Serena vs Petrova 3rd round match-who wins?

Who wins the Petrova-Serena Williams 3rd rounder?


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This is an interesting encounter that is now set up. Serena will take on 5th seed Petrova in the 3rd round. Petrova is obviously ranked much higher, Serena is 5-1 lifetime vs Petrova, her last win being a tough 3 setter in the 4th round of the 2004 Australian Open which Serena went on to win. Should be a hard hitting affair. I am going with the fitter and more confident player right now though.
 

Sagittar

Hall of Fame
probably petrova she's more fit and concentrated right now plus serena isn't back to her best yet , though it wont be easy , 3 setters my guess ..
 

tennissavy

Hall of Fame
probably petrova she's more fit and concentrated right now plus serena isn't back to her best yet , though it wont be easy , 3 setters my guess ..
I think that Petrova should win in a tough two set match but if it really gets close, her mental weakness vs. Serena's mental strength will make the difference.
 

Bones08

Professional
i'll go with Serena in 3....Nadia's 2cd serve is ok, but it will get eaten up...and Serena will attack her backhand alot.
 

Alexandros

Professional
To beat Serena in her current state she really needs to be moved around and kept off balance. Petrova is a blockhead of a tennis player, I think she'll make the mistake of trying to outslug Serena and end up losing in three sets.
 

arosen

Hall of Fame
Its no easy task for Serena to lug that huge cabooze of hers around in Australian heat. Petrova in 3.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Petrova did not look in great shape against Ana Whatabody at the Medibank.
Believed she injured her stomach eating before the match. This match may be over at the buffet. Petrova cleans Serena's plate in 3.
 
When will it be televised by espn? It takes place at US eastern time- 7pm but coverage doesn't start until 9pm! It's a good thing I can livestream it.
 

OrangeOne

Legend
Now it's 4-1 to Petrova with the consolidated break, and this is the "it was only a matter of time match", where she comes up against a player who hits almost as big as she does, who can handle most of her pace, but who has consistency and match practice.

If she doesn't indeed lose this (I think she will in straight), she'll lose next round or the round after. My best is a UE count in the stratosphere...
 

Klippy

Semi-Pro
Serena leads 3-0 in second. she will win the second set, BUT Pertrova will come back in the third. I reckon
 

OrangeOne

Legend
2-0 for Williams - turning things around?
Nah, just some have started to land in, doubt it'll last....

Sick to death too, of her and other players doing the 'that was in' glare / pout / act and NOT challenging. Either challenge and be vindicated, or get on with it....
 

Klippy

Semi-Pro
OrangeOne said:
Sick to death too, of her and other players doing the 'that was in' glare / pout / act and NOT challenging. Either challenge and be vindicated, or get on with it....
lol yeah I reckon eh!!
 

skandy

Rookie
Petrova brakes back and holds her serve.

P.S. My coworker was stupid enough to make a bet (six pack) on Williams :)
 

OrangeOne

Legend
One thing Serena is doing better then Petrova is first serve %. Only 50% for Petrova so far, 65% for Serena.
Agreed with McZ - those don't match those on the site.

Anyways, when Serena is behind on every other main-screen stat with the solitary exception of break point conversion % (only by 10%, and they don't list break points converted as a sep stat, I think 4 to 1 in Petrova's favour negates the 10% loss in conversion %).... I don't see the point in highlighting one stat.
 

Bones08

Professional
Yes Serena, Nadia did not choke...Serena just hit winners, and forceful shots...Serena always does good at the AO on odd years...03/05 Winner...07-
 

chlsmo

Semi-Pro
ok, well, I have to do it... My most useless post. Uhm, Petrova is ugly and Serena is fat! there I said it. sorry guys I had to get it out there for everyone. (I apologize for the time it took you to read that)
 

Klippy

Semi-Pro
Hey Baghdatis72, cool avatar. I didnt realise Baghdatis was that much shorter than Federer!!! how tall is Baghdatis, do u know?? looks like my height...
 
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