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‘I’m Where I want To Be’ – Laura Siegemund Fulfils French Open Dream At The Age Of 32

The world No.66 is proving that it is never too late to achieve your dreams as she reaches her first ever Grand Slam quarter-final.

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Prior to this year’s French Open Laura Siegemund was one of two players who had a record that neither of them wanted.

 

Siegemund and China’s Zheng Saisai were the only active Premier-level champions yet to reach the fourth round of any Grand Slam event. However, for the German world No.66 her previous heartbreaks in the majors has been rectified by what is a dream run at Roland Garros. An event she had only ever won one main draw match at in her career prior to 2020.

After seeing off the likes of Julia Goerges and 13th seed Petra Martic, Siegemund’s latest showdown was against Spain’s Paula Badosa on Monday. A former French Open girls champion who herself was playing in the last 16 of a major for the first time. She prevailed 7-5, 6-2, in just 93-minutes with the help of two aces and 25 winners.

I think I played very up and down at the beginning of the set, I couldn’t kind of find my groove and consistency,” Siegemund reflected.
“I didn’t get angry when things weren’t going my way, where there would have been a lot of reasons to get angry. I had a lot of chances. I had a lot of errors where I was dominating the point but didn’t execute well.’
“I tried to work it out and I did. She gave me some chances at the end of the first set and I took them. Then in the second was a little bit better. I served much better.”

The success of the 32-year-old on the clay is in some way long overdue. Three years ago she headed into Paris in fine form after winning the Stuttgart Open, which remains the biggest title of her career to date. Although a couple weeks after disaster struck when she seriously hurt her knee at another tournament and subsequently missed 10 months of action. Since then, she is yet to reach another WTA Final.

Now breaking new ground in the French capital, Siegemund is relishing that she is able to do so on her favourite surface. Although she has no intention of being complacent with her performance.

“It was always my dream to be in the second week of a slam,” she said.
“It was one big goal for me to make it in singles into the second week of a slam. That’s where I see myself. That’s where I want to be.’
“I’m glad I’m making that come true now.”

En route to the quarter-finals Siegemund defeated a trio of top 50 players but she faces by far her biggest challenge next. Standing in her way is two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova who is in the midst of her best run at the tournament since 2012. The Czech is one of two Grand Slam winners to make it to the last 16 along with Sofia Kenin.

“I feel like there’s also more in it for me. I want to take it one step at a time. I’m truly excited to be in the quarters and also still in the zone.” She said.
“Petra is a really tough opponent, no question about it. It will be totally different to all the matches I have played here so far. I also played more against clay court players, more with spin and very tactical. She’s not like that. She serves very well. There are no second chances in rallies with her.”

Siegemund is the oldest player remaining in the women’s draw.

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Marcell Granollers and Horacio Zeballos claim their third Masters 1000 title in Madrid

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Marcell Granollers and Horacio Zeballos claimed their third ATP Masters 1000 title with a 1-6 6-3 10-8 win over Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic after 73 minutes. 

 

Granollers and Zeballos avenged their 3-6 7-5 10-4 defeat against Mektic and Pavic in the semifinal at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. 

Both teams were tied at 1-1 after the first two games of the opening set before Mektic and Pavic earned two back-to-back breaks to win five consecutive games en route to claiming the first set 6-1 after 22 minutes 

Zeballos and Granollers got their first break of the match in the eighth game of the second set and served out for the second set in the next game forcing the final to the Match tie-break. 

Granollers and Zeballos won five of the next six points from 3-3 and converted their third match point to claim the Match tie-break 10-8. 

Granollers and Zeballos have extended their record to 5 wins to 3 defeats in eight ATP Tour finals. 

Mektic and Pavic have claimed 32 of their 36 matches in 2021. They won titles at the Antalya Open, at the Murray River Open in Melbourne, Rotterdam and finished runner-up in Miami and Monte-Carlo.

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David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta advance to the second round in Rome

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Former top 10 David Goffin beat Salvatore Caruso 6-4 6-1 after 1 hour and 22 minutes to reach the second round after 1 hour and 23 minutes at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

The first set started with four breaks in the first five games, as Goffin raced out to a 4-1 with three break in the opening set. Caruso pulled one break back for 2-4, but Goffin earned his third break to open up a 5-2 lead. Caruso broke back in the eighth game, but Goffin served out the first set at love. 

