Tokyo Gallery: Another Push Toward The Top?
Nadia Petrova showed the kind of tennis in Tokyo that once saw her as high as No.3 in the world.
Published September 30, 2012 12:00
Agnieszka Radwanska, the defending champion, didn't lose a set en route to another final in Tokyo.
But Nadia Petrova had other ideas for Agnieszka Radwanska, ready from the very first ball of the final.
Nadia Petrova played almost flawless tennis in the first set, hitting 16 winners to just three errors.
Agnieszka Radwanska found herself on the receiving end of a bagel set - but she regrouped in the second.
Agnieszka Radwanska won the second set, 6-1, but Nadia Petrova got her groove back for the decider.
After a swinging forehand volley winner, Nadia Petrova completed a 60 16 63 win and dropped to the court.
Nadia Petrova had never beaten three Top 10 players at the same tournament until Tokyo this past week.
Nadia Petrova claimed her 12th and biggest WTA title, breaking a tie in her WTA finals record to 12-11.
Agnieszka Radwanska still leads the head-to-head, 3-2, and still has a sparkling 10-4 WTA finals record.
Later on in the doubles final, American duo Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears were sparkling too.
Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears brought home their fifth and biggest WTA doubles title as a team.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke were Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears' victims in the final.