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Nadia Petrova upset US Open champion Sam Stosur in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.


The Russian, seeded 30, pulled off a shock 6-1 6-7 (6/8) 7-6 (7/5) win the sixth-seeded Australian, who has struggled this season following her triumph at Flushing Meadows last September. Petrova served 15 aces during the match before clinching victory after two hours and 46 minutes on court. World number four Caroline Wozniacki overcame a scare as she battled back from a set down to beat Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson 3-6 7-5 6-2 in two hours and 37 minutes. The Dane was outplayed in the first set and teetered in the second before her class finally told in the third.

Second seed Maria Sharapova showed glimpses of her best form as she defeated Simoa Halep 6-3 6-4. She admitted she was trying a little too hard towards the middle of the second set. “I almost started going for a little bit too much,” she said. “Instead of being patient, putting a few more balls back, I just hit a few errors that I shouldn’t have made. “I got it together in the end.” Tenth seed Francesca Schiavone was forced to withdraw after one set of her match with Lucie Safarova, which she had lost 6-2. Seventh seed Marion Bartoli needed only 71 minutes to dispatch South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers 6-2 6-0, while there were also wins for Maria Kirilenko, Roberta Vinci and Ana Ivanovic.


Ana Ivanovic cruised into the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali with a straightforward victory over Italy’s Roberta Vinci.


Ana Ivanovic, ranked 26th in the world, eased to a 6-3 6-3 victory over an opponent ranked four places higher than her. The defending champion and former world number one, Ivanovic took a little over one hour and 10 minutes to take the win. Russian world number 31 Nadia Petrova also reached the last four with a straight-sets win over China’s Shuai Peng. Petrova won 6-4 6-3 in one and a half hours against a player ranked at 16 in the current standings. The toournament features the ‘best of the rest’ from the 2011 WTA season. The top six players from the WTA’s international series are in the field, along with two wild cards. Marion Bartoli, the world number nine, is the top seed for the event. She opens her campaign against Anabel Medina Garrigues on Friday.


Stosur’s match against Petrova was the longest women’s singles contest at the tournament during the Open era.

Samantha Stosur has reached the US Open fourth round following an epic 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 victory over 24th seed Nadia Petrova on Louis Armstrong Stadium. The big Russian pushed Stosur to the limit in a gripping contest before the Australian prevailed in three hours and 16 minutes in New York. Stosur won the contest on her fifth match point and the result meant Stosur progressed beyond the third round at a grand slam for the first time this year. She will next meet Russian 25th seed Maria Kirilenko for a spot in the quarter-finals. Stosur’s side of the draw continued to open up earlier on Friday with her nemesis Maria Sharapova joining Marion Bartoli and Venus Williams in the departure lounge. After dropping her opening service game, Stosur played some scorching tennis to jump to a 5-2 lead and served for the first set at 5-3. However, she wobbled and was unable to take advantage of three set points as Petrova fought her way back for a tie-break. Stosur again looked on top at 4-2 in the tie-break but Petrova captured three straight points to take back the momentum. Petrova’s shot to take the 5-4 advantage was tinged with controversy, the ball hitting the back of the line and being called out as Stosur went to strike it. The Russian challenged the call and was awarded the point instead of it being replayed. Stosur, not normally known for showing her emotions on the court, vented her frustration as she struck a ball firmly back over the net. After getting angry, Stosur got even by reeling off the next three points to take the set. The Australian continued to pile the pressure on her opponent’s serve and captured a break in the fifth game. Serving for the match at 5-4, Stosur had her problems again with two wild shanks and a double fault. The Queenslander steadied to have two match points but Petrova responded by playing some stunning tennis to level the scores at 5-5. In the resulting tie-break, Stosur saved two set points before Petrova forced the contest into a third set with an ace. Gaining in confidence, Petrova broke Stosur’s serve in the third game of the final set and held a 4-2 lead. Stosur broke back in the eighth game to level the scores and saved a break point for a 5-4 lead. With the tension ramping up on both players, Petrova survived two more match points to even the ledger at 5-5. However with Stosur leading 6-5, the Australian finally won the encounter on her fifth match point when Petrova netted her return. Unlike every other grand slam, the US Open has a tie-break in the final set of a match.



Jelena Dokic has got off to a winning start at the Strasbourg International tennis event on Monday.

