Serena Williams continues her quest for a first title in three years when she squares off against Laura Siegemund in the ASB Classic quarter-finals in Auckland on Friday.
Serena Williams (??) vs Laura Siegemund (??) Match Info
Date: Friday January 10
Tournament: ASB Classic, WTA Auckland QF
Time: 1.30pm local time (12.30am GMT)
Serena Williams vs Laura Siegemund Head-to-Head
Serena leads 1-0
2016 | Indian Wells R64 | Serena 6-2 6-1
Serena Williams vs Laura Siegemund Match Preview
A first title since the 2017 Australian Open remains very much a possibility for Serena in Auckland as the legendary American eyes off a spot in the semi-finals on Friday.
After breezing past the challenge of dangerous qualifier Camila Giorgi in straight sets in her opening round, Serena recovered from a set down to outlast compatriot Christina McHale in three on Thursday. McHale has always proved a troubling opponent for Serena, but the 23-time major champion settled after dropping the opener and played with more margins, gradually taking control of the contest as she closed out the win by a 3-6 6-2 6-3 scoreline.
“It was a good match for me, because I really need to play matches like that to get to my goals,” Williams said on-court after the match.
“Tournament time is super important and match time is good. It’s fun to be out here after losing that first set, and I’m glad I’m still in the event. I just thought I needed to figure out a way to win this match.”
Serena has proven time and time again that she doesn’t need many matches to get into groove – she isa after all playing just her second match since the U.S. Open final – and said staying in New Zealand was the extra motivation she needed when trailing.
“I got myself in a hole and I was able to get out of it, so that was satisfying,” Williams continued.
“I just think today, I just got mad, and honestly, I said that I wanted to win more than one match here in New Zealand. I thought about that, and sometimes, it’s the craziest things that get you motivated.
“I just was making a lot of errors, and I stopped making so many and tried to be a little more aggressive. I was playing a player who was playing unbelievable, so I had to play better.”
Serena, who is also into the doubles semi-finals with the retiring Caroline Wozniacki, is playing in her fourth decade on tour and is as determined as ever to add to her 23 Grand Slam titles, especially after losing out in her last four major finals since returning to the sport.
Can she continue to build some momentum towards the Australian Open by winning the title in Auckland?
Laura Siegemund stands in her way in the last eight. The German came back from a set down to conquer 15-year-old sensation Coco Gauff in the second round earlier on Friday, striking 27 winners in a 5-7 6-2 6-3 triumph. It was a tremendous performance from Siegemund, who used her ability to change the pace of the ball in baseline exchanges to her advantage, outmanoeuvring her teenage opponent in the windy conditions.
A former World No. 27, Siegemund suffered a terrible knee injury during her breakout season in 2017 that required surgery, and she’s been trying to regain her best tennis ever since. The 31-year-old has clawed back up to a current ranking of No. 73 after making the semi-finals of Bucharest and quarter-finals at Hiroshima and Luxembourg last season, but she hasn’t really been able to find the consistent high-level of tennis that had so many top players hoping she wouldn’t land in their section of the draw.
Serena Williams vs Laura Siegemund Prediction
Siegemund has got her 2020 off to a great start in Auckland, and in these conditions, her game could trouble Serena. The German loves mixing things up and it certainly wouldn’t be the first time Serena has found the going tough in Auckland – think back to her loss against Madison Brengle three years ago. In saying that, Serena has looked pretty sharp all things considered this week and has a dominant win over Siegemund under her belt from Indian Wells a few years ago – she most definitely has the match on her racquet.