Laura Siegemund vs. Irina-Camelia Begu, Palermo R1 Preview

🇮🇹☀️ Palermo Ladies Open – R1 Preview + Prediction
🇩🇪 Laura Siegemund vs. 🇷🇴 Irina-Camelia Begu

Laura Siegemund and Irina-Camelia Begu renew hostilities when they go head-to-head for the fourth time in their careers, this time at the opening round stage of the Palermo Ladies Open.

Laura Siegemund of Germany during practice at the 2020 Palermo Ladies Open WTA International tennis tournament

Siegemund holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Begu, the German has won the last 2 matches between the pair, including a 7/5 6/2 victory on clay in Bucharest last year in their most recent clash.

Siegemund and Begu were both active at exhibition events during the official tour shutdown, especially Siegemund. Begu made the final at a national competition in Romania whilst Siegemund won several national competitions in Germany, at one stage the experienced German was on a 12-match winning streak, all matches for both players were played on clay.

I am going to side with Siegemund here. Form and the head-to-head record favour the German. Both like to play on clay, Siegemund’s greater versatility and stamina make this a good match-up for the German on this surface. Siegemund has played a heap of tennis over the last few months so should be ready for battle unlike most other players heading into this tournament.

Prediction: Laura Siegemund to defeat Irina-Camelia Begu in 2 sets

Sofia Kenin vs. Laura Siegemund, US Open R2 Preview

🇺🇸🗽🍎 US OPEN, R2 match preview
🇺🇸 (20) Sofia Kenin vs. 🇩🇪 Laura Siegemund

The 20th seeded Sofia Kenin continues her 2019 US Open campaign with second round clash against Germany’s Laura Siegemund on day 3 at Flushing Meadows. Kenin is one of the form players on tour at the moment and is one of many players outside the top 10 that have a legitimate shot at causing some major damage over the next fortnight. Can Kenin navigate safely past the tricky Siegemund?

Sofia Kenin arrived in New York fresh from back-to-back semi-final showing in Toronto and Cincinnati. Kenin is certainly full of confidence right now and she needed to draw on some of that confidence in a hard-fought 7-6 6-3 victory over CoCo Vandeweghe in her first round match on Monday. A tough early test for Kenin which should serve her well moving forward as she attempts to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows for the third consecutive year.

Laura Siegemund is still scrapping away. The 31-year-old has overcome several injury obstacles over the last few years and has done well to re-establish a spot in the top 100. Siegemund kick-started her US Open campaign with a typically gutsy 5-7 6-4 6-3 win over Polish qualifier Magdalena Frech. Facing Kenin in the next round will be a big step up in opposition.

This will be the first career meeting between Kenin and Siegemund, two feisty competitors. The pair have somewhat similar games, both move well and like to mix up play, neither are afraid to get into a long grind. The difference is that Kenin has more firepower and is simply much stronger and more reliable at the moment. I expect Kenin to come through this quite comfortably, she does most things better than Siegemund and is in much better form the surface also favours the American. Ultimately this seems like a bad matchup for Siegemund, Kenin can match the German’s tenacity whilst Kenin has many more weapons.

Prediction: Sofia Kenin to defeat Laura Siegemund in 2 sets

Belinda Bencic vs. Laura Siegemund, Roland Garros R2 Preview

🇫🇷🥖💶 Roland Garros, R2 Preview
🇨🇭 (15) Belinda Bencic vs. 🇩🇪 Laura Siegemund

An intriguing second round clash from Roland Garros on Wednesday sees the 15th seeded Belinda Bencic take on Germany’s Laura Siegemund. Bencic brings great form into the second Grand Slam of the year but is yet to prove herself on the Parisian clay, Bencic will face a stern challenge of her clay court credentials here against a very troublesome opponent on the red dirt.

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Belinda Bencic kick-started her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 victory over Jessika Ponchet. Roland Garros has historically been Bencic’s least successful Grand Slam event, Bencic has only won the 3 main draw matches in Paris and has never progressed beyond the second round, easily her worst record at a Grand Slam. Bencic’s hopes will be higher in Paris this year after some great results on clay heading into the event. Bencic notably made the semi-finals in Madrid earlier this month and also reached the quarter-finals in Charleston earlier this year.

