Sunday, July 31, 2011

Petrova wins inaugural Citi Open

Nadia Petrova won her first title since 2008 today. She defeated top seed Shahar Peer 7-5, 6-2 to win the inaugural Citi Open championship in College Park, Maryland. Petrova, who received a wild card into the event and was seeded 2nd, has had problems with dizziness in recent months. The Russian player was a break  down in both sets today, but relied on her first serve to overcome deficits. She finished with an 83 first serve win percentage.

Peer, known for her ability to fight when she's down, saved three break points when she served at 3-4 in the first set, but then failed to capitalize on a break point against Petrova in the next game. The 1st seed played for over three hours against Tamira Paszek in the blazing heat yesterday, then had to go back to the court to play doubles.

The Citi Open title is Petrova's tenth.

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