Category Archives: Laura Siegemund

Laura Siegemund vs CoCo Vandeweghe, Madrid R2 Preview

🇪🇸 Mutua Madrid Open, R2 Match Preview
🇩🇪 Laura Siegemund vs 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe

A fascinating second round clash at the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday sees Laura Siegemund come up against CoCo Vandeweghe in what is sure to a feisty encounter. Siegemund is one of the form players on tour at the moment after winning the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Siegemund is one of those players that almost exclusively play their best tennis on clay, her ability on the dirt was again showcased in a gutsy 3-6 7-5 6-4 win over Johanna Konta in the opening round in Madrid.

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Laura Siegemund vs Jelena Jankovic, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open, 🇦🇺 First Round Match Preview
(26) 🇩🇪 Laura Siegemund vs 🇷🇸 Jelena Jankovic

One of the toughest opening round matches on Monday at the Australian Open features the 26th seeded Laura Siegemund and former world number 1 Jelena Jankovic. Siegemund caused a big upset when she eliminated Jankovic from the second round at the Australian Open last year in their only previous meeting. The Serbian veteran will be desperate for revenge but Siegemund is never as easy opponent to beat.

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2016 Rio Olympic Games, Quarter-final match Previews

QF #1: (15) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs (11) 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova

Elina Svitolina caused the biggest upset of the tournament on Tuesday evening when she eliminated the tournament favourite Serena Williams with a 6-4 6-3 victory. The Ukrainian’s win over Serena was arguably the biggest win of her career but she will have little time to celebrate as she will have less than 24 hours to prepare for a clash with Petra Kvitova.

Petra Kvitova looked down and out in her third round clash with Ekaterina Makarova, the Czech managed to fight from a set and a break down to record a memorable 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory.

 

Kvitova holds a 2-1 head to-head record over Svitolina. The Czech has won the two most recent matches between the pair: a 6-3 7-5 win in Wuhan in 2014 and a 2-6 6-3 6-2 win in Dubai last year.

I suspect Kvitova will once again get the better of Svitolina on this occasion. The match is almost totally on Petra’s racquet, now that the draw has opened up and at this stage of the event I think Petra will be motivated to perform well and therefore should overpower Svitolina here. Petra is very experienced at representing her country, Petra has arguably been the best Fed Cup performer over the last several years and this could be the time for that success to translate into Olympic success.

Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Elina Svitolina in 3 sets

 

QF #2: 🇵🇷 Monica Puig vs 🇩🇪 Laura Siegemund

The most unexpected quarter-final match-up sees Monica Puig come up against Laura Siegemund, the only quarter-final match-up which features two unseeded players.

Monica Puig has arguably been the form player of the tournament. The Puerto Rican has advanced to the quarter-final stage in her first Olympic campaign without dropping a set. Puig claimed comfortable straight set wins over Polona Hercog and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to begin her Rio campaign before producing her best performance of the tournament thus far in the third round where she thumped Garbine Muguruza 6-1 6-1.

 

Laura Siegemund has also defied the odds to reach the quarter-final stage of her first Olympic campaign. The German did well to even reach Rio and is now making the most of her opportunity. Siegemund has benefited from a very favourable draw, claiming wins over Tsvetana Pironkova, Shuai Zhang and Kirsten Flipkens to reach the quarter-final stage.

This will be the first ever meetings between Puig and Siegemund, two feisty competitors. The slow surface in Rio suits both ladies and they seem pretty evenly matched heading into this clash. Puig’s form is more impressive given she has beaten more established players and Puig’s best is better than Siegemund’s so I think Puig has the slight edge here.

Prediction: Monica Puig to defeat Laura Siegemund in 3 sets

 

QF #3: (7) 🇺🇸 Madison Keys vs 🇷🇺 Daria Kasatkina

Madison Keys and Daria Kasatkina are two of the most promising young talents on the tour, the pair will go head-to-head at the quarter-final stage of their first Olympic campaigns on Wednesday.

Madison Keys has taken the tough route to the quarter-final stage, the American has twice been pushed to a third set after a straight set win over Kovinic in the first round. Keys overcame Mladenovic in a 3-hour battle before booking her spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over Carla Suarez Navarro.

 

Daria Kasatkina made a slow start in Rio, just sneaking past Ons Jabeur in the first round. The Russian has raised her level in her last couple of matches as she claimed straight set wins over Saisai Zheng and Sara Errani.

Madison’s biggest concern heading into this match could be fatigue given she will be playing for a third day in a row and is coming off two tough three setters. Luckily Keys isn’t the type of player that needs to do a lot of running, Madison is playing with a lot of confidence and belief at the moment and should probably be a bit too good for Kasatkina on this occasion.

Prediction: Madison Keys to defeat Daria Kasatkina in 3 sets

 

QF #4: (2) 🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber vs (10) 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta

Angelique Kerber and Johanna Konta have been two of the form players in season 2016, the pair will go head-to-head for the first time since their semi-final clash at the Australian Open earlier this year when they met at the quarter-final stage in Rio.

