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Munich
Dec 28th, 2007, 11:06 AM
Lets cheer our Nadia loud to the new season :banana::banana::bounce::bounce:
Here is her half of Gold Coast draw
Szavay and Cibulkova :unsure:
Shahar Peer[5] vs. Julie Ditty
Lourdes Dominguez Lino vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Flavia Pennetta
Jarmila Gajdosova[WC] vs. Dinara Safina[3]
Agnes Szavay[8] vs. Julia Vakulenko
Victoria Azarenka vs. Ai Sugiyama
Virginie Razzano vs. Dominika Cibulkova
Tathiana Garbin vs. Nadia Petrova[2]

goldenlox
Dec 28th, 2007, 12:27 PM
It's only a Tier III. Just get a few matches in. Be healthy for Melbourne

Ferosh
Dec 28th, 2007, 03:23 PM
It's only a Tier III. Just get a few matches in. Be healthy for Melbourne

It may be just a tier III, but Nadia needs to be match tough before going to Melbourne. Lets not forget that her last competitive match was in early October. I would like for Nadia to go up against Szavay or Azarenka so that she can get revenge for her earlier losses. Winning the title would do wonders for her confidence, so that's what I'm cheering for.

Best of luck, Nadia! You can do it if you set your mind to it. :hug:

goldenlox
Dec 28th, 2007, 07:03 PM
Nadia is playing next week also. 2 matches this week is plenty. This is a Tier III not a Tier I

Ferosh
Dec 28th, 2007, 09:04 PM
Nadia is playing next week also. 2 matches this week is plenty. This is a Tier III not a Tier I

Playing where? She's certainly not in the Sydney entry list. Besides, this is precisely the kind of thinking that leads to disaster. One must fully commit regardless of the tier status. It would be absolutely foolish of Nadia to just play 2 matches. I would think you would know that by now...

TennisPlayingFox
Dec 28th, 2007, 09:19 PM
Not too bad of a draw. Her first match should be pretty easy and then Razzano or Cibulkova could be tricky. Szavay in the quarters could be tough but it's most definatly winnable.

I agree with Dementrova, Nadia definatly needs to be match tough and a win here would be awesome for her confidence. Good luck Nadia!

goldenlox
Dec 28th, 2007, 10:17 PM
I think 1st week of the year, a quick easy week is best. She doesn't need a long hard week after a long layoff.

goldenlox
Dec 28th, 2007, 10:52 PM
I'm not going to pretend that this Tier III means anything. It doesn't.
Nadia hasn't had a big run at a major in a while.
She won 5 titles, all Tier I and II, and reached #3 in 2006.
It's time to get back to a slam quarter or semi.

Ferosh
Dec 29th, 2007, 03:08 AM
I'm not going to pretend that this Tier III means anything. It doesn't.
Nadia hasn't had a big run at a major in a while.
She won 5 titles, all Tier I and II, and reached #3 in 2006.
It's time to get back to a slam quarter or semi.

:bs: It may mean nothing to you, but this tournament has some quality opposition. If Nadia can't manage to get through these players ranked below the top 10, I don't see a slam quarter or semi happening.

Shoulderpova
Dec 29th, 2007, 10:18 AM
Nadia also enters doubles :eek::unsure: She teams up with Lena V.
Isn't that too much, is it? :unsure: I just hope she goes through the week safe and sound :p Shes never had luck in Australia :o

goldenlox
Dec 29th, 2007, 03:35 PM
The doubles shouldn't hurt her. I want Nadia to have a short singles week and be healthy.

Ferosh
Dec 30th, 2007, 11:48 PM
Nadia is scheduled to play second on the main court. Best of luck, Nadia! Make 2008 a year to remember.

TennisPlayingFox
Dec 31st, 2007, 12:21 AM
Patty is cruising so Nadia will probably be up shortly. Nadia and Vesnina won their doubles match yesterday 6-3, 7-5.

Ferosh
Dec 31st, 2007, 02:01 AM
Nadia just won the first set against Garbin 7-5. It was unnecessarily difficult, but Nadia managed to serve out the set by holding to love.

Ferosh
Dec 31st, 2007, 03:17 AM
Nadia just lost the second set to Garbin... to GARBIN! ROFL

Despite being up a break in the second, Nadia just couldn't handle the pressure. She saved a set point at 3-5, but she failed to hold serve at 5-6.

