Navratilova holds the record for the oldest woman to win a singles match at a Grand Slam, which came at Wimbledon in 2004 when she was 47 years, eight months.
She made her Grand Slam debut at the French Open in 1989 when Petrova was just 6 years old.
“She’s a tough cookie,” said Petrova, a 2010 quarterfinalist at Melbourne Park. “She played really well today. She didn’t give me any room to come back.”
Petrova agreed that a vacation from the sport that requires rigorous travel around the world could be a good thing.
“She took a 10-year break,” Petrova said, “so you know she might be fresher than most of us in our 30s.”
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