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Petrova's Turnaround, Stosur's Close Finish
September 27, 2012
TOKYO, Japan - Quarterfinals Day at the Toray Pan Pacific Open began with a pair of absolute nail-biters, with Nadia Petrova and Samantha Stosur both moving through and setting up a semifinal clash at the Premier-level tournament.
The No.17-seeded Petrova was the first of the pair to advance, though she had to pull off a Houdini act to do it - down 63 41 and double faulting to face a point for a 63 51 deficit, the Russian flipped the switch just in time, battling back to make it past No.6 seed Sara Errani in three grinding sets, 36 75 63.
"You never want to leave the court without giving everything you have, so even at a set and 4-1 down I still believed I could turn it around," Petrova said.
Petrova, who is currently ranked No.18 in the world but is a former World No.3, is through to her biggest WTA semifinal in three years, since Beijing in 2009.
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