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WTA Nurnberg: Petkovic Ousts Jankovic as Halep Rallies Back to Defeat Safarova

(June 14, 2013) Friday match play at Nurnberg saw German wild card Andrea Petkovic defeat top tournament seed Jelena Jankovic in a 90-minute match. Despite the 6-4, 6-3 score, Petkovic rallied from an early break in both sets and the two faced a combined 20 break point chances.

“I’m absolutely overwhelmed right now,” Petkovic said. “I think I played a really great match today. I didn’t think it would be possible because I was really tired after yesterday, so I pulled all of my power and strength that was left together and managed to put in a good performance out there today.”

Petkovic admitted earlier this week that she contemplated retirement recently, and now she will vie for her third title after winning Bad Gastein in 2009 and Stasbourg in 2011.

“It’s really absurd – two weeks ago I was thinking about quitting tennis because I was playing so badly. I wasn’t feeling good on the court and I was doubting myself a lot. But here I am now. The good thing about going through all of that is I appreciate everything much more now. I’m very thankful and grateful for all of this. I never guessed I would get a second chance after all of my injuries, but here it is.”

Simona Halep, the No. 7 seed, took out Lucie Safarova in the other semifinal and will compete in her fourth final on Saturday, and will be looking for her first title.

Thursday and Friday gallery by Tennis Grandstand photographer Rick Gleijm.

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WTA Nürnberg Gallery: Goerges, Safarova, Petkovic, Minella Advance

(June 11, 2013) The first day of main draw play at the WTA International event in Nürnberg was plagued by rain interruptions, but all but one match was able to finish when the sun returned.

After winning a close first set against Alexandra Cadantu in 55 minutes, German Julia Goerges and her opponent were forced to wait out a delay caused by heavy rain.

“It’s very difficult to go in and out and not knowing when the match will go on again,” said Goerges.

Goerges eventually won in straight sets, as did countrywoman Andrea Petkovic over Sofia Arvidsson. The results mean that the two friends will now face each other in the next round.

 “This is a toughest thing,” said Goerges. “But I’m looking forward to the second round.”

Tuesday gallery at bottom by Tennis Grandstand photographer Rick Gleijm features Mandy Minella, Lucie Safarova, Annika Beck, Jessica Pegula, Nina Bratchikova, Yuliya BeygelzimerSesil Kratantcheva, Sofia Arvidsson, Julia Goerges, Alexandra Cadantu, and Andrea Petkovic.

Results  Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Singles – First Round
(3) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 63 64
(4) Julia Goerges (GER) d. Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) 64 75
(5) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 62 76(9)
(6) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) d. Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL) 75 63
(8) Annika Beck (GER) d. Nina Bratchikova (RUS) 62 62
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. (LL) Yulia Beygelzimer (UKR) 63 67(3) 75
María-Teresa Torró-Flor (ESP) d. Teliana Pereira (BRA) 46 64 64
Mandy Minella (LUX) d. Jessica Pegula (USA) 75 46 63
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. (Q) Alexandra Panova (RUS) 62 62
Karin Knapp (ITA) d. (WC) Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER) 26 76(0) 75
Julia Cohen (USA) d. (Q) Tereza Smitkova (CZE) 76(2) 63
(WC) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 63 62

Suspended due to darkness
(1/WC) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) leads Arantxa Rus (NED) 64

Doubles – First Round
Hrdinova/Irigoyen (CZE/ARG) d. (WC) Siegemund/Zander (GER/GER) 64 76(3)

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WTA Nürnberg Photo Gallery: Practice Sessions, Press Conference

(June 9, 2013) The WTA International event in Nürnberg continued its qualifying action today, as several main draw ladies hit the practice courts. No. 8 seed Annika Beck and wildcard Dinah Pfizenmaier held a joint press conference prior to the start of main draw play scheduled on Monday.

As Nürnberg celebrates its inaugural year young German Beck had nothing but praise for the event.

“The facility is super nice,” she said with a smile. “The courts are great. I cannot complain.”

Given the rarity of German WTA players being able to play at a home tournaments, Pfizenmaier commented on the positive effect this has.

“The fact that there is a second German tournament in addition to Stuttgart is great,” she stated. “The support of the spectators is much larger which gives more energy to the players.”

The final round of qualifying kicks off tomorrow, as well as the first round of main draw play, which will see Beck, Alize Cornet, Lucie Safarova and Julia Goerges among others.

Today’s gallery also includes Arantxa Rus, Olga Savchuk, Grace Min, Simona Halep and more.

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WTA Nürnberg Photo Gallery: Best Photos from Qualies Saturday

(June 8, 2013) The WTA event in Nürnberg is kicking off its first year and is now the second tournament being played in Germany in addition to Stuttgart.

This year’s No. 1 seed is former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic who is just coming off of a quarterfinal run in Roland Garros. She took a last minute wildcard, and with a good performance in Nürnberg may be able to overtake the 12th spot from her compatriot Ana Ivanovic in the Wimbledon seedings later this month. Joining her as fellow wildcards are former top 10 player Andrea Petkovic and another German Dinah Pfizenmaier.

The qualification first round kicked off today and below you’ll find photos of Anna-Lena Friedsam, Dia Evtimova, Aleksandra Krunic, Diana Marcinkevica, Chiara Scholl, Raluca Olaru, Katarzyna Piter, Tereza Smitkova, Valeria Solovyeva, Carina Witthoeft and Maryna Zanevska.

Check back tomorrow and all week for more Nürnberg galleries from our Tennis Grandstand photographer, Rick Gleijm

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