Serena Williams upset by Nadia Petrova at China Open
Nadia Petrova upset Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) to reach the quarterfinals of the China Open.
Williams looked lethargic in the first set, with her ground strokes sailing long and her serve broken twice to hand Petrova the early lead. But she bounced back in the second, putting a bit more pace on her shots and dictating play from the backcourt to gain a break late in the set and even the match.
In the deciding third set, Williams missed a golden opportunity to pull ahead at 4-4, blowing three break points on Petrova’s serve. But she cranked up her serve to send it to a tiebreak.
Petrova took an early 5-2 lead, but Williams battled back one final time before the Russian could close it out.
From Monday, Williams will be the number one in the WTA rankings.