Andrea Petkovic bags third WTA title

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Charleston, SC, United States (4E Sports) – Andrea Petkovic defeated Jana Cepelova in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2, to claim her first WTA title in three years Sunday at the Family Circle Cup.

With the win, Petkovic bagged her third WTA crown and first since winning in Strasbourg in May 2011. Her first title came in Bad Gastein in 2009.

“I was just so relieved and proud that I’ve come back from all these injuries, and I never thought I would play in the finals of the big tournaments again, and so I was just proud and happy and everything just sort of came together,” said Petkovic, who was ranked as high as No. 9 in 2011.

Cepelova, who knocked off world No. 1 Serena Williams in the second round, was eyeing to become the first player since Sabine Lisicki in 2009 to claim her maiden title in Charleston.

On the men’s side, Roger Federer completed Switzerland’s comeback against Kazakhstan after beating Andrey Golubev, 7-6 (7-0), 6-2, 6-3, in the fifth reverse singles.

Stanislas Wawrinka started the comeback for the hosts with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Mikhail Kukushkin.

Switzerland will next host Italy in September. The Italians completed their own rally Sunday, winning the final two singles matches for a stunning 3-2 comeback against Great Britain, which was led by Andy Murray.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils won reverse singles matches to cap France’s comeback past Germany.

The heavily favored French faced an 0-2 deficit after Friday’s opening singles matches, as Tobias Kamke beat Julien Benneteau and Peter Gojowczyk stunned Tsonga in a five-set thriller.

However, Benneteau atoned on Saturday when he teamed with Michael Llodra for a doubles victory to keep the French alive, also giving Tsonga his chance for redemption.

Tsonga dominated Kamke, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, while Monfils prevailed over Gojowczyk, 6-1, 7-6 (7-0), 6-2, to give France a 3-2 win.

France will next play Czech Republic, which easily dispatched Japan in a 5-0 sweep this weekend.

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