Laura Siegemund [WC] def. Svetlana Kuznetsova  6-4 6-3
The 2016 Porsche Grand Prix Finalist Laura Siegemund continued a magical run in Stuttgart this week as she surpassed the two-time Grand Slam champion and former Stuttgart champ Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.
Winning tennis matches has not come easy for the German in 2017, but the win over Venus Williams in the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, felt like a real turning point in Siegemund’s season. After that huge win over the 2017 Australian Open finalist, Siegemund managed to make the semi-finals and kickstarted her campaign on the clay leading into the French Open next month.
The Russian still remains as one of the toughest tests on this surface, but the World No.49 Siegemund came through that test with sizzling form in the second set.
Siegemund made things extremely challenging both mentally and physically for Kuznetsova. The German not only adopted her usual style of forcing her opponent to come to the net through her countless number of drop shots, but she also elected to inject pace off her backhand side. As an opponent, Siegemund must be a nightmare to play against because she has more than one formula that helps her win tennis matches. That makes her unpredictable and gives herself more than one option to get over the line and come through these big clay court matches.
Last year’s US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova needed two breaks of serve in the second set to win her first tour match on the clay in 2017. The hard-hitting Czech is hoping that her quick-fire, first strike tennis will guide her to greater success on the clay court.
It was important that the Czech star took the first set tiebreak, which then settled her confidence for the remainder of the match in what was a comfortable second set for Pliskova.
The World No.3 will now come up against Germany’s Laura Siegemund, who presents a very different challenge in the quarter-final.
Pliskova told reporters: “Definitely I am expecting drop shots. I saw a little bit of today. That is just her game. So, my goal is just to play that fast that she doesn’t have time for playing the drop shots and obviously if she does I’ll try to run and get it (Smiling).”
Siegemund and Pliskova are scheduled on Centre Court, not before 6:30pm (5:30pm BST).
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