Set Points, Stuttgart Day 1: Qualifiers placed, Friedsam & Babos win openers and Pulse Play updates

The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart is always a slow one to get started with players making their way from Fed Cup action at the weekend. Today’s post covers the results of qualifying, the first two main draw matches, some highlights from Tennis Twitter, injury updates and some exciting news about Pulse Play. Read on for Monday’s Set Points…

Set PointsQualifying concluded with four straight set results… add to that, six of the eight sets finished with a 6-3 scoreline! Those moving through to the main draw were Louisa Chirico, Oceane Dodin, Laura Siegemund and Carina Witthoeft. Camila Giorgi, who lost to Chirico in the first match of the day, also got in as a lucky loser. Thanks to Angelica Fratini (@angelikf) on Twitter for updates from the Giorgi-Chirico match.

All five qualifiers are in main draw action on Tuesday. I’m most intrigued by Kvitova-Chirico although i’m also looking forward to watching more of Oceane Dodin who plays in the late night match.

By virtue of the qualifiers, there are eight German players in the main draw and two of them are already in the second round. Kerber has a first round bye, while Anna-Lena Friedsam won her opener in one of two main draw matches played out on Monday. Friedsam came from a break down in the first set to defeat Johanna Konta in reasonably straightforward fashion, 6-3 6-3, in 77 minutes. And yes, another 6-3 6-3 scoreline!

There could have been three German players through to the second round but it wasn’t to be… In Monday’s night session, Timea Babos continued her superb recent form to defeat Sabine Lisicki in the first round, 7-6(4) 6-3. There were a few wobbles in the score with Babos failing to serve out both sets and going from 6-0 up to 6-4 in the first set tiebreak, but the 22-year-old still came through in straight sets.

It was disappointing that there were no streams for Stuttgart on day one of main draw action but everything’s covered, at least for singles, from here on…

If you’re on Twitter, LillaMay (@LillaMay) is well worth a follow for lots of pictures and videos from Stuttgart. It’s great to see there was such a super attendance for qualifying at the weekend… Stuttgart is near the top of my bucket list of tournaments to attend and i’m seriously thinking about it for 2017!

Jimmie48, the resident photographer for Women’s Tennis Blog, is in Stuttgart and producing some wonderful photography both on and off the court.

The defending champion, Angelique Kerber looked happy in press!

Loveddd these pics of Lucie taking part in the Porsche Parking Challenge.

It was nice to see Kaia Kanepi back in action in qualifying for Stuttgart. In a recent Facebook post she revealed that she has been struggling with various illnesses including mononucleosis.

And to find out more about Kaia, check out this super piece by René Denfeld at The Tennis Island.

Mona Barthel gave an update on her status last week, revealing she had been bedridden for seven weeks by a mystery illness. The positive news is that she is feeling better, but it may still be a while before we see her back on the tennis court. Get well soon, Mona!

And finally, you may remember that I posted about Pulse Play last year… they are the only wearable on the market to give tennis players the pro experience including live scorekeeping, full match history and statistics, and league creation. Great news is that the Pulse Play app is now live and early backers should be receiving their Pulse Plays later this week. For more information about the product, click HERE.

Screencap for this post by Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

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5 thoughts on “Set Points, Stuttgart Day 1: Qualifiers placed, Friedsam & Babos win openers and Pulse Play updates

  1. James I am glad you reposted the interview with Kia,I have met her at Apia International,she is a very gracious young lady,sad to hear she has Epstein Bar Virus,she had a lot of injuries in her career,hopefully she can get her health back.

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    • Yeah I’ve always liked Kanepi.

      I totally wouldn’t be surprised if Wittoeft upset Ana Ivanovic. When she gets going her bizarre game style is really fun to watch and could really frustrate Ana. She’d have to serve well though.

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    • Ahh glad you liked that interview, it was a great piece by The Tennis Island. Kaia has a super game, such a shame that injuries/illness have affected her, they always seemed to strike when she had some momentum.

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  2. Strange result from Jo Konta, though it may be that like Aga Radwanska she’s not at her best on clay. I was sad to see Sabine go out so early again; she seems to be in a slump now.

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    • I was wondering how Konta would get on with clay. A somewhat surprising loss but I imagine she’ll pick up her form with some more matches. Friedsam though has had a great year so far.

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