of Russia will be aiming to regain her early season form in 2011 and perhaps beat some of the world’s best players.
The Russian made a superb start to the year as she beat Kim Clijsters 6-1 6-0 in the Australian Open 4th round in Melbourne.
Clijsters would later go on to win the US Open for the 3rd time in her career this summer when she beat Vera Zvonareva of Russia in the final.
Petrova also earned an impressive win over Venus Williams in the French Open in Paris this summer. However Venus’s sister Serena is now the world number 1 and she has won both Wimbledon and the Australian Open this year.
Serena would have also been the favourite for the US Open this summer but she had to pull out after suffering from a freak injury in a restaurant just before the US Open in New York.