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Exclamation Breaking News: Nadia Will Attempt to Win Her First Title At ASB Classic Tier IV 2006

Petrova coup for ASB Classic

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Oct 26, 2005
By Alan Granville
The ASB Classic has Peter Jackson to thank for bringing one of the world's top players to the Auckland tournament in 2006.

Russian world number 10 Nadia Petrova has confirmed she will play in next year's event, and it's all down to her love of the Lord of the Rings movies.

"It really influenced my decision. Since I saw that movie I have always wanted to go to New Zealand. Next year will be a good opportunity to see the country," said Petrova.

It is only the second time that the ASB Classic has persuaded a top 10 player to come to Auckland - the last was Anke Huber in 1997.

It's certainly a big coup after the relative disappointment of this year's number one seed Amy Frazier, who was ranked 26 at the time of the tournament.

Petrova, 23, is one of the world's most consistent players, with a semifinal appearance at Roland Garros and a place in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2005, but amazingly she is yet to win a WTA singles title.

"This year has been a lot better for me than last season. I have done a good step forward and I been consistent in the Grand Slams. Almost every tournament I reached at least the quarterfinals. I feel it's been a good foundation for next year."

Another factor in her decision to come to Auckland was tournament director Richard Palmer.

He distributed information packs on the ASB Classic and New Zealand to players at this year's US Open.

"I remember meeting him and thinking 'yes, I would like to go to New Zealand'. I had in my mind that I would like to go at least once there."

Palmer was delighted to get Petrova's signature for next season.

"It's wonderful that a player of Petorva's class is coming to the ASB Classic for the first time. It's a coup to get her here. She's certainly got the ability to win titles. We are obviously hoping that Auckland will be the first of many," said Palmer.

Petrova, who cites Steffi Graf as her main influence, has beaten some of the world's top players including Jennifer Capriati, Serena Williams and Monica Seles.

But she singles out Lindsay Davenport as her toughest opponent.

"It's really hard for me to find any rhythm against her. Her shots come really hard and deep into the court."

Petrova is also a doubles expert with 11 titles to her name and comes with a rich sports heritage - her father was a top hammer thrower while her mum took bronze in the 400 metres relay at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

The ASB Classic will begin on January 2, with coverage on TV ONE
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The first week of the 2006 season:

Venus, Serena, Lindsay and Kim in Hong Kong
Sveta, Anna-Lena, Ana, Michaella, Shuai in Hopman Cup
Masha as the big coup for Tier III Gold Coast
Nadia as the big coup for Tier IV Auckland

Amelie is supposedly committed somewhere but don't know where
Sania has been rumoured to be in Hong Kong as well

Elena D, Mary, Patty, Justine not committed
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I will be there in the stands cheering you on Nadia! This is one of the happest days of my life. You are going to love New Zealand.

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she already gave up hopes of winning Linz
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I was at the naming of her at the ASB Bank in Auckland and the was on live cable feed from Linz, she spoke so well There was also some people saying that she was going to play doubles with Leanne Baker!!! Watch this space!!!

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Hopefully Nadia can make it through the tournament injury free, which is something that she couldn't seem to do at the Gold Coast

I don't mind her playing in New Zealand because I can't go to the Gold Coast next year, but I hope she will return in 2007

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Amelie is supposedly committed somewhere but don't know where

I can confirm: Amelie has been committed
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Hopefully Nadia can make it through the tournament injury free, which is something that she couldn't seem to do at the Gold Coast

I don't mind her playing in New Zealand because I can't go to the Gold Coast next year, but I hope she will return in 2007
I'm going to take like 10000000000 pics of her and post them in PPP for you guys !

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she'd better win here...if she doesn't, she'll be a virgin* forever......


































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If Nadia is the top seed - then fingers crossed this is her first of many titles.
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Bartoli, Danilidou and Srebotnik are also committed
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Bartoli, Danilidou and Srebotnik are also committed
Yes and Jill will come too. Amy should show up. I have a feeling that Franny S or Elena L might show up.

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Go Nadi! Although I have a feeling your first title will come this year

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I am excited! I will be there too Mana!

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