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itzhak
Feb 9th, 2006, 04:57 PM
From the tournament site:

Russian player Nadia Petrova powered past Anna Smashnova in her first match of the week, setting a quarterfinals date with either Tatiana Golovin or Sania Mirza. Nadia took time to tell us more about her match and the relationships between the Russian players of the WTA Tour.



Nadia, congratulations, that was a great match. But your injured leg seemed to bother you, especially in the first set. Is it hurting?
No, it didn't bother me at all, it's just fine. I'm getting treatment for that every day, it's ok. I had to go to the hospital for an ultrasound machine test because I was getting contradictory opinions and I wanted to know what it really was. But it's nothing serious.

There was an obvious difference between the first and the second sets. Did you play better in the second, or did Smashnova get tired?
You're right, the first set was really close, and then I started serving better. You know, I had had troubles with my serve as I couldn't serve as hard as I wanted to because I was unsure of what was going on with my leg. It's the first match I play since the Australian Open so I knew it was going to take me some time to adjust. I was trying too hard in the first set, I was trying to hit a winner every time and it didn't work. But in the second set, I started to be more consistent, I used every opportunity I had to win a point, and it paid.

Is it easy for you to be friends with other Russian players on the tour when you know you have to play against each other regularly?
Well, the competition definitely doesn't allow us to be best friends. But we're friendly with each other, and when we play the Fed Cup together, we're a very good team. Because the Fed Cup is such a different atmosphere that when you're playing it, there's absolutely no personal competition going on between us. In other tournaments, we may get to play against each other, but it's just not the same. And even then, it's just a tennis match, there's never anything personal. The players I have an easier time to be friends with usually are doubles players. They're more relaxed and we all know there can be no competition between us.

What about the attention of Russian media? Is it something Russian players tend to compete for?
No, I think Dementieva and Myskina have always been more in the picture than the others anyway. I, for one, grew up and spent most of my life outside of Russia, so I'm not in the spotlight when it come to the Russian media. And it's the same with Sharapova. But that's just the way it is, once again, there's no personal feelings, there's no jealousy.

Back to the Open Gaz de France, your next match will be against Golovin or Mirza. Do you have any preference?
I can't really say I have a preference. I know playing Tatiana here would be tough, with all the crowd cheering for her. People would probably be more quiet if I played against Mirza. But they're both really good players, so whoever it is, it will be a good match"

Somebody want to be in the Russian team for 2006...

iine:
Feb 9th, 2006, 05:12 PM
Great interview:yeah:

vogus
Feb 9th, 2006, 05:12 PM
there may not be jealousy per se, but Petrova-Dementieva have a huge intra-Russian rivalry.

~Carsten~
Feb 9th, 2006, 05:14 PM
nice Interview from Nadia! :)

itzhak
Feb 9th, 2006, 05:36 PM
there may not be jealousy per se, but Petrova-Dementieva have a huge intra-Russian rivalry.

What rivalry between Elena and Nadia? Most probably they gonna play together in fed cup...

hablo
Feb 9th, 2006, 05:41 PM
Somebody want to be in the Russian team for 2006...:lol:
it's interesting the bit about her and sharapova in Russian media ;)

-sugi-
Feb 9th, 2006, 05:41 PM
Nadia :smooch:

tenn_ace
Feb 9th, 2006, 05:48 PM
there may not be jealousy per se, but Petrova-Dementieva have a huge intra-Russian rivalry.

Another one of those things you overheard from 2 coaches talking between themselves in Tampa? :scratch: :p :rolleyes:

tenn_ace
Feb 9th, 2006, 05:50 PM
Yeah, it seems like Nadia is trying to get in the FedCup to team... Probably she is eyeing Beijing 2008... if not for singles, at least for doubles.

Helen Lawson
Feb 9th, 2006, 05:52 PM
Maybe if there was some jealousy, she'd have better results against the other Russians!

