Petrova beats Peng in straight sets in Bali

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 03, 2011

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia reacts after a point in her fourth round match against Nadia Petrova of Russia during day seven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Nadia Petrova of Russia beat second-seeded Peng Shuai of China 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions. Petrova lost her serve four times in the match but managed to break Peng seven times to clinch the victory. The 25-year-old Peng had won both her previous matches against Petrova this year in three sets. ''Today it was very important for me to win that first set,'' said Petrova, who had treatment on a neck injury during the first set. ''I had a little bit of difficulty with the serve, especially in the first set. ''There was something going on with my upper back or neck, I don't know. The adrenaline kicked in and I started not to think about it much. I started to focus more on the game.'' Ana Ivanovic was to meet Roberta Vinci later Thursday on the opening day of the eight-player tournament, which features the six highest-ranked players who have won a title during the season but did not qualify for the WTA Championships, and two wild cards. It is the final event on the WTA calendar.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Philly mayor calls LeSean McCoy ‘cowardly'

Report: Price might not return this season due to knee injury

Matt Forte confirms he won’t be returning to Bears

Cardinals GM: ‘No doubt’ team wants Mathieu as fixture

Charles Barkley on Stephen Curry: ‘He’s just a great shooter’

Louisiana governor warns that LSU football could be cut


Report: People with Warriors think they will get Durant

Joe Thomas: It’s a ‘sad end’ to Manziel story in Cleveland

DeMar DeRozan: It will be ‘pretty tough’ for me to leave Raptors

Super Bowl referee says Cotchery play could have been a catch

The NBA is one step closer to putting ads on jerseys

Archie Manning defends Cam Newton over press conference

26% of Denver students skipped school for Broncos parade

Eight surprises, letdowns entering NBA All-Star break

Chris Harris: Von Miller should get paid more than JJ Watt

4 likeliest Dwight Howard trade scenarios

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Penn State the latest to offer generic football jerseys for sale

Gary Bettman praises the NHL’s new website and app (which are currently awful)

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

NBA to weigh adding advertisements to jerseys

ESPN, Stephen A. Smith and Little League International sued by parents of Jackie Robinson West

Kobe Bryant shoots down notion he wants All-Star MVP record

Justin Tuck will sign one-day contract to retire with Giants

Ronda Rousey returns to training

Tennis News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker