115 Facts About Nadia Petrova

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Nadezhda Viktorovna "Nadia" Petrova is a Russian former professional tennis player.

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From June 2003 to September 2013, Nadia Petrova was continuously ranked inside the top 30, was inside the top 20 for over 500 of them, and spent over 150 weeks ranked inside the top 10.

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Nadia Petrova reached two Grand Slam finals in doubles, doing so at the 2010 US Open with Liezel Huber and the 2012 French Open with Kirilenko.

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Nadia Petrova announced her retirement from professional tennis on 11 January 2017 at the age of 34, due to a multitude of injuries.

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Nadia Petrova's father Viktor was a hammer thrower, while her mother Nadezhda Ilyina won a bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the 400 meter relay.

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Nadia Petrova's father is still an athletics coach, and her mother was an athletics coach until her death in 2013.

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Nadia Petrova eventually settled in Egypt, where she trained with Mohammed Saif and her parents.

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Nadia Petrova is an all-court aggressive player who is capable of hitting winners off both wings, but particularly off her back-hand and which she hits flat and with slice.

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Nadia Petrova received a wildcard for her home event in Moscow, the Kremlin Cup, where she picked up her first top-20 win over Iva Majoli.

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Nadia Petrova reached the fourth round of both French Open and the US Open in 2001 and her ranking hit a high of No 38 during the season.

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Nadia Petrova reached the semifinals of Rosmalen, defeating Elena Dementieva en route but lost to world No 3, Justine Henin, in three sets.

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Nadia Petrova reached the semifinals at Amelia Island, beating second-seeded Serena Williams before losing to Lindsay Davenport.

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Nadia Petrova reached the semifinals of Linz, losing to Elena Bovina in three sets.

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Nadia Petrova reached the semifinals of Philadelphia, losing to Vera Zvonareva.

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Nadia Petrova reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, losing to the eventual champion Serena Williams, in three sets.

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Nadia Petrova's ranking rose to No 9, where she stayed for the next two years before dropping out in May 2007.

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Nadia Petrova finally won her first singles title at the Generali Ladies Linz held in Austria where she beat Patty Schnyder in the final.

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Nadia Petrova ended 2005 ranked world No 9, her first top-10 finish.

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At the Australian Open, Nadia Petrova was seeded sixth and defeated Sophie Ferguson, Martina Muller, Maria Elena Camerin, and Elena Vesnina on her way to her first quarterfinal at the Australian Open.

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Nadia Petrova then began a run that would take her to three titles, winning fifteen straight matches.

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Nadia Petrova next entered the German Open in Berlin, defeating Justine Henin for her fifth career singles title.

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At the Stuttgart, Nadia Petrova won her first tournament title since the German Open in May 2006.

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Nadia Petrova then continued her return to form by reaching the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, losing to Russian Anna Chakvetadze.

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At the Open Gaz de France in Paris, Nadia Petrova picked up her seventh tour title and first of the season by beating Lucie Safarova.

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Nadia Petrova reached the quarterfinals in Key Biscayne, losing to Justine Henin.

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Nadia Petrova then reached the final in Amelia Island, losing to Tatiana Golovin.

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At the LA Championships, Nadia Petrova reached her third final of the year, losing to Ana Ivanovic in straight sets.

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Nadia Petrova finished 2007 ranked No 14, her lowest year-end ranking in five years.

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Nadia Petrova still managed to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open though as the 14th seed with wins over Nicole Pratt, Anne Kremer, and Ekaterina Makarova, all in straight sets.

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At her final warm-up tournament in Istanbul, Nadia Petrova was seeded third and got past Lilia Osterloh in the first and Marta Domachowska in the second round.

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At Wimbledon, Nadia Petrova was 21st seed and was on track after wins over Olga Govortsova and Mara Santangelo.

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Nadia Petrova then pulled off an excellent win over the in-form teenager and 16th seed Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

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Nadia Petrova's ranking improved to world No 17 after the tournament.

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Nadia Petrova then played in Cincinnati, as she did not gain entry into the Olympics because she was not in the top-four ranked Russian players at the time.

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Nadia Petrova was in good form heading into the final Grand Slam tournament of the year at the US Open.

