seaside