The collection of unmet potential known as Nadia Petrova was on hand today to defeat 2nd seed Ana Ivanovic, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2, in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. When Petrova is on her game, she can beat anyone, and lately, she has shown signs of being on her game again.
Ivanovic, returning from post-thumb injury time out and a second round U.S. Open loss, is said by some to be experiencing a lack of confidence. This is certainly possible, but we should also bear in mind that the talented Ivanovic has never been the most consistent of players. There is no doubt that she needs to get in some more match play, too.
Ivanovic, by the way, is now sporting a new, exclusive Yonex racquet.