Serena Williams downs Andrea Petkovic, books final slot

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Stanford, CA, United States (4E Sports) – World No. 1 Serena Williams booked a spot in the final of the Bank of the West Classic after beating eighth seed Andrea Petkovic, 7-5, 6-0, in Saturday’s semifinal.

Williams broke Petkovic four times – three in the second set – en route to victory in one hour and 17 minutes. She remained perfect against Petkovic in four clashes since 2010.

For the title, Williams will face the winner between third seed Angelique Kerber and Varvara Lepchenko.

In Austria, David Goffin claimed his maiden ATP World Tour title via a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over fellow young gun Dominic Thiem Saturday at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel.

Goffin won 67 percent of service points, including 61 percent on his second serve, and saved five of six break opportunities en route to victory in one hour and 59 minutes, extending his win streak to 20 matches dating back to July.

“It’s a great day for me, to win an ATP [World Tour] 250,” said Goffin. “It’s just an amazing feeling right now. I don’t believe it. Maybe in a few days I’ll realize what happened today.

Goffin became the fifth first-time champion on the ATP World Tour this year and third in the past month, after Pablo Cuevas triumphed in Bastad and Leonardo Mayer prevailed in Hamburg.

Goffin is projected to crack the Top 50 after sitting outside the Top 100 just a month ago. He is the first Belgian winner on the ATP World Tour since Steve Darcis claimed victory in Memphis six years ago.

Meanwhile, second seed Milos Raonic advanced to the final of the Citi Open with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Donald Young.

Raonic will take on the winner of the Vasek Pospisil-Richard Gasquet showdown, which will be played later in the day.

Earlier, Pospisil booked a spot in the semifinal after beating Santiago Giraldo, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4, in a rain-delayed quarterfinal match.

On the women’s side, Kurumi Nara recovered from an opening-set loss en route to a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Marina Erakovic and a spot in the final.

In the final, Nara will play the winner of Saturday’s second semifinal between Ekaterina Makarova and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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