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The finals are set at the 2011 New Haven Open at Yale presented by first Niagara: In one corner, the
Princess of New Haven, three-time defending Champion Caroline Wozniacki. In the other, the unfamiliar
face of Petra Cetkovska, who battled through seven matches and dispatched three top-15 players to
reach the final.
The first semifinal on Friday was an epic clash between 2011 French Open Champion and No. 2 seed Li
Na and Czech Qualifier Petra Cetkovska. Cetkovska was off to a quick start, taking the first set 6-2, but Li,
the WTA veteran from China, took the second in a close 7-5 decision.
The final set was a roller coaster of momentum changes. Cetkovska took a commanding 4-1 lead before
Li’s experience pulled her back on serve. At 6-5, Cetkovska had her first of five match points, but double
faulted into the net. Li eventually won the game and forced the third set tiebreak.
"At first I got really nervous," said Cetkovska. "I was really stressed. It was really difficult for me to
control my movements. The hand, the legs, everything was slowed down."
The tiebreak, however, brought the best out of the two competitors, forcing long rallies and impressive
ball-striking from both. They each had multiple match points in a back-and-forth conclusion, but
Cetkovska forced an errant groundstroke from Li at 10-9 to clinch the match. She is the first qualifier to reach the New Haven Open Finals since Agnes Szavay in 2007.
"I'm really happy," she said. "In the end that I could have fight with my emotions and be able to win this
She will now face three-time defending New Haven Open Champion Caroline Wozniacki, who showed
amazing form in her victory over No. 3 seed Francesca Schiavone, who had lost only six games going into
the semifinal. Wozniacki is coming off a two-week skid of first-round losses, but has picked up her game
in New Haven. She is back to the form that took her to the number one spot in the world and was able
to fend off a tough opponent with her consistency and speed.
"We had some good rallies out there," she said. "One of them where we both kind of stretched all we
could, and I came out on top. Very important point in the first set. You know, I'm happy to be there in
Wozniacki and Cetkovska have never played before, but Wozniacki, who is 16-0 in New Haven and
No. 1 in the world, is the favorite going in to Saturday’s final. Cetkovska, however, is at her career
high ranking, playing the best tennis of her life, and has wins over five top-20 players in the last three
months. She will no doubt be a formidable opponent for the reigning champion.
"To be honest, I think I will need to see tomorrow what I have to do," said Caroline. "But most important
is to believe in myself and my ability. If I play up to my best, the opponent really has to play well to beat
In the doubles final, Olga Govortsova and Chia-Jung Chuang will face off against the Italian duo of Sara
Errani and Roberta Vinci. Errani and Vinci have earned five WTA doubles titles since the beginning of
2010, but Govortsova and Chuang are coming off a big straight-sets win over Cincinnati finalists Grandin
The doubles final kicks off Saturday’s play at 10:45 a.m. followed by the singles final between Wozniacki
and Cetkovska at 1:00 p.m. Concluding play at the New Haven Open is the US Open Mixed Doubles
National Playoff final between Fusano/Martin and Schnack/Roberson.