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Ziggy Starduck
May 28th, 2009, 12:09 PM


6‑2, 1‑6,8‑6

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.

Q. You've had a lot of tough battles with Maria before, most significantly at the '05 US Open in the quarters. Where does this rank in terms of disappointments for you and in terms of having chances and not being able to capitalize on them?

NADIA PETROVA: Yeah, that's true. It's been another tough match, and, you know,she really showed, even though she has been out for a while, she's willing to compete till the end. I'm disappointed with me, because I just didn't finish it off when I had everything in my hands.

Q. It was a very close match. You played very well for long stretches. What do you think made the difference in the end?

NADIA PETROVA: Basically just not going for it, not taking my chances, you know. That's what I have to change if I want to become a better player, if I want to go up again and win the tournaments and the titles. What I want is the Grand Slam. I just have to go for my shots without any doubts.

Q. How do you think she played, and did it seem like she was not up to 100% coming off the time that she's had away and the shoulder injury?

NADIA PETROVA: Well, she didn't have enough matches obviously this year. She just played a tournament before French, but she really showed that she's a real champion and once again how she fought till the end, and she really went for her shots.

All I can say, you know, there was little, what I felt like, she wasn't really moving fast, fast enough, but it is obviously quite difficult on clay.

Q. You were up a break two different times in the third set. Did you get nervous or just tighten up or what happened?

NADIA PETROVA: Well, she served well at those important points. She didn't give me any chance to start the points, and, you know, she put me in a difficult situation right away. So, at the other hand, maybe I start thinking a little bit already ahead all the time instead of staying in the present and focus on each point.

Q. Was there ever a moment when you forgot or you could forget that this was a former world No. 1, or was it always in the back of your mind that this was the former top player in the world?

NADIA PETROVA: Well, in the beginning, it definitely was. But then the longer the match went on, I just start being really more thinking of the game instead of who's on the other side. That's it.

Q. Do you always suspect she could show flashes of that brilliance?

NADIA PETROVA: She did. She came out with amazing shots, and still, you can feel, you know, that even ‑‑ I mean, the confidence and the power behind the shots.

Q. Do you feel like your game is still improving, the physical part of your game, or is this the, you know, competitive, the mental aspect of it, what you still need to work the most on?

NADIA PETROVA: I would say both. I would say both. I think I need to get fitter, and I didn't have that chance yet because of my foot injury, so now I'm just trying to play my matches to gain the confidence. I know the confidence is coming from being fit. The fitter I'll become, more believe I will have in my game.

Q. Are you still feeling any effects of the fitness time you lost last winter when you had meningitis?

NADIA PETROVA: Well, the doctors said I will not be able to play until summer, and I recovered pretty good, pretty fast. I tried to play the Australian. Probably even though I don't feel much of a difference, but neurologically, I'm still a little behind.

Q. What about Safina? Do you think she's playing better tennis this year as compared to last year?

NADIA PETROVA: Oh, yeah, she's definitely playing best tennis of her life, and she really prove it in last couple of tournaments,winning back‑to‑back, very confident. For me, she's the favorite to win this one.

Q. What did your coach say to you after today's match?

NADIA PETROVA: Well, what can I say? He was a bit disappointed. Even though I know I played good tennis, it was a very interesting match probably to watch, but as he said, I had it. I didn't take it.

Ziggy Starduck
Jun 27th, 2009, 06:32 PM
Maria Sharapova’s conqueror Gisela Dulko looked to be well on the way towards ousting another big name Russian seed before running out of steam against Nadia Petrova and falling in three sets.

Argentine Dulko, ranked 45th in the world, became a crowd favourite on Wednesday after her unexpected and stylish win over 2004 champion Sharapova. And another upset looked on the cards after she took the first set against Petrova in little over half an hour.

But her play quickly went downhill and, despite much fighting spirit, she could not keep her dreams of further progress alive and ended up on the wrong end of a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 scoreline.

But it had all looked so good early on for the buccaneering blonde from Buenos Aires. Petrova seemed visibly frustrated at conceding the first set so empathically, giving herself a good talking-to in Russian in a bid to psyche herself up for the rest of the match.

Dulko briefly continued her exceptional play in the second, including an advantage battle in the second game, which see-sawed its way through six deuces. Dulko was determined not to concede an early break and that iron will proved to be enough to keep the Russian at bay.

But after winning that epic battle, Dulko seemed to lose her bearings – and the ball’s journey from her racket to the net became a regular one. Suddenly the player that had looked like such an accomplished conqueror of big-name seeds looked a very different player.

The match statistics underline this turnaround in fortunes. In sets two and three, the Argentine only managed to win 20% of her points on return, compared to it being a 50-50 prospect in the opening set.

That meant that Petrova’s ability to regularly pull aces out of the bag - she’s top of the aces leaderboard at The Championships – were now really beginning to hurt her opponent, as opposed to earning her the odd consolation point.

After levelling the match, the experienced Russian broke her opponent in the first game of the second set and then powered down five aces in her first two service games to build a quick 3-1 lead. Although her display from there on was far from convincing, she had already done enough to take the wind out of the sails of the Argentine.

Consistency was the key in this match and it seemed that Dulko just didn't have what it took to keep it up for a full three sets. Petrova spotted her moment early in the second set, committed to a riskier game plan and used it to her advantage to pull off the win in under two hours.

Petrova will next cross rackets with Belarussian Victoria Azarenka, world no.10 and the 8th seed here.

Oct 5th, 2009, 10:15 PM
Press Conference: Nadia Petrova (RUS )

Scores: Petrova defeated Kudryavtseva (6-1/5-7/6-2) and advanced to the second round.

  Aces: 5 Double Faults:5
  1st Serve %::52% 1st Serve Points Won:30/48(63%)
  2nd Serve Points Won:23/45(51%) Break Points Saved:7/11(64%)
  1st Return Points Won:22/56(39%) 2nd Return Points Won:21/37(57%)
  Break Points Won:7/17(41%) Total Service Points Won:53/93(57%)
  Total Return Points Won:43/93(46%) Total Points Won:96/186(52%)

  Q: What do you think of your performance in the tournament so far and how confident are you do about your next match against Hantuchova.
  A: I had a very good challenge today. I played and she played obviously pretty well. I was really impressed by her performance today. She was very impressive at hitting big shots. In some ways, it was good preparation for the next match against Daniela because I know I will be getting similar shots from her.
  Q: Youíre one of the top players that holds a very good record against Chinese players. Why? And how did you take on Li Na and Zheng Jieís games?
  A: Well, I guess, as you said, I had a lot of wins over them on them on their home court. I was able to maneuver. I know what they like and what they donít like. I believe I can beat Li Na if I play like the previous times and thatís it pretty much it.
  Q: Considering you just played a doubles match yesterday, can you explain how you managed to recover in time for the match today?
  A: We did end up playing quite late last night and it was my first day of practicing, actually. It was just good for me to get a bit of a feel. I felt a bit rusty yesterday. I had to think a lot last night. I had to come in strong against her today. Kudryavtseva was an early match, so I had to get my nightís sleep and I didnít feel really tired after the last match.
  Q: Having been in Beijing a few times. What are your impressions of city and also the tournament?
  A: Well, you know, I didnít go to the Olympics last year. So, for me, this is the first time at this venue. Iím very much impressed. I like it a lot. Iíve just been to the Summer Palace and this Chinese wall. This time, I am not going to play the following week. So Iím planning to stay a couple extra days for sightseeing and to get to know culture better.

Oct 8th, 2009, 09:01 PM
Press Conference: Nadia Petrova (RUS)

Q: Serena Williams has mentioned you played excellent today, what would you like to say about the match?   A: Actually we both played well, especially in serve. I looked at the 1st serve percentage, and it’s good.
  Q: You will play against Chinese player Shuai Peng in the next round who has consecutively defeated Jankovic and Sharapova, and are you prepared for the crowds since they will cheer for her?
  A: Sure, I have got experience like this for many times, I will just do my best.
  Q: What’s your advantage that keeps you in good condition in matches against Chinese players?
  A: My experience, I won them earlier and just as I have mentioned, I will play my best and I have confidence.
  Q: Justin Henin will be back to the tennis court, what’s your opinion?
  A: it’s good to see her coming back, she has always wanted to have family and have child so she made the decision. When she stepped out the professional court for a couple of years she realized she needed it and wanted to be back. Henin still can dominate and play great tennis.

Jan 3rd, 2010, 11:00 AM
Petrova draws the Brisbane's short straw - comeback Henin
January 3, 2010 - 9:41AM

Russian second seed Nadia Petrova could only blame herself as she drew the name all the Brisbane International women's field feared meeting in the tournament's first round -- Justine Henin.

Petrova gave herself the toughest possible start to 2010 by conducting the official draw and leaving the Belgian comeback queen's chip until last.

The Russian winced, shook her head and then ruefully smiled as Henin's name appeared.

Although previously ranked as high as No.3, the world No.20 knows how difficult the Monday afternoon clash will be after playing an exhibition match against the returning wildcard three weeks ago.

Seven-time grand slam title-winner Henin looked as sharp as ever on the Queensland Tennis Centre practise courts this week, and beat Petrova in straight sets in Cairo.

Before the draw, Petrova joked with tournament director Steve Ayles she hoped it wasn't her misfortune to create her own first-round nightmare.

She felt Henin was already close to displaying the form she was in as world No.1 before retiring 20 months ago, while top seed Kim Clijsters also rated her a genuine Australian Open contender.

"She was playing good tennis and she only needs a couple of matches to get her confidence but I couldn't feel the difference (in Cairo)," Petrova said.

"You would like to get a little easier opponent to get into the year and get some confidence.

"All I have to do is focus on what I can do best."

While it wasn't the most pleasing draw for Ayles, he was at least happy Henin was the last name drawn and not the first as it sets up a potential dream final with compatriot and top seed Kim Clijsters.

