Home favourite Siegemund takes Stuttgart crown

Germany’s Laura Siegemund thrilled the home crowd in Stuttgart on Sunday by winning her second career title at the Porsche Grand Prix, defeating France’s Kristina Mladenovic, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(5).

Siegemund, a finalist at Stuttgart a year ago, only made it into this year’s main draw with a wildcard. And the 29-year old home favourite made the most of her opportunity, defeating three Top 10 players including Svetlana Kuznetsova, Karolina Pliskova, and Simona Halep on her way to the final for a second straight year.

Her opponent Mladenovic had beaten number one seed Angelique Kerber, and three-time champion Maria Sharapova on her way to the final.

Siegemund started the final strongly, needing just 29 minutes to take the opening set, although the tide turned in the second set as Mladedenovic raced into a 4-1 lead and duly took the set after converting her only two break points.

The deciding set was a closer affair, the German serving for the match at 5-4 only to be broken and then serve to stay in it two games later at 6-5 down.

Then in the tiebreak Siegemund rallied from 1-4 down to win six of the next seven points, sealing the championship with a superb passing shot from a Mladenovic drop shot.

The win will see Siegemund move back into the top 30 while Mladenovic will move into seventh position on the Porsche Race to Singapore leaderboard.