Set Points, Stuttgart Day 6: An all-German singles final awaits, Siegemund continues dazzling run

The finals are all set at the 2016 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart… you can read my full preview of the singles final HERE. Apologies for no Set Points yesterday, it’s been another tiring week and I chose to eat ice cream and fall asleep instead :-P. This will be the final Set Points from Stuttgart which not only covers both singles semi-finals, but the doubles semi-finals too. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, about these articles, it would be much appreciated! I’ve really enjoyed doing them and plan to continue…

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LAURA SIEGEMUND

What a week for the 28-year-old German who is into her first WTA final after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-4 6-2 in the second of the Stuttgart semi-finals. Siegemund continued to produce some stunning tennis, playing aggressively and with variety, producing many successful drop shots.

Siegemund showed no signs of wavering when serving out the match and played a wonderful final point.

Radwanska was befuddled by Siegemund’s game and while she didn’t play a good match, all the credit should go to Siegemund.

Siegemund is such a breath of fresh air, both on and off the court, and it’s such a feel-good storyline from Stuttgart that will no doubt be remembered come the end of the year.

In the first match of the day, Angelique Kerber overcame Petra Kvitova in three sets, 6-4 4-6 6-2, to reach her second consecutive Stuttgart final. It was an entertaining match that certainly had its moments. Understandably, Kerber was a happy bunny at the end…

Aside from the nine double faults, Kvitova played a decent match. She was striking the ball well and looks so fit right now, moving as well as i’ve seen her on a tennis court. She played a very secure second set and produced a pair of sensational points to break back to 2-2 in the third set.

However, the turning point was in the next game with Kvitova unable to consolidate on serve with Kerber producing an incredible get on break point after being wrong-footed by Kvitova… the Czech player went wide with the next shot to give away her serve.

Kerber won the last four games to secure a place in Sunday’s final. For Kvitova, this was a really encouraging tournament and sets her up well for Madrid where she is the defending champion. The grass court season is not too far away…

In the first doubles semi-final, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza reached their first final in four tournaments, defeating Lucie Safarova and Sabine Lisicki, 6-4 7-5. It was a decent week for Lucie and Sabine, and i’m pleased Lucie is getting plenty of match play. She’s back in action in Prague next week where she will play Mariana Duque-Marino in the first round of singles.

The final match of the day saw Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic extend their winning streak to seven matches with a 7-5 5-7 10-4 victory over Kveta Peschke and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, The doubles coverage has been excellent this week and it was another fun match.

The atmosphere in the Porsche Arena was awesome today… this tournament is on my bucket list!

The players have been competing off the court this week in the Parking Challenge… attempts by Lucie Safarova, Andrea Petkovic and Kristina Mladenovic (with the help of Caroline Garcia!) are linked below. Lucie’s parking was hilarious but I doubt I could do any better haha!

And finally, it was announced on Friday that Agnieszka Radwanska has joined Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic on the entry list for the Aegon International in Eastbourne… happy days!

Screencap for this photo from Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

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