I was expecting a very close, three-set match between Petrova and Kim Clijsters in the third round of the Australian Open, but my expectations were not met. Instead, Petrova gave Clijsters a 6-0, 6-1 beat-down. Clijsters--who said she was unable to feel the ball the entire match--was considered one of the two women most likely to win the tournament, but Petrova had other plans. Obviously playing at the high level of which she has always been capable, Petrova now has to face a countrywoman, Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kuznetsova had a difficult time dealing with Angelique Kerber, whom she finally defeated, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Both Kuznetsova and Petrova are known for running hot and cold, so anything can happen in their round of 16 match.