Laura Siegemund left the Stuttgart Centre Court to applause. However, the Swabian tennis player had certainly hoped for a different farewell at her home tournament.

The successful performance of local hero Laura Siegemund at the tennis tournament in Stuttgart came to an end in the quarter-finals. The 34-year-old Swabian was eliminated on Friday after losing 5:7, 3:6 to Ludmilla Samsonova from Russia. Siegemund thus missed a good chance to reach her third semi-final at the most important German women’s tennis tournament after 2016 and 2017. Her performance against the powerful unseeded Russian was too flawed. Since winning the title five years ago, no German participant has reached the final round of the clay court tournament.

This year’s event, which is endowed with 611 210 euros, promises world-class tennis on the final weekend – but without German participation. The world number one Iga Swiatek from Poland or the British US Open winner Emma Raducanu will play against Samsonova in the semi-finals. The other match will be between Spanish world number two Paula Badosa and last year’s finalist Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus.

German number one Angelique Kerber was already eliminated in the first round. Therefore, Siegemund was the only German left in the field. In the quarter-finals, however, she did not seem quite as determined and concentrated as in her two previous appearances. 38 unforced errors in the statistics were an expression of her lack of consistency. “I think it’s the best clay court tennis of my life,” said Samsonova.

Nevertheless, Siegemund can take self-confidence into the coming weeks on her favourite surface, clay. After her Olympic exit in Tokyo last summer, the former top-30 player had knee surgery and has only played seven singles since then. The 2017 tournament winner and 2016 finalist took part in Stuttgart thanks to a wild card – and made an impressive comeback in the first two rounds.

Siegemund annoys opponent

After a nervous start with two double faults in the first two points, the German hopeful quickly regained her composure against Samsonova. An even match developed. Siegemund annoyed her opponent with successfully interspersed stop balls, to which her opponent had no answer several times. Supported by the crowd in the hall, which was once again not sold out, the Metzingen player was still leading 5:4, but her loss of serve again at 5:6 initiated the decision in set one.

Samsonova had surprisingly defeated the Czech top ten player Karolina Pliskova. She had attracted attention in Berlin last summer when she won the title on grass. Siegemund could not turn the match around. In the second period, the spectators suffered with her many times when she missed balls. In the semi-finals, Samsonova will meet the Polish world number one Iga Swiatek. She won 6:4, 6:4 against Emma Raducanu from Great Britain.

Paula Badosa vs. Sabalenka

In the other semifinal of the €611,210 indoor tournament, Spanish world number two Paula Badosa and last year’s Belarusian finalist Aryna Sabalenka will face each other. German number one Angelique Kerber was eliminated in the first round.