Kerber emerges champ

Kerber emerges champ

Kerber emerges champ

Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber picked up her second title of 2016 with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over qualifier Laura Siegemund in Sunday's final of the WTA clay-court tournament in Stuttgart.

"It's amazing to be able to defend my title here -- there is nothing better," beamed Kerber.

In an all-German final, Kerber claimed her first win since her Melbourne triumph in January with an impressive display against Siegemund, who had beaten seeds Simona Halep, Roberta Vinci and Agnieszka Radwanska, all ranked in the world's top ten.

Having not dropped a set en route, this was Siegemund's debut in a WTA final and Kerber's first since the Australian Open as she defended her Stuttgart title.

Kerber, the world number three, got off to a false start when she found herself 3-0 down in the tight first set, before fighting her way back. She then raced into a 2-0 lead in the second as Siegemund had to briefly receive treatment.

Kerber then dominated the 28-year-old Siegemund, who will shoot up the world rankings from 71 to 42 on the back of her performances in Stuttgart, and kept finding her shots on the baseline to quickly race to a 4-0 lead.

Having broken Siegemund to go 5-0 up, Kerber used her first championship ball to seal the win.

Sania-Hingis lose

Meanwhile, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis failed to continue on their run as they went down 6-2, 1-6, 6-10 to the Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in the summit clash of the women’s doubles event.

Sania-Hingis had earlier defeated the unseeded duo of Sabine Lisicki and Lucie Safarova in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals.

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