STUTTGART, Germany - Stuttgart native Laura Siegemund is back into the final at her home tournament for the second year in a row after edging past No.4 seed Simona Halep at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
“I think it’s a combination of the support I get from the spectators and the surface,” Siegemund explained in her post-match press conference. “It’s a combination, and it brings out my best tennis, I think.
“This surface suits my game. It allows the variety you can put on clay, but also you can make the game quick and put pressure on people.”
Since the tour has turned to clay, Siegemund has notched wins over the likes of Karolina Pliskova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Venus Williams. After kicking things off with a semifinal run at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, she's back into another final in Stuttgart after a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Halep.
The German didn’t put a foot out of place for the first four games, giving Halep no rhythm and breaking twice to go up 4-0. She peppered her game with her go-to dropshots to keep Halep guessing.
But Halep seemed to figure her out as the match went on, and the No.4 seed earned a break back to reel off three straight games and cut down the deficit. The pair wrestled for momentum for the rest of the set, but it was Halep who was left to play catchup and she just couldn’t complete the comeback as Siegemund took the opening set 6-4.
Siegemund stayed just as aggressive in the second, even when she found herself on the losing end of a flurry of breaks that put Halep ahead.
The Romanian served for the set at 5-4, but, with the Porsche Arena firmly behind her, Siegemund found another gear. She fought off two set points and roared ahead to break Halep twice, rattling off four games in a row to close out the match and a spot in the final.
“The rhythm was difficult,” Halep admitted in her post-match press conference. “I knew before the match that it is going to be like that. But still it was a bit tough to take the domination and to dominate the match. I couldn’t. I came back, I stayed strong till the end, but she played very well today.”