Swedish No. 1 Rebecca Peterson ready for Wuhan Open
The Swedish number one tennis player Rebecca Peterson is ready for the star-studded WTA tournament in Wuhan, China.
Having lost the first set Peterson, from The Good to Great Tennis Academy, made a remarkable comeback to defeat Yingying Duan by taking the final two sets in yesterday’s qualifying finals. The final score read 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
– A good match given that neither my game nor movement were there to one hundred percent, said Peterson, who in the decisive set lost her first service game.
– To be able to win this kind of matches is important, says the 56th-ranked Peterson.
That The Wuhan Open is one of the biggest tournaments on the WTA tour doesn’t seem to concern the Swedish number one.
– It’s like any other tournament. Nice to qualify and get two matches, especially after The US Open when I was unable to train and play points as much as I would like, says the 23-year-old who has struggled a bit after this year’s fourth and final Grand Slam tournament, in which she reached the third round.
She skipped the first of her planned tournaments on the Asian tour to prepare back home, at Catella Arena, for Wuhan, where all 15 top-rated players are in the starting field.
A good rivalry
For several years, Peterson has been one step behind Johanna Larsson, the biggest name in Swedish tennis since Robin Söderling was forced to retire in 2011. Now the roles between Peterson and the seven years older Larsson have been reversed.
Hopefully, Helsingborg TK’s big star can see a challenge in reclaiming the top spot as the Swedish number one. A rivalry could certainly spur both players to reach new heights, which also would be good for Swedish tennis in general.
In the second round of The US Open, Larsson tested the world number four Angelique Kerber, and there were those who believed that the Swedish player’s game showed great promise for the rest of the season. However, the difference between applying pressure to a fix star and pulling off an upset is enormous. Considering her singles game only, Larsson has struggled since The US Open.
Original text written in Swedish by Jonas Arnesen.