Petkovic beats top-seeded Jankovic to reach Nuremberg final

by: AP June 14, 2013

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NUREMBERG, Germany (AP)—Andrea Petkovic reached her first WTA final since October 2011, upsetting top-seeded Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 6-3 Friday.

In Saturday's final, Petkovic will play seventh-seeded Simona Halep, who beat fifth-seeded Lucie Safarova 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.

Petkovic and Jankovic both received wild-card invitations into the clay-court tournament. Petkovic was once in the top 10 but the German missed months of action due to various injuries and has dropped to 103rd. Jankovic is a former No. 1 who has fallen to No. 16.

''I am glad my body has allowed me to play tennis again,'' Petkovic said. ''It was also mentally important for me to play such a match against a top-20 player.''

Petkovic dropped her serve early in the match but recovered to take the first set.

Serving for the match after breaking for 5-3, Petkovic fell into a 0-40 hole, only to see the Serb produce error after error and end the match with a backhand that sailed wide.

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