MOSCOW, September 29 (RIA Novosti)
Nadia Petrova defeated world No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday to win the $2 million Japan Open, the biggest title of her career.
Petrova took the first set at a canter, lost the second just as easily, but recovered in the decider for a 6-0, 1-6, 6-3, win on the hard court in Tokyo.
The closest the 30-year-old Russian has come to clinching the lion's share of such a big purse was in 2006, when she won three $1.3 million events.
"I played great in the first set but may have used too much energy, and in the second set I felt flat," Petrova said on the WTA website.
"It took me a while to recuperate and get back into the game. After the second set when I went to change my clothes, I had a few minutes to think about what to focus on in the third set."
It was Petrova’s 12th WTA title and second this year after taking the $220,000 UNICEF Open in the Netherlands by beating Radwanska's younger sister Urszula in the final.
Petrova has a career ranking high is No. 3 in 2005, when she reached the French Open semifinal and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Yury Gagarin: A down-to-earth person
Infographics: The Linguistic Diversity of the Planet
During Vladimir Putin’s annual Q&A session some members of the Valdai International Discussion Club asked him several questions. How united is the West in its desire to punish Russia? Which EU countries are in favour of isolating Russia? Is this even possible? And what is going on in Ukraine?