Re: The Nadia Petrova Cheering Thread vol.2
FOR all that Nadia Petrova has gone through in recent weeks while recovering from a bout of viral meningitis that left her in hospital last month, yesterday's easy third-round win courtesy of an injured opponent will have come as a bonus.
Petrova, the 10th seed, advanced when Galina Voskoboeva was forced to retire with a back injury after losing the first set 6-1.
Petrova next faces seventh-seeded fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva, who beat Italian Sara Errani 6-4, 6-1. Petrova holds a 5-1 record against her countrywoman.
Speaking before she knew who tomorrow's opponent would be, Petrova raised smiles when asked whether she would prefer to play Zvonareva or Errani. She said she had played Zvonareva many times, but knew little about Errani or the way she hit a ball.
"I've never felt her balls," said Petrova to a room of journalists who managed to remain remarkably straight-faced. "I've never played against her, so I don't know what type of game she has to offer."
Petrova's shortened match could be a boon for the world No. 11, who has been struggling to recover from the meningitis that forced her to withdraw from a tournament in Auckland early this month.
"It is very nice and it is very unexpected because I got ready for a battle out there," Petrova said. "I really wanted (to win) this match not only because I made the fourth round last year but for proving to myself that after such a hard time that I can still come back and perform at the top level.
"I'm good, quite happy actually. I had a difficult week in Sydney (she lost in the first round). I wasn't strong enough and I really didn't trust my body up there, so I just wanted to test the waters.
"But I'm very happy with my general feeling right now. I feel like every day I'm getting stronger and it's really helping me in my matches."
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