Sunday, August 12, 2007

Not the final we were expecting

I was expecting a Sharapova-Jankovic final at the East West Bank Classic, but instead, we're getting a Petrova-Ivanovic final. The Ivanovic-Jankovic semifinal, though it didn't go the way I wanted it to go, was a great match. Nadia Petrova got a walkover from Maria Sharapova, who is having trouble with her left shin again. Petrova almost got a makeover from Virginie Razzano in their quarterfinal match. If Razzano hadn't sustained an injury in the third set, there is a decent chance we'd be preparing for an Ivanovic-Razzano final.

Nadia Petrova is a really talented player who has lost her way. This would be a great opportunity for her to find her game again and win a big tournament. But if Ivanovic keeps playing the way she did today, she'll most likely be lifting another trophy tomorrow.

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