Alla Kudryavtseva

Petrova defeats Peer, wins first title in 3 years

A familiar figure popped into the media tent Sunday afternoon at the Tennis Center at College Park, about 10 minutes after Nadia Petrova had discussed winning her first WTA championship in three years.

The visitor? Petrova. Seems the Russian forgot to lug away the crystal vase she earned by dispatching top-seeded Shahar Peer, 7-5, 6-2, to win the Citi Open, a first-year event.

With no singles title since 2008, second-seeded Petrova had not been accustomed to leaving events with heavy hardware. She earned this one, winning her first three matches this week in straight sets, rallying to victory in the semifinals after dropping the first set, and then by handling Peer on Sunday...