Laura Siegemund overcame another titanic clash at the Volvo Car Open, dismissing former World No.1 Venus Williams in three tough sets in Charleston.
WTA Staff

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Laura Siegemund outlasted an in-form Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-5, to win her second three-setter in three days and sail into the third round of the Volvo Car Open.

"I have no idea!" she said during her on-court interview when asked how she pulled off the win over the 2004 champion. "It was a really good match; it was going up and down. I just tried to believe in my game, and if I was down, I told myself I was going to get more chances."

Siegemund reached the quarterfinals last year in Charleston, kicking off an impressive clay court campaign that led her into the finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at home in Stuttgart.

Against Venus, the German veteran was hardly overawed by the five-time Wimbledon winner, who was coming off strong results at the BNP Paribas Open and the Miami Open, where she reached the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively.

Down match point in the second set, Venus fought back and broke Siegemund as she served for the match, eventually powering through the ensuing tiebreak to level the match.

"I had a hard time finding an aggressive game at the beginning of the third set, playing really short, and she plays really well when she can put pressure on you. It was an amazing performance from her as well," said Siegemund.

Siegemund twice pulled back from a break in the third, and saved two match points of her own as Venus served for the match at 5-4, reeling off the final three games to reach the round of 16.

"I tried my best to think this could be the best match she'll ever play in her life, honestly," Venus said in her post-match press conference. "I basically won the match but still lost.

"I really played the best game I could. I pretty much hit winners, but she hit winners back on me, and I just didn't have any answers for that. I don't know much more that I could do. I mean, there were some errors I made in the beginning, but when push came to shove, I feel like I did the right things, but somehow inexplicably came up empty."

In all, the two played phenomenal offense throughout, each hitting more winners than errors, with Siegemund leading Venus 52 to 45, and hitting 41 unforced errors to Venus' 39.

"It gives me a lot of confidence, because I was pretty unlucky this year," Siegemund said. "I've had a lot of these kinds of matches, but I was losing them, and you start to doubt.

"Now, I feel very confident on clay, and I think I showed I still have some good tennis in my hands."

Up next for Siegemund will be the winner of the match between doubles partners Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.