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Nürnberg Gallery: A Fantastic Finish

From the revival of Andrea Petkovic to Romanians rising up to showing some love to 40 LOVE, the first edition of the NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP had a fantastic finish. All the pics, here.

Published June 15, 2013 12:00

The spirit of 40 LOVE, the 40th anniversary of the WTA, was strong in Nürnberg this past week.
The spirit of 40 LOVE, the 40th anniversary of the WTA, was strong in Nürnberg this past week.
From the backboards...
From the backboards...
To the net posts...
To the net posts...
And to the press room, the year-long celebration of 40 years of women's tennis was in plain sight.
And to the press room, the year-long celebration of 40 years of women's tennis was in plain sight.
But back to the courts, Friday was Semifinals Day at the NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP.
But back to the courts, Friday was Semifinals Day at the NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP.
The first semifinal pit the top seed, Jelena Jankovic, against wildcard entrant Andrea Petkovic.
The first semifinal pit the top seed, Jelena Jankovic, against wildcard entrant Andrea Petkovic.
And it was Petkovic who beat her good friend and former World No.1 in a tight straight-setter, 64 63.
And it was Petkovic who beat her good friend and former World No.1 in a tight straight-setter, 64 63.
Petkovic, a fan favorite wherever she goes on the tour, took some time out to entertain the kids.
Petkovic, a fan favorite wherever she goes on the tour, took some time out to entertain the kids.
And, maybe, entertain herself a little bit.
And, maybe, entertain herself a little bit.
The second semifinal match pit the No.5 seed, Lucie Safarova, against the No.7 seed, Simona Halep.
The second semifinal match pit the No.5 seed, Lucie Safarova, against the No.7 seed, Simona Halep.
She dropped the second set at love but Halep rebounded in a big way in the third, winning, 63 06 62.
She dropped the second set at love but Halep rebounded in a big way in the third, winning, 63 06 62.
Saturday was Finals Day and the first winners were doubles champs Raluca Olaru and Valeria Solovyeva.
Saturday was Finals Day and the first winners were doubles champs Raluca Olaru and Valeria Solovyeva.
Olaru and Solovyeva were playing their second tournament together, and were finalists in the first.
Olaru and Solovyeva were playing their second tournament together, and were finalists in the first.
Then it was time for the singles final, the final showdown for the title - Halep against Petkovic.
Then it was time for the singles final, the final showdown for the title - Halep against Petkovic.
And Halep did it again, never losing serve and breaking three times to take Petkovic out, 63 63.
And Halep did it again, never losing serve and breaking three times to take Petkovic out, 63 63.
Petkovic had won the pair's only previous meeting, at an ITF Women's Circuit event four years ago.
Petkovic had won the pair's only previous meeting, at an ITF Women's Circuit event four years ago.
Halep became the eighth Romanian ever - and fifth in the last five years - to win a WTA title.
Halep became the eighth Romanian ever - and fifth in the last five years - to win a WTA title.
Virginia Ruzici is the Romanian with the most WTA titles with 12 - including the 1978 French Open.
Virginia Ruzici is the Romanian with the most WTA titles with 12 - including the 1978 French Open.
The complete list is Ruzici, Spirlea, Dragomir Ilie, Cirstea, Dulgheru, Begu, Niculescu and now Halep.
The complete list is Ruzici, Spirlea, Dragomir Ilie, Cirstea, Dulgheru, Begu, Niculescu and now Halep.
The NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP is one of two WTA events in Germany, after Stuttgart.
The NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP is one of two WTA events in Germany, after Stuttgart.
  • The spirit of 40 LOVE, the 40th anniversary of the WTA, was strong in Nürnberg this past week.
  • From the backboards...
  • To the net posts...
  • And to the press room, the year-long celebration of 40 years of women's tennis was in plain sight.
  • But back to the courts, Friday was Semifinals Day at the NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP.
  • The first semifinal pit the top seed, Jelena Jankovic, against wildcard entrant Andrea Petkovic.
  • And it was Petkovic who beat her good friend and former World No.1 in a tight straight-setter, 64 63.
  • Petkovic, a fan favorite wherever she goes on the tour, took some time out to entertain the kids.
  • And, maybe, entertain herself a little bit.
  • The second semifinal match pit the No.5 seed, Lucie Safarova, against the No.7 seed, Simona Halep.
  • She dropped the second set at love but Halep rebounded in a big way in the third, winning, 63 06 62.
  • Saturday was Finals Day and the first winners were doubles champs Raluca Olaru and Valeria Solovyeva.
  • Olaru and Solovyeva were playing their second tournament together, and were finalists in the first.
  • Then it was time for the singles final, the final showdown for the title - Halep against Petkovic.
  • And Halep did it again, never losing serve and breaking three times to take Petkovic out, 63 63.
  • Petkovic had won the pair's only previous meeting, at an ITF Women's Circuit event four years ago.
  • Halep became the eighth Romanian ever - and fifth in the last five years - to win a WTA title.
  • Virginia Ruzici is the Romanian with the most WTA titles with 12 - including the 1978 French Open.
  • The complete list is Ruzici, Spirlea, Dragomir Ilie, Cirstea, Dulgheru, Begu, Niculescu and now Halep.
  • The NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP is one of two WTA events in Germany, after Stuttgart.
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