Germany’s Petkovic wins Family Circle Cup
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) — Andrea Petkovic ended a surprising week at the Family Circle Cup by winning her first WTA tournament in three years, outlasting Jana Cepelova for a 7-5, 6-2 victory Sunday.
Petkovic came in seeded 14th and ranked 40th in the world. But she ousted three straight top 10 seeds on the way to the finals and took control of the championship by winning eight straight games.
Petkovic dropped to the ground when Cepelova’s final shot landed out of play. She hugged her opponent, waved to the crowd and did a celebration dance as fans applauded.
Petkovic earned $120,000 for her third career WTA victory, which was her first since winning in Strasbourg in 2011.
Cepelova led 5-4 in the opening set of her first career final before Petkovic won the next eight games.