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18.04.2022 | Stuttgart | Press Release

All-Access Hour with Laura Siegemund

“The field is almost tougher than at a Grand Slam”

Stuttgart. Laura Siegemund is fit again after her knee operation last year, something that was recently underlined when the local hero and winner of the 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix claimed the doubles title at the WTA 1000 tournament in Miami. In Stuttgart, the Porsche Team Germany player does not want to put herself under any pressure, but still go a long way. The 34-year-old spoke about...
...her physical fitness:
“I’ve already practiced today and am fit. My knee feels far better this year and is standing up well. The time off has done a world of good. We’ve done a very good job in rehab. Many people taking a look at me now say they’ve never seen me looking so fit. Nevertheless, it’s a bit different being out on court and then recovering from a three-hour match.”
...the situation leading up to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix:
“I’m not putting myself under any pressure. Except perhaps after being given a wildcard, I want to show I can make something of it. But I have to be realistic because I haven’t played many singles matches recently, and you have to say that the tournament here has one of the world’s best draws. The field at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is almost tougher than at a Grand Slam because it’s so small and there’s almost only Top 30 players in the line-up. Therefore I have to be realistic. I don’t want to just take part, I want to play well here. I kind of owe it to the tournament organisers and my family and friends who can pop by and watch me this one time in the year. Hopefully, I can gradually raise my level during the course of the tournament.”

...her first round opponent Tamara Zidansek from Slovenia:
“Up until now, I’ve not really had the chance to think about the match. But I obviously know her because she plays very well and is definitely not an unknown quantity. I’ll be using this evening to prepare specifically for the match.”
...her future goals as a doubles player:
“Years ago, I said I’d like to become a doubles specialist at some stage because there’s room for improvement. Though up to now I’ve only played doubles intermittently, I’ve had some good results in the past, including winning a Grand Slam. I’m interested in finding out how things would go if I played doubles full time at all the major and lesser tournaments. At the moment I’m in a situation in which I’m coming back from an injury and I’d like to see what my body is capable of in singles. I want to get my singles ranking back up again.”

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All-Access Hour with Laura Siegemund - "The field is almost tougher than at a Grand Slam"

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