Dinara Safina wins Portoroz, Andrea Petkovic takes maiden WTA title in Bad Gastein

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Two WTA events finished on Sunday and our weekend winners are world number one Dinara Safina, as it was highly expected, and 21-year-old Andrea Petkovic.

From what the scoreboard was showing, the final at the Banka Koper Slovenia Open was not as simple for Safina as her road to the final, but the match finished in her favor as she overcame fifth seed Sara Errani 6-7(5) 6-1 7-5.

In the first set both players took each other’s serve four times, and the set was decided in a tiebreak. The second was more straightforwardly won by Safina, while the third brought the thrill again. In the end Safina won the see-saw decider and closed out victory in 2 hours and 53 minutes to solidify her number one position in the rankings with her third WTA title in 2009.

World No.98 Andrea Petkovic of Germany claimed her first WTA Tour title, beating Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania 6-2 6-3 at the NURNBERGER Gastein Ladies. Petkovic has won eight ITF titles, but had never before played a WTA quarterfinal.

In the title match against another first-time WTA finalist, who upset top seed Alize Cornet in the semis, Petkovic raced into a 5-0 lead before winning the opening set, and with one break up won the second set.


  1. If capturing a grand slam equates legitimacy as the World’s best, then why don’t we just abolish all of the other tournaments, so that the world’s best can prove herself on four collosal occasions per year? So Serena Williams doesn’t even have to bother with the criticisms of lack of participation in regular tourneys, oh wait, that doesn’t matter, we don’t mind if our champion is a little bit lazy, I mean, who cares if she doesn’t represent the year round sport of professional tennis? Surely its ok for her to purport mysterious thigh injuries during withdrawals, we just want one that will smile alongside a golden trophy! Who cares if Dina is slugging it out at consecutive regular tourneys, and plunging deep into every final of tourneys since becoming world no.1 -Well at least that’s the logic you’re advocating.


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