Saturday, 15 June 2013

Birmingham, Nurnberg finals: First title for Simona, first title for Donna?

Birmingham finals:

Daniela Hantuchova vs. Donna Vekic

Sabine didn't make it to the finals as she got a controversial call serving to stay in the match. Alison benefitted from dubious umpiring as she did commit hindrance but didn't admit to it. I guess Daniela did poetic justice by winning their semi-final match. She will face the young 16 year old, Donna Vekic in the title match. Vekic continues to impress as she took out Rybarikova despite losing a lopsided second set. For a 16 year old to have this kind of mental resolve is very impressive. We might be looking at a future Grand Slam champion. Daniela has the experience and will finally try to add a Birmingham title to her resume, having reached the finals in 2011. Donna, on the other hand, has nothing to lose and will definitely try to swing freely.Will experience triumph? Or will raw talent prevail? Comparatively, Hantuchova has had the tougher path to the finals, so I'm sticking with the Slovak. Vekic can win more titles in the next few years of her career.

Pick: Hantuchova in 3 sets

Nurnberg final:

Simona Halep def. Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-3

It was one match too many for Petkovic. Simona Halep took her first title here in Nurnberg, taking out Andrea easily in straight sets. This caps an impressive clay season for the Romanian and makes up for the bad draw in Paris. Petkovic shouldn't be too disheartened, she has already claimed valuable ranking points and a wildcard to Wimbledon. With that monkey off the back, let's see if Simona can improve and ascend up into the top 30 or even top 20.

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