Angelique Kerber, Surprising Laura Siegemund Battle In All-German Stuttgart Final
by Staff | April 23rd, 2016, 6:31 pm

A German will again be crowned champion of Stuttgart Sunday when defending champion Angelique Kerber meets countryman and qualifier Laura Siegemund.

Kerber needed three sets to get past Petra Kvitova 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to reach her second straight final in her home country.

“I found my rhythm quickly in the final set and it was important for my game. The Stuttgart crowd is absolutely incredible. It gave me a big boost and propelled me forwards,” said Kerber. “Since Melbourne, I’ve got great confidence in my tennis. I now know I can beat everybody.”

The surprising Siegemund awaits will be her opponent in the final after the 28-year-old stunned top seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2.

Siegemund, who has won seven matches without losing a set at the event, will try to earn her 4th victory over a Top 10 player this week and become the first qualifier to ever win the Stuttgart title.

“I myself am a bit speechless, which isn’t something that happens too often,” said Siegemund.

Into her first career WTA final, the 71st-ranked Siegemund, who was born in Stuttgart, will see her ranking climb into the Top 45.

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19 Comments for Angelique Kerber, Surprising Laura Siegemund Battle In All-German Stuttgart Final

Van Persie Says:

Congrats to both players :)
A very nice surprise from Laura Siegemund.

Margot Says:

Van Persie, I think she’s great. Seen her play twice now. But she’s played a heck of a lot of matches and Angie will make her run and run so I hope she’s got some energy left.
A great defender v a great attacker, hoping for a great match!

Van Persie Says:

It will be an interesting match for sure. Am rooting somehow for Laura. It might be her only chance to get one big title…
I hope Laura will play good also in the future, and it was not only the week of her career.

Margot Says:

Anyone watching? Might be wrong time for Jalep.
Laura came out like a steam train, taking the ball so early, but Angie applied the brakes, as my commie said, and takes the first set. Think Laura is slower than yesterday and 1st serve % is down.
Really good match

Green Lady Says:

Margot hubby bought me an ipad, and im just getting familiar with it, so soon i will be able to watch matches live, and like Okie, i will be able to send posts with emojis ;-)) ….

Margot Says:

What a shame, Laura ran out of gas in the 2nd.
but soooo pleased For Angie. Hope she wins RG, Wimbles and USOpen too. Go Angie!
I’ve been a fan for years and it’s so interesting to see how much she’s developed as a player. She’s a terrific athlete as well, very fast on the clay.
Oh my, GL, so you’re soon gonna be showing off with those darn emojos……;) just like OK. Will just have to get myself one of those new fangled devices too….EEK! (just for you Giles…;)

jalep Says:

Wonderful run from Laura Siegemund!

Missed the first set, Margot. Will have to watch it later.

But now I’ve seen enough of Laura to be a fan. Her style of play is a lot like Barbora Strycova – but a better, less emotional competitor. Hope Laura can continue to play at this level – fun to have her in the final!

The other story here is the fight for #2 seeding going into FO and Wimbledon and get away from Serena. Not sure if Angie passes Aga with this win or not.

jalep Says:

WTA really is underrated on these internet boards;
and, misunderstood.

Didn’t pay much attention to Angelique Kerber until last year, Margot. Aga and Petra have been favorites for the longest time. But remember I could hardly pick a WTA bracket back in 2012!

Margot Says:

The first set was excellent jalep, worth a watch.
Don’t think Angie does pass Aggie, but I like her chances whatever. And, I’m not sure about Serena’s form/chances either. I think age/injury/pressure is catching up with her.
And I too am now a huge fan of Laura’s.
Shall we give each other a congratulatory pat on the back….;)

Margot Says:

Saw her beat Maria at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, which confirmed my admiration. But remember chatting to dear old Grendel about her years and years ago.
Oh yes, re the disparagement/neglect of the WTA. Witness James, dismissive comment on this very blog.

jalep Says:

Reaching across the pond – Woot! for us 👏🏆🍾

jalep Says:

Yes. Grendel liked Petra I recall and called Angie Care Bear.

I think there’s more than just Aga and Angie vying for #2 seed. Will go have a long look.

Jun Says:

Congrats to Angelique! And to her fans, too.

Commies to Laura S (and her fans).

Where has Laura S been all this time? Wonderful match in the semis vs Aga. Didn’t need the mute button at all.

jalep Says:

Laura Siegemund is a year older than Agnieszka Radwanska and she has apparently been around for a long time but has been out with injuries, playing doubles, and getting a PhD. wow.

But none of us knew who Laura was or had seen her play. Really hope she gets some rest and comes back strong for Madrid and Rome, picks up buckets of ranking points and gets seeded/doesn’t have to qualify soon!

jalep Says:

Since Angelique Kerber defended her Stuttgart title from last year, her singles ranking won’t change and she’ll remain ranked #3, but not far behind #2 Agnieszka Radwanska.

Laura Siegemund rises from #118 to around #80-83!

With 1000 point Madrid, 900 pt. Rome, and four more 280 point International tournaments left on the Calendar, exciting times are ahead with FO seedings all subject to change in the coming weeks, except for Serena Williams, safely at #1.
WTA 2016 Tournament Calendar:

Congratulations are in order for an
Historical Istanbul Title winner today 🏆 Yay!

Cagla Buyukakcay, 26 years old, became the first Turkish woman to ever win a WTA title. She beat Danka Kovinic, ranked #60. Cagla will rise to between #80-85 from #118 when the rankings update tomorrow.

jalep Says:

Gosh – Oops. Correction: Laura Siegemund’s ranking will rise from #71 to around #42.

Cagla Buyukukcay is #118 moving to around 80 something.

Point is: I’d never looked up either player before yesterday!

Green Lady Says:

Yeah womens tennis has become pretty interesting lately, rather than just being the Serena show, nice to see Angie playing to well and backing up what she did at the AO, and for Laura Siegmund what a great week ….

Green Lady Says:

Meant to say and congrats to Angie, best of luck for the rest of the year ….

Van Persie Says:

Angie got her 2 Porsche. Congrats for that :)

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