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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Relaxed Mindset Helps Bring Out Petrova's Best

LINZ, Austria -- Nadia Petrova credited her success on the WTA tour this year to her decision to sack former coach Glen Schaap.

The 24-year-old cut her ties with the Dutchman late last year because she felt he was controlling too much of her life.

"When we started working together I was young and he was trying to create someone he was thinking was the right person," Petrova said.

"I was told how to behave, what I should be, but the person he was trying to create was somebody else. It was not suiting who am I in reality."

After trials with several other coaches over the last few months, she is now working with Tatiana Matoukhnuke and Roger Anderson and feels that she works better under a more relaxed regime.

This year she has claimed 5 titles and has qualified for next month's season-ending WTA Championships in Madrid.

"I started developing as me," said Petrova.

"I opened up to the outside world and started to have fun off court and that's definitely worked very well for me.

"We shouldn't forget we have another life to live after tennis."

"I finally had the opportunity to make my own decisions and that really changed me as a person and made me more grown up and made me appreciate and enjoy life a little bit more."

Her new, relaxed regime certainly paid dividends Wednesday as she cruised past Shahar Peer of Israel 6-1, 6-1 in the second round of the Generali Ladies.

Petrova is the second seed at the event, despite the fact that she is the defending champion, behind compatriot Maria Sharapova.

She had seven aces and didn't allow a single break point. She broke Peer five times.