Katerina Siniakova is in the final of the Bad Homburg Open presented by Engel & Völkers, as she was in 2021, and is just one win away from her first grass court title. The Czech, who has already won seven Grand Slam tournaments in doubles, celebrated two successes within five hours on Friday on the Spielbank Bad Homburg Centre Court, which was once again sold out with 3,500 spectators.

“Now I’m really tired – and very tired. I played really well today, I couldn’t have expected it like this,” said Siniakova, who lost the final to tournament ambassador Angelique Kerber two years ago. The world No. 52 has long since taken the historic Kurpark into her heart: “I love it here,” Siniakova emphasized: “Centre Court and the whole atmosphere are great.”

Before her 6-2, 6-2 semifinal win over Emma Navarro (USA) in the evening match, Siniakova had won the quarterfinal duel with second seed Liudmila Samsonova. After the match had to be abandoned after the second set on Thursday evening due to darkness, the 27-year-old dominated the continuation on Friday, triumphing 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 after a total of 2:36 hours.

French Open champion Swiatek has to retire with stomach bug

Lucia Bronzetti had already been determined as the first finalist in the morning. The Italian from Rimini benefited from the withdrawal of world number one Iga Swiatek due to illness. “I’m really sorry, but I had a restless night with fever, it’s a possible food poisoning or infection. I am not able to play today. I hope to see you again next year,” said the four-time Grand Slam winner.

The newly-crowned French Open winner Swiatek, who had repeatedly praised the Wimbledon flair and the atmosphere in the Kurpark in recent days, thanked the organizers, saying, “It was an honor to play in Bad Homburg. The support was incredible.”

Bronzetti, currently number 65 in the WTA rankings, had only won the clay court tournament in Rabat in April and, like double Olympic champion Siniakova, could land her first really big grass-court coup on Saturday (1.30 p.m./live on hr).

The finals in the overview – Saturday, 01 July 2023:

Singles (13.30/live on hr): Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) – Lucia Bronzetti (Italy)

Doubles (following): Lidziya Marozava/Ingrid Gamarra Martins (Brazil) – Eri Hozumi/ Monica Niculescu (Japan/Romania)  

More information about the draw, player portraits and key data about the tournament can be found here.