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Nadia Petrova was seeded 19th and beat Olivia Sanchez in the first round and Hsieh Su-wei in the second.

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Nadia Petrova bounced back to good form at the Bali Tennis Classic.

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Nadia Petrova started 2009 playing at the Sydney International, where she was seeded seventh.

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Nadia Petrova was seeded tenth at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

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Nadia Petrova did not play in the Indian Wells, a Premier Mandatory event due to injury.

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Nadia Petrova next headed to Ponte Vedra Beach as the top seed, where she defeated Olga Govortsova, Madison Keys, and Alona Bondarenko.

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Nadia Petrova next went to the Rome Masters as eighth seed, where she had a first-round bye before defeating giant-killer Carla Suarez Navarro.

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Nadia Petrova was seeded 11th at the French Open in Paris, where she had reached the semifinals in 2003 and 2005.

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At the Eastbourne International, Nadia Petrova was seeded seventh and defeated Ana Ivanovic in the first round in three sets.

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Nadia Petrova came back from a double break down in the final set to win.

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Nadia Petrova won her second-round match against Shahar Pe'er, and then came from a set down to beat Gisela Dulko.

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Nadia Petrova lost to Victoria Azarenka in three sets in the fourth round.

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Nadia Petrova began her US Open Series campaign at Stanford, where she was seeded fifth.

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Nadia Petrova then headed to Cincinnati, where she was the defending champion and the tenth seed.

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Nadia Petrova next played in Toronto as the tenth seed, where her poor form continued as she fell again to Maria Sharapova in the first round.

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Nadia Petrova was the 13th seed and defeated Katarina Srebotnik and Julie Coin in the first and second round in straight sets.

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Nadia Petrova then headed to Quebec to defend her title at the Bell Challenge.

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Nadia Petrova was the top seed and advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Carly Gullickson and Madison Brengle in straight sets.

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Nadia Petrova slipped to world No 17 as a result of this bad form.

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Nadia Petrova then participated at China Open, where she was 13th seed.

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Nadia Petrova beat her compatriot Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round and world No 24, Daniela Hantuchova in the second round.

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Nadia Petrova played one of her best matches in 2009 by beating Serena Williams in a thriller three-set match in the third round, despite the fact that Williams was just about to snitch back the world No 1 ranking from Dinara Safina the following week.

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Nadia Petrova then survived another three-setter against Peng Shuai in the quarterfinals.

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Nadia Petrova then competed in the Kremlin Cup as the fifth seed.

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Nadia Petrova defeated Yana Buchina in the first round, but fell to Alona Bondarenko in the second round.

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Nadia Petrova's year started at the Brisbane International in Australia.

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Nadia Petrova followed that with another upset in the fourth round over third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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Nadia Petrova began her clay-court season in Charleston and won her first two matches in straight sets against Vania King and Aleksandra Wozniak, before losing to Wozniacki in the quarterfinals.

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Nadia Petrova was seeded 16th at the Madrid Open, where she beat Elena Vesnina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to advance to the third round.

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Nadia Petrova defeated Zhang Shuai in the first round and the talented Agnes Szavay in the second round.

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Nadia Petrova next played at the Southern California Open in San Diego in her first event of the 2010 US Open Series.

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Nadia Petrova was seeded 18th at the Rogers Cup in Montreal and won a tough opener against Lucie Safarova.

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Nadia Petrova played the final event of the US Open Series at the New Haven Open, where she received a wildcard to play as the eighth seed.

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Nadia Petrova bounced back in singles at the Korea Open in Seoul.

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Nadia Petrova was the 15th seed at the Pan Pacific Open, but fell to Roberta Vinci in the first round.

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Nadia Petrova ended her cooperation with her coach Vladimir Platenik and finished the 2010 season ranked world No 15.

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Nadia Petrova began 2011 by suffering two first round losses at Brisbane and Sydney in the hands of Czechs Petra Kvitova and Zahlavova-Strycova, respectively.

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Nadia Petrova then reached the second round at Paris where she lost to Jelena Dokic after defeating Virginie Razzano in the first round.

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Nadia Petrova then retired against Sabine Lisicki in the second round at Miami after receiving a first-round bye.