Clijsters, who kicks off the tournament today against Italian Tathiana Garbin, admitted all 31 other players would fear running into Henin.

"She's had a lot of time to train hard and she will definitely be up there," the US Open champion said.

Australian wildcard Casey Dellacqua drew a qualifier but will meet the Henin-Petrova winner in the second round if she progresses.

Jelena Dokic also received little luck by drawing third seed and former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic, who has been preparing on the Sunshine Coast where she's been staying with her boyfriend, golfer Adam Scott.

Men's top seed Andy Roddick drew Australian Davis Cup player Peter Luczak, while fellow American drawcard James Blake will play fifth-seeded compatriot Sam Querry.

Rising young Gold Coaster Bernard Tomic received a good break by drawing a qualifier but is on course to play defending champion Radek Stepanek in the second round.

The second-seeded Czech drew another Australian wildcard in Queensland local John Millman.


Jan 22nd, 2010, 10:20 AM
Inside the world of ... Nadia Petrova

If you were not a tennis player, what would you be?
A doctor. So I could help people that way.
What music is on your iPod?
I listen to all sorts of music, but before matches I listen to house music.
What is your favourite breakfast?
I like to have Swiss muesli with berries and a latte.
What is your favourite thing about the Australian Open?
Definitely the atmosphere and the sunshine. I love it here.
What is your favourite movie?
Forrest Gump
What do you do to get away from tennis?
I love being in the outdoors and taking it easy. Otherwise I might go and have some shopping therapy, or interact with friends.
Do you have any lucky charms or superstitions?
I honestly don’t have any. I try not to be superstitious. I do have a set routine that I go through on a match day though.
What website do you visit every day or keep updated with?
Facebook and Getty Images (laughingly admits that she checks to see if there are any bad shots of her).
What would friends say your worst habit is?
Probably that I’m a perfectionist.
Who would you most like to have over for dinner, dead or alive?
I’m not sure … but probably a sports celebrity.

Jan 22nd, 2010, 11:42 AM
An interview with:

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did you expect such an easy win?
NADIA PETROVA: Of course not. I was preparing myself already a long day, a long match. Might have been a three‑setter. Just really wanted to give everything I could today. Very happy.

Q. What was it like on court? When did you sense that she was vulnerable, beatable?
NADIA PETROVA: You know what, I really tried to focus win every single point. I really tried to run, win every single point. I start collect my game.
When I broke her again in the second set, then I realized, you know, this is like a two‑set match for me, and I just start cruising through it.

Q. Did you feel like your game was at a high level or did you feel it was the way Kim was playing?
NADIA PETROVA: Well, I played very well. I didn't give her chance for her to start playing her game. I really put pressure from the first point, you know. I stayed close to the line. I was really observing her pace. Also, you know, coming up with the big shots. You know, I made very difficult for her. She had to come up with something unbelievable.
I bet, you know, it was tough out there.

Q. Obviously you're very happy with the way the tournament is going now.
NADIA PETROVA: Yes, very happy. You know, have a day off tomorrow. Unfortunately, out of doubles. But it's going to be another practice day. I'm not overexcited. I'm not super happy because I know the tournament is not over yet. There's more matches to come.
I should stay focused and get ready for the next one.

Q. Do you feel you can cause some upsets? Is there that belief that you can go a bit further than what a lot of people think?
NADIA PETROVA: Yeah, if I'm able to perform like today and keep the composure as I did today, yes, of course, I can come up with more upsets in this event.

Q. In terms of keeping composure, sometimes in the past you've had a chance for a big win and had trouble closing it out. Did you feel nervous the last game when you had a couple match points?
NADIA PETROVA: It's obviously tough. Yes, I felt like the victory is nearby. You know, the last point is always the hard one because the other person doesn't give a ‑ I don't want to say that word. That was actually about this for me the whole match, the last point.

Q. Did you change anything in your preparation?
NADIA PETROVA: No, I didn't change anything in my preparation. I know I had a good six weeks of practice. I'm fitter than ever. You have to chase every single ball. There are no easy points.

Q. You didn't have great results coming into this tournament, Sydney and Brisbane.
NADIA PETROVA: The beginning of the year hasn't been exactly as I wished it could be. You know, draw Justine in Brisbane, was a close match. I really enjoyed it. And then I went to Sydney hoping I could get a couple single matches. I lost a disappointing loss to Date Krumm. I stayed there, tried to play some more doubles so I could get some match play.
On the other hand, I know I'm doing well at the Grand Slams. I really like coming here. I like the atmosphere. I like this kind of Grand Slam feelings. At the other hand, I was quite happy because I knew I had my preparation. I knew I'm fit, and I was fresh for the tournament.

Q. From your point of view, were you thinking when a player loses 6‑0, 6‑1...
NADIA PETROVA: I'm sure, you know, she was trying to change few things. You know, she had couple of breakpoints in the second set on my serve. If I would have lost those games, she would have had a feeling like she's back in the game. But obviously I didn't let that happen.
So I would say, of course, it is frustrating that you're not able to do things the way you really want them to do. All I can say, you know, I just didn't give her a chance to get into the match.

Q. In the first set up two breaks, were you thinking that you were playing really well?
NADIA PETROVA: I wasn't actually thinking anything. That was a good thing (laughter).
As soon as the point was over, my priority was the next point. I really wanted to win it badly. You know, that way I start collecting point by point, game by game.

Jan 24th, 2010, 11:10 AM
An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did you see Kim Clijsters's comments after the match and do you feel she didn't give you enough credit that you deserved?

NADIA PETROVA: Honestly, I wasn't really paying much of attention. I thought to myself after that win that I have to stay focused for the next one. I didn't really go through the newspapers. Didn't really bothered by that.

But, uhm, what I must say, yes, it was a very good match from my side, and it would be really nice to get a good feedback from the person that I defeated.

Q. Did you play at that level again today, do you think?

NADIA PETROVA: Today was similar. I felt like, you know, my motivation, my concentration was on the same level. But today there were a little more unforced errors than against Kim. But I fought hard. I chased every single ball possible. You know, I end up winning it.

Q. You've had a lot of trouble against Svetlana over the last few years. Did you do something differently today?

NADIA PETROVA: Uhm, differently today? Well, instead of giving opportunity for her to put pressure on me and dictating the game, you know, I took everything in my hands. This time, you know, I felt also much fitter. I knew it doesn't really matter how long the match would go for, I still had a lot of energy.

I'm sure sometimes I even surprised her, you know, how well I was chasing the balls.

Q. Svetlana says this is the best she's seen you play in a couple of years. Do you agree?

NADIA PETROVA: Uhm, I think she might have been right. It's not only that I'm playing well, but I think it's just the whole composure on the court, it's like one complete player, yes.

Q. Where is that composure coming from?

NADIA PETROVA: Good question (smiling).

I think it has a lot to do with my pre‑season. I had six weeks of hard work. I really took my fitness to another level, especially because of last season has been difficult with the injury. So that was my main focus.

I guess, you know, going out there for each single match, I know what I've done. I know how much, like, gas I have in my tank, so I know that I can really push and dig really deep.

Q. You've beaten one Belgian already. You're going to play another one. Who do you expect to show up on the other side of the net on Tuesday?

NADIA PETROVA: That's not my concern right now (laughter). Doesn't really matter. As long as I'm in the happy state of mind and I'm performing like I've done the last couple of matches, I honestly don't care.

Q. Can you speak about both of them? If you play against Henin, what are you going to do differently than in Brisbane?

NADIA PETROVA: Definitely I'm going to take charge more in the rallies. Really got to be more focused on my serves, really work hard on the returning games. It's gonna be my main concern to break her and hold my serve.

If I'll be playing Wickmayer, it's going to be our first meeting, so it's always quite exciting for me 'cause, you know, I like to discover new players. I like to find the right, maybe, tactics as long as the match is going on.

You know, it doesn't really matter. I'm just happy to be in the quarters. I'm enjoying the way I'm playing right now. I'm looking forward to whoever it is on the other side.

Q. Is there a particular competition among the Russian women?

NADIA PETROVA: There's a lot of us obviously. We all fighting to be a part of the Olympic team. For example, two years ago I was, like, just outside of top 10, and I didn't even make it to Beijing because was like five other Russians in top 10. That's kind of a bit frustrating.

Yeah, of course, you know, every one of us wants to be the No. 1 in our country. Everyone wants to be the No. 1 representing in the Fed Cup. There is a lot of competition between us.

Q. Why are there so many good players?

NADIA PETROVA: I don't know. Big country (laughter).

Q. Do you feel like you've left some things on the table in your career that you want to achieve?

NADIA PETROVA: That's why, you know, I'm still here. That's why I'm working hard and digging deep, because I know there's still a lot to accomplish. There's still a lot to let out. That's what I'm really looking for. Like I'm looking for different little kind of like, you know, I know there's a lot left, and I'm just trying to discover those things, you know.

I really want to finally be a complete player. I want to quit tennis knowing that, you know, I've done everything possible, I developed as much as I could, and I gave hundred percent of it.

Q. Talking about your composure before, you said you had done a lot of fitness work before this tournament. What happens in the match? Is there something different you're saying to yourself in the match than before to keep yourself calm?

NADIA PETROVA: Well, first of all, it's just a game. You know, it's not the end of the world if you lose a match, because life goes on. There's so many beautiful and wonderful things you can do besides that.

I've learned to deal with the losses and I've learned to keep the motivation always up. Yeah, maybe right now because of that, you know, I feel a little bit more relaxed. I'm not as stressed if I make a silly mistake or something doesn't go my way because, you know, I still can make the best out of this day. Not necessary that it's going to be on the tennis court.

