December 4, 2023

WTA Finals: Siegmund starts with a surprise

Tennis player Laura Siegmund started her first WTA Finals with an upset victory. With her doubles partner Wira Suwonariwa, the 35-year-old from Metzingen won her opening match in Cancun, Mexico, against Czechs Barbora Krejcikova and Kateryna Siniakova 6:3, 6:7 (6:8), 10:5. Krejcikova/Siniakova, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, won the 2021 finals and reached the final in 2022.

Siegmund and Sonariwa led 5-2 in the second set and wasted two match points in the tie-break. In the third group, which was held in the form of a “tie-break”, they had a clear advantage.

In the “Mahual Group”, Siegemund/Swonarewa will meet Americans Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula as well as Gabriela Dabrowski/Erin Routliffe (Canada/New Zealand), to whom they lost in the US Open final. Siegmund and her partner recently showed themselves in strong form and won the tournament in Nanchang/China in mid-October.

The 39-year-old Suwonariwa competed in doubles at the WTA Finals for the second time, and in 2007 she only failed in the semi-finals with Jelena Leshovtseva.

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