Petkovic wins first WTA trophy in over six years

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Second seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany hoisted a WTA singles championship trophy for the primary time in additional than six years as she defeated Egyptian Mayar Sherif, 6-1, 6-1, to triumph on the inaugural Winners Open in Cluj-Napoca in Romania on Sunday.

Former world No. 9 Petkovic collected her seventh profession WTA singles title along with her 61-minute win over Sherif.

It has been a resurgent summer season for Petkovic, who has now made the ultimate at two of her final three occasions — her first finals since she claimed the title at Antwerp in February of 2015.

Regardless of the loss, it has nonetheless been a historic week for 25-year-old Sherif, who blazed by way of 4 straight-set matches to turn out to be the primary Egyptian girl to achieve a WTA singles remaining.

“I am so blissful. I used to be so shut three weeks in the past however it simply did not go my means so I am simply the happiest individual on this planet proper now. I am unable to specific my emotions aside from that in these phrases,” Petkovic mentioned.

“My recreation plan was to simply attempt to keep on the road, take the balls actually early, which isn’t really easy as a result of she has a large kick serve and actually excessive topspin heavy strokes, so I attempted to do this and I one way or the other managed to do it very well and take the balls early and take time away from her and I feel I used to be simply very, very stable right this moment.”

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