Q. So did you put too much pressure on yourself in the past then?

NADIA PETROVA: Yeah, well, I've always been a perfectionist. You know, it's not an easy thing because you always want to do everything perfect. You always ask a lot from yourself.

But at the other hand, it's also a good quality because it always makes me develop. It always drives me, you know, to become a better player.

Q. I know you've had some very good results before, but did you expect coming into the season that you could come to Melbourne and beat Kim and Svetlana the way you did?

NADIA PETROVA: Well, that's hard to actually answer that question right now because, you know, I didn't have a good beginning of the year. Lost two first rounds, got a little bit down about it. But I know I always did well at the Grand Slams and I knew I really had to focus one match at a time.

And when I played Kim, before going on court, I said, It's all or nothing, I gotta to give everything. I did. Same thing happened today. Just if I can really continue doing this, I can get even further.

Q. If you meet Justine, will that match have a special taste for you?

NADIA PETROVA: Oh, yeah, definitely. You know, I've played her recently already twice, so I really know what she's playing. I know what to expect. I know what kind of balls going to be coming at me. So it's all fresh in the memory, so it's going to be maybe even easier maybe for me to play her because it's like it's so fresh in my mind.

Q. What do you think of her return?

NADIA PETROVA: What I think? I mean, it's obviously great for the tour to have her back because she was too young to retire, and she retired being No. 1. There were a lot of questions, Why did that happen? But obviously, you know, after a couple years, she realized that there's still a lot of undone business, maybe, and she really misses to be back on the tour.

You know, it's great to see, like, Kim and Justine are coming back.

Q. You're not surprised that Justine came back, are you? Did you sort of expect it at some point?

NADIA PETROVA: Yeah, I'm not surprised at all because, you know, as I say, again, she just retired way too young, way too young.

Q. When she retired, did you think she was going to take some time off, but since she's a big competitor, she'll be back?

NADIA PETROVA: Yes, yes, she's a big competitor. She's done a lot. She achieved a lot. But I'm sure, you know, she still has this kind of dream come true to win Wimbledon. That's also main reason also she came back. She changed the game because of that, as well.

Apr 20th, 2010, 08:28 AM
Power combo: Huber, Petrova

By Gene Sapakoff
The Post and Courier
Monday, April 19, 2010

Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova had not played doubles with each other before this week but it's hard to argue with the starry combination that won the Family Circle Cup doubles title Sunday.

Huber, a native South African now proud to play Fed Cup for the U.S. and cheer for Houston sports teams, is No. 1 in the world in doubles. She owns four Grand Slam doubles titles.

Petrova, the 2006 Family Circle Cup singles champion, won the doubles title last year with another American partner, Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

But the 6-3, 6-4 victory over Vania King and Michaella Krajicek on Sunday might be short-lived harmony for the top-seeded team. Petrova is likely to reunite with frequent doubles partner Samantha Stosur, who chose not to play doubles in Charleston and won the singles title Sunday.

Huber said her status is "up in the air," but she likely will get back with longtime partner Cara Black of Zimbabwe.

"Cara and I are a team so I guess if there's the odd week we don't have a partner, we'll call each other or message each other," Huber said of Petrova. "It's been really fun."

Tony Huber, Liezel's hus- band and coach, recruited Petrova.

"I saw it as a good opportunity for me to work on my doubles game and also defend my title from last year," said Petrova, a Russian ranked No. 9 in doubles and No. 18 in singles.

The King/Krajicek team has an upside, too. They were playing together for only the second tournament after winning at the Memphis tour stop in February.

"We just clicked," said King, a Monterey Park, Calif., native.

Krajicek, a Netherlands native who lives in Bradenton, Fla., is the sister of 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.

Expect more King/Krajicek.

"We said at the Australian Open we would play in Memphis and we did really well," Krajicek said. "This week has been even more special because it's obviously a bigger tournament."

Apr 20th, 2010, 08:30 AM
Liezel & Nadia Win Too

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Things got pretty tight at the end but Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova were able to hold on to capture the Family Circle Cup doubles title, beating Vania King and Michaella Krajicek in the final, 63 64.

Although they were playing together for the very first time, Huber and Petrova's individual experience as doubles players surpassed almost everyone else in the draw, Huber with 41 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles titles to her credit and Petrova with 18; and in their first four matches together they didn't even lose a set, collecting their 42nd and 18th career doubles titles, respectively.

Petrova was the only one of the four doubles finalists to have won in Charleston before, doing so last year with Bethanie Mattek-Sands - in fact, the Russian had also won the singles title here before, four years ago.

"It's a fantastic experience. I was coming here this year only to compete in singles and Liezel's husband offered me to play doubles with her this week," Petrova said. "I saw this as an opportunity to work on my doubles game and have a chance to defend my title from last year. I had wonderful fun with Liezel."

King and Krajicek were playing together for just the second time but their first venture was wildly successful, as they won the Memphis title earlier this year. En route to their second final they had beaten the two most accomplished women in the doubles draw, No.2 seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs.

"In Australia we said we would play in Memphis. We did and it went really well," Krajicek said. "This week has been even more special because it's obviously an even bigger tournament, and we beat the second seeds. Every match we played really, really well. Today was actually the first time we've lost a set playing together. We'll definitely be playing together much more again in the future."

Aug 26th, 2010, 03:55 PM
Petrova had an identical 63 62 victory over Bethanie Mattek-Sands. "The conditions were great today," said Petrova, who next faces No.2 seed Samantha Stosur, who won her second round match Tuesday. "Sam didn't play for a few weeks so she may be a little rusty. If I'm able to play the same as today, I can have a positive outcome. It's a great opportunity for me."


Aug 27th, 2010, 02:18 PM
Article about New Haven QF::p


August 26, 2010

NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - A day before she said it was "a great opportunity", and she certainly meant it. In just 53 minutes Nadia Petrova sent the Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale's No.2 seed Samantha Stosur packing in a hurry, 62 61.

Petrova, seeded No.8, was broken in the first game of the match but was almost perfect on serve from there, losing a total of just three points in her other six service games and breaking the big-serving Stosur five times. Petrova has now beaten Stosur in straight sets in all four of their career meetings.

"It seemed surprising, those are the right words," Petrova said. "I know Sam well. We played the first six months of the year in doubles and I got a lot of time to practice with her, so I know her game well, her strengths and weaknesses.

"Today I was really in charge of the game and didn't give her any chances to come back. I just kept the pressure on and tried to make her come up with a better shot. I'm very happy with my serve and didn't give out many free points."

"We both had our game plans, except she executed hers a lot better than me today," Stosur said. "I got off to a good start. She can ride on confidence really well though, and when she feels she's in front and can control what's going on, she's very hard to stop. She played quite well and I didn't play very well, so me winning only three games is probably a mixture of those two things."

Next up for Petrova is Maria Kirilenko, who ended the run of former No.1 Dinara Safina with a 63 63 win. Safina had beaten No.3 seed Francesca Schiavone and Daniela Hantuchova before running into Kirilenko, who has been creeping up the rankings all year and is approaching the Top 20 again.

"It's difficult for Dinara to come back. Before she was more aggressive, but now she's making longer points, and it's not hurting you as much," Kirilenko said. "I played well today, not many mistakes and very consistent. Everything was perfect today, except my serve. I missed too many first serves."

Petrova and Kirilenko are tied in their head-to-head, 3-3. This will be their first meeting on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in almost exactly two years.

Aug 28th, 2010, 03:11 PM
Article about New Haven SF::p


Caroline Edges Elena In SFs

August 27, 2010
NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - She came into New Haven having won only one of four matches in the summer hardcourt swing, but at the Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale it has all come together. Nadia Petrova fought back from a first set blowout to beat Maria Kirilenko, 26 62 62, and reach the 20th final of her career.

Petrova, the No.8 seed, lost the first set to her fellow Russian in 39 minutes, dropping her big serve twice; but she would not be broken again the rest of the match, dominating her service games and upping the aggression on her return.

"Even if you have pain, you have to try. I decided to continue," said Kirilenko, who was treated for a low back injury during the match. "I was in pain in the first set, but I won it because she was making a lot of mistakes. She was missing the first ball, the second ball. It was good for me. But then she started to play better. I'm playing well and to get this out of nowhere is always sad."

"When Maria called for the physio, those couple of minutes did very well for me," Petrova said. "I saw she was struggling and believed I could come back and win. I had a good conversation with my coach. I cut down on my mistakes and focused a lot on my serve. I felt I started playing the right game."

Petrova almost didn't play in New Haven, but received a last minute invite. "It's amazing. I got a phone call from Anne Worcester late Friday afternoon. I was still in Montrťal, about to leave the hotel and fly to New York. Then suddenly she offered me that last wildcard. It was a great gift. I was very happy. I'm sure my team was also excited to come for an extra tournament before the Open."

At night, No.1 seed and two-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki improved to 12-0 lifetime at New Haven with a 16 63 76(5) triumph over No.4 seed Elena Dementieva, rallying from 5-3 down in the third set to win.

"The crowd really helped me today. It wasn't easy," Wozniacki said. "This is a great tournament. Obviously I'm playing well here. I'm really happy to be in the finals again, the third time in a row. Hopefully I can win the last match here."

Wozniacki leads Petrova in their head-to-head, 2-1, with Wozniacki retiring from their first encounter in 2008 but winning both of their matches in 2010.

Aug 29th, 2010, 08:35 AM
Petrova was the No.8 seed this week, upsetting No.2 seed Sam Stosur en route to her first first final since the 2008 season, when she reached four of them (going 2-2 in those). She will leave New Haven 9-11 in career finals.

"It was a good match and I'm happy to reach the final here," Petrova declared. "Caroline is very good on the defensive. My game is trying to step in and try to go to the net, but she didn't give me many opportunities to do that.

"I had a tough hardcourt season. My confidence was a little bit on the floor when I came here. Now I'm back in my shoes. I'm happy and excited for the Open."

