Germany’s Laura Siegemund capped off an impressive week at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, winning a tense three-set final against Kristina Mladenovic of France and claiming her biggest career title.
Sporting knee-high socks and Tonic tennis apparel, the world No.49 Siegemund stormed through the first set 6-1 in less than half an hour, but the 19th-ranked Mladenovic roared back with a dominant set of her own, 6-2. The third set, however, was pure drama, as Siegemund and Mladenovic played shoulder-to-shoulder throughout the set and even when Siegemund twice took hold of a break, Mladenovic broke back right away. In the thrilling deciding tiebreak, Mladenovic enjoyed a 4-2 lead on the changeover, but Stuttgart’s darling fought back and won her second WTA title, 6-1 2-6 7-6(5). Siegemund will drive home in her new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet.
It’s unbelievable that out of her eight career Top 10 wins, six have happened on the Stuttgart clay. En route to the 2016 Stuttgart final, Siegemund defeated No.6 Simona Halep, No.8 Roberta Vinci and No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska, while this week as a wildcard she eliminated No.9 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No.3 Karolina Pliskova and No.5 Simona Halep.
Stay tuned, I’ll post more photos from the final later today.