Stuttgart Grand Prix: Siegemund sees off Mladenovic to seal title



German wildcard, Laura Siegemund defeated Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(5) in front of her home crowd to win the Stuttgart Tennis Grand Prix.

Siegemund didn’t take long to make her intentions known, racing to a 3-0 lead before wrapping up the first set in 29 minutes, hitting eight winners.

Mladenovic wouldn’t go down without a fight though, with the youngster finding her back into the tie in the second set. Siegemund committed eleven unforced errors, as the Frenchwoman won the second 2-6 to draw level.

In the decisive final set, despite serving the match, went down 1-4 in a tie break as Mladenovic continued to pile the pressure. Siegemund would recover, however, winning six of the next seven points before clinching the title with a delightful final shot following an intelligent drop shot by Mladenovic to win her first big title.

With the win, the German who saw off the challenge of no fewer than three top seeded players en-route making an appearance in the final, returns to the top 30 in the world, with Mladenovic who knocked off returning Russian star, Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals, moving to no.7.

Elsewhere, Elina Svitolina won her third title of the season after she beat Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-4 to win the TEB BNP Paribus Istabul Cup.

The Ukrainian had earlier won titles at the Taiwan Open and Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship and now retains her spot among the top eight in the Porsche race to Singapore leaderboard.

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