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Andrea Petkovic: Queen Of The Night

On a rainy day in DC, Magdalena Rybarikova and Andrea Petkovic played into the night to reach the final. How late did Petkovic finish? What did she watch to pass the time? You want to know!

Published August 03, 2013 12:01

Andrea Petkovic: Queen Of The Night
Andrea Petkovic

WASHINGTON DC, USA - Rain pushed the Semifinal Saturday schedule later, later and later until eventually one of the semifinals didn't even get on the court until Sunday, technically - but at the end of the day it was Magdalena Rybarikova and Andrea Petkovic who battled through to the Citi Open final.

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The No.7-seeded Rybarikova was the first of the two to advance to the final, winning 10 games in a row from 2-all in the opening set and closing out No.3 seed Ekaterina Makarova at 11:54pm, 62 60.

"It wasn't easy with the rain delay and playing so late, but I'm happy I was able to win tonight," Rybarikova said. "I had some amazing matches here last year, winning the title without even losing a set; the first three matches this year were much, much tougher, but I played a very good match from my side tonight and I'm happy I was able to win in straight sets again. It's a great result for me."

And any thoughts on her potential final opponent? "Not at all because it's too late!" she said. "I just want to enjoy this victory and I don't know who it'll be anyway. It will be tough whoever it is."

The second semifinal took the court at 12:32am - technically Sunday - and saw Andrea Petkovic survive a 59-minute first set then ease through the second set to beat No.4 seed Alizé Cornet, 75 63.

The match finished at 2:10am.

"I think we can both play much better, but considering the circumstances I think we were playing fine," Petkovic said after coming off court. "We were both a little off-rhythm on the serve because we hadn't played under the lights here yet. I was struggling there. But apart from that and a little bit of a slow start, I was moving well and hitting the ball okay. Given everything today, I think I was playing fine."

How did Petkovic pass the time before the match? "I was watching Wrestlemania!" she said. "So that was interesting. And apart from that I was just reading - I always have my book with me. Sleeping... I wasn't even sure if we were going to play. But when we knew we would, I just tried to stay focused."

Rybarikova and Petkovic will be playing each other for the first time. The Slovak has a better record in WTA finals, going 3-1 - including winning here last year. Petkovic is 2-4 lifetime in WTA finals.

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