Kerber has breezed through to the quarter-final stage without dropping a set. The German has claimed straight set wins over Mariana Duque-Marino, Eugenie Bouchard and finally confirmed her spot in the final 8 with a 6-0 7-5 win over Sam Stosur.

 

Johanna Konta started her first Olympic campaign with straight set victories over Stephanie Vogt and Caroline Garcia. Konta’s first big test came at the third round stage where she was forced to work extremely hard for a 3-6 7-5 7-5 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Kerber won the only previous match between the pair, a 7-5 6-2 win at the semi-final stage of the Australian Open earlier this year. I suspect there will be a similar result on Wednesday, Kerber is the fresher player heading into this match and the slow surface probably suits Kerber in this match-up. Konta will find it hard to hit through the German who is looking good in Rio.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Johanna Konta in 2 sets

Madison Keys vs Laura Siegemund, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon 🇬🇧 First Round Match Preview + Prediction
(9) 🇺🇸 Madison Keys vs 🇩🇪 Laura Siegemund

Madison Keys is one of the form players heading into this year’s Wimbledon Championships. The powerful American looms as one of the biggest threats to the favourites over the next fortnight. Madison will begin her Wimbledon campaign with a fairly difficult first round clash with Laura Siegemund.

Madison’s results over the past couple of seasons suggests that grass is her preferred surface which is not surprising given her game is perfectly suited to the surface. Madison reached the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon in 2015 and will be confident that she can replicate that result given her form in the lead up to this year’s event. Madison’s preparations for Wimbledon were perfect. The American claimed her second career title in Birmingham where she defeated Timea Babos, Tamira Paszek, Jelena Ostapenko, Carla Suarez Navarro and Barbora Strycova on route to the title. Madison’s week in Birmingham was particularly impressive given her ability to overcome all different types of opponents and navigate her way through tricky circumstances. It is clear that if Madison’s serve is firing she is one of the toughest players on the WTA tour to defeat on this surface.

 

Conversely, Laura Siegemund’s form on a grass court is not as impressive. Siegemund was very unimpressive in the two grass court events she entered prior to Wimbledon. The German suffered a poor first round loss to Madison Brengle in 's-Hertogenbosch before being defeated by Verónica Cepede Royg in the second round at Mallorca. Siegemund has never won a main draw match at Wimbledon.

Laura Siegemund won the only previous encounter between the pair, a 6-7 6-4 6-4 win on the Charleston clay earlier this year. Monday’s clash will obviously be a very different match in very different circumstances. I suspect Keys should have the edge on this occasion. Madison is far more comfortable on a grass court. Siegemund does have the ability to make this tough match for Keys given her ability to mix up play from the baseline. However, Keys has more reliable weapons (particularly her serve and forehand) and should ultimately be too powerful for her opponent.

Prediction: Madison Keys to defeat Laura Siegemund in 3 sets

Eugenie Bouchard vs Laura Siegemund, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, First Round
🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard vs 🇩🇪 Laura Siegemund

One of the Tuesday’s most intriguing first round matches at Roland Garros features arguably the two most dangerous unseeded players in the draw: Eugenie Bouchard and Laura Siegemund. Bouchard and Siegemund both showed some good form in the lead up to Roland Garros, particularly Siegemund who went on a remarkable run to the final in Stuttgart. It will be interesting to see if Siegemund can bring that spectacular form to Roland Garros, or will Bouchard be too strong on the big stage?

Eugenie Bouchard arrives in Paris arguably in the best condition she has been in all year. The Canadian hasn’t been playing her best tennis in recent months but she is physically much stronger than she has been in recent times, her best form is probably just around the corner. Bouchard claimed a couple of valuable victories in Rome a couple of weeks ago, tough three set victories over Jelena Jankovic and Angelique Kerber, victories Bouchard can build on. Bouchard has had mixed results at Roland Garros in her past two appearances, reaching the semi-finals in 2014 but suffering a first round loss in 2015 to Kristina Mladenovic.

 

Laura Siegemund has achieved the best results of her career in recent months. The German went on a stunning run from qualies to the final in Stuttgart, reached the quarter-final in Charleston and won multiple matches in Madrid. However, Siegemund’s most recent tournament ended in disappointment last week, suffering a second round loss to Mariana Duque-Marino in Nurnberg. Tuesday’s match with Bouchard will be Siegemund’s first ever main draw match in Paris, at the age of 28.

This will be the first career meeting between Bouchard and Siegemund. Despite Siegemund’s recent success, I think Bouchard should be winning this match. Bouchard is a class above Siegemund and that is likely to be evident at the Grand Slam level, a level where Bouchard has had far more success than Siegemund. These two have quite similar games, both are very aggressive but Bouchard is clearly more experienced at this level and often raised her game for Grand Slams.

Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Laura Siegemund in 3 sets