Defending champion Sheriff avoids good tones

Liqui Moly Open

Egypt’s best tennis player Mayar Sherif will be defending champion at the Liqui Moly Open in Karlsruhe from Tuesday. The 26-year-old starts with a Ukrainian. Laura Siegemund participates in today’s first match of the tournament week.

Getting used to the course: Mayar Sherif, the defending champion at the Liqui Moly Open at the TC Rüppurr facility, trained on the center course on Monday.

Photo: Helge Prang / GES

Hard workers are putting the finishing touches behind the center fence tarpaulin fence. For the tournament week on the tennis court in TC Rüppurr, everything should be fine from Tuesday.

About as accurate on the millimeter as it was with the Mayar Sheriff on the pitch after a stop. “It was the ball par excellence in this training session,” whispers Spanish coach Francisco Martinez to his protégé.

The defending champion of the Liqui Moly Open sparred with Panna Udvardy on a sensitive backhand with so much cut that the ball only touched the Sheriff’s opponent’s side of the court briefly and bounced back from there to the Sheriff’s website without any action from the attacking side. training partner.

“It’s definitely going to be hard for me”

When she left the field after the final preparations, the Egyptian did not make any explicit statements of intent for the tournament she dominated last September.

When she returned to the $ 125,000 WTA event in Karlsruhe, the Sheriff said she did not want to put herself under any extra pressure. “It will definitely be hard for me. But I will try to be mentally strong. That is my goal, especially for the start of the tournament.”

The reason for her reluctance: After a Covid infection that occurred in her in April, she first had to collect grain again. And it may not go as well for her every week as it did at the WTA tournament in Marbella early last month.

There, the 62nd in the world rankings snatched his first tournament title since the triumph in Karlsruhe. On Tuesday, the Sheriff will be challenged by Ukraine’s Kateryna Baindl in her first round match. This pairing was the result of the draw on Monday afternoon.

Siegemund tries it

Before the Sheriff, Laura Siegemund hit a couple of balls with her friend and coach Antonio Zucca in the square on Monday. Even the two-time Olympic participant, who worked for half a year on his comeback after a knee operation and since February has struggled to catch up with world-class again, does not formulate the high expectations for this week.

“After two months where everything went well, the knee still felt after the tournament in Stuttgart. However, I have cured it. But it is not quite 100 percent yet. I still try to play here – and to play well,” explained the swab , which starts on Tuesday in the top match against Udvardy from Hungary.

Van Uytvanck tops the seeding list

Sheriff and Siegemund, who received a wildcard from tournament director Markus Schur, expect strong competition. The world number 60 top-seeded Alison van Uytvanck from Belgium, inferior finalist at the premiere of the Karlsruhe tournament in 2019, is back.

It is also nine rows behind her, Anna Bondar from Hungary, who opens the tournament week on Tuesday at 11 am as a clear favorite against Harmony Tan from France. Van Uytvanck’s partner Greet Minnen (WTA 81) and Frenchman Clara Burel (WTA 83) are also among the favorites to win the tournament.

Schur hopes for brilliant deeds of the German tennis youth

After her good results recently, Anna-Lena Friedsam still joined the main draw thanks to her position. Therefore, the German Tennis Federation passed the joker card, which was originally intended for her, to Eva Lys.

The 20-year-old was in good shape at the WTA tournaments in Stuttgart and Wiesbaden with participation in the quarter-finals. “In general, the young German players played quite well in the 100,000 tournament in Wiesbaden. I have high hopes for them here too, ”says tournament manager Schur.

Nastassja Schunk, for example, was with the second DTB wildcard in the final of the ITF tournament, where she also lost to the Montenegrin Light conqueror Danka Kovinic.

Wiesbaden semi-finalist Jule Niemeier will also be in the spotlight. The surprising semi-finalist from Strasbourg had the ITF event in Zagreb at the end of last month and was thus among the 100 best players in the world for the first time. Tamara Korpatsch and Tatjana Maria (WTA 109) serve as other Germans in the adventure.

Spontaneous top 50 players are no longer registered in Karlsruhe. The organizer’s wildcard reserved for this exclusive circle remained unused. Players who moved up from the waiting list via their world rankings benefited from this.

Open daily from kl

The games at the Fairy Tale Ring facility will begin at 11 a.m. in the coming days. Today’s match is never scheduled until 5pm at Center Court. The semifinals are played on Saturday and the final on Sunday. So again with the spectacular sheriff?

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