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Laura Siegemund claims Porsche Grand Prix title in Stuttgart

Laura Siegemund claims Porsche Grand Prix title in Stuttgart
By PA Sport

30/04/2017 at 18:17Updated 02/05/2017 at 09:56

Laura Siegemund was the home-town hero in Stuttgart as she lifted the biggest title of her career at the Porsche Grand Prix.

The German was a surprise finalist 12 months ago but lost out to countrywoman Angelique Kerber.

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A repeat looked on the cards when France's Kristina Mladenovic led 4-1 in the deciding tie-break but Siegemund fought back to win 6-1 2-6 7-6 (7/5).

Mladenovic ended Maria Sharapova's comeback tournament in the semi-finals but the Frenchwoman lost the opening set.

Mladenovic responded well to claim the second set but Siegemund, a wild card ranked 49, regained control in the decider and gave herself the chance to serve for the title at 5-4.

Laura Siegemund of Germany arrives with the winners car Porsche 911 Carrera GTS after the singles final match against Kristina Mladenovic of France on Day 7 of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at Porsche-Arena on April 30, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Laura Siegemund of Germany arrives with the winners car Porsche 911 Carrera GTS after the singles final match against Kristina Mladenovic of France on Day 7 of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at Porsche-Arena on April 30, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany.Getty Images

There was controversy as umpire Mariana Alves gave a point penalty against Siegemund for a time violation and Mladenovic broke back.

But ultimately there was no denying the 29-year-old, who was able to celebrate winning her first Premier level tournament.

Elina Svitolina won her third title of the season at the Istanbul Cup.

The top-seeded Ukrainian dropped only one set all week and saw off Elise Mertens of Belgium in the final 6-2 6-4.

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