|JJ admires her hospital bracelet (photo by Daniel Ward)|
Petkovic, who likes to refer to herself as a "stiff German," is actually a very emotional player who has been known to toss and break a racket or two. She cracked one tonight, and that seemed to get her back on track. She won the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. As for Kovinic--she was tough to the end, hitting a 122 mph. ace to save a match point.
One of the more amusing scenes of the quarterfinals occurred this evening when Petkovic, seated on her sofa between games, looked up and saw Jankovic sitting directly opposite her. The defending champion will get an even closer eye-to-eye with a friend when she plays countrywoman Angelique Kerber in the semifinals tomorrow. Kerber won a double tiebreak match against 13th seed Irina-
Camelia Begu in the last singles match of the day.
|Angelique Kerber (photo by Daniel Ward) |
With the crowd solidly behind her, Kerber appeared to relax a bit in the second set. Begu acted as though the 5-1 lead had never existed. She continued to lob, spin, hit drop shots and paint lines. The pair reached 6-all again, and then Kerber put the match away.
|Irina-Camelia Begu (photo by Daniel Ward)|
This was a high-quality thriller, filled with cleverness and variety--the perfect night match.