Aug 29th, 2010, 05:10 PM
Article about New Haven Final::p


Caroline, Queen Of New Haven

August 28, 2010
NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - On Saturday night she went the absolute distance to beat Elena Dementieva in the semifinals, and Sunday she continued to show why she could be the next No.1 player in the world. Caroline Wozniacki won her Sony Ericsson WTA Tour-leading fourth title of the season at the Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale, beating Nadia Petrova in the final, 63 36 63.

Wozniacki, the No.1 seed and undefeated two-time defending champion at the Premier-level event, was leading 63 20 when Petrova's power game started hitting its mark; she took the second set and pulled off another mini-comeback with Wozniacki leading 4-1 in the third set, breaking back and closing to 4-3. But Wozniacki was too tough in the end, playing two strong games to win her fourth title of the year and the 10th of her blossoming career.

Wozniacki maintained her perfect record in New Haven, now at 13-0 (5-0 to win in 2008, 5-0 to win in 2009 and 3-0 to win this year, a first round bye and quarterfinal walkover from Flavia Pennetta cutting her hours this year).

"Today was especially tough because yesterday I finished really late," Wozniacki said. "In the second set Nadia started hitting some nice winners, and she broke my serve straight away. I just needed to keep focused.

"The crowd has been amazing here, cheering me on. Yesterday I was down and they got me through it. It's a great feeling. I love this tournament - it has been great preparation for me the last couple of years. I'd love to come back."

Wozniacki has now won her last two tournaments - Montrťal and New Haven - and three of her last four, including Copenhagen. Her only loss of the summer came to Marion Bartoli in the third round of Cincinnati.

"I've had two victories in two weeks and three victories in four weeks. I feel I'm in great shape and playing well. Hopefully I can continue the next few weeks."

Petrova was the No.8 seed this week, upsetting No.2 seed Sam Stosur en route to her first first final since the 2008 season, when she reached four of them (going 2-2 in those). She will leave New Haven 9-11 in career finals.

"It was a good match and I'm happy to reach the final here," Petrova declared. "Caroline is very good on the defensive. My game is trying to step in and try to go to the net, but she didn't give me many opportunities to do that.

"I had a tough hardcourt season. My confidence was a little bit on the floor when I came here. Now I'm back in my shoes. I'm happy and excited for the Open."

Sad Nadia lost, but it was a successful tournament for her.:D

Aug 29th, 2010, 05:29 PM
New Haven, QF: :p


August 26, 2010

Nadia Petrova


N. PETROVA/S. Stosur
6-2, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. 6-1, 6-2 seemed surprisingly easy over Stosur today. What was it that you were doing well?
NADIA PETROVA: It seemed surprising, that's the right words for this match.
Well, what can I say? I played really well today. I know Sam really well. I played first six months of the year doubles with her, so got a lot of time to practice with her. So I know her game very well. I know her strengths and weaknesses.
Today, you know, I was really in charge of the game and I didn't give her any chances to come back. I was just keeping that kind of pressure, trying to make her to come up with a better shot.
Very happy with my serve. It worked absolutely well. I got a lot of free points with it. I just really tried to stay consistent with the returns. My goal was to have a good power behind the ball and also be consistent with my shots, not to give too many free points.

Q. It appears there are going to be three Russians in the finals here.
NADIA PETROVA: Semifinals.

Q. Is there rhyme or reason to that? Why is it so many talented players are from Russia?
NADIA PETROVA: It's a big country, what do you expect? How many millions? 140 million people living in that country. Sport is very big in my country. It's not only tennis; it's soccer, it's hockey, it's gymnastics. We are very dedicated to what we do.
Even though last couple of years Russians were not really doing so well, if you look at the rankings before, maybe it was like five Russians in top 10. But now it's just a few.
But still we're able to come up with a good tennis here and there. I mean, if you look at the draw, you know, pretty much everywhere one of the Russians is doing well.

Q. Is it a huge emphasis as a kid in Russia, tennis?
NADIA PETROVA: When I started, it was very popular. We had a lot of tennis schools which were for free. It was a part of the sport program. So I believe, you know, people saw a good opportunity also to travel the world and also, you know, make a living out of their hobby.

Q. Seemed like one of the tactics today was to attack Sam's backhand quite a bit to open up her forehand. Can you talk about that.
NADIA PETROVA: Yeah, definitely Sam has a very dangerous forehand so you have to stay away from it. One of the tactics was to try to get her into her backhand side and then make her guess, you know, surprise her from time to time with shots to her forehand.
Looked like at the end of the match she was kind of falling apart because she didn't really know if I'm going backhand or forehand. So she kind of start making more errors at the end.

Q. Is it easier for you to play another Russian or easier to play a non-Russian?
NADIA PETROVA: I'd say it's easier to play a non-Russian. There's a lot of rivalry, a lot of competition between Russians. We always want to be better and higher ranked amongst each other. Of course, there's a bit more pressure.
But at the end of the day it's another opponent, someone you have to play on the other side of the net. With the years, you learn to block it away and try to focus on the things you have to do.

Q. Is it more satisfying to beat a Russian or non-Russian?
NADIA PETROVA: Every win is satisfying. You definitely get more response from back home because people are talking more about that. Obviously, my parents are getting much more exciting when I'm beating Russian than non-Russian. But for me it's another match, it's another W.
I try not to get so excited, you know, by beating another Russian. I'm really focusing on getting further in the tournament and hopefully getting a title.

Q. When you come here, being it's the week before the Open, is getting a title as important as getting your game finely tuned for the Open?
NADIA PETROVA: Oh, yeah, definitely, it's a great way to start the Open. You're on a positive note. Especially for me, it would be big achievement, would give me a lot of confidence because I really had unsuccessful hard court season. San Diego I lost in the first round. I struggled with a heat illness. I battle for like a whole week, which also influenced my result in Cincinnati. I didn't get enough matches.
I'm really happy to be here and to finally start playing the game that I play.

End of FastScripts

Aug 29th, 2010, 05:40 PM
New Haven, SF: :p


August 27, 2010

Nadia Petrova


N. PETROVA/M. Kirilenko
2-6, 6-2, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Slow start, but you picked it up in the second. Did you find your serve or what?
NADIA PETROVA: I think what helped me a lot today obviously winning the first game of the second set. That momentum, you know, when Maria called for the physio, those couple of minutes did very well to me. I really saw that I can come back, that she's struggling with some back issues.
I had a good conversation with my coach. I felt I got back in the game. I thought I played the right game, cut down on my mistakes, focused a lot on my serve.

Q. From the first match, you start slowly then seem to pick it up and dominate. Is that typical?
NADIA PETROVA: Well, it's not typical. It did happen in the first match. It happened today. The other two matches were straight sets and I played very good from the beginning.
It may happen after a very good match, which I played yesterday. It was phenomenal tennis. This is very common in tennis. It's really hard to play the same game each single day. You do good and you do a little worse. It's a little bit up and down.
The great players obviously can maintain this consistency and perform each day on a very high level.

Q. Can you talk about how you're feeling after that first set. Was there any frustration?
NADIA PETROVA: Oh, there was definitely frustration. Really had hard time keeping my shots in the court. I had 33 unforced errors in that first opening set. Even though I was trying to go for the shots, trying to be a little bit more aggressive, but just couldn't find the court with the balls.
My serve hasn't been a weapon as well, you know. So it was kind of like -- it wasn't a good opening set, obviously.

Q. When you see she has an injury to her back, how much does the game plan change? Are you hitting different shots?
NADIA PETROVA: Yeah, definitely. I mean, it definitely helped me to get my focus back, get my head together. I saw she had difficulties moving. So that was my first goal: keep her on the run, make her stretch, use my serve as a weapon, try to win as many free shots as possible, then put pressure on her serve, try to be a little bit more aggressive so she has to come up with the amazing shot.

Q. What a difference a year makes from here. You lose in the first round last year, now you're playing in the finals.
NADIA PETROVA: That's the beautiful thing about tennis. You know, every week there is a new opportunity.
You know, I don't like looking back, what happened last year. That absolutely has nothing to do with this present time, so I try to just make the best out of it.

Q. Can you talk about taking advantage of the opportunity you got at the last second to get into this tournament.
NADIA PETROVA: It's amazing. I got a phone call from Anne late Friday afternoon. I was still in Montrťal just about to leave hotel and fly to New York. My focus was on a good preparation and practice there. Then suddenly I received a phone call from her. She offered me that last wild card.
It was just a great gift in that moment. I got very happy. I'm sure my team was also very excited to come here and play an extra tournament before the Open.

Q. First final since '08.
NADIA PETROVA: Has it been that long ago?

Q. Do you feel you're playing better tennis?
NADIA PETROVA: I've played a decent tennis throughout those years. I've had good wins. But just maybe I was a little bit out of luck. I lost a couple tough three-setters. You know, maybe whatever happens now just pays off the hard work that I've been putting in, no matter if I didn't have a good results.

Q. Looking to the final, let's say it was Elena you were to play, you lost to her the last five times.
NADIA PETROVA: Right (smiling).

Q. What do you do to turn that around? How do you look ahead to playing another Russian?
NADIA PETROVA: Oh, it doesn't absolutely bother me. You know, I've already learned to deal with this extra pressure. I take it as another match. I don't try to think who's on the other side of the net. Just take it as another opponent.
I'm really focused on my best weapons. If it is gonna happen that it's Dementieva, I'll just really have to be aggressive and don't give her a chance to come back in those rallies because she's a great defensive player. When she gets into this kind of hit-and-run momentum, she's unbeatable, everything is coming back. I have to keep my points short and be aggressive.

