Rybarikova defends Washington title, beats Petkovic in final

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The ladies’ final of the Citi Open was played in Washington in the late afternoon on Sunday after men’s doubles and singles finals had been completed. The adversaries were 7th seeded Slovak and defending champion Magdalena Rybarikova and the unseeded German, Andrea Petkovic. These players had not met in the past, but Rybarikova’s record in finals was 3 to 1, while Petkovic’s was 2 wins to 4 losses. Both semi finals suffered rain delays, but Petkovic only got underway just after 12:30 am and completed her win at 2:10am. “It wasn’t easy with the rain delay and playing so late” Rybarikova said in her post match press interview – and Petkovic must have agreed with her.

Petkovic made a dramatic start to the final, racing to a 4-0 and 40-30 lead before the Slovak managed to hold, to trail 1-4. Rybarikova then went on a roll of her own, taking the next five games and the first set at 6-4. She continued her devastating play into the second set, building a 2-0 lead before Petkovic broke her run of eight games in a row to trail 1-2. Rybarikova got to 5-3 with her serve to come, but the tough German forced the set to a breaker. Petkovic just could not hold on to her momentum and Rybarikova took it 7-2 for her 10th straight win at the Citi Open – and the title.

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