Germany’s Andrea Petkovic rallied back from a set down to defeat Flavia Pennetta in the final WTA tournament of the season and the lift the crown in Sofia.
Following a turbulent run in the round robin stage of the tournament, both competitors were fatigued heading into the final. However, it was Petkovic who proved to be the more durable of the two, as she rallied back from a poor opening set to win the match 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. She won six of the last seven games to close out the match in dominant fashion.
“I love watching Flavia play, but I hate playing her because she’s so difficult to play!” Petkovic said. “I’m happy I could gather enough energy and play well enough to win it in the end.
“I’m happy I met Flavia in the final because we’ve both been coming back from injury this year,” Petkovic said. “I was so happy when she won Indian Wells because I know what she went through, and so it’s even nicer to play her for this title today. I hope the next season is even better for her.”
The match was a historic one, as it was also the final match at the Tournament of Champions in Sofia. It will be replaced by the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China starting in 2015.