Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria hits a return against Sania Mirza of India in their first round women's singles match on day one of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2012. Pironkova won 6-4, 6-2. (credit: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)
Nadia Petrova and Tsvetana Pironkova will meet on Wednesday in the second round of the 2012 Brussels OpenYou can watch and bet on Petrova v Pironkova live for free at bet365 > live tennis
Nadia Petrova made a good start to her title charge at the 2012 Brussels Open, beating Kateryna Bondarenko 6-4, 6-4 in round one. The Russian managed to hit five aces against Bondarenko, and held nine of ten service games against her.
“I wish I could have made a little less unforced errors today, but I served well and played well on the important points,” remarked Petrova after the clash. “The beauty of tennis is tomorrow's another day and you can work on things, improve and come back.”
“I quite enjoy the clay court season - unfortunately it's a little bit short,” added the two-time Roland Garros semi-finalist. “It takes a few tournaments to really get a feel for the clay court game and understand it, and by the time the French Open comes and you feel you have a good level of clay court tennis going, the clay court season's over!”
Petrova will now take on Tsvetana Pironkova, who recorded a confident 6-1, 6-4 victory over Greece’s Eleni Daniilidou on Monday.
“I'm actually looking forward to it,” said Petrova ahead of the match. “We've never played each other before, although we have practiced, but those are very different.”