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Petrova "I dont want to have expectations or set goals"

Russia’s Nadia Petrova is working hard to get back to the high level she attained in the early stages of the 2006 season, when she won three tournaments in a row on the clay before injuring her hip days before the start of the French Open. Late in 2006 she played some of her greatest tennis again, winning Stuttgart and making it to the final of Moscow. How does she feel about her chances in Melbourne? The 24-year-old responds, "From now on I don’t want to have any expectations or set any goals. All I want for me is to go out there every single day the best I can and enjoy it. When I am walking off the court I can say to myself that I have put 110 percent into this match and if I lose I can accept it and if I win then I can start to get ready for my next match. No more expectations, no more I want to be No. 1. I like the surface at the Australian Open. It is good for my style of play since I can play heavy balls and heavy spin and really push my opponents back and then step in and finish off points at the net."


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Now, to me this is the wrong way to go. You SHOULD have expectations and goals.
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Re: Petrova "I dont want to have expectations or set goals"

She's always seemed to set goals for herself, from things I remember her saying.

Maybe what hurt her in taking so long to get her first title was that she expected it from herself so much.
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Sad, she does have the wrong mentality indeed. She beat herself during the SEC aswell...

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Re: Petrova "I dont want to have expectations or set goals"

She's just disappointed she lost to a nobody yesterday, if this is that recent an interview. But if it was before then, well, that's rather odd. I hope her the best, though! If you're going into a season, trying to defend five titles, especially three in a row on clay, and seven finals overall, you're bound to find disappointment somewhere. So maybe it's a good thing she's trying to keep the pressure off.
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She's just disappointed she lost to a nobody yesterday, if this is that recent an interview. But if it was before then, well, that's rather odd. I hope her the best, though! If you're going into a season, trying to defend five titles, especially three in a row on clay, and seven finals overall, you're bound to find disappointment somewhere. So maybe it's a good thing she's trying to keep the pressure off.
Hm. Calling Molik a nobody is a tad exeggerated, no?

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Re: Petrova "I dont want to have expectations or set goals"

Alicia is not "nobody"... Nadia shouldn't "beat" herself cause of this lose! Alicia is on her's soil, and she is hungry for victories...

Just relax Nadia, you can do it!!!
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She's just disappointed she lost to a nobody yesterday, if this is that recent an interview. But if it was before then, well, that's rather odd. I hope her the best, though! If you're going into a season, trying to defend five titles, especially three in a row on clay, and seven finals overall, you're bound to find disappointment somewhere. So maybe it's a good thing she's trying to keep the pressure off.
eh hello nadia didn't lose to a nobody yesterday in alicia molik you know

besides that it couldn't hurt nadia to have some expectations & goals but maybe she should take it one day at a time & focus on what she wants to achieve in her game rather than look at the big picture.
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Sad, she does have the wrong mentality indeed. She beat herself during the SEC aswell...
yes i think so too.
She is so talented and has the game to win Slams. She should have much higher expectations for herself.

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haha, I know Molik isn't really a nobody. I just wanted to be a bit facetious. But my point still stands: a lot of players who do really well one season freeze up in the next, and I think Petrova's trying not to do that.
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It is very important for players to keep their momentum through to the next season, we saw what happened to Mary last year and this year (well soon last year too). One day she was in the YEC final, was in 2 GS finals, 1 GS QF, won titles. Then a little over a month later, just flipped, in AO she lost to Iveta Benesova, and we know the rest of the story. So for Nadia, I think the most important thing is for her to hold her head up. Yes it was a lost today, but so what!? She didn't loose to somebody who is significantly worse than her, she lost to Alicia Molik, once ranked top 10 not so long ago. So she shouldn't beat herself too much. Just focus.
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Re: Petrova "I dont want to have expectations or set goals"

Nadia wasn't upset after the match. But she has to be more effective on her serve. Alicia had 6 breaks from 15 bp's.

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Re: Petrova "I dont want to have expectations or set goals"

But its true, you play better if you focus on one point at a time rather than lofty ambitions. Some players psych themselves out by expecting to win and then when they lose the first set they get down on themselves.

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Re: Petrova "I dont want to have expectations or set goals"

Even though Nadia says that, she wants to win majors and be #1.

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