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Halep beats Petkovic to win first career title in Nuremberg

The Canadian Press

6/15/2013 11:25:23 AM

NUREMBERG, Germany -- Simona Halep won her first WTA title when she beat Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-3 to win the inaugural Nurnberger Versicherungscup.

The seventh-seeded Romanian had six aces and broke for a 2-0 lead in the second set of the clay-court final. She fought off two break points in the last game before closing out the match with two forehand winners to win the first of four career finals.

Petkovic, a German wild card, was in her first final in more than 20 months after injuries and was seeking her third title. A former top-10 player, Petkovic is on the comeback trail.

"Simona played incredibly and I was a little tired," Petkovic said. "Still, I had a good week."