Petra Kvitova Meets Angelique Kerber In Stuttgart SFs; Laura Siegemund Keeps Winning
by Staff | April 22nd, 2016, 6:55 pm

Former Grand Slam champions Petra Kvitova and German star Angelique Kerber will meet in the semifinals Saturday in Stuttgart.

Kvitova advanced after blowing out Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza in the third set 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.

“I think it’s very tough because I wasn’t playing bad, you know,” Muguruza said. “I was running and trying to fight for every point but she was coming with great shots.

“And then, I was like, I’m playing good and it’s like 3-0, 4-0, 5-0. So, I know with this kind of players, with Petra if she’s playing good, she hits everything.”

The defending champion Kerber had no trouble with Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-4.

“Angie is in great form. I know full well how dangerous she can be,” said Kvitova of the all-lefty match-up. “Perhaps it’s an advantage for me that I’ve already played three matches here and Angie only two after her first round bye.”

Kvitova leads 4-3 in their series winning three of the last four, but Kerber won most recently at the WTA Finals last fall.

In the other semifinal, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska, a winner over Karolina Pliskova, faces the surprise of the tournament, German qualifier Laura Siegmund.

A day after trouncing Simona Halep, the 28-year-old Siegemund blasted Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-4 to reach her biggest WTA semifinal of her career.

“It’s incredible that everything is going so well, but it’s the result of hard work,” Siegemund said.

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14 Comments for Petra Kvitova Meets Angelique Kerber In Stuttgart SFs; Laura Siegemund Keeps Winning

Margot Says:

Like them both very much and really looking forward to this match. Hope it’s a good one.
And hoping Siegemund comes through the other, because last night, Radwanska was doing my poor head in. Actually they both were! I was shouting at my lap top, “make this torture end!”

Margot Says:

Ooooh, one set each now. Petra looking stronger by the minute and Angie giving her too many short balls which she just eats up.

jalep Says:

Only now woke up, Margot.

Wow. Good match, huh? !!

Saw Angie make that shot running away from it and break. Bad luck for Kvitty.

jalep Says:

This match I thought would be more like the final than semi.

Pojd! Petra…

jalep Says:

Kerber made it – but what I watched was good. Margot… disappointed Petra didn’t get it, tho.

Not sure Tennis Channel will show me any of Aga v Laura. Oh, maybe they will. It’s scheduled 2 hours from now. TC switching to Barcelona semi and will go back to Stuttgart – if I’m lucky.

Margot Says:

Welcome jalep…a bit late to the party….;)
And Angie does it! Well done her. I really, really like her, such a never-say-die attitude.
An interesting, high quality match, a great defender playing a great attacker, always good to watch that kind of match up.

Margot Says:

I’ve forked out for a month on tannistv, jalep. It’s an excellent month to get and the only way I could watch, apart from a terrible stream, because I won’t pay Murdoch’s silver.

jalep Says:

Brav-o to not paying Murdoch’s silver.

Yes, I’ve considered tennistv. I refuse to pay for Tennis Channel plus when I’ve already paid enough to upgrade satellite dish service to get Tennis Channel. The greedy capitalist punks. grrrr…

jalep Says:

Maybe it’s time to start following 26 yr. old, Cagla Buyukakcay? She made the Istanbul final?

I’m ready to face another Agnieszka Radwanska match, win or lose.

Margot Says:

And Laura takes the first set and…Aggie is playing much better today too.
The commies seem to know a bit more about her now…loads of time out due to ligament injuries and doing a PHD on “Choking in Sport.” Guessing she I is a psychology grad.

jalep Says:

I’m watching.

Aga’s serving is not a strength but not sure I’ve seen it as bad as it was yesterday and that first set. Was very proud of her serving in Indian Wells.

Anyway I’m impressed with Laura’s tennis. Didn’t Mikhail Youzhny write a similar dissertation?

Aga hasn’t looked too comfortable or happy out there.

jalep Says:

Congrats to Laura Siegemund! I mean it. And good luck to her in the final v Angelique.

Margot Says:

Wow! She did it. Amazingly impressive showing. I don’t think she has any weaknesses in her game, so much variety, you just didn’t know what stroke,she’d play next.
Only query would be how much energy she has left for the final, she’s come through the qualifying rounds so has played an awful lot of tennis.
You and I must congratulate ourselves on spotting her jalep…;)
An all German final too. How brilliant for the crowd!
Meanwhile I see Joanna Konta is 7 in the year rankings. Blimey!

MMT Says:

I just watched clips of the Siegemund matches, and while her strokes are ungainly, they are effective, and her court positioning is refreshing. Also looks like she’s got pretty good hands at net.

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