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Volvo Car Open Notes: Laura Siegemund hits the wall in Saturday semifinal

April 8, 2017

German veteran Laura Siegemund has a degree in psychology, but her mind could not will her body over the finish line Saturday at the Volvo Car Open.

Two three-hour matches during the week took their toll on Siegemund in Saturday’s semifinals. The 29-year-old wilted late in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 loss to Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina at Volvo Car Stadium.

“The difference is that I had two matches over three hours and she didn’t, I think,” said Siegemund, who finished the match with her right leg heavily taped. “I just couldn’t move anymore.

“The week is a long week, and I’m a really fit player, I think, but she just started giving me no pace at all, and I just started to miss here and there,” she said. “My serve started to go down. So in my opinion, that has a physical aspect to it. Very frustrating for me because I was playing really well and it was like someone unplugging my energy.”

Still, it was a breakthrough week for Siegemund, who is ranked No. 37 but entered the week with a 1-7 match record this year. Her week included three wins over top 30 players, including a three-set, three-hour marathon win over No. 10 Venus Williams.

Siegemund was disappointed Saturday, but recognized the week was a good one for a player who’s spent much of her career toiling on the minor league ITF circuit, where she has 11 titles.

“At this moment, I’m coming like literally 10 seconds from the court,” she said afterward. “I’m very disappointed because I had a good match planned and all that, and I really wanted to win today.

“But if you ask me the same question in three hours, I’d probably say it was a great tournament. It was an amazing crowd. Great week for me. I played very well. And of course, I have to accept that at some point maybe I’m a little bit tired after having tough matches mentally and physically. That also wears you down, the match, with the match points, all that stuff going on the whole week. I have to just accept that, but at this very moment it’s just very hard for me to accept.”

Shelby says good-bye

Charleston’s Shelby Rogers signed autographs at Volvo Car Stadium before Saturday’s semifinals, and said good-bye to her fans on Twitter after a memorable run to the quarterfinals this week. She won three matches before a strained abdominal muscle and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni derailed her run.

“Hate that it had to end this way. I will never forget this week!,” she posted. ”#Charleston y’all are the best! Time to heal & continue a great clay season!”

Hate that it had to end this way. I will never forget this week! #Charleston yall are the best! Time to heal & continue a great clay season!— Shelby Rogers (@Shelby_Rogers_) April 7, 2017

Family Time

Like a lot of tourists, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni finds Charleston a great place to bring your family. She’s got her husband, niece and nephew with her this week.

“Charleston is super relaxing and super beautiful,” the 35-year-old Croatian said. “Altogether, it is the perfect tournament to bring your family. And we’re really having a good time outside the court. I play, do my job and then we go hang out together. So we’re having a great time.”

Attendance watch

The Volvo Car open drew 6,937 fans for Friday’s day session and 7,102 for the night matches, a total of 14,039. That’s head of last year’s total of 13,115 for the same day.