Q. If it is Caroline, she won the last two years, she won the two matches you played out of the three on hard court.
NADIA PETROVA: Right. Uhm, I've lost two times already this year to Caroline. So I'm really looking forward to that next meeting. I know the mistakes that I've done. I'm really gonna try to do my best to come with a better strategy, better preparation for that match.

Q. Is it easy to put to one side the fact that she's won here the last two years and is obviously extremely comfortable in the conditions, the crowd, the court surface?
NADIA PETROVA: You know, it's great to advance to the final. I'm sure when it happens to the player, they get to the final, for example me, I go out there, I try to have a good time, I try to give everything I have left and make sure that the crowd gets a good match, that it's entertaining for them. It's like give it all, give it all.
If I'm able to do that, you know, win or lose, I'm still happy.

Q. At Indian Wells you were really in the lead against Wozniacki and seemed to get very angry with yourself at that point.
NADIA PETROVA: Well, I dropped the first opening set quite easily also with a lot of unforced errors. I was able to win the second set quite easily playing the right game. Then, you know, she broke my momentum a little bit. She took a bathroom break. She took quite a long time when she came back. I felt like I was a little rushing. I completely lost the timing and the feeling of the game.

Q. You've played your best tennis this year in the slams, wins over Clijsters and Venus. Is there something as you get older that makes it easier for you to get more motivated for those matches?
NADIA PETROVA: Definitely I'm looking forward to play those matches. I don't play, unfortunately, enough these kind of matches in smaller tournaments. So it's a great opportunity to really push yourself to the limit against those players. It does happen at the Grand Slam.
I enjoy playing the slams because you feel this kind of extra buzz, this extra pressure. You feel this kind of difference between any other tournaments. I really like that kind of match situation, playing in the big stadium. I'm always trying to do my best there.

End of FastScripts

Aug 29th, 2010, 05:53 PM
New Haven, Final: :p


August 28, 2010

Nadia Petrova


6-3, 3-6, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You had to fight from behind all day long. Almost got there, but not quite.
NADIA PETROVA: Yes, that's true. All day long. It's been a good match.
I'm happy by reaching the final here. If my back would have been okay in the beginning of the third set, maybe the set would have been closer and I'd have maybe chance to really challenge her, maybe win the title. Unfortunately didn't happen.
I'm very happy I got my practice matches. Now my focus is on the US Open.

Q. What happened to your back? Tweak it a little bit?
NADIA PETROVA: Yeah, I tweaked it a little bit. I think one of the spinal segments just got stuck and I just couldn't rotate.

Q. You had 12 aces in the match. She was still able to break you. Neither of you seemed to be able to hold a serve in the second set.
NADIA PETROVA: She's returning really well, even though I'm throwing aces in each single game. You know, when it gets to the rallies, she's tough to beat.

Q. How do you feel heading into the Open after a long week of challenging matches?
NADIA PETROVA: Very happy. I feel like I got my matches. I've done a four-week preparation in July. I'm just ready. I'm just looking forward to that.

Q. Can you talk about the confidence in your hard court game. You said because you played so few matches, that's kind of what you were looking for.
NADIA PETROVA: Exactly. Exactly. You know, I think I'm ready. I don't see anything for holding me back.

Q. Can you talk about what makes her so challenging to play, what about her game gives you trouble?
NADIA PETROVA: She has this incredible depth in her shots and very good placement of the ball. You know, even though she's on the run, she scoops the ball, throws a very high lob, then the ball just bounces like a foot off the baseline. It's really tough to step in and take this shot out of the air. Then you have to kind of start the rally again.
She's very good on defensive. Even though my game was trying to step in and try to go to the net, but she didn't give me so many opportunities to do so.

Q. What do you think about this tournament, organization, compared with other tournaments? What can you say about it?
NADIA PETROVA: Well, it's a smaller tournament compared to any others. But I think we have everything we need here. Especially, you know, before a big slam coming up, we have plenty of courts to practice. We have a great stadium. The crowd is coming to cheer for us.
I mean, you've got all the facilities here from the Yale University. It's a great place to be, just an hour and a half drive from New York.

Q. What will you take away from this tournament that you didn't bring with you? What skills do you think you gained here?
NADIA PETROVA: Gained? If I gained anything, I wish (laughter).
Hmm, I think what I've gained is definitely the confidence because I've really had a tough hard court season. My confidence was a little bit on the floor when I came to play this tournament. But now I'm back in my shoes. I'm happy. I'm excited to play the Open. I feel like, you know, I'm ready for it.

Q. So this was good preparation?
NADIA PETROVA: It was a very good preparation for me.

Q. Can you tell us what changed in the match between the first and second set that nobody could hold serve.
NADIA PETROVA: Maybe we both fatigued a little bit. She played a lot of matches. I had five matches also in this week. When you get a little tired, the first thing which goes is your concentration. You know, it's really hard to keep on focusing and doing the same motion over and over again.
I think it's just the fatigue factor kicked in.

Q. Caroline mentioned the sun was tricky out there. Did you have trouble with that?
NADIA PETROVA: With the sun, yes, especially when she would throw those defensive lobs. So many times bounced right in the sun spot. I was losing the balls completely. I've been miss-hitting a lot of shots today because of that.

Q. The back injury slow you down a step, half a step? Did it make a difference in the third?
NADIA PETROVA: It made a big difference. It made me lose my service game and gave her a 2-Love lead. I mean, if I would just hold my serve until the end of the third set, anything could have happened.

Q. Was it in this match that the back was bothering you?
NADIA PETROVA: It just happened sudden. I started feeling something in the first game of the third set. When I went to serve, I felt like I could not rotate at all. I got stuck completely.

Q. You expect to be fine for the Open?
NADIA PETROVA: I'm absolutely fine. The physio helped me a lot. She came and she manipulate my back and I was absolutely free to play afterwards.

Q. You were serving at 1-4 in the third.
NADIA PETROVA: How you like my service game (laughter)?

Q. Ever happen before?
NADIA PETROVA: No, that never happen to me. Wish I could do that more often. Save me a little bit of energy (smiling).

End of FastScripts

Aug 29th, 2010, 08:01 PM

The veteran Petrova is well known to US Open fans, as she's banged her way to the second week on four occasions and has been a consistent top-20 force since 2003.

The smart Petkovic isn't quite there yet, but the outspoken German is a bit of a sensation in the Twitter world and has put up some decent results this year, reaching the final of 's-Hertogenbosch and the semis of Istanbul. Petrova is coming off a strong run to the final of New Haven, rarely chokes and is problematic for anyone when she scalding the ball off the ground. But the 28-year-old can also go into funks at times and doesn't appear as motivated as she once was.

Hard-core fans who show up on site know that this is one of the must-see women's matches of the day. Petkovic, 23, has a lot more to prove than Petrova does and would love to take out a seed at a Slam, but as smart as she appears off court, her game is somewhat limited, and unless Petrova comes in limping, the Russian will figure her out and come through in three sets.


Dec 17th, 2010, 07:13 PM
Nadia will team up again with Liezel Huber next season according to this article:

This also isn't a bad time for personnel changes. Huber has a new team, including a new trainer, Jodi Coleman, and new coach, her husband, who coached her until 2008. Huber, who split with her longtime doubles partner this year, also said she would team with Russian Nadia Petrova next year. (They're preparing separately during the offseason and meeting in Sydney for their first tournament together next year.)


Dec 24th, 2010, 10:00 PM
Nadia ended her cooperation with Vlado Platenik recently

http://www.tenisinfo.cz/index.php?a=art&id=6088 (source)

actually this article sounds very pesimistic about their preparation together, so not sure what to except from Nadia on the beginning of new season.:confused: Hope it's not that bad and she will found someone else to work with quickly...

Mar 22nd, 2011, 11:04 PM
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."


Aug 1st, 2011, 09:32 PM
Article about Nadia`s career title #10: :yeah:


Petrova Defeats Peer, Wins 10th WTA Title

July 31, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, MD, USA - It was a dream ending for the Citi Open, with the Top 2 seeds in the final. And this time the No.2 seed finished No.1, as Nadia Petrova got past Shahar Peer to win her first title in almost three years.

Petrova, now 29, had been one of the top players on the WTA for most of the last decade, winning nine WTA titles and going as high as No.3 in the world in 2006. She began 2011 at No.15 but after a dismal first half of the year - which included a lengthy battle with vertigo - she found herself down at No.37 in June.

"Before Miami I had vertigo for six weeks. It knocked me off my feet," she said. "I couldn't defend my points in the clay court season and felt a little down. I wasn't in a happy place, but Wimbledon was a turning point for me."

After reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon, which marked an amazing 20th time reaching the second week of a Grand Slam, the momentum swung. She came to College Park swinging away on her huge serve, groundstrokes and net game, taking her first three matches in straight sets and, despite losing the first set of her semifinal with Irina Falconi, rebounding for a 16 61 63 win.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the draw, Peer was also finding her range again. She was on a five-match losing streak coming into the tournament but put together an almost identical run to Petrova in reaching the final - three straight set wins before a three-setter in the semifinals, as she battled over three hours to get past No.3 seed Tamira Paszek on a blazing Saturday, 36 76(2) 64.

Sunday was Petrova's day, however. Having never lost in five previous meetings with the 24-year-old Israeli she made it 6-0 with a 75 62 win, losing the first two games of both sets before getting her aggressive but very clean tennis going.

"I knew Shahar wasn't able to hurt me with her serve, especially her second serve, so even though I was broken early in each set I knew I could turn it around," Petrova said. "I'm happy with my record against her. And today was an important match, going for the title - all I had in my mind was to fight for every point and at the end of the day walk away with the beautiful trophy."

Petrova now has 10 WTA titles to her name, this being her first since winning Quťbec City in 2008. "Tennis is improving each year," the Russian added. "I've been in a few finals since then but was losing to some very good players. I was waiting for this one patiently - I'm very happy to finally have my 10th title."

