Victoria Azarenka's back problems followed her to Stuttgart, right in her semifinal match against Nadia Petrova. Nevertheless, Azarenka player her usual game, which is spirited and cunning. But she was up against the "new" Petrova, who is actually the "old" Petrova, and there was only so much she could do about that. When Petrova is on her game--and she has certainly been on it lately--she is hard to beat. And when she is serving the way she served today, she is even harder to beat.
Petrova won this tournament in 2006, which was her greatest year. And it's nice to once again see her in a final, where she belongs.
Petrova def. Azarenka, 6-4, 6-4