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Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

Really, Nadia has abysmal record on grass courts: just one Wimbledon QF (which she reached with very weak draw) and one Rosmalen SF. 19-14 in win-loss. What's her problem with the surface?
I'm asking because I have just read her small pre-season interview
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...7-3162,00.html
in which she says about Melbourne Park courts, "It is a bit faster and the ball stays a bit lower. With my ground strokes and serve, it's going to suit me well."
But if fast courts with low bounce suit her game why does she stumble on grass then?
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Nadia was injured and missed Wimbledon this year. In 2005 she played well at Wimbledon.
She's fine on grass. If she's healthy for Wimbledon in 2007, everyone will see it.

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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

She hasn't been in her best form around the time of Wimbledon I guess...
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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

Petrova has not been in this form around the time of Wimbledon. She was never Top 10 material until 2004. So that's what, 3 Wimbledons? And she missed one. She just needs time.
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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

You should see a marked improvement in 2007.

The sliced backhand from the baseline on grass is the shot that needs some serious attention from Ms Petrova.

I am expecting a semi-final berth at the very least!
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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

She's been off form... blah-blah-blah... She's 24. How long has she been out of form? Six, seven years? It's too large period of time to bring such excuses.

The question with no answer so far. Which is pity because I really don't understand why she can't win on grass with her great serve, net play and groundies
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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

It's not that she's off form. She didn't play on grass this year.
Last year she was very strong at Wimbledon.

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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

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It's not that she's off form. She didn't play on grass this year.
Last year she was very strong at Wimbledon.
Last year she lost to Dulko in Rosmalen and barely beat No.62 Peschke (the highest-ranked opponent she met) to advance into Wimbledon QF.
The only Top 20 player she has ever beat at Wimbledon was No.17 Farina in 2001.
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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

She should have taken Maria to 3 in the 2005 QF's had it not been for a couple of lucky net cords at key points deep into the second.

In form, she's a good grass-court player.

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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

Because of her extreme western grip.

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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

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Because of her extreme western grip.
come on now so does Amelie

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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

Last year she played a very close match against Sharapova in the Wimbledon quarters.
Similar to their other 2 slam QF's.
This was her best year, with 5 titles. But she missed almost 5 months with a hip injury, including the grass season.

The grip isn't an issue. She has good volleying skills, and she'll do well on grass.

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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

the key to winning grass court matches is to come in, volley and close out the net. thats what has been missing from her grass court play. really, i'd say she has a much better chance at the french than wimbledon

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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

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She's been off form... blah-blah-blah... She's 24. How long has she been out of form? Six, seven years? It's too large period of time to bring such excuses.

The question with no answer so far. Which is pity because I really don't understand why she can't win on grass with her great serve, net play and groundies
Well, I love Nadia but I think part of the problem stems from the fact that the bounce is irregular, low, and fast so Nadia doesn't have much time to set up for her shots. Martina for example has amazing results on carpet but has been streaky on the grass, though she obviously has won Wimbledon.

Also there is no grass-season so many players never even really get used to playing on it.
I think this year could be her breakthrough year on grass! We'll see...

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Re: Why does Petrova always struggle on grass?

She has a big serve, good groundies and a solid volley, so she should do well on grass, but maybe she struggles with the transition between clay and grass. Generally when she has done well on clay she has struggled a bit with the grass Hopefully she will do better this year, especially as she has no points to lose and it would be a great chance to get her ranking back up to number 3.
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