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Nadia in New Zealand

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Petrova gets ready for Classic -
Dec 21, 2005
By Alan Granville(and peanuts)


The start of the Russian invasion of the ASB Classic began on Wednesday with the arrival of top seed Nadia Petrova in Auckland.

The world number nine has decided to come to New Zealand early to get ready for the January tournament.

The 23-year-old from Moscow will be one of half a dozen Russians to play at the ASB Tennis Centre.

She admitted she was surprised to see so many Russian names on the entry list.

"I chose to come to Auckland because I thought there would be no Russians coming here," said Petrova.

"I didn't want to challenge them in the first tournament of the year but when I signed up I saw that so many other Russians were coming out."

Elena Likhovtseva, Maria Kirilenko, Vera Dushevina and Vera Zvonareva are just some of her main rivals for the title.

Petrova admits that the smiles off the court between the Russians are not repeated on the court.

"We try to be friendly with each other but of course it's hard to be friendly when you are playing each other.

"We are all young and we are very competitive with each other and we all want to be number one."

Petrova ended the year on a high with her first ever tournament victory in Linz, Austria and she is hoping to repeat that feat in Auckland.

"It was a great experience for me. I had a hard season with lots of matches. At the end of the season I had seven tournaments in a row and then there was Linz. To win there was just fantastic, it made my year."

But it won't be all tennis for the Russian; the Lord of the Rings fan is also hoping to see a bit of the country as well.

Petrova had previously pinpointed Peter Jackson's movie trilogy as one of her main reasons for coming to New Zealand and she is keen to explore.

"I am going to try and enjoy myself as much as I can. I want to see some of New Zealand, maybe going on a helicopter ride or fishing.

"I enjoyed fishing very much when I was younger but when I started playing tennis there was no time for it so I am looking forward to checking my skills again.

"It's going to be my first time having New Year in New Zealand and it's going to be fun. I have some friends who are playing in the tournament here so we will have a good time."

The tournament, which starts on January 2, will have extensive coverage on TV ONE.

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thanks! good luckk to all Russian girls

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Thank God she didn't name Maria K as her best friend.

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I hope Nadia has a great time here

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Yay Nadia! Perhaps I will see her in some of Auckland's bar's tonight

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How can you not love this woman? Go for the title Nadia, and good luck in 2006.

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I hope Little Masha wins her second career WTA Tour Singls title. If she can't do it, I hope Vera can win the title.

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Yay Nadia! Perhaps I will see her in some of Auckland's bar's tonight
Wish her a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for me


Glad to see her getting in early! Good sign
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From msn.co.nz

The Russian tennis invasion has begun ahead of next month's ASB Classic in Auckland.

World number nine and top seed Nadia Petrova has arrived in New Zealand, just under two weeks before the opening match, to ensure she's well acclimatised after a 24 hour flight from Moscow.

Petrova says she's had a bit of a break since her last tournament so she is feeling fresh and ready for action.

She has had ten days off recently spending time with her family, and as she has not played competitively in about three weeks she is under no illusions about the challenge that awaits her.

Petrova says some top players are set to line up in the tournament, so it will be difficult to win and, being the first tournament of the year, she says she will have to work hard for every match.

As well as plenty of training, Petrova is also hoping to catch a helicopter ride over Auckland city and, if time allows, a spot of fishing.

Petrova performed well in 2005, achieving her first WTA singles title in October.

The other leading names will start arriving from Boxing Day.

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"I chose to come to Auckland because I thought there would be no Russians coming here," said Petrova.

Good luck Nadya, she's such a sweetie.


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good luck to the russian girls
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Here's a short video of Nadia in New Zealand, about 2 minutes -

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/video_popup_windows_skin/642343

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Good luck Nadia ! I love this girl ! Hope we could see videos or pictures of the tournaments on the broad
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