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pierce0415
Oct 25th, 2005, 10:52 PM
Petrova coup for ASB Classic

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Oct 26, 2005
By Alan Granville
The ASB Classic has Peter Jackson to thank for bringing one of the world's top players to the Auckland tournament in 2006.

Russian world number 10 Nadia Petrova has confirmed she will play in next year's event, and it's all down to her love of the Lord of the Rings movies.

"It really influenced my decision. Since I saw that movie I have always wanted to go to New Zealand. Next year will be a good opportunity to see the country," said Petrova.

It is only the second time that the ASB Classic has persuaded a top 10 player to come to Auckland - the last was Anke Huber in 1997.

It's certainly a big coup after the relative disappointment of this year's number one seed Amy Frazier, who was ranked 26 at the time of the tournament.

Petrova, 23, is one of the world's most consistent players, with a semifinal appearance at Roland Garros and a place in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2005, but amazingly she is yet to win a WTA singles title.

"This year has been a lot better for me than last season. I have done a good step forward and I been consistent in the Grand Slams. Almost every tournament I reached at least the quarterfinals. I feel it's been a good foundation for next year."

Another factor in her decision to come to Auckland was tournament director Richard Palmer.

He distributed information packs on the ASB Classic and New Zealand to players at this year's US Open.

"I remember meeting him and thinking 'yes, I would like to go to New Zealand'. I had in my mind that I would like to go at least once there."

Palmer was delighted to get Petrova's signature for next season.

"It's wonderful that a player of Petorva's class is coming to the ASB Classic for the first time. It's a coup to get her here. She's certainly got the ability to win titles. We are obviously hoping that Auckland will be the first of many," said Palmer.

Petrova, who cites Steffi Graf as her main influence, has beaten some of the world's top players including Jennifer Capriati, Serena Williams and Monica Seles.

But she singles out Lindsay Davenport as her toughest opponent.

"It's really hard for me to find any rhythm against her. Her shots come really hard and deep into the court."

Petrova is also a doubles expert with 11 titles to her name and comes with a rich sports heritage - her father was a top hammer thrower while her mum took bronze in the 400 metres relay at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

The ASB Classic will begin on January 2, with coverage on TV ONE

pierce0415
Oct 25th, 2005, 10:56 PM
The first week of the 2006 season:

Venus, Serena, Lindsay and Kim in Hong Kong
Sveta, Anna-Lena, Ana, Michaella, Shuai in Hopman Cup
Masha as the big coup for Tier III Gold Coast
Nadia as the big coup for Tier IV Auckland

Amelie is supposedly committed somewhere but don't know where
Sania has been rumoured to be in Hong Kong as well

Elena D, Mary, Patty, Justine not committed :confused:

Mana
Oct 25th, 2005, 10:56 PM
I will be there in the stands cheering you on Nadia! This is one of the happest days of my life. You are going to love New Zealand.

LeRoy.
Oct 25th, 2005, 10:57 PM
she already gave up hopes of winning Linz :o

Mana
Oct 25th, 2005, 10:58 PM
I was at the naming of her at the ASB Bank in Auckland and the was on live cable feed from Linz, she spoke so well:kiss: There was also some people saying that she was going to play doubles with Leanne Baker!!! Watch this space!!!

Epigone
Oct 25th, 2005, 11:04 PM
Hopefully Nadia can make it through the tournament injury free, which is something that she couldn't seem to do at the Gold Coast :crying2:

I don't mind her playing in New Zealand because I can't go to the Gold Coast next year, but I hope she will return in 2007 :dance:

controlfreak
Oct 25th, 2005, 11:04 PM
Amelie is supposedly committed somewhere but don't know where


I can confirm: Amelie has been committed :tape: :devil:

Mana
Oct 25th, 2005, 11:12 PM
Hopefully Nadia can make it through the tournament injury free, which is something that she couldn't seem to do at the Gold Coast :crying2:

I don't mind her playing in New Zealand because I can't go to the Gold Coast next year, but I hope she will return in 2007 :dance:

I'm going to take like 10000000000 pics of her and post them in PPP for you guys :wavey: !

No Name Face
Oct 25th, 2005, 11:15 PM
she'd better win here...if she doesn't, she'll be a virgin* forever......


































