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Nadia Petrova

Nadia Petrova ( born June 8, 1982, Moscow, Russia) is a professional tennis player from Russia. She turned professional and entered the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) top 100 in 1999. She entered the top 50 in 2000 and ended 2003 in the top 20.
Petrova won her first singles title in October 2005 and her second at Doha in 2006. On April 17, 2006, Petrova entered the top 5 in the world for the first time, one day after claiming her first Tier I title in Charleston. On May 15, she achieved a career high ranking of No. 3. Petrova has won eleven doubles titles, including the WTA Tour Championships in 2004. Petrova's father Victor was a leading hammer thrower, while her mother Nadezhda Ilyina won a bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the 400 meter relay.
Petrova began playing on the Women's Tennis Association tour in 1998. She gained substantial attention when she defeated then World No. 1 Justine Henin Hardenne in the fourth round of the 2004 US Open. On May 30, 2006, Petrova was defeated in the first round of the French Open by Akiko Morigami 6-2, 6-2. This was considered a major upset that may have been caused by an ankle injury Petrova suffered during training shortly before the tournament. She then withdrew from Wimbledon and did not win a match in the U.S. Open Series, going 0-3. At the 2006 U.S. Open, Petrova was upset in the third round by the 27th seeded Tatiana Golovin. At the Tier II tournament in Stuttgart, Petrova defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in a semifinal 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 before defeating Golovin 6-3, 7-6(4) in the final. This was Petrova's first tournament title since the Tier I German Open in May 2006 and resulted in her ranking returning to the top 5. Petrova then continued her return to form by reaching the final of the Kremlin Cup, a Tier I tournament in Moscow, by defeating Czech Nicole Vaidisova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(3). In the final, Petrova was beaten by another Russian, Anna Chakvetadze 6-4, 6-4. After a week off to recover from minor injuries, Petrova played in the Tier II tournament in Linz where she was the defending champion. As the second seed, Petrova dropped just nine games in her three matches to reach the final. Petrova received a bye into the second round where she defeated Israel's Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-1. Petrova then defeated Samantha Stosur 6-1, 6-3 and fourth seeded Nicole Vaidisova 6-1, 6-2. Petrova lost to top seeded Maria Sharapova 7-5, 6-2 in the final.
At the WTA Tour Championships in Madrid in November 2006, Petrova lost two of her three round robin matches and failed to advance to the semifinals. Her lone victory was over top ranked Amélie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-2. Petrova will be teaming with Dmitry Tursunov to represent Russia as the top seeds in the 2007 Hopman Cup, an exhibition in Perth, Australia that runs from December 30, 2006, through January 5, 2007.

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