Bad Homburg | Siniakova wins first grass court title

Doubles World No 1 Katerina Siniakova won her first grass-court singles title at the Bad Homburg Open presented by Engel & Volkers on Saturday, defeating Lucia Bronzetti, 6-2 7-6(5), in a rain-affected final at the WTA 250 tournament.

Coming into this week, Siniakova had not won a singles match since the Miami Open in March, where she sustained a wrist injury that sidelined her until the French Open, while Bronzetti received a walkover into the final after World No 1 Iga Swiatek withdrew ahead their semi-final on Friday after feeling ill overnight.

Capturing her 4th career singles title, and the first of the season, Siniakova capped off a stellar week for the reigning Doubles No 1, who entered the week ranked No 52 in singles, and had not won a singles match since Indian Wells.

Her 1st-round win in Bad Homburg over Italy’s Elisabetta Cocciaretto snapped a 4-match losing streak, and she carried that momentum into her first Top 20 win of the season when she defeated No 2 seed Liudmila Samsonova from Russia, 7-5 4-6 6-2, in the quarter-finals.

Playing her first singles final since winning 2022 Portoroz, Siniakova maintained complete control over the 65th-ranked Italian from the start on Saturday.

Not even a delayed start due to rain, or the prolonged interruption after a shower during the first set, could deter Siniakova, who came into the final having lost just one set all week.

Siniakova’s only wobble came as she served for the win at 6-2, 5-3, when she coughed up 2 double-faults and 2 unforced errors in a disastrous service game to let the Rabat champion back into the set.

In all, the 27-year old lost 13 consecutive points before settling herself to hold for 6-5, and, having rediscovered her range, Siniakova moved on to seal the win in the breaker.

After seeing Bronzetti save 3 match points, the Czech closed out her first grass-court title after an hour and 36 minutes, finishing off the match with 16 winners to 27 unforced errors.

Siniakova fired 4 aces, made 7 double-faults, and broke 5 times in the match in this first-time meeting between the two.

The win was Siniakova’s 4th career title, her first since Potoroz last year, and she now has wins on all 3 surfaces.

Bronzetti, who had 5 love holds, was bidding for her 2nd career title, and her first title since Rabat earlier in the year.



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