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#1 von jinshuiqian0713 , 16.09.2019 05:55

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Montreals Eugenie Bouchard couldnt finish off German Andrea Petkovic on Saturday at the Family Circle Cup womens tennis tournament. Bouchard was two games away from recording the win and advancing to her second WTA Tour final. But the ninth-ranked Petkovic rallied for the 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory and hand the 20-year-old Bouchard her third loss in as many head-to-head meetings between the two. Playing her third straight three-set match, Bouchard was just one point away from going ahead 5-2 in the third. But Petkovic broke Bouchard twice down the stretch to advance to her first championship since Washington, D.C., last August where she fell to Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets. "I think I just hesitated on a few balls and on my chances. Thats not the way I want to play," Bouchard said. "I really want to go for my shots, and when I hesitate, it doesnt end up well for me." Petkovic will face Jana Cepelova, who came back from 4-1 down in a third-set tiebreaker to oust 17-year-old Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7). Petkovic broke down and cried with a towel over her head after the match, happy and relieved that she was again in this position after the past three years dealing with injuries to her ankle, knee and back that caused her to miss nine months on tour. "I was just so relieved and I was proud that I came back from all these injuries, and I never thought that I would play finals in the big tournaments again," said Petkovic, who hadnt gotten past the quarter-finals in her six previous tournaments this season. Petkovic, ranked 40th in the world, calmly analyzed her first-set shortcomings and understood that with a few changes, she could get back in the match. "I wasnt that upset because I felt Genie was playing incredible tennis," she said. "I just lacked that 10 per cent." So Petkovic moved a step closer to the baseline so she could hit deeper forehands and put Bouchard on her heels. Things finally clicked midway through the second set as Petkovic fought off three break points to hold serve and begin her comeback. "I said, Even if I miss more, Im going to have to get the length or shes going to kill me," Petkovic said. Bouchard wasnt done, taking a 4-2 lead in the final set and having a chance to break serve for a bigger lead. But Petkovic hit a pair of crisp serves to win that game and followed by breaking Bouchards serve to tie the set at four games. Petkovic broke Bouchards serve a final time to close out the match on four consecutive points. Bouchard trailed in the third set in her two previous matches before eliminating No. 11 seed Venus Williams in the third round and No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic in the quarter-finals. Against Petkovic, Bouchard says she didnt play as aggressively down the stretch as she had hoped. Petkovics father, Zoran, played college tennis at South Carolina and was among the Gamecocks top players with an 18-8 singles record in 1982. She hopes to give her family more reason to celebrate their connections to the Palmetto State. Andrea Petkovic, whos won two WTA titles at Strasbourg in 2011 and Bad Gastein in 2009, understands shell be expected to easily defeat her untested opponent. "They are super young, so they will come out and play great tennis," she said. "I am 100 per cent sure of that, so I will have it very tough and I will have to fight hard." Guillermo Ochoa Jersey . - Regan Smith had the checkered flag in sight at Daytona a year ago and a freight train of cars in his rearview mirror. Carlos Salcedo Jersey . Wiggins, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward who plays his first exhibition game on Wednesday against Pitt State, was the top prospect in the class of 2013. http://www.mexiconationalshop.us/Jose-de...-Jersey-Soccer/. 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The renewal window for the clubs existing 14,600 season-ticket holders runs through January, with the team expecting some 95 per cent to get back on board. Season tickets at BMO Field, which has a capacity of about 22,000, will be capped at 17,000 with club officials expecting a possible return to a waiting list. The club is also looking to create more premium seats, perhaps via a lounge on the North side of the stadium given existing field seats and tables are sold out. In 2013, Toronto ranked 10th in the 19-team league with average attendance of 18,131. The franchise averaged 20,000-plus overr its first five seasons but has dropped to 18,000-plus the last two seasons as results have continued to disappoint.dddddddddddd MLSE boss Tim Leiweke has said the team will lose money in 2014, given the outlay on Defoe, Bradley and fellow designated player Gilberto. That financial picture is not helped by the fact that season-ticket holders who renew are paying the same as last year when prices were rolled back to 2007, the year the team entered the league, in a bid to compensate for poor performance on the field. New season-ticket holders do not get that break so the club will make more from them. A team spokesman said new season seat buyers will be paying, on average, $6 per ticket more per game. Toronto is hoping to expand and renovate BMO Field to increase capacity and improve game experience. Toronto, which went 6-17-11 in 2013, kicks off the 2014 season March 15 in Seattle before opening at home March 22 against D.C. United. ' ' '

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