WTA Citi Open: Andrea Petkovic of Germany is through to the semi-finals

Last Updated: 04/08/13 10:21am

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Andrea Petkovic: Putting the problems of the past year behind her

Andrea Petkovic: Putting the problems of the past year behind her

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Andrea Petkovic moved into the semi-finals of the Citi Open in Washington with a 4-6 6-1 6-3 victory over Paula Ormaechea of Argentina.

German Petkovic has endured a dreadful 18 months with injuries and has seen her ranking slip from the top-10 to outside the top-100.

However, she reached the final in Nurnberg in June and once again proved the talent is still there by battling back to beat Ormaechea after dropping the opening set.

In 2011, Petkovic was the only player to reach three of the four grand slam quarter-finals but has since struggled with back and ankle problems.

Currently ranked 64, the 25-year-old will play fourth seed Alize Cornet for a place in the final after the Frenchwoman overcame fifth-ranked Sorana Cirstea 7-6 6-2.

In the other half of the draw Ekaterina Makarova of Russia was gifted a place in the last four on the retirement of opponent Monica Niculescu after completing just one game.

The third seed will now take Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova who produced a superb performance to oust top seed Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Kerber levelled the match after Rybarikova had taken a one-sided tie-break to move ahead, but the seventh-seeded Slovak held her nerve in the decider to win 7-6 (7/0) 3-6 6-3.

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