Petkovic defeats Jankovic, faces Halep in Nuremberg final

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The first semi final on the clay at the Nurnberger Versicherungscup 2013 played in the German city of Nuremburg on Friday afternoon was between wild carded top seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Germany’s Andrea Petlovic, who was also given a wild card into this tournament. The Serb only lost twelve games on her way to the semis (including two love sets), while the German defeated 4th seeded compatriot, Julia Goerges 6-1 7-5; and a tight three 4-6 6-3 7-5 tussle against yet another German, 8th seeded Annika Beck. Jankovic started and Petkovic broke to lead 3-2 and held her lead to take the set 6-4. She began the second set and after a break apiece and a further break, Petkovic led 4-2 and held on to take the set on her first match point 6-3. Good to see this very talented and charismatic player back from injury and she is well deserving of her wild card for Wimbledon.

The bottom half of the draw saw Roumanian 7th seed Simona Halep pitted against 5th seeded Czech Lucie Safarova. Halep, a clay court specialist, won all her three matches in easy straight sets, while Safarova won her first two matches in straights, followed by a tough 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-4 struggle against unseeded Polona Hercog. The Roumanian began the match and games went with serve until the 8th game when Halep went 5-3 ahead and served out the set at 6-3. She started the second set but the Czech ran away to a quick 6-0 set. Safarova began the decider and again games went with serve for the first four games, when Halep took four games in a row to take the set 6-2 and move into the final against Petkovic.

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