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Wozniacki vs Siegemund WTA Charleston live streaming, preview and tips - Former champion Wozniacki faces dangerous Siegemund in Charleston opener

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 3 Apr 2019
  • Caroline Wozniacki vs Laura Siegemund is live from Charleston around 2.30pm local time on Wednesday (7.30pm GMT)
  • Wozniacki won their only previous meeting on hardcourt in Auckland earlier this season
Caroline Wozniacki (PA Images)

Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki starts her Volvo Car Open campaign in Charleston on Wednesday against the dangerous Laura Siegemund in the second round.
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Former Charleston champion Caroline Wozniacki is back in action at the Volvo Car Open on Wednesday in the second round against tough clay-courter Laura Siegemund.

It’s been a rough last 12 months or so for Wozniacki, basically ever since she broke through to win her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open at the beginning of 2018. The Dane, apart from title triumphs in Eastbourne and Beijing, struggled for much of the year, later revealing that she was suffering with symptoms rheumatoid arthritis, which is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet. At one stage, Wozniacki said she couldn’t lift her arms over her head, and that contributed to many of the surprise defeats she suffered at stages throughout the season, but she did finish the year in rather encouraging fashion, storming to the Premier Mandatory title in Beijing and winning a match at the WTA Finals Singapore, falling just short of the semi-finals.

However, Wozniacki hasn’t been able to fully move on so far in 2019. She’s just 5-4 for the season, losing in the second round of Auckland, the third round of the Australian Open, withdrawing from Doha and Dubai with a viral illness, going down in her first match at Indian Wells and then falling in the R16 of Miami last week to Su-Wei Hsieh, slipping down to No. 13 in the world as a result of mostly of not being able to defend her Australian Open title.

It remains to be seen if Wozniacki can rebound at some point this season and recapture the sort of tennis that saw her hit the pinnacle of the sport again, but she does have some fond memories to draw upon in Charleston. The 28-year-old made the final on her debut appearance at the tournament back in 2009, made the semi-finals the following season and then won the title in 2011, beating Elena Vesnina in the final. Wozniacki has only been back to Charleston twice since, making the quarter-finals in 2013 and 2017. Can the Dane find some form on the green clay this week?


Laura Siegemund is an extremely tough first opponent. The German has had been forced to deal with her fair share of serious injury problems over the last 18 months or so, but at her best, she’s one of the best clay-courters on tour - and that’s no exaggeration. Siegemund first started to make a big impact in 2016 when she finished the season at No. 31 in the world, winning her maiden WTA title on the clay of Bastad and reaching her first final at the Premier-level event in Stuttgart, where as a qualifier, she beat the likes of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Simona Halep, Roberto Vinci and Agnieszka Radwanska (the last three were all top 10 players at the time) before losing to compatriot Angelique Kerber.

Siegemund, who also made the quarter-finals of the Rio Olympics that year, then returned to Stuttgart as a wildcard the following year after losing seven of her first eight matches to start 2017, but she once again produced her best tennis on her home clay courts, this time defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova, Karolina Pliskova, and Halep again, before beating an in-form Kristina Mladenovic in a deciding set tiebreak to secure her first Premier-level title. However, disaster would strike Siegemund shortly afterwards in Nurnberg - she tore her right anterior cruciate ligament midway through a match and was taken off court on a stretcher, her season over as she underwent surgery at the peak of her powers.

The 31-year-old used her enforced lay-off to further pursue her degree in psychology, and while her ranking tumbled to outside the top 300 midway through last year, Siegemund was able to finish the 2018 season at No. 117 after a couple of strong performances on the ITF circuit. Apart from a notable win over Victoria Azarenka to make the second round of the Australian Open, Siegemund hasn’t made much of an impact yet in 2019, but she did book her spot in the second round of Charleston on Tuesday with a 7-5 6-4 win over wildcard Emma Navarro.

Siegemund has also played well in Charleston in the past, making the quarter-finals in 2016 and the semis in 2017 - can she upset Wozniacki on Wednesday? Despite the Dane beating her comfortably in Auckland to start this season, I give her a really good chance. Siegemund is a different beast on clay and has a crafty all-court game that is capable of outmanoeuvring Wozniacki in her current form. Clay has never been Wozniacki’s best surface either. I wouldn’t be shocked if Siegemund came out on top in this one.


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Wozniacki vs Siegemund WTA Charleston live streaming, preview and tips - Former champion Wozniacki faces dangerous Siegemund in Charleston opener

Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki starts her Volvo Car Open campaign in Charleston on Wednesday against the dangerous Laura Siegemund in the second round.

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