The Belgian player went up a set and a break in the first game of the second set. Caruso wasted two break-back points in the fourth game. Goffin won four consecutive games with two breaks to claim the second set 6-1.  Goffin set up a second round match against either Karen Khachanov or Federico Delbonis. 

Pablo Carreno Busta came back from one set down to beat Laslo Djere 4-6 6-3 6-1 after dropping just seven of his first service points. Djere claimed an immediate break in the opening game. Carreno Busta saved a double break point in the third game, but he did not earn a chance on return and went to serve only once. 

Last year’s US Open semifinalist and 2018 Madrid quarter finalist Carreno Busta saved two break points to hold serve at deuce in the first game of the second set. The Spaniard converted his fifth break point in the sixth game and dropped just eight points on serve held his next two service games to win the second set 6-3. 

Carreno Busta broke three times in the first, fifth and seventh games to cruise through to a 6-1 win in the third set. The Spanish player will face either Fabio Fognini or Kei Nishikori in the second round. Reilly Opelka beat Richard Gasquet 6-1 7-5 in 67 minutes. The US player hit 18 aces and won 79 % of his first service points. He won 12 consecutive points to open up a 3-0 lead and faced only a break point at 5-1 but he served out the first set 6-1 at deuce. The second set went on serve until the 11th game when Opelka converted his only break point to close out the second set 7-5. Opelka will face either Hubert Hurkacz or Lorenzo Musetti in the second round.

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Felix Auger Aliassime Goes The Distance To Win First Match In Rome

The Canadian was pushed to three sets in his opening match by Filip Krajinovic.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime is into the second round of the BNL D’ Italia Masters in Rome after beating his Serbian opponent Filip Krajinovic in three gruelling sets 6-3, 6-7, 6-4.

 

The marathon encounter saw the Canadian hit 45 winners and 12 aces en route to victory. Avenging his loss to Krajinovic at the same tournament last year. His win-loss for the season now stands at 13-8.

” It’s always a tough match against him and I was happy I was able to win today,” the world No.20 said afterwards.

It was Krajinovic who got off to a fast start earning a breakpoint on the Montreal natives opening service game of the match and broke to take an early 1-0 lead. The Canadian responded at 2-1 earning his first two breakpoints of the match and breaking with a solid forehand winner to get the break back and go back on serve. At 3-2 the world number 20 had a chance to take the lead but it was saved by the world number 36. Nevertheless, he would go on to break for a 5-3 lead before serving out the match.

Auger-Aliassime started the second set with confidence and broke the Serb’s opening service game. It stayed on serve until the world number 20 was serving for the win when he ended up getting broken to level the set at five. The very next game the Montreal native had three looks at a breakpoint but again was denied and the second set would be decided by a tiebreaker.

The tiebreaker stayed on serve until 4-4 when Auger Aliassime managed to get the crucial break but squandered it the following point and gave his Serbian opponent a chance to serve it out which he did following a double fault.

The third and decisive set was a roller-coaster with the Canadian holding his opening service game and than having three more breakpoints which he would convert to take another early 2-0 lead. Krajinovic would respond once again earning a breakpoint the following game and getting the break back to go back on serve until 3-3 when the Serb had his first chance to take a lead in the third set but the Canadian would come up with a huge point to save it.

The next game Auger-Aliassime would have a look at another breakpoint and this time would convert to take a 5-3 and serve for the match but struggled to close it out and the world number 36 broke serve once again.

With the Serb serving to stay in the match the Canadian increased his game to another level and managed to earn two match points. Sealing his first match win in Rome with a huge forehand winner down the line.

After the match in his post match press conference Auger Aliassime spoke about how he was able to overcome the adversity of having two chances to serve it out.

” You have to believe and be resilient at times, I wanted to win badly so I dug deep and I found a way so I am happy that I was able to find a way with all the circumstances,” he said.

Auger Aliassime will next face the number eight seed at the tournament Diego Schwartzman. The Argentine currently has a 1-0 lead in their head-to-head with their last meeting coming last October in Cologne, Germany on a indoor hard court.

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