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Nadia Petrova then reached the quarterfinals at Strasbourg, losing to Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets.

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At the French Open, Nadia Petrova was the 26th seed and suffered a first round loss to Australian Anastasia Rodionova.

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At Eastbourne, Nadia Petrova lost to seventh seed Samantha Stosur in the first round.

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Nadia Petrova then reached the fourth round at Wimbledon after defeating Vesna Dolonc, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Kateryna Bondarenko.

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Nadia Petrova consequently lost to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.

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Nadia Petrova kicked off her US Open series campaign by winning the inaugural Washington Open.

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Nadia Petrova defeated top seed Shahar Pe'er in the final, winning her tenth career singles title and her first in nearly three years.

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The following week at Cincinnati, Nadia Petrova managed to reach the quarterfinals after defeating Vinci, Ivanovic and Christina McHale.

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The week before the US Open, Nadia Petrova lost to Polona Hercog in the first round at New Haven.

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At the US Open, Nadia Petrova lost to eventual champion Stosur in the third round.

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Nadia Petrova finished the year ranked No 29 in the world, her ninth consecutive top 30 year-end finish.

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Nadia Petrova began the 2012 season playing doubles at the Sydney International.

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Nadia Petrova began the clay-court season at the Family Circle Cup, where she was seeded 13th.

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Nadia Petrova beat Kiki Bertens in the first round, Anabel Medina Garrigues in the second round, and third seed Dominika Cibulkova in the quarterfinals to reach her first semifinal of the year.

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Nadia Petrova then played at the London Summer Olympics, where she was defeated by top seed Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

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Nadia Petrova won her 13th career singles title in Sofia, Bulgaria, defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

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Nadia Petrova began season as the eighth seed at Sydney andhe lost in the first round to Roberta Vinci.

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Nadia Petrova was defeated in the third round by seventh seed Petra Kvitova.

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Nadia Petrova lost in her quarterfinal match to fifth seed and eventual finalist Sara Errani.

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Nadia Petrova was defeated in the fourth round by eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki.

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Nadia Petrova began her clay-court season at the Porsche Grand Prix.

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Nadia Petrova played her final tournament before the French Open at the Italian Open.

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Nadia Petrova suffered a first-round upset at the hands of world No 86, Monica Puig.

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Nadia Petrova only played one grass-court tournament leading up to Wimbledon.

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Nadia Petrova withdrew from the Washington Open due to a hip injury.

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Nadia Petrova withdrew from the Pan Pacific Open, the tournament she won last year, due to her hip injury.

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Nadia Petrova played in her final tournament of the year at the Tour Championships since she and her doubles partner qualified.

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Nadia Petrova ended the year ranked one hundred and two in singles and eight in doubles.

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Nadia Petrova withdrew from the Australian Open due to the death of her mother.

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Nadia Petrova played in her first tournament of the year at Paris.

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Nadia Petrova lost in the second round of qualifying to Dinah Pfizenmaier.

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Nadia Petrova retired during her first-round match against Silvia Soler Espinosa due to a lower right leg injury.

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In Miami, Nadia Petrova got her first WTA singles victory of the season when she beat Urszula Radwanska in the first round.

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Nadia Petrova was defeated in the second by 14th seed Sabine Lisicki.

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Nadia Petrova did not play any more tournaments for the rest of the year.

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Nadia Petrova ended the year ranked 374 in singles and 174 in doubles.

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On 11 January 2017, Nadia Petrova announced her retirement from tennis due to injury struggles.

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Nadia Petrova has had success in doubles, reaching a career-high of No 3 in the doubles rankings.

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Nadia Petrova has 21 doubles titles, eight of them with Meghann Shaughnessy, including the prestigious year-ending WTA Tour Championships in 2004, where they beat Cara Black and Rennae Stubbs in the final.

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Nadia Petrova has victories at the Tier-I events in Moscow, Key Biscayne, Berlin, Rome, and Montreal, all but the Montreal title with Meghann Shaughnessy and the aforementioned other one with Martina Navratilova.

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In 2010, Nadia Petrova partnered with top-10 doubles players Samantha Stosur and Liezel Huber.

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