Simona Halep’s disappointing 2016 continued Thursday in her opening match at Stuttgart where the former French Open finalist was slammed by German qualifier Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-2.
“I think it’d be presumptuous to say [the match] was perfect, because there is always something to improve,” Siegemund said. “But that was very good and of course I’m mega happy. I have not expected that it would go so smoothly.”
The 6th-ranked Halep, who was playing with an ankle she injured during Fed Cup, has now lost three of her last four matches. And the former No. 2 hasn’t made a semifinal since Sydney and a final since Cincinnati last summer.
Siegemund will face US Open finalist Roberta Vinci in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
“I don’t feel any pressure at all,” Siegemund said. “I obviously want to win every match but first of all I want to savour the feeling of having come so far and the knowledge that the spectators seem to like my game. It gives me a sense of pride.”
Also on Friday, Agnieszka Radwanksa meets Karolina Pliskova, Carla Suarez Navarro locks up with Angelique Kerber and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova clashes with Garbine Muguruza.
Kvitova had to come back in three to deny Monica Niculescu 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.
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