Laura Siegemund also arrives in Paris with a poor record at Roland Garros to her name. Clay is easily Siegemund’s favourite surface so it is very surprising that the German entered this event having never won a main draw match in Paris. Siegemund finally broke her duck in Paris with a straightforward 6-3 6-3 win over Sofya Zhuk but will face a much tougher test against the 15th seed in the next round.

This will be the first tour level meeting between Bencic and Siegemund, two feisty competitors with a point to prove in Paris, who will prevail?

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Victoria Azarenka vs. Laura Siegemund, Australian Open R1 Preview

🇦🇺 Australian Open, R1 Preview
🇩🇪 Laura Siegemund vs. 🇧🇾 Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka is back competing at Melbourne for the first time in three years. The two-time former champion will begin her 2019 Australian Open campaign against Germany’s Laura Siegemund in what will be the first career meeting between the pair.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus practices ahead of the 2019 Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Laura Siegemund will be looking to complete her first victory at a Grand Slam since the 2016 US Open when she takes to the court against the two-time former champion on Tuesday. Siegemund started her 2019 campaign in Auckland where she was beaten in straight sets by Caroline Wozniacki in the opening round as a lucky-loser. More recently, Siegemund successfully qualified for the main draw in Hobart before being thrashed in the opening round by Dayana Yastremska.

Victoria Azarenka arrives in Melbourne having only played 1 competitive match before the first Grand Slam of the year. Azarenka started her season in Auckland where she was handed a brutal opening round draw against Venus Williams, Azarenka squandered several match-winning positions in that match on route to a tough 3 set loss. Azarenka looked quite shaky at times in her Auckland opener, especially on serve.

Azarenka is one of the big unknowns at this year’s Australian Open, at her best the former champion is still a threat to anyone but she may be understandably rusty to start the event having not played many matches of late.

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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

Angelique Kerber vs Laura Siegemund, Stuttgart Final Preview

Stuttgart Final: (2) Angelique Kerber vs (Q) Laura Siegemund

For the first time in 39 years there will be an all-German final in Stuttgart. Defending champion Angelique Kerber will come up against in-form qualifier Laura Siegemund. Kerber is into her first final since her Australian Open triumph earlier this year whilst Siegemund will be competing in the biggest final of her career. This promises to be an entertaining encounter between two fierce competitors in front of an adoring home crowd at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. 


Angelique Kerber’s recent form is probably the best it has been since her Australian Open victory. The German has made a strong start to the clay court season, amassing an 8-1 win/loss record. Kerber has had to overcome a couple of tough opponents on route to the final. The world number 3 advanced to the final courtesy of back-to-back wins over top 15 opponents, recording a straight set win over Carla Suarez Navarro before claiming a 6-4 4-6 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova.

Laura Siegemund has gone on a stunning run to the final in Stuttgart. Siegemund has come all the way from the qualifying draw, winning 14 sets in a row. Siegemund certainly hasn’t benefited from an easy draw, recording 3 consecutive victories over top 10 opponents to reach the final. Incredibly, Siegemund did not drop more than 6 games in a match on route to victories over Simona Halep, Roberta Vinci and Agnieszka Radwanska. Siegemund’s 6-4 6-2 win over Radwanska at the semi-final stage on Saturday was particularly impressive, finishing the match with 34 winners to 17 unforced errors, a new perfect performance. 


This will be the first career meeting between Kerber and Siegemund. Usually Kerber would be a clear favourite heading into a match between these two but given Siegemund’s recent form this match promises to be a close one. It is clear that Siegemund is playing the tennis of her life at the moment, however it remains unclear how she will handle the occasion of playing in such a big final. Kerber is certainly far more experienced and will be unfazed by the occasion. Kerber should also be much fresher heading into this match given she has only been required to play 3 matches on route to the final whilst Siegemund has already played 7 matches having come through the qualifying draw.

I’m going to side with Kerber. The defending champion is always tough to beat but more so in matches like this where she will almost always raise her level of tennis. This will be a whole new test for Siegemund, if she can maintain the same level of tennis that she has played at all week then she will have a chance because she has a solid, aggressive game that can certainly trouble Kerber on this surface. Ultimately I think it will be too much for Siegemund, I think Kerber will be too strong for the qualifier. 

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Laura Siegemund in 3 sets