You started the tournament as an outsider: now Germany’s Laura Siegemund and her partner Wera Swonarewa have won one of the biggest tennis events in the world.
Sensational last triumph in New York: Laura Siegemund made tennis history at the US Open. As the first German since Claudia Kohde-Kilsch in 1985, the 32-year-old from Metzingen won the women’s double competition. With her partner Wera Swonarewa from Russia, the Fed Cup player beat number three seed Nicole Melichar / Xu Yifan (USA / China) 6: 4, 6: 4 in 1:19 hours of play.
Siegemund, who stormed into the final with Swonarewa as an unset doubles match, had already triumphed in mixed at the US Open in 2016. Now she and her partner knocked out number seven seed Wiktoria Asarenka / Sofia Kenin (Belarus / US) and the two defending champions Aryna Sabalenka / Elise Mertens (Belarus / Belgium) in the first joint tournament and deserved to perform at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Siegemund played himself furiously
The German-Russian duo started very concentrated and managed to make it 2-1 with an early break. Then the determined Siegemund passed her first service game safely. She and Swonarewa, who won the 2006 US Open in doubles and the 2012 Australian Open, continued to exchange ideas and Siegemund occasionally played herself into a frenzy. After 41 minutes, the first sentence was sealed. Siegemund responded with a resounding “yes”.
And Siegemund / Swonarewa followed suit. The German worked tirelessly on the net, taking the point to 1-0 in the second set – the quick break was there again. When Siegemund got the ball in the back of one of her opponents shortly afterwards after a rally, she didn’t even flinch, she was so much in the tunnel. But her opponents also competed for every point and wanted to prevent Siegemund Kohde-Kilsch from following.
Strong will again demonstrated
The now 56-year-old wished Siegemund from far away Saarbrücken good luck for the final. “I keep my fingers crossed for Laura to bring the title back to Germany,” Kohde-Kilsch, who once triumphed with Czech Helena Sukova, told SID.
Siegemund, on the other hand, looked for distraction again. She also used the two days off before the finale to clear her mind and build up new mental energy for the big show. “I was really down because I played every day,” she said at Eurosport. The Swabian, who has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, lives in her game from her strong will, which she always demonstrated in the final.