Fourth seed Victoria Azarenka moved to within one victory of a third title from her last four WTA events when she ended the hopes of Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-2 in the…
PARIS – Petra Kvitova beat Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 Sunday to bring the Czech Republic within one match of reaching the final of the Fed Cup. In a battle of the team’s top players, Kvitova came from behind to give Wickmayer her first defeat in her last 10 Fed Cup singles.
The Czechs are now heavy favorites to reach the final after finishing as semifinalists the past two years. Belgium’s hopes now rest with Kirsten Flipkens, ranked 106th in the world, and
PARIS – New world number one Kim Clijsters was defeated 6-4 6-3 by Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova in the Paris Open final on Sunday. Top seed Clijsters, who won the Australian Open last month before helping Belgium into the Fed Cup last four, secured her place as the new number one by reaching the semi-finals at the Stade Coubertin.
However, she was given a stern test in the opening set, losing her serve twice as Kvitova’s power and superb returning dominated. Clijsters settled
PARIS: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Paris Open. Kvitova will next face either Andrea Petkovic of Germany or Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States.
Kvitova double-faulted to lose the first set to Wickmayer. But the fourth-seeded lefty broke for a 4-3 lead in the second set when Wickmayer netted a backhand. Kvitova leveled at one set apiece on a double fault from the
BRISBANE – Petra Kvitova stamped herself as an Australian Open contender after she overpowered Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-3 to claim the Brisbane International here Saturday. Although most people hardly gave her a chance of beating Petkovic, who had been in imperious form all week, the 2010 Wimbledon semi-finalist tore up the script as she demolished her German opponent in 71 minutes at the Pat Rafter Arena.
Petkovic’s groundstrokes, which dominated her opponents in the
BRISBANE – Germany’s Andrea Petkovic played one of the matches of her career to overpower Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final of the Brisbane International here Friday.
Petkovic has been in scintillating form this week, not dropping a set on her way to the final. Against Bartoli she used her superb athleticism combined with some booming groundstrokes to absorb everything the fourth seed could throw at her to reach the third WTA final of her career. Bartoli