Stuttgart Grand Prix: Angelique Kerber ends qualifier Laura Siegemund's title hopes in all-German final

Angelique Kerber beat qualifier Laura Siegemund 6-4, 6-0 to retain her Stuttgart Grand Prix title

Karolos Grohmann
Sunday 24 April 2016 16:35
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Angelique Kerber celebrates her victory at the Stuttgart Grand Prix
Angelique Kerber celebrates her victory at the Stuttgart Grand Prix

World number three Angelique Kerber beat qualifier Laura Siegemund 6-4 6-0 on Sunday to defend her Stuttgart Grand Prix title and end her opponent's sensational run.

Siegemund, who had beaten top-10 players Agnieszka Radwanska, Roberta Vinci and Simona Halep in her previous rounds, raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set, frustrating the Australian Open champion with repeated drop shots.

Kerber, however, quickly reined in her fellow German, breaking the 28-year-old three times to clinch the first set 6-4.

Siegemund, the world number 71 who had never reached a WTA Tour final in her 10-year professional career, needed treatment for a back injury early in the second set.

Laura Siegeman's brilliant run in Stuttgart came to an end in the final

She came back only to see Kerber inflict further damage with her trademark forehand down the line to go 5-0 up.

The left-handed Kerber then wrapped up the win when Siegemund sent a slice backhand into the net.

"It could not get any better here than today," said Kerber.

Angelique Kerbe shakes hands with Laura Siegeman

"In the first set I needed to find my rhythm in the beginning. She played a great tournament and I am happy I could beat her today. It was special to win here again."

After a demanding week, Siegemund felt her fitness was lacking in the second set.

"At the moment I am disappointed," she said.

Angelique Kerber won a Porsche with victory in the final

"I am completely empty today. I could have played better but she did well. But I had a good week. I reached my limits. At such a level you need the fitness and after seven matches I was missing that today."

Reuters

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