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Nadia, Lena, Nastya, Vera & Sveta interesting roundtable

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The Russian Roundtable

The Russian Revolution has laid seige to the Sony Ericsson WTA tour.


The Tour Life

What do you like most about being on the tour?

Nadia Petrova: “Changing places all the time is very exciting, from seeing different cultures to eating different foods.”
Elena Dementieva: “Meeting so many interesting people around the world while at the same time working to win a tournament.”
Anastasia Myskina: “Really, nothing. Every year the tour gets tougher.”

What’s the hardest part about traveling?

Svetlana Kuznetsova: “It’s a double-edged sword because you’re seeing the world but you’re missing your friends and family.”
Vera Zvonareva: “The flying is too much sometimes. Once I flew from Miami to Sydney for 14 straight hours. Or another time, going consecutive weeks from New York to Moscow to Beijing to Moscow and Miami. That’s hard on your body.”

Was there a moment or match early in your career that showed you had the goods to be a successful pro?

Dementieva: “In 1999 we played the Fed Cup final, and I beat Venus. Even though our team lost 4-1, just to get that one win for Russia was very important to me.”
Myskina: “Palermo 1999. I made it out of the qualies and won the tournament. Then I qualified for the U.S. Open.”
Petrova: “Winning the French Open juniors in ’98.”
Zvonareva: “In 2003 I beat Venus at Roland Garros.”

What’s your favorite city?

Zvonareva: “Beijing’s a lot like my hometown, Moscow—great hotels, great place for an event. It was also fun in Beijing to go to this market and buy a fake Rolex watch.”
Kuznetsova: “Anywhere, so long as I don’t have to be there more than two weeks.”
Petrova: “Melbourne. It’s so green and busy.”
Myskina: “Zurich. I love the mountains and the small cafés and the hot chocolate.”
Dementieva: “Moscow.”

What do your parents think about your careers?

Myskina: “Tennis was my father’s dream. He pushed me, and he’s really happy.”
Dementieva: “Tennis wasn’t my decision. My mom made it for me. My parents always wanted me to play tennis.”
Petrova: “Both my parents are athletes so they know what it takes to be a pro.”

When does being a pro seem most frustrating?

Petrova: “Packing. You’ve got just a little time to fold all these clothes and you’re tired and want to sleep.”
Myskina: “It’s one thing to play when you’re rising up the ranks, but it’s another when people think you have to win.”

Chilling Out

What do you do to relax on tour?

Zvonareva: “I watch movies on my DVD player and I also like to read books like War and Peace.”
Dementieva: “You don’t really have time to relax at a tournament, but when I have time, I like to go to the pool and read Dostoevsky or Nabokov.”
Myskina: “Movies like Meet the Fockers or books like Lord of the Rings.”
Petrova: “I always have a book with me, or play music, or play cards with my coach.”

How do you relax away from the tour?

Kuznetsova: “It’s fun to ride a snowboard, or hang out with friends, or watch a good comedy like Bruce Almighty.”
Zvonareva: “Just go home to Moscow and sit in a restaurant with my friends.”
Myskina: “Mostly I like to be with my family. Otherwise, I could probably sleep all day.”

What’s your favorite meal?

Petrova: “Sushi, anytime, anywhere.”
Myskina: “Sushi. I love eel.”
Dementieva: “Sushi.”
Kuznetsova: “Sushi.”
Zvonareva: “I eat everything. I like something different every day. In China, I loved the Peking duck. In Russia, crepes with caviar.”

How many songs do you have on your iPod?

Kuznetsova: “At least 2,000. Lots of R&B.”
Zvonareva: “Nearly 3,000. Usher, 50 Cent, and Eminem are some of my favorites.”
Myskina: “I don’t have one. Kuznetsova, she’s the one who knows how to make all that stuff work.”

What movies and TV shows do you watch?

Petrova: “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is very relaxing. There’s no meaning to it, just fun.”
Dementieva: “I don’t watch TV.”
Myskina: “Friends. I love all of them. They are all really funny.”

Who’s going to play you in the movie of your life?

Petrova: “No one could play me.”
Zvonareva: “Julia Roberts.”
Dementieva: “No one.”

What famous people have you met?

Myskina: “Through Jennifer Capriati, I got to meet Matthew Perry. But I’m not really into that.”
Zvonareva: “It was pretty cool to meet Boris Yeltsin when we won the Fed Cup. I want to meet Putin.”
Dementieva: “I’ve met Yeltsin and Putin, but I’m not trying to meet famous people. There’s nothing special about them. They’re just normal people.”

What’s your biggest fear?

Kuznetsova: “Snakes.”
Petrova: “Turbulence on a plane. I’ve had my share.”
Myskina: “The future—finding myself after tennis.”

What’s the coolest thing you own?

Dementieva: “My cactus collection.”
Zvonareva: “My Nissan Primera. It’s black, with tinted windows.”
Petrova: “I’ve got quite a big apartment in Moscow.”
Myskina: “My black BMW 328.”

Back to School

What kind of student were you?

Kuznetsova: “Very well-behaved.”
Myskina: “Oooohhh . . . . Well, the normal one who missed a lot of lessons because of tennis.”
Dementieva: “I was a good student until I started traveling more for tennis.”
Petrova: “Until I started playing tennis at age 8, I was an excellent student.”
Zvonareva: “Actually, I was good. I loved school.”

What were your favorite subjects?

Dementieva: “Russian and French.”
Kuznetsova: “Math.”
Myskina: “I really liked learning how to write and speak in Russian.”
Petrova: “Biology.”
Zvonareva: “Math.”

Do you still think of going back to school, and if so, what would you like to study?

