NÜRNBERG, Germany - No.4 seed and local favorite Laura Siegemund got off to a dominating start at the Nürnberger Versicherungs Cup, dropping just one game against German wildcard Katharina Hobgarski to reach the second round.
Siegemund’s serve was firing against Hobgarski, winning 75% of points behind both her first and second serve and she fought off two break points to wrap up the 6-0, 6-1 encounter in just an hour and two minutes. She’ll take on Czech qualifier Barbora Krejcikova in the next round.
“It’s not easy to play against such a young player,” Siegemund told wtatennis.com. “She’s obviously very motivated, and this is a great opportunity for her.”
She added with a laugh, “I just tried to find my quickly and, you know, give her the impression of who’s the boss on the court, a little bit.”
While some players feel nerves and pressure while playing in their country, Siegemund thrives in front of a home crowd. The German reached the final at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in 2016 before taking home the title earlier this season, and she’s feeling the love again in Nürnberg.
“I think the Nürnberg crowd just do a really good job out there in this tournament,” she said. “Lots of people out there cheering us German girls on, and that’s good when you play.
“It’s always really nice when you play in front of a home crowd.”
Also in action, Sorana Cirstea battled past Varvara Lepchenko to notch a 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-3 victory, while Germany’s Annika Beck took down her compatriot Lena Rueffer in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Beck is rewarded with a second-round clash against top seed and defending champion Kiki Bertens, while in the third round Cirstea will take on the winner between Yanina Wickmayer and today’s first-round encounter between No.2 seed Yulia Putintseva and lucky loser Yulia Glushko.