Andrea Petkovic will play for the title at Winners Open after winning against Aleksandra Krunic, 6-4, 6-2. This will be her second WTA Finals, after the one she played and lost at Hamburg, against Gabriela Ruse. It will also count as her 13th WTA career finals, and an opportunity to win her 7th trophy after seven years.
This was the second game she won today, after finishing a delayed game in the semifinals against Seone Mendez. It adds up for a great summer for Petkovic, who reached the semifinals in all of the three tournaments she participated in: finals in Hamburg (WTA 250), semifinals in Belgrad (WTA 125k), and finals in Cluj (WTA 250).
Petkovic puts an end to Krunic`s great week, who reached the semifinals after playing qualifiers, a performance preceded by three years without any win streak.
With five consecutive wins in Cluj, Krunic had no response to Petkovic`s spectacular tennis she displayed all week. Maybe she lacked physical resources, or maybe her opponent knew better when its time to raise her level of tennis.
Petkovic had one of her best matches this week, attacked at the right time, put appropriate length on her shots, and was always ready to anticipate her opponent`s moves using drop shots, running forehands, or down the line backhand-shots.
The only time when Petkovic found herself in a tough spot happened in the second set when she almost lost the lead after having a 3-0 advantage. She escaped in spectacular fashion, breaking the opponent`s serve at 3-2, and maintaining the advantage until the end of the match.
“Aleksandra is a very good player, but also a very nice and talented person. I had to play aggressively, be careful with her drop-shots and I think I played better than I did yesterday. I`ve never played Mayar before, we just practiced together, but I just want to get back in shape for tomorrow`s finals”, said Petkovic at the end of the game.
For her first WTA title in more than six years, Petkovic will play against Mayar Sherif, who defeated Mihaela Buzărnesc in two sets, 7-6, 6-4. This will be their first head-to-head.