Dokic easily accounted for Romania’s Simona Halep 6-2 6-1 to move into the second round where she is supposed to play the winner of the first round match between third seed Ana Ivanovic and Croatian qualifier Mirjana Lucic.

In other action, fourth-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia defeated Rebecca Marino of Canada 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to reach the second round. Petrova, twice a semi-finalist at the French Open, has struggled on clay so far this season and lost first round-matches both in Madrid and Rome. Petrova next plays either Alize Cornet or Sania Mirza.

Maria Kirilenko of Russia and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, the No.5 and No.6 seeded players respectively, also advanced. Kirilenko easily beat last year’s finalist Kristina Barrois of Germany 6-2 6-3 and will take on Laura Pous-Tio of Spain. Hantuchova took advantage of Johanna Larsson’s weak serve and broke her four times in a 6-3 6-4 win. Seventh-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues and Mathilde Johansson of France also advanced. Garrigues made light work of American Melanie Oudin 6-3 6-1 to start her quest for a fourth title in Strasbourg while Pous-Tio beat German Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-2. Johansson converted five of 11 break points to beat Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan, 6-1 6-1 in just 61 minutes.



“I’m very happy with this performance,” said Ana. “I served very well and was positive throughout the whole match. This is exactly the kind of performance I was hoping for.

Ana Ivanovic produced one of her best performances of recent months as she eased past Russian Nadia Petrova in the first round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The Russian retired while trailing 6-0, 3-0. Although Ana was on court for just 37 minutes, she showed huge signs of improvement following her defeat to Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Madrid last week. The 23-year-oldimmediately stormed ahead of Petrova, hit seven aces and took full advantage of every below par delivery with a flurry of blazing return winners. She claimed the first set without dropping a game, and with a healthy first serve percentage of 67. After Ana earned a double break to storm ahead in the second set, Petrova called the trainer onto court. She decided to concede immediately due to a left hip strain. 13th seeded Ana’s victory sets up a second round clash with Belgian world No.24 Yanina Wickmayer on Wednesday. It will be the first meeting between the pair.

“I’m very happy with this performance,” said Ana. “I served very well and was positive throughout the whole match. This is exactly the kind of performance I was hoping for, although it’s never nice when your opponent retires. I hope she is okay.”



“Definitely it’s a nice feeling to get it back,” said Safina. “It’s been a while since I had these feelings.”

Dinara Safina knocked out fourth-seeded Australian Samanatha Stosur 7-6(2), 6-4 in one hour and 56 minutes. Safina committed 16 doubles faults, but countered losing her serve three times by breaking Stosur four times from 11 opportunities. “I still managed to win a match, so that’s a good thing,” said Safina. “Apart from that, I still stayed tough mentally. I said, ‘okay, it’s not my day on serving, but it might be on the baseline.’” The former WTA No. 1 had come into the week ranked No. 108, and admitted following her second round win over two-time champion Daniela Hantuchova on Saturday that she’d briefly contemplated retirement earlier this season. “Definitely it’s a nice feeling to get it back,” she said. “It’s been a while since I [had] these feelings, after winning the match that you really can smile and you can enjoy the win. Many things have happened, so I want to just enjoy the moment.”

Maria Sharapova lost her opening service game Monday afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open, but quickly regrouped to defeat No. 20 seed Aravane Rezai of France 6-2, 6-2. “I started like I didn’t have my cup of coffee or something, didn’t have my peeps around, so that was disappointing,” she said. “I got it together.” Sharapova, who spent nearly three hours on court in her opening match against Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues, rolled through six straight games to win the first set and broke Rezai two more times in the second to close out the win in one hour and 13 minutes.

No. 18 seed Nadia Petrova was the fourth Russian woman to win in third-round action Monday, ousting the last American standing, 18-year-old wild card Christina McHale, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and four minutes. Petrova will play China’s Peng Shuai for a place in the quarter-finals. The 36th-ranked Peng needed two hours to get past Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.


Petrova into the final four, but Safina loses out.

Nadia Petrova swept past Kirsten Flipkens to seal her place in the semi-finals of the Korea Open in Seoul.

The top-seeded Russian cruised to a 6-2 6-1 success over her Belgian opponent on Friday.

Petrova broke serve five times on her way to victory in just over an hour.

