Next loser.... Kim Clijsters ;) :devil: :devil: :p
Davai babe!!!! :kiss: :hearts: :kiss:
Jun 3rd, 2003, 01:34 PM
well done Nadya in making semis :bounce: :D
good luck in semis now :)
go for it girl !!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 3rd, 2003, 01:46 PM
Nadia :worship: ! GOOD LUCK AGAINST KIM!
Jun 3rd, 2003, 01:50 PM
Vamos Nadia :)
Jun 3rd, 2003, 03:28 PM
Go Nadya go!
Jun 4th, 2003, 06:32 PM
I would be supporting u at 2pm tomorrow from Spain!!!
Go babe, win Kim!!!!!!!!!! :)
Jun 4th, 2003, 06:44 PM
Come on Nadia, keep rollin' girl !!! :bounce: :D :bounce:
Jun 4th, 2003, 06:48 PM
good luck Nadia tomorrow :D :D
go for it girl :)
just get that serve going !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 4th, 2003, 07:54 PM
Nadia Petrova: Born to win
by Benjamin Waldbaum
'We knew the Russians were coming. We just didn't know who – and we didn't know when. With no less than 12 players in the WTA Top 100, most of them young, hungry and on their way up the rankings, it was only a matter of time before one of them would break through the ranks and stake a claim for a Grand Slam title.
Unseeded Russian Nadia Petrova has beaten Monica Seles and Jennifer Capriati on a dreamlike run to the semi final. Before her confrontation with No2 seed Kim Clijsters, we take a look at the career of the unheralded 21-year-old who has taken the women's tennis world by storm here at 2003 Roland-Garros.
The top seeded Russians here, Anastasia Myskina (No11), Elena Dementieva (No13) and Elena Bovina (No20) all fell early, so it was left to No22 seed Vera Zvonareva and unseeded Nadia Petrova to fight on. Unexpectedly, the pair pulled off the upsets of the fourth round, defeating Venus Williams and Jennifer Capriati to set up a Russian head-to-head in the quarter final. And it was Petrova who showed the greater nerve and enterprise in that one to progress to the semis and emulate Argentinean Clarisa Fernandez, who also reached the final four unseeded last year.
So just who is this Russian youngster? Not yet 21 (her birthday falls on the day after the women's singles final – a sign perhaps?), Petrova is not in fact a newcomer to the women's circuit. She first turned pro back in 1997, and had worked her way to a creditable 29th place in the world rankings by January 2002, shortly after reaching the semi final of the Gold Coast tournament in Australia. Unfortunately, she was forced to pull out with a pectoralis strain, handing victory to Venus Williams. Worse was to follow. A foot injury picked up in training kept her out of action for the next seven months, and by the end of the year she had plummeted to No111 in the rankings.
Petrova, who lived in Cairo between the ages of 11 and 14, comes from fine sporting stock. Her father is a former hammer thrower and her mother a bronze medallist in the 4 x 400m at the Montreal Olympics. That pedigree is evident in the natural athleticism that is a feature of her game; she has power, stamina and speed. Her exceptional service (she registered 185 km/h on the speed gun against Seles) and thunderous groundstrokes (121 winners so far in five matches) make her a dangerous adversary for the Belgian.
"I'd like to make the quarter finals", she said after her win over Seles, "I hope that can be a breakthrough, a new start for me."
She has exceeded even her own highest expectations then – and can legitimately dream of handing herself the best possible birthday present a day early on Saturday. What she may not realize however, is that she shares her birthday with…Kim Clijsters who turns 20 on Sunday.'