Sofia: Germany`s Andrea Petkovic claimed her third title of 2014 when she clawed her way back to beat Italy`s Flavia Pennetta 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the WTA Tournament of Champions.
Victory was the perfect morale-booster for the fourth-seeded Petkovic who will finish off her season next weekend when Germany take on the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final.
"I`m happy I met Flavia in the final because we`ve both been coming back from injury this year," Petkovic said after wrapping up her fifth career title.
"I was so happy when she won Indian Wells because I know what she went through, and so it`s even nicer to play her for this title today. I hope next season is even better for her."
Petkovic, 27, added the Sofia title to earlier wins this season at Charleston and Bad Gastein.
She is the fifth player to win three or more tournaments in 2014 after Serena Williams (seven), Maria Sharapova (four), Ana Ivanovic (four) and Petra Kvitova (also three).