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Petrova on top in Tokyo

Published time: September 29, 2012 08:26
Edited time: September 29, 2012 12:27
Nadia Petrova of Russia holds the champion's trophy at the Pan Pacific Open (AFP Photo / Kazuhiro Nogi)

Nadia Petrova of Russia holds the champion's trophy at the Pan Pacific Open (AFP Photo / Kazuhiro Nogi)

Russia’s Nadia Petrova claimed her second tennis title of the year with her victory over defending champ Agnieszka Radwanska in the finals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

­Petrova started the match strong, and did not give up a single game to Radwanska in the opener.

Play changed drastically in the second set, with the world's number-three-ranking Radwanska thrashing her rival, taking the match into a deciding set.

The third set was the closest of the series, with the Russian cruising to a 6-0 1-6 6-3 victory.

"I feel amazing. This is the biggest tournament I ever won, and this is a great accomplishment,"
AFP quoted Petrova as saying. "At the beginning of the tournament, I didn't expect to be here, because I had a back injury, so it's delightful to be here right now.”

"I used so much energy in the first set and it took a while to get back into the game, and the change of the court helped me a little bit to think about what I needed to do in the third set," the 30-year-old said.

The Tokyo victory marks Petrova’s 16th career WTA title, and her second title of 2012 after winning a tournament in the Dutch city of Hertogenbosch.

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