Simona Halep Slammed By Qualifier Laura Siegemund In Stuttgart; Kvitova v Muguruza Friday
by Staff | April 21st, 2016, 6:48 pm

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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16 Comments for Simona Halep Slammed By Qualifier Laura Siegemund In Stuttgart; Kvitova v Muguruza Friday

BBB Says:

Yikes. Maybe it really is the ankle, but she has been psychologically off all year.

jalep Says:

Seems like another 2016 low point for Simona Halep – an ankle injury and a tough loss for Romania in Fed Cup. And I can’t remember if she ever got the nose surgery she needed yet either. Hope she’ll get it all sorted out soon.

Kerber versus CSN should be a pretty good match. And I like Muguruza over Kvitova. I don’t know much about Laura Siegemund however Vinci will be tough – too tough, I think.

Karolina Pliskova is coming off a strong win and performance in Fed Cup last weekend. I could see her have the confidence, and she definitely has the power, to snag an upset over Aga. Go Aga!

Margot Says:

So sorry for Simona, injury problems go on and on.
Interesting to see how Siegemund, who looked very strong and confident, does against Vinci.
Petra took a whole set to find her form but then she looked so impressive, handling all the slicing and dicing and playing with power and variety. On form she’s wonderful.

jane Says:

agree margot: on form, petra is a revelation

Margot Says:

As frustrating to support as Andy, which is saying a lot!
Which Petra will show up, you never know. Hope she’s over the mono now. Commies were saying, apart from the slicing, her opponent wanted to make her run and run, which suggests she isn’t.

RZ Says:

I still find it weird that Halep was going to have some surgery earlier this year and then decided not to as she felt she was playing well. Maybe she’ll reconsider?

Margot Says:

And Laura Siegemund goes through. She’s looked very impressive I must say.
Two of my favourites, Petra and Angie, are through too. Can Aggie do it? Hope so.

jalep Says:

Sorry to underestimate Petra!

Poor Garbine – wonder if she left the court in tears again. She’s been so up and down.

Tennis Channel broadcasting mostly Barcelona so didn’t catch much of any Stuttgart.

Kerber v Kvitova SF. Nice Saturday match.

jalep Says:

Good. Kohls finishes it. Ridiculous h2h with Rafa there but Paire v Kei. Nice.

Finally I get to watch a Stuttgart match, maybe.

Margot Says:

Jalep, never seen or heard of Laura before. She seems to have come out of nowhere.

jalep Says:

Did you watch Laura play? @ Margot.

Looking forward to it. 28 years old the commies said. Where’s she been, I wonder.

Aga deserves to lose this set. Pliskova should be winning this easily – if she was serving halfway as good as she can. Aga exploits the tall girls’ movement. Defensive genius.

jalep Says:

gosh, Aga. terrible serving. How many BP’s has she saved? pppppfffffffooooh. She held. Now up to Karolina to get this to a tb. 6-5

Karolina has already won more games than usual vs Aga. h2h 5-0 Aga.

Laura Siegemund is #71 and moving in the right direction. In Jan. she was outside top 100. I looked up h2h with Aga. They’re only a year apart and have played once back in 2006 – Aga won. Have to look her up online – WTA website has very little info. She must have taken a break from tennis?

Margot Says:

Yes jalep I’ve watched her twice now and she was fired up and going for her shots, a very powerful, determined player. And 28! She looks much younger, and what on earths she been doing so far? Google is my friend ;)
just watched a bit of the Radwanska match and had to stop. It was truly awful!

Margot Says:

^ I see you were watching the same match. I’ve stopped.

Margot Says:

Just looked her up and she seems to have been more of a doubles player up till now, which explains things.

jalep Says:

😵😩 I can’t take it anymore. Just want Karolina to win at this point and go to my happy place 🦄

Will be cheering for Laura to win the semi!
Thanks for explaining me about where she’s been.

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