Petrova & Radwanska Make Den Bosch Final
Published June 22, 2012 12:00
'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - One's a veteran still trying to break new ground, the other is an up-and-comer who has already broken new ground, and Saturday they will square off for the UNICEF Open title in 's-Hertogenbosch.
The first of the two to advance to the final was the young Urszula Radwanska, who actually advanced under unique circumstances - her semifinal opponent, Kim Clijsters, had to withdraw before their match due to a left abdominal injury.
"I felt the side of my stomach in my match against Bondarenko and against Schiavone the injury was there the whole match," Clijsters said. "If I could keep playing here I would, but with my injury history in this area, this was the smart decision to make ahead of the next few months. The next few days will be tough and I'll do everything to be at my best and close to 100% at Wimbledon."
"I'm disappointed and I feel terrible about pulling out in Rosmalen, especially as it is so close to home and many fans have been supporting me here."
Radwanska was disappointed with the circumstances as well. "I was ready for that match and really excited to play Kim on center court. I hope she'll be fine.
"I'm very happy I'm into a WTA final for the first time in my career. I don't know who my opponent is yet, but I'm going to go try my best tomorrow for sure."
That opponent will be No.8-seeded veteran Nadia Petrova, who reached her 22nd WTA final with a 64 62 win over Kirsten Flipkens, who had completed her quarterfinal match earlier in the day, upsetting No.6 seed Roberta Vinci in straight sets. Petrova was too powerful for the Belgian qualifier, however.
"It's another good win for me," Petrova said. "Kirsten is not easy to play on grass, especially with her slice. I'm happy she's back and playing well.
"Today was quite a relaxing day. A lot of players left - there's a lot of places to be. I was just keeping an eye on the matches and chatting with other players."
Petrova already has 10 WTA titles to her name, but there's one thing missing: a grass court title. She will be playing against Radwanska for the first time.
"I can't say much because I've never played her, but she's a counterpuncher with a lot of variety and uses power well," Petrova said of Radwanska. "I have to be spot on with my game and I have to be alert. I'll have to play big tomorrow."
If Errani and Vinci win, their winning streak will be 23 matches, the best since Paola Suárez and Laura Montalvo also had 23 across 1999 and 2000.