WTA Tour

Rybarikova defends title

2013-08-05 08:35
Magdalena Rybarikova (AFP)
Washington - Seventh-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia beat unseeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) on Sunday to win the Citi Open for the second consecutive year in Washington.

Rybarikova, who is ranked 43rd, improved her record at the hard-court tournament to 10-0.

Half of her four career titles have come in Washington.

"I would love to play (here) all the time, maybe," said Rybarikova, who is ranked 43rd.

She fell behind 4-0 before taking eight consecutive games to win the first set and go up 2-0 in the second.

There was one other blip for Rybarikova, who was broken while serving for the match at 5-4 in the last set.

"I was really tight and my arm was kind of shaking," Rybarikova said.

But she pulled herself together in the tie-breaker, explaining later that she was "really, really calm and relaxed."

Petkovic, in contrast, was feeling fatigued out down the stretch. She had a tough turnaround, coming back to play in the final a little more than 15 hours after her rain-delayed semi-final finished past 2 am on Sunday.

By the time she got a massage and ate something and wound down, Petkovic said, she didn't get to bed until 5 am and got only four or five hours of sleep.

"That lack of energy - it doesn't affect my body so much, but it affects always my emotions and my mental state. So I was getting really emotional out there when I normally stay really calm," said Petkovic, a former top-10 player who is coming back from a series of injuries and is currently ranked 64th.

Read more on:    wta tour  |  andrea petkovic  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.