Oct 3rd, 2011, 03:27 PM

A message to my fans

Hi everyone. It's been a long time since I've had time to check in and fill you all on what's been going on with me. I've been struggling with Vertigo since March which had a huge impact on my game and ranking this summer. I truly didn't start to feel like myself again until Wimbledon and slowly, I've been getting back in the groove. I truly appreciate all the support and patience you've all had. I feel bad when I can't be myself and give my fans a good match on the court.Fortunately things are way better and it's showing. To get you up to date, I recently got myself a puppy when I returned from London. She's a beautiful Frenchie who has changed my life and given me more reasons to smile. I want to travel with her a bit but I've had to be patient since she doesn't have all of her shots yet.I know I've been getting many calls and emails about my recent match to Samantha in NYC. It was a grueling 3 hours and 16 minutes and definitely a tough one. Matches like those are hard when you lose but when know you left it all on the court, you need to let it go keeping in mind that it's part of playing tennis.I will do my best and continue to work hard for the remainder of the season. I will also try and update you more on my blog. My team is working on having some new fun stuff coming on my website soon so stay tuned. It's been a full year of hard work on revamping the entire site so I hope you won't be disappointed. Take care and enjoy the rest of your summer.Til' next time..Nadia

Nadia is so sweet! :inlove:

Feb 19th, 2012, 04:48 AM
Moscow-Florida Living

Q: You were born in Moscow but live in South Florida. Do you return to Moscow often?

A: I probably visit three times a year to parents, working on my Florida house, so as soon as it is finished I will have my parents coming over to spend time with me, especially in the winter months.

When you are in Florida, what do you still miss about Moscow?

What I miss the most is summer months, going out in nature, swimming in the lakes, barbeques, picking berries
and mushrooms. And of course my mom’s home cooking.

Russia makes me think of novelists like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Do you like their works?

My favorite so far is War and Peace.

Olympic Games

How has Russia developed such strong women tennis players?

It’s a tough question. I think it’s just the hard environment that we grew up in. We all wanted to have a better life, and we saw a great possibility in sport overall. Tennis was still kind of new, and there was a huge wave of new players
at the same time, so there was huge competition. The competition helped a lot because we all wanted to be on the Fed Cup team, the Olympic team and also be the No. 1 Russian player. Alisa Kleybanova said that the Olympics
are maybe more important to her than a Slam.

Are you gunning for the 2012 Olympics?

I would still prefer to win a Slam, but the Olympics are only every four years. This is something that is very personal for each Russian player. It means a lot to win Olympics because then you are kind of set for life in the country.

Do you have a goal to play in the 2012 Games?

I’m looking forward to them. It’s going to be tough in singles. I’m working to bring my ranking back, and if it’s not
going to be possible in singles, I think I have a pretty good shot at doubles.

Grand Slam Desire

Do you still feel that same competitive spirit or has it diminished?

Of course over the years it has diminished a little bit.

Do you know that there are currently only five active players with more wins than you?

I actually don’t think about it at all. I take it one match at a time because you know tennis has become so tough, the
first round might be as tough as the final so you really have to dig in. I don’t keep a count of matches, head-to-head
with other players. I just really try to work on court and focus on winning.

So you leave the counting up to your fans and the media?


Reflecting on 2011, Francesca Schiavone and Li Na won their first Grand Slam at the age you are right now, 29. What
has changed on the Tour that has helped the older more mature players have success?

The mature players have so much experience. They know how to deal with days when things aren’t going their way; they know how to keep their heads cool.

You’ve had a great career. What more do you want to accomplish?

I’m quite happy with my results, with my ranking. I’ve maintained a pretty consistent spot in the top 20. The only thing that I’m missing, and I really dream to achieve before I retire the sport, is to win a Slam.

So, is winning a Slam is your main goal for the next couple of years?

Yes, that’s exactly what I’m working on right now.

Feb 21st, 2012, 02:20 PM


The Russian veteran plans a breakthrough


Moscow-Florida Living

Q: You were born in Moscow but live in South Florida. Do you return to Moscow often?

A: I probably visit three times a year to parents, working on my Florida house, so as soon as it is finished I will have my parents coming over to spend time with me, especially in the winter months.

When you are in Florida, what do you still miss about Moscow?

What I miss the most is summer months, going out in nature, swimming in the lakes, barbeques, picking berries
and mushrooms. And of course my mom’s home cooking.

Russia makes me think of novelists like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Do you like their works?

My favorite so far is War and Peace.

Olympic Games

How has Russia developed such strong women tennis players?

It’s a tough question. I think it’s just the hard environment that we grew up in. We all wanted to have a better life, and we saw a great possibility in sport overall. Tennis was still kind of new, and there was a huge wave of new players at the same time, so there was huge competition. The competition helped a lot because we all wanted to be on the Fed Cup team, the Olympic team and also be the No. 1 Russian player. Alisa Kleybanova said that the Olympics
are maybe more important to her than a Slam.

Are you gunning for the 2012 Olympics?

I would still prefer to win a Slam, but the Olympics are only every four years. This is something that is very personal for each Russian player. It means a lot to win Olympics because then you are kind of set for life in the country.

Do you have a goal to play in the 2012 Games?

I’m looking forward to them. It’s going to be tough in singles. I’m working to bring my ranking back, and if it’s not
going to be possible in singles, I think I have a pretty good shot at doubles.

Grand Slam Desire

Do you still feel that same competitive spirit or has it diminished?

Of course over the years it has diminished a little bit.

Do you know that there are currently only five active players with more wins than you?

I actually don’t think about it at all. I take it one match at a time because you know tennis has become so tough, the
first round might be as tough as the final so you really have to dig in. I don’t keep a count of matches, head-to-head
with other players. I just really try to work on court and focus on winning.

So you leave the counting up to your fans and the media?


Reflecting on 2011, Francesca Schiavone and Li Na won their first Grand Slam at the age you are right now, 29. What
has changed on the Tour that has helped the older more mature players have success?

The mature players have so much experience. They know how to deal with days when things aren’t going their way; they know how to keep their heads cool.

You’ve had a great career. What more do you want to accomplish?

I’m quite happy with my results, with my ranking. I’ve maintained a pretty consistent spot in the top 20. The only thing that I’m missing, and I really dream to achieve before I retire the sport, is to win a Slam.

So, is winning a Slam is your main goal for the next couple of years?

Yes, that’s exactly what I’m working on right now.

Interesting interview ;)

Feb 21st, 2012, 02:27 PM
Do you still feel that same competitive spirit or has it diminished?

Of course over the years it has diminished a little bit.

Knew it :sad:

So you leave the counting up to your fans and the media?



The only thing that Iím missing, and I really dream to achieve before I retire the sport, is to win a Slam.


Mar 14th, 2012, 12:41 PM

Petrova Ousts Stosur, Eyes Return To Elite

March 12, 2012
INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - On an electric night last September, Samantha Stosur and Nadia Petrova played the longest recorded women's match in US Open history, Stosur scoring a 76(5) 67(5) 75 win in three hours, 16 minutes. The memory of that still fresh in her mind, Petrova got her revenge on Monday.

For two hours and 46 minutes, No.6 seed Stosur and No.30 seed Petrova put their aggressive games on display for the Indian Wells crowd, Petrova coming out particularly strong with a 30-minute, 6-1 first set. The Russian looked headed for a straight set win as she built a 3-1 lead in the second set, served for the match at 5-4 and even held match point in the tie-break - but Stosur stood strong each time, eventually grinding through to a third and deciding set.

Stosur twice broke in that third set but Petrova retaliated each time, and in the end the former World No.3 was just too tough for the former World No.4, completing a 61 67(6) 76(5) upset. She fired a total of 15 aces in the match.

"After that loss in New York it was hard," Petrova said. "I wanted to turn everything around. I wanted to win and walk off the court with a W.

"I don't really think I played unbelievable in the first set. My composure was perfect though. I took the time, no errors, and I must say Sam didn't play her best. She was framing balls, not really putting a lot of first serves in - so that actually helped me get the lead in the match, then she picked up her game in the middle of the second set. That's when she started to play Sam's game.

"On match point in the tie-break Sam served unbelievable right on the line. There was nothing I could have done. Then it was a tough battle in the third set."

Petrova has had a glittering career - 10 WTA titles, another 11 WTA finals and some sensational results at the Slams, including two semifinals (both at the French Open); but last year was her first non-Top 20 season since 2002. As she approaches her 30th birthday this year, can the Russian join the growing group of veteran players making breakthroughs, or re-breakthroughs?

"I want to get back into the Top 10. That would be great," she said. "I have been out of that category of players already for a couple of years. It would be a nice thing for me to challenge the new players like, let's say Kvitova, or Azarenka. They're all young, full of energy, hungry for titles and hungry to be No.1.

"I do feel like I'm pushing towards the end of my career, but I know I still have a couple good years left, so I want to maximize myself and give it my all.

"I want to say I have done it all with no regrets."

Though being ranked in the 30s is a dream for most tennis players, for Petrova it is somewhat of a low - she was asked about her slight slide in the rankings. "I have been fine," she explained. "I didn't have that many injuries, except I just had vertigo last year for six weeks right in the middle of the season, which actually did throw me off completely with my physical preparation and match play - that was tough to get back into the season. But now I feel much better. I'm healthy and looking forward to playing as many matches as possible."

Great win, Nadia! :yeah:

Apr 2nd, 2012, 04:39 PM

Kirilenko & Petrova Crowned In Doubles

MIAMI, FL, USA - Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova captured their third and biggest doubles title together at the Sony Ericsson Open on Sunday afternoon, then donned some unique headgear to celebrate the Premier-level triumph.