Really, I don't know what to think of this. Garbin pushing Nadia to three sets on hard... :rolleyes:

Ferosh
Dec 31st, 2007, 04:50 AM
:bigcry:

Shoulderpova
Dec 31st, 2007, 07:59 AM
Nadia :help::help:x10000000000000

lilimi
Dec 31st, 2007, 08:10 AM
:sad: :sad: nadia!

petrova-fan
Dec 31st, 2007, 08:26 AM
I thinh´k Gold Coast isn't that important ... looking the past years I am happy that Nadia isn't hurt after this tournament.

2008 is still waiting to be a good year for Nadia!

cheyk
Dec 31st, 2007, 09:44 AM
Nadia:help::help::mad::mad:
This is not the way to go. If she can´t win a match in a Tier III, what can we expect of her in a big tournament?:help:

goldenlox
Dec 31st, 2007, 10:38 AM
Now Nadia has some time to prepare for the AO. But she has to play better or she'll be out of the top 30 this year. Nadia might be close to being a doubles specialist.

"The key was to give her back every ball," said Garbin, who has been training in Spain in the leadup to the Gold Coast tournament. "I ran so much today — three hours almost — I ran for everything."
Petrova agreed.
"I think she played over her limit and had a really good match from the beginning until the end," Petrova said. "She was like a wolf. She was going for everything and getting every single ball."

Tathiana Garbin upset second-seeded Nadia Petrova 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 Monday in a first-round match at the Australian women's hardcourt tennis championships at Royal Pines.
Garbin advanced to the semifinals here last year against Martina Hingis but had to retire in the first set of that match due to breathing difficulties resulting from a viral illness.
"To come back here and win this match first round was very tough because Nadia is one of the best players in the world," Garbin said. "I'm proud of myself today."
It was Garbin's first win over Petrova in five attempts since their first meeting in 2001.
Petrova came back from 5-0 down to 5-3 in the third before hitting a forehand into the net on match point.

tiptop
Dec 31st, 2007, 12:51 PM
Better losing early in Gold Coast then in Melbourne is probably the only thing she can tell herself. A favourable draw at the Australian Open would be very welcome at this point. Anyways happy new year to Nadia and everyone else. :-))

goldenlox
Dec 31st, 2007, 12:53 PM
Nadia's level of play had to be awful to lose this. But she started lousy at Hopman Cup last year, then played well.


Petrova says she will now re-think her immediate schedule because of the loss.
"The actual plan was to get a couple of matches here and also play doubles and then have a week of preparation in Melbourne," Petrova said.
"But going out so early, I'm going to decide in the next couple of days if it is necessary for me to take part in Sydney next week."
After claiming five WTA titles in 2006, it was lean pickings in 2007 with just one, Paris (indoors). Her only top-10 win of the season was against world No3 Amelie Mauresmo in the Paris final before Petrova struck a bad injury run and fell out of the top 10 for the first time in just over two years.
"I try not to pay any attention any more to those little injuries and pains because it seems like I cannot avoid them. I did everything possible this year, having a physio and a fitness trainer travelling with me and still I was getting injured," Petrova said.

RR-87
Dec 31st, 2007, 12:56 PM
Nadia :(

goldenlox
Dec 31st, 2007, 02:43 PM
I don't see any point to taking a Sydney WC. Just practice for 2 weeks. Play a practice match. Do lots of stretching. Stay healthy.

goldenlox
Dec 31st, 2007, 09:35 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20071231/capt.647a7473f57c4b2ea374612b6e0e341b.australia_wo mens_hardcourt_tennis_xck107.jpg
Nadia Petrova of Russia plays a forehand shot during her game at the Australian Women's Hardcourt Championships on the Gold Coast, Australia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2007. Second seed Petrova lost her match against Italy's Tathiana Garbin 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20071231/capt.b85c95be11444aa6bc2ed057b0ec6f41.australia_wo mens_hardcourt_tennis_xck111.jpg
Nadia Petrova of Russia

Shoulderpova
Jan 2nd, 2008, 12:14 PM
36 46 to Safina/Szavay in doubles :o

goldenlox
Jan 2nd, 2008, 01:14 PM
Nadia has to take control of these doubles matches. She's the best player out there.

Chrisi
Jan 3rd, 2008, 09:04 AM
I don't know if it's a good idea to play Sydney! I don't know what to expect from her at the moment and I don't want to see her in Melbourne with an injury :/

goldenlox
Jan 3rd, 2008, 12:22 PM
Sydney is a tough field. Nadia will probably only play a match or 2.