After a 10-month injury break, Laura Siegemund joins the WTA Insider Podcast to discuss how she stayed positive during her rehab and how she got glimpse into her future.
WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen
April 23, 2018

STUTTGART, Germany - Defending champion Laura Siegemund is full of positivity as she returns to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The 30-year-old put together a stunning run to the biggest title of her career last spring, knocking off Svetlana Kuznetsova, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, and Kristina Mladenovic in a third-set tiebreak to drive away with the Stuttgart title. 

Then came injury. Weeks later, in her second-round match in Nuremberg, Siegemund went wide for a ball and went down in a heap. In line to be seeded at the French Open, Siegemund had ruptured the ACL in her right knee and was suddenly sidelined for 10 months. 

"I think I was in a very positive state of mind," Siegemund said on the WTA Insider Podcast, after making her way back on the tour-level at the Volvo Car Open earlier this month. "The year hadn't been easy for me up until Charleston. I played well but I didn't do well. So I worked a lot on my attitude, keeping things up, and keeping in a good mood. So at the point the injury happened, of course, people said oh, how can it be in that moment! But I don't think that the moment matters so much. Of course, I was playing well but it's not nice to have this happen at any time." 

Hear Siegemund's full interview on the new episode of the WTA Insider Podcast below:

On what the last 10 months have been like:

"It's been a long 10 months. I did great things away from sports and tennis but it's been a lot of work. But when you go back out there and can actually enjoy yourself again and not have to think about a physical issue, that's just such a nice thing. It's worth all the work in the end."

On what she did during her time away: 

"I was reading a lot at the beginning. Then I wanted to do something with it, be a little bit more practical. The Federation invited me to give a presentation, and I thought sure, I'll do that. I put everything that I had read and all the things that I had accumulated over the years in tennis, I finally sat down and wrote that down and put it into concepts for me. It's something that I always wanted to do but I never had the time and energy. I presented it there and everyone loved it. I loved being in front of the people and have that interaction. It was a big success and after that other companies were asking me to do it as well." 

On whether returning in time for Stuttgart was the goal:

"Everyone's talking about Stuttgart and of course it's my home tournament and I won it last year. But it's not only about Stuttgart. I see the bigger picture and I want to play healthy from now on. For me, Stuttgart was not a deadline, that I need to be fit. I always said I want to see how the knee feels. Now I felt like I can be ready for the clay court tournaments. My performance here in Charleston tells me this was the right thing to do."

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