It’s good to see Angelique Kerber get back into the winner’s circle at the 2016 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart). This makes back-to-back wins in Stuttgart for Angie, the 2015 champion as well. Following her career highlight win at the Australian Open in January, it was understandable that she had a bit of a brief dip in play. She’s on top again with a 6-4 6-0 victory over fellow German Laura Siegemund. I started the week a bit vexed with Laura but ended the week rooting for her. A 28-year old qualifier with 0 WTA level singles titles (she has 11 ITF level titles), I was a bit cross when she took out Simona Halep in the second round. I am a big Simona fan. But after Siegemund kept it going with upsets of Roberta Vinci and top seed Agnieszka Radwanska (not to mention her first round upset of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova), I thought it would be fitting for Laura to earn her first WTA singles trophy in front of her homeland crowd. It was not to be as Kerber was just too experienced in finals…and ultimately just too good for her on this day.
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2 ANGELIQUE KERBER d. Laura Siegemund, 6-4 6-0