MONTREAL - JULY 29: Nadia Petrova of Russia returns a shot to Marie-Eve Pelletier of Canada during Day 2 of Rogers Cup Tennis on July 29,2008 at Stade Uniprix in Montreal, Quebec.
Jul 29th, 2008, 10:32 PM
Petrova couldn’t have played better
July 29, 2008
Marie-Ève Pelletier’s run in the main draw of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank was short lasting.
On Tuesday afternoon, in front of an encouraging crowd, the 26-year-old from Repentigny, Que., crossed paths with a Nadia Petrova at the top of her game. The 25-year-old Russian needed just 45 minutes to dispose of the Quebecker, 6-0, 6-1.
She took the first nine games of the match before Pelletier held her serve in the second set. “I couldn’t stop thinking of a 6-0, 6-0,” admitted Petrova. “That’s when I lost a game when I was returning serve. But I’m still satisfied with the way I played. I had never played her before – not even in junior – and I knew the crowd was cheering her on. But I made it through the match more easily than I expected. I couldn’t have asked for any better: a good match, a good crowd. It’s a great start to the tournament.”
Petrova won the first set in just… 19 minutes. She’ll take on Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn in the second round.
“I played an amazing match. I’ve never played so well in my life,” joked Pelletier after the one-sided match. “No, seriously, I had problems on serve and she played a perfect match – so much so that I couldn’t really play. But everything you deserve comes back to you. She was almost perfect. She’s a really good player, really tough to beat.”
Still, Pelletier has no intention of becoming discouraged. “I’m going to play some tournaments in Mexico and then I’ll go to the Bronx before the US Open. I’m right in the middle of my career. Tennis is allowing me to learn a lot about who I am.”
Jul 30th, 2008, 01:23 AM
Nice job Nadia! Tanasugarn could be tough...good luck Nadia!
Jul 30th, 2008, 06:01 PM
Nadia beat Tammy 63 62. She plays Domi, who beat her in Stanford
Jul 30th, 2008, 06:31 PM
Nice job Nadia! Good luck against Domi, get revenge!
Jul 31st, 2008, 10:08 AM
Good luck today Nadia :D
Jul 31st, 2008, 01:42 PM
Good luck. This time she should beat her.
BTW: I think the Eleven-clothes looked way nicer...
Does anyone know why she's with Babolat now?
Jul 31st, 2008, 04:48 PM
Nadia got beat by Domi again, 76 62.
Awful loss. It looks like Nadia will never be top 10 again.
Too many losses to noncontenders.