Alisa Kleybanova, the fifth seed, was an equally comprehensive winner, seeing off fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-2.

Kleybanova will now play Agnes Szavay, who made it three seeds in the last four as the eighth-seeded Hungarian saw off Japan’s Kimiko Date Krumm 6-2 6-7 (3/7) 6-3.

Klara Zakopalova, of the Czech Republic, was a 7-5 6-3 winner over wildcard and former world number one Dinara Safina in the other last-eight tie.


Another humiliating 1st round exit for Ivanovic in Korea.

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic crashed out, as the Serbian seventh seed was beaten 6-2 4-6 2-6 by Russian Vera Dushevina. 

I’m very disappointed,” said Ana. “After the first set I didn’t play well at all. She put me under pressure and didn’t make many mistakes so she deserved to win.

“It’s extra disappointing because I have been made to feel so welcome here. I really wish I could have gone a lot further.”

Top seed Nadia Petrova moved into the second round of the Korea Open with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory over Jarmila Groth of Australia in Seoul.

There was a something of a fixture backlog today after Tuesday’s programme was washed out.

However, the other leading seeds wasted little time in securing their progress.

Number two seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, from Russia, rattled off a straight-sets victory over Australian Anastasia Rodionova, while another Russian Maria Kirilenko, ranked third, defeated Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-1.

Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, the number four seed, beat Hsieh Su-Wei of Chinese Taipei 7-6 (7/3) 6-4.

Dinara Safina – the Russian ranked world number one in 2009 but given a wild card in Seoul as she battles a back injury which kept her out of Wimbledon – secured a 6-4 6-4 win over qualifier Simona Halep to also progress to the last 16.

Eighth seed Agnes Szavay, from Hungary, beat Slovenia’s Polona Hercog in straight sets to secure a second-round clash against British number one Elena Baltacha.


Wozniacki outlasts Dementieva to reach another final.

Nadia Petrova and Caroline Wozniacki each won their semifinal matches to reach the championship match at the $600,000 Pilot Pen Tennis event, a final hardcourt U.S. Open tune-up.

The world No. 2 and top-seeded Wozniacki dropped her first set in the night match, but won the second-set and prevailed in a third-set tiebreak to down fourth-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

The Danish Wozniacki is the two-time reigning champ here and is fresh off a title in Montreal on Monday. She’ll be the top seed at the U.S. Open, which starts Monday in New York.

Wozniacki will be going for her fourth title of the year and 10th in her career.

The eighth-seeded Petrova snuck past her unseeded compatriot Maria Kirilenko 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in just under two hours at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

The 28-year-old 19th-ranked Petrova will appear in her 20th career final and seek a 10th championship. The former top-10 Muscovite hasn’t titled on tour since 2008, which was also the last year she reached a finale.

The two finalists have played each other three times before, with Wozniacki taking two of the matches. Both of Wozniacki’s wins against Petrova have come this year as she defeated the Russian at Indian Wells and Charleston.

Saturday’s winner will pocket $98,500.


Venus Williams is ousted by Nadia Petrova in straight sets.

Nadia Petrova outserved Venus Williams to defeat the #2 player 6-4, 6-3. It was her first victory over Venus and comes just 2 weeks after she recorded her first victory over Serena in Madrid.

Venus looked bewildered throughout her match, served 8 double faults and refused to move behind the baseline to return the hard serves of Petrova. It was rare for a rally to go beyond 4 strokes, which played directly into Petrova’s game plan.

Elena Dementieva delivered a routine performance to see off the challenge of South African qualifier Chanelle Scheepers 6-1 6-3.

The fifth seed took only one hour and 14 minutes to conclude matters on the showcase Philippe Chatrier court.

Dementieva’s victory takes her through to a quarter-final meeting with fellow Russian Nadia Petrova.

Italy’s Francesca Schiavone joined Dementieva in the last eight with a 6-4 6-4 win over Russia’s Maria Kirilenko.

World number 131 Scheepers had beaten Gisela Dulko, a player ranked 86 places above her, previously in her campaign as she became the first South African to reach the last 16 since Amanda Coetzer in 1997.

The 26-year-old may have been given hope of a higher-profile scalp as Denmentieva battled through a calf injury in her win over Aleksandra Wozniak in the previous round.

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