Found June 14, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
(June 14, 2013) Friday match play at Nurnberg saw German wild card Andrea Petkovic defeat top tournament seed Jelena Jankovic in a 90-minute match. Despite the 6-4, 6-3 score, Petkovic rallied from an early break in both sets and the two faced a combined 20 break point chances. “I’m absolutely overwhelmed right now,” Petkovic said. “I think I played a really great match today. I didn’t think it would be possible because I was really tired after yesterday, so I pulled all of my power and strength that was left together and managed to put in a good performance out there today.” Petkovic admitted earlier this week that she contemplated retirement recently, and now she will vie for her third title after winning Bad Gastein in 2009 and Stasbourg in 2011. “It’s really absurd – two weeks ago I was thinking about quitting tennis because I was playing so badly. I wasn’t feeling good on the court and I was doubting myself a lot. But here I am now. The good thing about going through all of tha...

Petkovic beats Jankovic in Nuremberg

Andrea Petkovic reached her first WTA final since October 2011 when she upset top-seeded Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 6-3 in the inaugural Nurnberger Versicherungscup on Friday. Petkovic and Jankovic both got wild-card invitations into the clay-court tournament. Petkovic was once in the top 10 but the German missed months of action through various injuries and has dropped to 103rd. Jankovic...

Jankovic, Petkovic reach semifinals

Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic cruised past sixth-seeded Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-4, 6-0 on Thursday to set up a semifinal against Andrea Petkovic in the inaugural WTA Nurnberger Versicherungscup. Petkovic is coming back from a series of injuries and got a wild card into the tournament, like Jankovic. Petkovic came from a set down to beat eighth-seeded Annika Beck 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. In...

Petkovic Upsets Jankovic to Move into Nürnberg Final

NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP Nürnberg, Germany June 10-15, 2013 $235,000/International Red Clay/Outdoors Results – Friday, June 14, 2013 Singles - Semifinals (WC) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (1/WC) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 64 63 (7) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (5) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 63 06 62 Doubles - Semifinals (1) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Hrdinova/Irigoyen (CZE/ARG) 62 64 Olaru...

Jankovic Cruises into Nürnberg Semifinals

NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP Nürnberg, Germany June 10-15, 2013 $235,000/International Red Clay/Outdoors Results – Thursday, June 13, 2013 Singles - Quarterfinals (1/WC) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (6) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 64 60 (5) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 76(5) 36 64 (7) Simona Halep (ROU) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 61 (WC) Andrea Petkovic [...]

Halep Wins First WTA Tournament win Nürnberg Victory

  (June 15, 2013) Simona Halep won her first WTA tournament on Saturday by defeating Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-3. She is the eighth Romanian WTA titlist after Virginia Ruzici, Irina Spirlea, Ruxandra, Dragomir Ilie, Sorana Cirstea, Alexandra Dulgheru, Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu. “This is a very nice win for me, and this is a [...]

Ivanovic, Jankovic and Pennetta Enter Southern California Open Field

Carlsbad, CA (June  13, 2013) – The Southern California Open, a stop on the Emirates Airline US Open Series calendar, has announced that Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, along with Italy’s Flavia Pennetta will be competing in this summer’s WTA Premier 700 tennis event. Currently in its 28th year, the Southern California Open will [...]

Is Grass Always Greener?

Clay court tennis doesn’t end when Roland Garros does. (Credit: Rick Gleijm for Tennis Grandstand) When the new International-level WTA event made its debut this week in Nürnberg, Germany, there was no shortage of quality story lines; although the draw featured no top 10 players, top seed Jelena Jankovic is always a walking headline and four Germans started off in the main draw...
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