It's like what I heard that Chris Evert said once in the Wimbledon lockerroom. Some low-ranked journey-woman type comes in after losing a first round match badly. This woman says, "Thank goodness my life's happiness doesn't rely on whether I win or lose a tennis match." To which Evert shot back, "Thank God, mine does."

new-york
Feb 9th, 2006, 05:54 PM
Maybe if there was some jealousy, she'd have better results against the other Russians!

It's like what I heard that Chris Evert said once in the Wimbledon lockerroom. Some low-ranked journey-woman type comes in after losing a first round match badly. This woman says, "Thank goodness my life's happiness doesn't rely on whether I win or lose a tennis match." To which Evert shot back, "Thank God, mine does."

:lol:

vogus
Feb 9th, 2006, 06:15 PM
Another one of those things you overheard from 2 coaches talking between themselves in Tampa? :scratch: :p :rolleyes:


just because YOU'RE out of the loop, doesn't mean everyone else is. :p

Vacant
Feb 9th, 2006, 06:21 PM
Maybe if there was some jealousy, she'd have better results against the other Russians!

It's like what I heard that Chris Evert said once in the Wimbledon lockerroom. Some low-ranked journey-woman type comes in after losing a first round match badly. This woman says, "Thank goodness my life's happiness doesn't rely on whether I win or lose a tennis match." To which Evert shot back, "Thank God, mine does."

Loves it! :lol:

tenn_ace
Feb 9th, 2006, 06:45 PM
just because YOU'RE out of the loop, doesn't mean everyone else is. :p

well, we do know where YOUR loop is, so I'd rather trust what I hear from Nadia and officila sources than you. :p

the cat
Feb 9th, 2006, 07:34 PM
LOL @ Helen Lawson! :lol: Helen's witty and humerous comments continue take the cake! :toothy: :bdaycake: ;)

Helen Lawson
Feb 9th, 2006, 07:39 PM
LOL @ Helen Lawson! :lol: Helen's witty and humerous comments continue take the cake! :toothy: :bdaycake: ;)

You have to give Chris the credit. They are her words, not Helen's (apparently).

ezekiel
Feb 9th, 2006, 07:45 PM
Seriously, what is there to be jealous of? :

Helen Lawson
Feb 9th, 2006, 07:49 PM
Seriously, what is there to be jealous of? :

Sharapova: Wimbledon and, what, $30 million by now?
Myskina: Roland Garros and No. 2 in the world
Kuznetsova: U.S. Open singles and Australian Open doubles
Dementieva: Finals of U.S. Open and Roland Garros in same year, Silver Medal at Olympics, Tier I champion now.

There's a lot to be jealous of. Nadia has had some nice tournaments, made the semis a couple of times at Roland Garros, but these other chicks have had way better careers.

tennisjay
Feb 9th, 2006, 08:07 PM
Honestly Serena made Maria into what she is today.

bellascarlett
Feb 9th, 2006, 08:15 PM
Honestly Serena made Maria into what she is today.

Wow, anything just to diss Maria, huh? Seriously, even in a Petrova thread? Pathetic!...stop exposing yourself... :o

random fan
Feb 9th, 2006, 09:05 PM
Honestly Serena made Maria into what she is today.

unintentionaly :p :wavey:

maccardel
Feb 9th, 2006, 09:08 PM
Maybe if there was some jealousy, she'd have better results against the other Russians!

It's like what I heard that Chris Evert said once in the Wimbledon lockerroom. Some low-ranked journey-woman type comes in after losing a first round match badly. This woman says, "Thank goodness my life's happiness doesn't rely on whether I win or lose a tennis match." To which Evert shot back, "Thank God, mine does."

encore!!!!! for ms. Lawson:bounce: :worship: :wavey: :kiss:

maccardel
Feb 9th, 2006, 09:10 PM
Honestly Serena made Maria into what she is today.

I think Venus did. I mean after Wimbledon, Sharagrunter was not the same and her screams on centre court gives horrible impression of a pig being slaughtered.