Dementieva: “Yes. I’d study sports management. I think I have learned a little bit about how that field works.”
Zvonareva: “I’d like to learn how to become a computer programmer.”
Myskina: “It would be fun to go to a university and study something like design, or something with clothes and fashion.”

If you weren’t a tennis player, what would you be?

Petrova: “A doctor.”
Myskina: “I don’t know, I don’t know. I’ve been playing tennis since I was 6. I really like who I am.”
Kuznetsova: “An athlete in another sport—any sport.”
Dementieva: “Doctor.”

Hanging Out

How do you stay friends when you travel so much?


Myskina: “Lots of time on the phone and sending text messages.”
Petrova: “It’s very hard. I have some great friends back home who don’t play tennis. We e-mail a lot, but when I’m home, we try to spend lots of time together.”
Zvonareva: “In a way it’s fun just to have friends all over the world in different cities.”

Have you made friends on the tour?

Petrova: “Players are more business friends than close friends.”
Myskina: “I hang out mostly with the Russians.”
Dementieva: “It’s very difficult to be friends with somebody that you have to play against that day.”

The Russian Experience

What is it like competing against others from your homeland?

Myskina: “It’s tough. When I was the number one Russian, I had to prove myself all the time. Now I’m not, so there’s no pressure on me. Even more, friendships will last longer than anything in tennis.”
Dementieva: “It’s more about the way you feel for this person. With Myskina we started to do things together and there are a lot of memories we can share together.”
Kuznetsova: “It’s very tough, but I’m motivated to play against someone from home.”

What’s it like to be famous in Russia?

Myskina: “In the U.S. there are these magazines and TV all the time with famous people going to the beach or eating. In Russia, it’s much more quiet.”
Petrova: “I’ve hardly ever had people walk up to me.”
Zvonareva: “People don’t watch sports that much in Russia, so only once in a while do people ask for autographs.”

How much time a year do you spend at home?
Myskina: “Three to four months.”
Dementieva: “Two months.”
Zvonareva: “Two months.”
Petrova: “Four weeks.”
Kuznetsova: “Two weeks.”

What do you think it is about Russians that makes them so good right now?

Zvonareva: “Kournikova and Kafelnikov helped make tennis popular, so parents wanted kids to play because they thought kids could make money.”
Petrova: “We all came out of the juniors and looked up to each other. We try to give everything we can to the sport.”
Myskina: “We’re tough and we practice hard.”

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America
Petrova: “Big portions”
Zvonareva: “Boring”
Kuznetsova: “Lots of fast food”
Dementieva: “Hamburgers”
Myskina: “Far from home”

Tennis
Petrova: “Lots of sweat”
Zvonareva: “Tennis ball”
Kuznetsova: “Having fun”
Dementieva: “Grand Slam”
Myskina: “Number one”

Anna K
Petrova: “Long blond”
Zvonareva: “Anna the Great”
Kuznetsova: “Famous”
Dementieva: “Kournikova”
Myskina: “Kournikova”

Wimbledon
Petrova: “Strawberries and cream”
Zvonareva: “Grass”
Kuznetsova: “My birthday”
Dementieva: “Grass courts”
Myskina: “Queen”

Traveling
Petrova: “Lots of luggage”
Zvonareva: “Planes”
Kuznetsova: “Lots of flights”
Dementieva: “Planes”
Myskina: “Tennis”

Room Service
Petrova: “Pay TV”
Zvonareva: “Food”
Kuznetsova: “Tired”
Dementieva: “Boring”
Myskina: “Cheeseburger”

But I, being poor, have only my dreams
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
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that was a great post - you're really clever.

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If Dementievas didn't become a tennis player i'm sure she would have become some kind of KGB operative or a politcial revolutionary.

She doesn't watch TV, dislikes celebrity, and reads Dostoevsky
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Very interesting.

Nastya, rather unsurprisingly, comes out as the more sarcastic of this lot, but also as somewhat jaded and disenchanted. Signs of maturity - or simply of weariness and of the personal tragedies she's been through recently?

Nadia - about whom as a person I knew next to nothing - seems intelligent. Come to think of it, isn't it about Petrova that it is said one of her main handicaps is her brooding, rational personality and her tendency to over-analyze everything?

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Quote:
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If Dementievas didn't become a tennis player i'm sure she would have become some kind of KGB operative or a politcial revolutionary.

She doesn't watch TV
Neither did Vincent Vega.

So you can add "ganster" to the list.

*wonders how Lena would look like in a leather coat and packing several guns*

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this is old news, interviews from months ago

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dementieva + sharapova + bartoli + chakvetadze
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Dementieva: “Tennis wasn’t my decision. My mom made it for me. My parents always wanted me to play tennis.”

Goo girl Lena

Dementia
Serena X Venus
Holy "TF FAVOURITES" Trio- Guestoria X Q.V. Aga X KAMAN Karolina
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Dementieva: “In 1999 we played the Fed Cup final, and I beat Venus. Even though our team lost 4-1, just to get that one win for Russia was very important to me.”
Zvonareva: “In 2003 I beat Venus at Roland Garros.”
Looks like beating Venus is what makes a player great!

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i thought i've seen this before
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Yea I posted this a couple months ago Good read though
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What’s it like to be famous in Russia?

Petrova: “I’ve hardly ever had people walk up to me.”



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It's funny how they refer to each other by their last names.
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So what is the date on this interview?

First time I read it...Lena comes off as the most serious of the group. Now she seems scarier to me...haha...

This interview made me like Nastya more actually. I liked her answers the best. Although I would have to reread it as I'm going out of my mind studying for exams.

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