Kirilenko and Petrova, who had a 2-0 career record in WTA finals together - at Cincinnati in 2008 and Moscow in 2009 - improved their perfect finals record to 3-0 with a 76(0) 46 104 win over Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, lifting their game when it mattered most, saving a set point down 5-4 in the first set then winning the breaker at love, and of course playing a sharp match tie-break.

"It was a great week for us to be able to win the title here at the Sony Ericsson Open," said Kirilenko, who bounces back into the Top 10 in doubles after the Premier victory. "We are working hard to try to get to the Olympics. It's nice to win such a great tournament like this, especially playing with Nadia."

"It was my third final here - the last two were quite painful, I believe last year we were even serving for the match," Petrova said after the match. "It has been a very long two weeks but now I'm going to head to Charleston with a good feeling, with excitement, with a good motivation to do well there too."

Kirilenko now has 11 WTA doubles titles to her name, Petrova now a clean 20 - and that's not where the milestones ended for the 29-year-old Petrova, who surpassed the $10 million career prize money mark, the 24th player in WTA history to do so (and sixth Russian, after Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva, Vera Zvonareva and Dinara Safina).

Kirilenko and Petrova celebrated their win with bunny ears (see photo).

"That was actually a dare from Maria," Petrova explained to reporters. "She purchased them like a week ago and said, 'Right, if we win this tournament, we have to put them on right away on the court.' We were already so excited last night - we stayed in separate hotels and put the ears on, taking pictures of ourselves and sending them to each other, both of us all excited for today.

"We were really motivated to win this tournament, because we've been playing well together but didn't have a title for a while really. We knew if we played our game today against Vinci and Errani, we could hopefully end up winning it.

"We were very solid in the super tie-breaker and then, of course, we were obviously excited to wear those ears."

WTA doubles title #20 :worship:

May 1st, 2012, 05:14 PM
The only other seed to take the court on Day 1 had the opposite experience, as No.7 seed Nadia Petrova (http://www.wtatennis.com/player/nadia-petrova_2257889_6564) routed Portuguese wildcard Barbara Luz (http://www.wtatennis.com/player/barbara-luz_2257889_14419), 60 61.
"It was a good start. I hadn't played a match on red clay until this event," Petrova said. "This was a perfect warm-up match for me. Tomorrow I'm playing doubles and practicing, and getting ready for my second round match."
Having gone 3-5 on hardcourts to start the year, Petrova is now 4-1 on clay. The former No.3 has had some of her best career results on this surface, her two best Grand Slam results, two semifinals, both coming at Roland Garros (http://www.wtatennis.com/page/Tournaments/Info/0,,12781%7E838,00.html).
"I'm just trying to keep improving and winning matches," Petrova said. "I'm happy I'm still around, that I'm 30 in a month and am still willing to give it my best and work hard. Anything can happen. I believe strongly that as long as I stay healthy, there's a good chance for me to get back to the Top 10."


Jun 26th, 2012, 01:12 PM

Petrova Too Powerful, Wins In Den Bosch

June 23, 2012
'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - One of the best all-court games on the WTA has been finding its range again, and in 's-Hertogenbosch this past week it all clicked. Former World No.3 Nadia Petrova didn't lose a set en route to her 11th WTA title - and her first WTA title on grass - at the UNICEF Open.

Petrova, the No.8 seed at the International-level event, wasn't even pushed to a tie-break in any of her five matches on the lawns of 's-Hertogenbosch, and capped it with a 64 63 win over Urszula Radwanska, dropping serve in the first game of both sets but recovering quickly each time to win in straights.

"I must say I'm happy to win today in straight sets," Petrova said of the final. "The beginning of the match was a little bit rusty - I lost my serve, even though I was 40-0 up. That put me in a little bit of an uncomfortable situation. But I really controlled my emotions well and broke back to get into the match."

"Nadia was playing amazing today," Radwanska said. "She served so well and I really couldn't do much - she didn't let me play my game. But I was excited to be in my first WTA final and I hope my next final will be coming soon!"

Petrova's first 10 WTA titles were split among hard and clay events - seven on hard, three on clay. She now has an overall 11-11 record in WTA finals.

The 30-year-old Russian also bounces back into the Top 20 now, going from No.22 to No.20 - her first time in the elite since the two weeks of Indian Wells in March 2011, and having gone as low as No.37 in the time since.

"I enjoyed this week very much - I hadn't been here for eight years and it was great, they do everything for the players," Petrova added. "I haven't seen my draw for Wimbledon yet but I hope I have a decent one. I hope to continue playing the same tennis, but I don't want to put any expectations on myself."

Radwanska came out of the qualifying and made it all the way to her first WTA final - she now goes from No.64 to No.54 on the new WTA Rankings.

Nadia`s first WTA title on grass! :hearts:

Oct 1st, 2012, 02:45 PM

Petrova's Turnaround, Stosur's Close Finish

September 27, 2012
TOKYO, Japan - Quarterfinals Day at the Toray Pan Pacific Open began with a pair of absolute nail-biters, with Nadia Petrova and Samantha Stosur both moving through and setting up a semifinal clash at the Premier-level tournament.

The No.17-seeded Petrova was the first of the pair to advance, though she had to pull off a Houdini act to do it - down 63 41 and double faulting to face a point for a 63 51 deficit, the Russian flipped the switch just in time, battling back to make it past No.6 seed Sara Errani in three grinding sets, 36 75 63.

"You never want to leave the court without giving everything you have, so even at a set and 4-1 down I still believed I could turn it around," Petrova said.

Petrova, who is currently ranked No.18 in the world but is a former World No.3, is through to her biggest WTA semifinal in three years, since Beijing in 2009.

Oct 1st, 2012, 02:49 PM

Petrova Beats Stosur, First Into Tokyo Final

September 28, 2012
TOKYO, Japan - They had both come from the brink of defeat earlier in the tournament, but when they came up against each other one was much sharper: Nadia Petrova served up a storm in the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Friday afternoon, defeating Samantha Stosur routinely in straight sets to reach the 23rd - and arguably biggest - WTA final of her career.

Both players were nearly sent home en route to this round, Stosur rallying from 4-1 down in the third set to beat Francesca Schiavone in the second round and Petrova rallying from 63 41 down to beat Sara Errani in the quarterfinals.

On the day the No.17-seeded Petrova was just too strong on serve though, losing just 11 points in her first eight service games and, while serving for it at 64 52, fending off Stosur's only three break points of the match to win, 64 62.

"Yesterday Sam beat Maria, who is one of the top players right now, so I knew I had to put in a good performance, and I think I did," Petrova said in her on-court interview. "My serve really helped, because when I'm holding my serve I can focus on breaking serve, and Sam serves very big so that's very important.

"I'm happy I stayed mentally strong throughout the match and when I was serving it out at the end. I'm very happy with how I played today."

Petrova is now through to the 23rd WTA final of her career, going 11-11 in her first 22. But there's something even more special about this one - she has never reached the final of a tournament with this much prize money, in fact it isn't even close, this one having $2,168,400 and her previous-biggest being $1,340,000 (three times at that price - Charleston, Berlin and Moscow, all in 2006).

"I haven't played the final of these kinds of events for a while," Petrova said. "It's a really good achievement for me. I'm going to enjoy it, relax and get ready for tomorrow's final, and maybe I'll even watch some of the girls playing later."

With wins over the No.7-ranked Errani and the No.9-ranked Stosur, this is perhaps surprisingly just the second time Petrova has beaten two Top 10 players at the same tournament - coincidentally, the first time was at this very tournament four years ago in 2008 (No.3 Ana Ivanovic and No.10 Agnieszka Radwanska). She has never beaten three Top 10 players at the same event.

Oct 1st, 2012, 02:53 PM

Petrova Conquers Radwanska & Tokyo

September 29, 2012
TOKYO, Japan - With a nagging back injury coming in, even she didn't come in believing it would happen. But sometimes good things happen when you least expect them to - and for Nadia Petrova it did this past week, as she won the 12th and biggest WTA title of her career at the Toray Pan Pacific Open.

Last week in Seoul, Petrova had to withdraw mid-tournament with a low back injury - and it was tested again this week across the water in Tokyo, as the No.17-seeded Russian barely scraped through two of her matches en route to the final, battling over three hours to beat Petra Martic in the third round and rallying from 63 41 down to beat No.6 seed Sara Errani in the quarterfinals.

But Petrova passed all those tests, and after a semifinal win over No.8 seed Samantha Stosur she found herself in the biggest final of her long career.

Before this week, Petrova had only ever beaten two Top 10 players at the same tournament once, right here in Tokyo in 2008 - and with wins over Errani and Stosur she matched that. But with World No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska awaiting in the final, she would have to break new ground if she wanted to take the title - beat three Top 10 players at the same tournament for the first time.

Things couldn't have started better for Petrova, as she blew through the first set 6-0, playing almost flawless tennis - 16 winners to three unforced errors. But her game went awry in the second set, hitting seven winners to 14 unforced errors - the No.3-seeded Radwanska took it, 6-1. The final was heading to a final set.

"I played great in the first set but may have used too much energy, and in the second set I felt flat," Petrova said. "It took me a while to recuperate and get back into the game. After the second set when I went to change my clothes, I had a few minutes to think about what to focus on in the third set."

For the first time in the match, the two players both started bringing out their best at the same time; 1-all, 2-all and 3-all followed, and then a Petrova hold for 4-3. Radwanska built a 40-30 lead in her next service game but double faulted twice from there and Petrova pounced, breaking for 5-3 - she then served it out, finishing it with a huge forehand swing volley winner. Final score: 60 16 63.

"After running out of gas in the second set, I don't know where I found the strength and willpower to fight in the third set, but I did and it feels amazing," Petrova said. "This is the biggest tournament I've ever won. It's a great accomplishment. And at the beginning of the tournament I definitely didn't expect to win the title, because of the back injury I've been struggling with.

"I'm so happy to be here right now."

