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Veteran Russian Nadia Petrova picked up a lopsided 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 win over the defending champion and world no.3 Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Saturday. Petrova, whose participation in the tournament was in doubt when she withdrew from a tournament in Seoul last week with a back injury, produced some exceptional tennis over the course of the week, showing some incredible form and battling skills.
Petrova was in supreme form right from the off, making Radwanska look like a sparring partner, not a world no.3. The 30-year old Russian hammered 16 winners in the opening set alone to race through it without dropping a single game.
Radwanska bounced back well in the second set, taking advantage of 14 unforced errors from Petrova to quickly level the match up at a set apiece.
Petrova took a time out at the end of the second set and came out refreshed for the decider, and the fans finally got to see some competitive tennis as both women brought their A-game to the fore. The two ladies fought tooth and nail for the decider and were neck-and-neck till the 8th game when two ill-opportune double faults from Radwanska gave Petrova the game and a chance to serve for the title.
The Russian made no mistake, picking up her 12th career title and by far the biggest in her career.
Petrova shared after the match, "I'm so happy to be here right now. This is the biggest tournament I've ever won. It's a great accomplishment. And at the beginning of the tournament I definitely didn't expect to win the title, because of the back injury I've been struggling with."
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