Andrea Petkovic won her sixth WTA title at the BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games in Antwerp, but it was not the way she would have wanted to win it. Carla Suarez Navarro was forced to pull out of the final with a neck injury. In a nice bonus for the fans, Petkovic and Clijsters played a one set exhibition. Even on the first point, you can see that Kim has still got it! Clijsters won the exhibition, 5-3 coming back from a break down to win the last three games.
This was a fantastic week for Petkovic who saved EIGHT match points in her first match of the week against Alison Van Uytvanck. Petkovic came into the tournament without a WTA main draw win in 2015. Furthermore, the German player arrived in Belgium after a gruelling weekend in Fed Cup action where she spent over five hours on court defeating Sam Stosur and Jarmila Gajdosova in extra time finishes. Petkovic didn’t play her best tennis in Antwerp, but her fighting spirit saw her through some tough battles and eventually, prevail as the champion.
Petkovic and Suarez Navarro both have performance byes into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships. Petkovic will play Zarina Diyas in the second round, while Suarez Navarro will open against Camila Giorgi or Vera Zvonareva. It remains to be seen whether Carla will be able to compete.
This week, we had exclusive coverage from Antwerp thanks to our photographer Jimmie48, all the way from qualifying rounds until Thursday’s second-round action. Now that the tournament is over, enjoy Women’s Tennis Blog’s rich collection of photos from the Diamond Games:
- Thursday in Top Seeds Crash Out in Antwerp – Gallery
- Wednesday in Antwerp – all about Belgian players
- On-court emotions and fashion show at the Diamond Games on Tuesday
- Tennis Monday in Antwerp: qualifying finals + players’ party
- Busy Sunday at the Diamond Games – qualifying action + main draw ceremony
- The WTA returns to Antwerp – gallery of Saturday‘s qualifying matches
Jimmie48 is already in Dubai so stay tuned for more stunning photography this week on Women’s Tennis Blog…