Seven of Petrova's 11 previous WTA titles were Premiers, but this Premier was more blinged out than them all with $2,168,400 in prize money for the field - her previous biggest were Charleston and Berlin in 2006, with $1,340,000 each.

The 30-year-old Petrova was asked in her press conference about the recent surge in success of 30-somethings on the WTA. "There are a few players who have won Grand Slams after 30, and I feel like I don't want to walk away from tennis without accomplishing the same," she said. "I still find the will to wake up every morning and go on the court and just try to improve with each day.

"If it's meant to happen it will, but if it doesn't, at the end of my career I'll know I've done everything I could to achieve it," the former World No.3 added.

Radwanska, who was the defending champion in the Japanese capital, still has a pretty sparkling record in WTA finals in her career: 10-4.

"I'm disappointed - I wanted to win this title so much, and when you're so close and feel you can make it, it's always emotional if you don't," Radwanska said. "But she was playing really well. Her biggest weapon is her serve, for sure, but also her return was very good today, and I had to serve really well myself to hold my serve. But overall I think those two shots were working really well for her."

Amazing week for Nadia :speakles::yeah:

Oct 3rd, 2012, 08:50 PM

Life Begins At 30 For Petrova

October 01, 2012
Received wisdom suggests that tennis is a young woman's game. However, if recent evidence is anything to go by, received wisdom is fairly wide of the mark.

In the Tokyo final this past weekend, Nadia Petrova, 30, had Agnieszka Radwanska, the World No.3 and a player seven years her junior, chasing shadows for long periods. Petrova's three set victory saw her lift the 12th - and the biggest - title of a career that looks to be anything but slowing down.

After spending most of 2011 bobbing around the 20s and 30s in the rankings and struggling for any form to speak of, Petrova has been a totally different beast this season. The decision to employ Ricardo SŠnchez as her new full-time coach in February has revitalized not just the Russian's results but also on-court demeanor.

"Every match I play, I feel like he's playing with me," Petrova said after the final in Tokyo. "He gets so much involved in it. He fist pumps, he gets up, he claps, he helps me out emotionally.

"And even in the third set when I called him at 2-1, I said, 'I need some help from you, because I'm getting low on energy.' And that kind of support courtside it helps a lot, and it was working the whole week."

Victory in Tokyo has taken Petrova up to No.14 in the world - her highest ranking for 27 months - and reinstalled the belief that, even at the grand old age of 30, there is still a place with her name on it at tennis' top table.

"As long as you have the motivation and the will to get better, improve and compete, I don't think age matters," the former World No.3 added. "I still find the will to wake up every morning and go on the court and try to perform my best and get better with each day.

"There are a few players who have won Grand Slams after 30, and I feel like I don't want to walk away from tennis without accomplishing the same. If it's meant to happen it will, but if it doesn't, at the end of my career I'll know I've done everything I could."

And the recent Grand Slam honor roll suggests this is far from a pipe dream; in each of the past three years there has been at least one Grand Slam champion who has been in or past their 30th year, while the same time span has also seen five first-time winners.

Ricardo Sanchez really helped Nadia ;)

Oct 30th, 2012, 02:25 PM

Kirilenko & Petrova's Dream Weekend

ISTANBUL, Turkey - They were the last team in, and now they're the last team standing - Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova had a dream weekend in Istanbul, defeating the Top 2 teams in the world and winning their biggest WTA title at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012.

Last Saturday, Kirilenko and Petrova beat Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the semifinals of Moscow, a match that would determine who the fourth and final qualifying team for the WTA Championships would be.

But Kirilenko and Petrova were still the last team in and thus the biggest longshot, and it wasn't an easy week, particularly to start, as they were totally outclassed in the first set of their first match against Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, 6-1; but after that they never looked back, taking out the No.1 seeds, 16 63 104, then on Sunday taking out No.2 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, 61 64, Kirilenko fighting off two break points while serving for the match and the Russians winning it on a return from the Czechs that sailed long.

"I'm very proud - I think we played very solid tennis today," Petrova said in an on-court interview. "We were calm and in control of the game from the beginning, and we didn't lose momentum in the second set. Also, Maria was very brave, holding serve in the last game from two break points down."

"We felt we could dominate the game today - it sounds simple, but really it's quite difficult," Kirilenko said. "We're happy to win another title together."

Kirilenko and Petrova now have four WTA doubles titles together, having won Cincinnati in 2008, Moscow in 2009 and Miami this year. Individually, Kirilenko now has 12 WTA doubles titles, Petrova 21 - and this was Petrova's second WTA Championships title, having won with Meghann Shaughnessy in 2004.

"Our goal this season was just to play the Olympics and win a medal, and we achieved that, and now we're here winning this title," Petrova said. "It's a great way to finish off the doubles season. We have had such a great year."

"It was so difficult to qualify for this tournament - we only did it last week in Moscow - so to be the last team in and win it is just great," Kirilenko added. "We had a great tournament here and this is an amazing feeling."

YEC title :worship:

Nov 26th, 2012, 12:32 PM

Petrova Overpowers Wozniacki, Wins Sofia

November 04, 2012
SOFIA, Bulgaria - With just one more match for the season, she said she was going to leave every last bit of energy out there, and she really did - Nadia Petrova completely overpowered Caroline Wozniacki to win her third WTA title of the year at the Qatar Airways Tournament Of Champions Sofia.

Both players were looking strong going into the final, going undefeated in their round robin groups and fending off inspired opponents in the semifinals. But when it came to the final it was one way traffic, as the No.2-seeded Petrova was on fire, both off the ground and on serve - she held all seven of her service games and broke the No.1-seeded Wozniacki five times to cruise, 62 61.

Petrova's serve was particularly devastating in Sofia - she finished the week with 24 straight holds of serve (holding her last two service games against Tsvetana Pironkova in their round robin match, all 15 of her service games against Roberta Vinci in the semifinals, then all seven against Wozniacki).

"After my match against Vinci last night I didn't think I'd have enough time to recover, but I did all the right things and woke up feeling good," Petrova said. "I knew this was the last one and that I just had to give everything I had left.

"I had some long matches before this, so I had to keep this one to two sets. I didn't really have so much left in my tank, so I had to play smart and keep the points short. Caroline's a great mover and so consistent, so I mixed it up and kept her guessing so that she didn't know what was coming from my side.

"This is a great accomplishment and a great way to finish the season."

Petrova had already won WTA titles this year at 's-Hertogenbosch and Tokyo [Pan Pacific], making this the second time she has won three or more WTA titles in a season (she won five in 2006). She now has 13 total WTA titles.

The Russian was asked afterwards how her current form compares to her 2006 form, which took her up to No.3 in the world. "I cannot say I'm playing my best right now, but I'm definitely going in the right direction," she said. "I'm trying to bring the good years back right now though. Hopefully with the preparation I'm doing in the off-season for next year, you'll be able to see the old Petrova.

"I would love to play singles in Istanbul next year."

Jan 13th, 2013, 09:03 AM
Nadia & Katarina Conquer Sydney

Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik did not drop a set en route to their second doubles title together.
Published January 12, 2013 11:50
In picking up their second WTA title as a duo in their fifth event at the Apia International Sydney (http://www.wtatennis.com/tournaments/tournamentId/636/title/apia-international-sydney) without dropping a set, Nadia Petrova (http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/6564/title/nadia-petrova) and Katarina Srebotnik (http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/7790/title/katarina-srebotnik) had quite an impressive list of victims.
Petrova and Srebotnik took out former doubles World No.1 Liezel Huber (http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/3447/title/liezel-huber) and Sania Mirza (http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/9471/title/sania-mirza) in the quarterfinals, former French Open (http://www.wtatennis.com/tournaments/tournamentId/838/title/french-open) champions Andrea Hlavackova (http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/3654/title/andrea-hlavackova) and Lucie Hradecka (http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/10157/title/lucie-hradecka) in the semifinals and current doubles World No.2 Sara Errani (http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/10077/title/sara-errani) and No.1 Roberta Vinci (http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/8754/title/roberta-vinci) in the final.
Petrova now has 22 WTA doubles titles to her name, and Srebotnik has 31.
"We're very pleased with our first tournament of the year together," said Petrova, whose previous triumph alongside Srebotnik came at Moscow in 2008. "We had good off-seasons and it's nice that it's already paying off - we played some decent doubles this week and every match has been in straight sets, which means a lot. Now we have our eyes on the big prize."
"This tournament gives us a lot of confidence - it was a test to show us where we're at," Srebotnik said. "It was a tough draw for our first tournament together since committing to the partnership for the year, and every match was very, very difficult, but we played well every match. It shows we're in good form."

Mar 20th, 2014, 03:18 PM

MIAMI, FL, USA - Twenty more players battled through to the second round of the Sony Open Tennis on Wednesday, as the first round of the Premier Mandatory-level tournament came to a close.

The seeds don't come marching in 'til Thursday, but there was plenty of star power on Wednesday, including three former Top 10 players: Nadia Petrova, Kimiko Date-Krumm and Andrea Petkovic.

Petrova, a former World No.3 currently at No.205 after injury and personal struggles over the last year, and a wildcard into this event, was the first to play, grinding past Urszula Radwanska in a two-hour, 32-minute marathon, 75 16 64. The Russian won just one more point in the match - 101 to 100.

So where is Petrova in her comeback? "It's actually a good question," she said. "I don't know. Some people think it's going to be hard to come back, especially from where I am right now. And at this stage of my career it's going to difficult. But on the other hand, with all the experience I have and the knowledge of important moments and when to take the initiative, it can be easier. I think it's 50-50.

"But I'm just taking it match by match. At the moment I'm lacking match play - it's been a long time since I've played a lot of matches in a row. It's as frustrating as it is challenging. But I'm just focusing on my game and the things I need to do out there on the court, and I think I'm going to be fine."