Defending champion Petra was knocked out of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in one of the best WTA matches of the year. Home favourite Peng Shuai produced some spectacular tennis to win 7-6(7), 6-7(5), 7-6(3) in three hours and 34 minutes, the longest tour-level match of the season.
Petra was disappointed but found many positives in defeat at one of her favourite tournaments.
“It’s always more difficult to play someone who has the home crowd advantage, but I heard many fans cheering for me too, which was nice,” said Petra afterwards.
“It was one of the longest matches I have played – the record I think. I should have won the first set tiebreak when I led 6-3, but anyway I really fought hard and still tried to play every point. In the end she was just a little bit luckier.”
Petra’s next tournament will be the China Open in Beijing.