2009 French Open Update: Maria Sharapova Upsets Nadia Petrova: As Houston Rockets coach, Rudy Tomjanovich once said, “never underestimate the heart of a champion!”
Coming back from shoulder surgery, (unranked) Maria Sharapova and (11th ranked) Nadia Petrova gave the fans at Roland Garros a very exciting, second round, all-Russian thriller, as it came down to which player wanted it the most in the 2009 French Open.
Roughly criticized by everyone, the former No.1, Maria Sharapova [+115 ML], shocked the tennis world by defeating the Sports Odds favorite Nadia Petrova [-155 ML], 6-2, 1-6, 8-6 in a classic 2009 French Open upset.
Sharapova got off to a hot start, taking the opening set 6-2 on a true display of heart and determination.
However, Petrova is no slouch especially in Paris, as she battled back to take the second set.
The soon-to-be 27-year-old Russian came in ranked 11th in the world and had enjoyed some success in Paris in the past, reaching the French Open semifinals in 2003 and 2005.
In the third and decisive set, both players stepped up their game to another level. There were times when Petrova seemed to be taking control of the match, breaking Sharapova’s serve in the early stages of the final set.
Despite the long layoff and not playing her best tennis, the 3-time Grand Slam winner showed great courage to fight off her fellow patriot. Sharapova, who's yet to win in Paris, advances to the 2009 French Open third-round where she will take on Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.
N. Petrova (RUS) M. Sharapova (RUS)
1st Serve: 51 of 88 = 58 % 63 of 99 = 64 %
Aces: 5 7
Double Faults: 3 6
Unforced Errors: 14 22
1st Serve Win: 36 of 51 = 71 % 41 of 63 = 65 %
2nd Serve Win: 15 of 37 = 41 % 15 of 36 = 42 %
Winners: 27 30