Former World No. 3 Nadia Petrova yesterday ended a title drought of nearly three years, defeating top seed Shahar Peer 7-5, 6-2 in the final of the $220,000 Citi Open.
Peer, 24, who began the week on a five-match losing streak, missed a chance for her sixth career WTA title. The Israeli won her most recent titles in 2009 at Guangzhou and Tashkent. Peer broke Petrova to open both sets but each time Petrova broke back in the fourth game, reaching 2-2 in the first set on a Peer double fault and in the second set on an overhead smash winner.
Peer, ranked eight spots above Petrova at 24th, saved three break points in the eighth game of the first set but Petrova broke through four games later, claiming the set after 55 minutes when Peer hit a backhand beyond the baseline.
After Peer broke and held to open the second set, Petrova did not drop a game to the finish, which came after 87 minutes, when Peer sent a forehand long.
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