Simona Halep wins first WTA career title, beats Petkovic in Nuremberg final

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After having played a very up and down semi final match on Friday afternoon, Roumania’s Simona Halep, the Nurnberger Versicherungscup 2013 tournament’s 7th seed, took to the court again for the final on Saturday afternoon to try to win her first WTA title. To date she has been in three finals, but did not win any of them. Her opponent was the wild carded home player, the resurgent Andrea Petkovic, who is on a comeback from serious injury which kept her out of the game for many months. Both players are clay court specialists and a good match was envisaged. Halep had dropped the second set of her semi against Lucie Safarova to love but came back strongly in the decider – the old tennis adage of never beat a good player to love rang true – while Petkovic had taken out the top seeded Jelena jankovic in straights. Halep came out strongly in the first set and hit three aces to the German’s one, as well as converting five out of six of her break points to Petkovic’s stat of one out of six. The result was that Halep took the set 6-3. Although she threw in three double faults to three aces in the second set, she again managed to convert all six of her break points to the German’s zero out of six. After one hour and twenty three minutes she wrapped up the set 6-3 to lift the trophy for her first career title.

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