By Jack Cunniff
New Haven Open at Yale– Saturday, August 25, 2012
Summary of Saturday’s Finals at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven:
Final: (2) Petra Kvitova def. (7) Maria Kirilenko, 7-6 (9), 7-5
The New Haven fans got their money’s worth in the final, as Petra Kvitova snuck past Maria Kirilenko in a closely contested match. With both players holding set points in both sets, the match truly could have gone either way.
The finalists exchanged four service breaks within the opening six games of the match until they settled in at 3-3. Nerves got the best of Kirilenko, and at 5-5, 30-30, she served two double faults that allowed Kvitova to serve for the first set. However Kvitova returned the favor with her own double fault to hand the service break back, and the set headed into a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was a see-saw battle, with six different set points in total. Kirilenko’s final backhand pass attempt went slightly wide, and Kvitova captured the opening set, 11...