Flavia Pennetta of Italy returns the ball to Julia Goerges of Germany during the 1st Round of the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on February 15, 2015 in Dubai. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB
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Flavia Pennetta, the former top 20 Italian, provided a substantial payback to organizers, who gave her a wild card, by recovering dramatically from a large deficit and near tears to win her first round match at the Dubai Open.Pennetta's attempts to enter the $2,500,000 Premier 5 tournament had only happened after the official deadline, and after getting her belated acceptance she responded with an emotional 2-6, 7-6(7-3), 6-4 win over Germany's Julia Goerges, also a former top 20 player, to score her first victory of the year.When Pennetta then reached 4-1 in the final set, the match looked nearly over, but Goerges gave it a twist by getting the score back on serve at 3-4 before playing two disappointing service games to concede defeat.
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