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Petkovic rallies past Bouchard in 3 sets

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CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - - Andrea Petkovic rallied in the final two sets to defeat sixth-seeded Eugenie Bouchard 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 and reach the Family Circle Cup finals on Saturday.

Petkovic, seeded 14th, appeared overwhelmed by the 20-year-old Canadian early on, losing seven straight games and trailing 3-2 in the second set. That's when the German took control, winning four consecutive games to force a decisive set.

Petkovic was trailing 4-2 in that one before digging in a final time and breaking Bouchard's serve 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.

The 2nd semifinal was an epic encounter between 2 up and comers in the sport as Jana Cepelova, who made a name for herself earlier in the week with her win over top seed Serena Williams, will play in her 1st WTA Finals after getting a 3 set win over qualifier Belinda Bencic 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7). The 17 year old Bencic fought off several match points late in the 3rd set, but Cepelova capitalized on a few late mistakes to earn her spot in the finals. 

RESULTS - APRIL 05, 2014
Singles - Semifinals

[14] A Petkovic (GER) d [6] E Bouchard (CAN) 16 63 75
J Cepelova (SVK) d [Q] B Bencic (SUI) 64 57 76(7)

Doubles - Semifinals

A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) d [3] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) 75 67(5) 10-8
[PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) d A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) 62 31 Retired

BILLIE JEAN KING start 11:00 am
A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE)

Not Before 1:00 pm
J Cepelova (SVK) vs [14] A Petkovic (GER) 

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