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Refreshed Andrea Petkovic starts on a winning note

Dubai: Andrea Petkovic broke six times to start her week at the Dubai Tennis Championships yesterday with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Italian Camila Giorgi as the German winner ended a two-match loss streak.

Andrea Petkovic in Dubai yesterday
Andrea Petkovic in Dubai yesterday

The number 26, who exited in the Australian Open first round after playing a Brisbane quarter-final and then was beaten in the Fed Cup by Swiss Belinda Bencic, is working with a new coaching team and feels her tennis has turned a corner after she toyed last December of quitting the sport.

Petkovic could face new World No 9 Bencic in the next round at the Aviation Club if the weekend finalist in St Petersburg beats former No 1 Jelena Jankovic in the opening round.

The 40th-ranked Giorgi saved two match points in the final game as Petkovic closed out the victory.

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