She did beat petrova! Petrova retired after going down 6-3 4-2 due to her glutial injury. Or, just retiring to save "embarassment"? I'm sure she's being genuine an wants to save herself for the Australian Open, but hey just speculation lol Go Shuai!! top 50 in sight!
Groundstrokes aren't a problem for Shuai Peng. She can match it powerwise with (dare I say) mostly anyone. The problem is that the double fisted on both wings is always going to limit your ability to chase down balls. Sydney would have done wonders for her confidence (duh).
Peng's serve was better than I think people gave her credit for. Her 2nd serve was kicking ok. I agree that she needs more bite on her first. But this was in comparison to Nadia in that match. Nadia's serves (2nd especially) weren't doing anything.
I think she is definately one to look out for. Definately no fluke!