Nadia's South Beach Experience
MIAMI, FL, USA - Russian star Nadia Petrova visited South Beach's Lincoln Road, which is famous for its restaurants, shopping and nightlife, on Monday as part of a Dubai Duty Free series that focuses on various WTA players in their travels around the globe.
Petrova, who has a bye as the 18th seed at the Sony Ericsson Open, shared her thoughts on the tournament, Miami and other subjects.
On her best memories from the Sony Ericsson Open, where she's been a semifinalist once and a quarterfinalist three times: "My favorite year would be the year I got to the semifinals, 2004. I also won the doubles that year with Meghann Shaughnessy. I've had many good years here. Of course, there are ups and downs and some disappointments where I lost in the early rounds. Regardless, I always enjoy coming here. Not only the tournament, but just being in Miami itself."
On her draw this year: "I play the winner of Sabine Lisicki and Melinda Czink. Both are very tough opponents who are coming back from injuries, so you never know what to expect in that circumstance. You have to be ready to play at your highest level here even for your opening match because of the caliber of opponents at this tournament."
On playing doubles in Miami with Liezel Huber: "It's one of the biggest tournaments, so we're hoping to have a good result here. We committed to play together for the full season and we're hoping to qualify for the Championships in Istanbul."
On recently becoming a resident of South Florida: "I'm enjoying it very much. The area has so much to offer. There's Lincoln Road. There's South Beach. If you want to have quiet time and be by the water, you can go to Sunny Isles, where they have gorgeous beaches. There's great shopping and things you can to outdoor year-round because of the weather. It's enjoyable for me coming back from all the crazy tournaments and traveling to get to refresh my batteries in a nice, quiet environment."
On Lincoln Road: "This is the best time of the year to be here. There's so many things going on, like when they close the streets down for food and art festivals. There are lots of great places to go and exciting nightlife."
On her new website, petrovadreamteam.com, which launches on Tuesday: "We want to make it really entertaining and provide a lot of information to give my fans a chance to really get to know me. It took a long time to perfect it, so I'm excited about it."