Bartoli to face Petkovic in Strasbourg final
Top-seeded Marion Bartoli of France beat Anabel Medina Garrigues
of Spain 6-1, 6-2 Friday to reach the final of the Strasbourg
The Frenchwoman will play Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who
outlasted Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in a match
that lasted 2 hours, 42 minutes.
Bartoli put pressure on her opponent’s serve throughout the
match, winning 27 of 43 return points. She is trying to build
confidence on clay ahead of the French Open after a first-round
exit in Barcelona and second-round losses in Charleston, Stuttgart,
Madrid and Rome.
In the second semifinal, the sixth-seeded Hantuchova leveled at
one set apiece when Petkovic double-faulted. But the second-seeded
German fought back in the decider by jumping to a 3-0 lead. She
converted her third match point to reach her second final this