*to winning titles

-Sonic-
Oct 25th, 2005, 11:16 PM
da-da-DAAAAAAA............

jonny84
Oct 25th, 2005, 11:23 PM
:yeah: If Nadia is the top seed - then fingers crossed this is her first of many titles.

pierce0415
Oct 25th, 2005, 11:24 PM
Bartoli, Danilidou and Srebotnik are also committed

Mana
Oct 25th, 2005, 11:27 PM
Bartoli, Danilidou and Srebotnik are also committed

Yes and Jill will come too. Amy should show up. I have a feeling that Franny S or Elena L might show up.

iPatty
Oct 25th, 2005, 11:41 PM
Go Nadi! Although I have a feeling your first title will come this year :cool:

Almalyk
Oct 26th, 2005, 12:32 AM
I am excited! I will be there too Mana!

georgekuo1017
Oct 26th, 2005, 12:40 AM
Go~!

TennisPlayingFox
Oct 26th, 2005, 12:53 AM
Good luck Nadia!

Mana
Oct 26th, 2005, 01:26 AM
I am excited! I will be there too Mana!
It's going to be a great tourney!! I just heard that Myskina might come too...but isnt she somewear else?

Almalyk
Oct 26th, 2005, 01:34 AM
It's going to be a great tourney!! I just heard that Myskina might come too...but isnt she somewear else?

OMG! If Myskina comes - i will drop dead with excitement on the spot! Where did you hear that? I'd love her to come!

TF Chipmunk
Oct 26th, 2005, 02:14 AM
Nikki better not come :fiery: :p

lucashg
Oct 26th, 2005, 02:21 AM
If Myskina and Vaidisova show up in Auckland, I'm guessing Petrova will not win it. I hope she does, though. Good that she likes LOTR :p

Err, just saw that there's a tournament (apparently important one) in Hong Kong early next year. Nice!

SilK
Oct 26th, 2005, 02:22 AM
Nadia won't win it.... he problem is mental!

Mana
Oct 26th, 2005, 08:26 AM
OMG! If Myskina comes - i will drop dead with excitement on the spot! Where did you hear that? I'd love her to come!

Well when I was at the ASB Bank, people were saying that another player inside the top 25 was almost confirmed, and when asked about Myskina, he just said we will have to wait and see. But he gave us a big hint that she was a very well known player, even in NZ and that she is prob more well known than Nadia. When they announced that Nadia was coming, my knees went like jelly. I have been walking around all day with this smile on my face as big as China! :D

Foot's Fingers
Oct 26th, 2005, 08:33 AM
ohhoho, better to win Linz now...than Philty, than YES ;)

tournament where she is not top favourite

Sharapova's_Boy
Oct 26th, 2005, 08:40 AM
Nikki better not come :fiery: :p

Nikki is playing on the Gold Coast. ;)

Mana
Oct 26th, 2005, 08:43 AM
Nikki is playing on the Gold Coast. ;)

Isn't she playing in Hong Kong?

Sharapova's_Boy
Oct 26th, 2005, 08:46 AM
Isn't she playing in Hong Kong?

Oh, well I read an article saying Maria and Nikki will both be playing on the Gold Coast.

I hope Nikki doesn't play here, it'd be great to see Nadya win. :hearts:

waratahsrock
Oct 26th, 2005, 08:48 AM
I'm going to take like 10000000000 pics of her and post them in PPP for you guys :wavey: !

You Champion! Make sure you get some pics of Erakovic aswell!

Mana
Oct 26th, 2005, 08:58 AM
You Champion! Make sure you get some pics of Erakovic aswell!

For sure, and Leanne Baker.

Mana
Oct 26th, 2005, 08:59 AM
It's this sort of news that helps me recover from the NPC final:sad:.

rrfnpump
Oct 26th, 2005, 09:00 AM
Nadia :eek:
she likes LOTR and wants to see New Zealand :D
nothing wrong with playing in a Tier IV

win this Nadia :kiss:
and I am looking forward to your report and your pics, Mana :) :worship:

waratahsrock
Oct 26th, 2005, 09:02 AM
It's this sort of news that helps me recover from the NPC final:sad:.

Exactly, forget the NPC final - ya beat Canty TWICE in one season :worship: .

Back to tennis, Did they say when they'll announce the other big signing?

Mana
Oct 26th, 2005, 09:15 AM
Exactly, forget the NPC final - ya beat Canty TWICE in one season :worship: .

Back to tennis, Did they say when they'll announce the other big signing?

In the next two or three weeks. Hope it's not anyoe too good :devil:

~|Naomi|~
Oct 26th, 2005, 09:43 AM
Oh, well I read an article saying Maria and Nikki will both be playing on the Gold Coast.

I hope Nikki doesn't play here, it'd be great to see Nadya win. :hearts:

I'm pretty sure Nicole is coming to the GC:bounce:

Bubba08
Oct 26th, 2005, 09:59 AM
I don' t know why but I don't see Nadia win this time :rolleyes:
She says that she wants to come because of the Lord of the rings, so if she would have watched Kill Bill she would have played in Hong-Kong :lol: