Sun, Apr 30, 1:12pm by Head Editor
Date and Time: Sunday April 30, 11:05pm AEST
Venue: Tennis Club Weissenhof
TV: Bein Sports
After disposing of Simona Halep 6-4 7-5 in the semi-final, world number 49 Laura Siegemund will have the support of the local crowd, when the 29-year-old German takes on France’s Kristina Mladenovic.
She won’t go in favourite with the bookmakers though as Mladenovic is coming off a straight-sets win of her own, against the sport’s most polarising figure, Maria Sharapova.
The 6-4 7-5 win was the first defeat that the Russian has suffered since returning from her 15-month doping ban and sees the Frenchwoman a $1.75 favourite to win her second WTA title. Her first came in February in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
Siegemund is $2.08 chance to go one better than last year, when she fell to compatriot Angelique Kerber in the final of this tournament.
The German made a rapid start and raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set of the semi-final, before the world number five hit back, to win four of the next five games.
In the second set, Halep was ahead 5-3 and a decider looking increasingly likely but the local found some of the form that had served her so well at the start of the match, reeling off four successive games to seal her date with Mladenovic with a booming backhand return that Halep could only hit into the net.
In the other semi, the pressure told on Sharapova as the match got tighter, as you would expect it to after 15 months away from the sport. Mladenovic’s second serve was very vulnerable, but she showed plenty of determination in the big points, saving 13 of 16 break points.
I think the underdog can ride the support of the home crowd to just her second WTA title, adding to 2016 Swedish Open triumph.
K Mladenovic $1.75
L Siegemund $2.08
K Mladenovic 2-0 $2.70
L Siegemund 2-0 $3.50
K Mladenovic 2-1 $4
L Siegemund 2-1 $4.50
To Win 1st Set
K Mladenovic $1.76
L Siegemund $1.98
Total Match Games
Under (21.5) $2
Over (21.5) $1.72
K Mladenovic (-1.5) $1.83
L Siegemund (+1.5) $1.83
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