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.
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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.