Petko always says she's like a diesel engine. She needs some time to get warmed up. But against Caro she raced to a 4-1 40-love lead and it quickly looked like we had an IW redux on our hands. With a chance to pull away and put the set to bed, she stalled, and Caro ran away with it from there.
Sigh. Bummer. Tumaini Cariol, who blogs for FootFault and is at Stuttgart on behalf Tennis Panorama, said that because no matches were scheduled on Good Friday, the tournament organizers had put together a breakfast for the journalists with the semifinalists. So while I was rooting for Petko for normal reasons, I was rooting for her extra hard because of the possibility of Tumaini getting to have breakfast with Sam, Julia, Aga, and Petko. IMAGINE!!!
But no. It's Caro. Not that it matters. Apparently not enough journalists were interested in the breakfast so they cancelled it. Ahem.
So it'll be Caro vs. Aga in the other semifinal. Their H2H is 3-1 to Caro, with Caro winning the last three easily. This will be their first meeting on clay. But perhaps more importantly, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.