Petrova stunned in Sydney


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:12

The 18-year-old broke Petrova’s serve six times as she swept aside the listless Russian 6-2 6-4 in just under 90 minutes at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

“I really have to make some more things (happen) on the court,” said Cornet, who is hoping to break into the world top 10 this year.

“I have to be more aggressive. I really worked hard in November, December to try to go more to the net and just try to be more aggressive.

“I try not only to defend because I think the future of women’s tennis is to be at the net. I really want to do that.

“If I want to get into the top 10 I really have to be more aggressive because the players are better and better now. It’s the only chance for me.

“I know it will be tough but I really have to dare and to try each match. I’m going to do it step by step and we’ll see.”

Cornet’s reward for her victory over Petrova is a second round meeting with another Russian, Vera Dushevina, who hammered Australian wildcard Emelyn Starr 6-0 6-1.

Eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark has cruised through to the second round after accounting for Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 6-1 6-2.

Russian Vera Zvonareva has been forced out of the tournament due to a gastrointestinal illness, while France’s Marion Bartoli bowed out after succumbing to a calf strain at 1-1 in the first set of her match against Britain’s Melanie South.


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