07
Jan
11

“I’m a diesel you know, I need some time before I start to get going,” Petkovic said after the game.

Andrea Petkovic fired her way into the finals tonight, defeating fourth-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli in straight sets 6-4 6-2. The German held serve to quickly take the first game, before Bartoli fought back hard to overtake her and set up a strong 4-1 lead. When Petkovic broke Bartoli’s serve to snatch her second game, with it came the confidence and focus she needed to go on to win the next five consecutive games and take the set. Going into the second set, the look on Petkovic’s face said it all. She was in the zone. Securing the first game with an ace, Petkovic snagged the second at the hands of a double fault from Bartoli, and the third when the Frenchwoman found the net. Bartoli fought hard as the set drew to a close, but it wasn’t enough. She buckled under pressure in the final game with a double fault and two unforced errors, handing Petkovic safe passage to the final.

Bartoli is the German’s sixth win over a top 20 player, with a number of those in recent months. She will meet Czech Petra Kvitova in the final.

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