Resurgent German Andrea Petkovic secured her second title of the season at Bad Gastein on Sunday afternoon. She defeated surprise finalist Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-3 to earn her second clay court crown of the year.
Petkovic, who has risen to No. 20 in the world following her impressive showings this season, simply outperformed the world No. 147 in the match. Following the match, she expressed interest in working her way back into the Top 10 in the WTA rankings.
“It’s a super feeling, I am totally happy,” said Petkovic, who making strides to get back in the top 10 again, a feat she accomplished 3 years ago. “I want back into the top 10 and I am just playing good tennis. My serve and my footwork can still improve but I am playing well.”
Her opponent, young American Shelby Rogers, was the true notable story this week, as she dispatched Camila Girogi, Carla Suarez Navarro and Sara Errani to pick up her first three Top 40 wins on the tour.
“I wanted this victory so badly,” Petkovic said. “I am very relieved. Shelby played very aggressive tennis. I didn’t know her game but I’ve done some research on YouTube.”