German Laura Siegemund’s amazing rise at the age of 28 continued on the WTA tour Sunday as the No. 6 seed won her first career title at the Ericsson Open in Bastad, Sweden, beating Czech Katerina Siniakova 7-5, 6-1.
“I was in good shape, and was playing well last week as well,” Siegemund said. “I knew I could do well here, but winning the whole thing is something you might not really expect or think about.”
The German burst out during the claycourt season at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix where as a qualifier she upset Simona Halep, Roberta Vinci, and Agnieszka Radwanska before falling in the final.
“I remember being a qualifier was a big deal back then, and I’ve always played well here from some reason,” she said. “I guess it has to do with really liking the place and enjoying your off-court time.”
Siegemund will make her Olympic debut in Rio, and is projected to rise to a career-high ranking of No. 32 and a possible seeding at the US Open.
“I got a new perspective on tennis,” she says. “It’s a great sport, and that kind of gave me some freedom on the court to try things and change my game. When I’m tight, like today in the final, I take a minute to sit on the bench, close my eyes. If it all gets too much, I think about how this is amazing, and who wouldn’t want to be here?”
Siegemund improved to 1-1 in finals. Siniakova, 2-2 in career doubles finals, was appearing in her first career singles final.
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