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> Petrova, Nadia
Nadia Petrova - Russia
\5' 10 1/4\"\" (1.78 m)\""
143 lbs. (65 kg)
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Made her pro debut on the ITF circuit in 1996 at age 14, compiling a 2-2 record. Won an ITF tournament in 1997 and went 9-3. Reached four straight ITF finals to start 1998, winning three of them, then debuted on the WTA tour at Warsaw while ranked 270th, defeating No. 74 Sandra Kleinova in the first round. Made her Grand Slam debut at the US Open, reaching the third round of qualifying.
Kicked off a full WTA schedule in 1999, beginning at the Australian Open where she made it through three rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw, losing to No. 12 Dominique Monami in straight sets. Played mainly qualifying rounds and seldom made the main draw until Wimbledon , when she won three qualifiers and then a first-round match, moving up to No. 118 in the world. Also made the second round at Moscow and Leipzig , finishing the year with a 27-14 combined WTA/ITF mark.
Entered the Top 100 for the first time entering the 2000 season, and received a main draw wild card to the Australian Open, making it to the third round with two wins over Top 50 players. Pushed through to the quarterfinals at Miami with an upset win over No. 9 Julie Halard-Decugis in the second round to climb her way to 57th. Reached the second round at Wimbledon by beating No. 29 Elena Dementieva. Reached the second round at the US Open to reach No. 50 in the world and finished her first full year on the WTA circuit at 24-18.
Reached her first tour semifinal in April of 2001 at Amelia Island after a slow start that saw her fall back to 71st. Had her best Grand Slam performance to date at Roland Garros, winning through to the fourth round to climb to 41st. Also made it ot the fourth round of Wimbledon to reach 39th. Cooled off down the stretch to finish with a 25-23 record.
Reached the semifinals of Gold Coast to start 2002, but was felled by an injury and did not return to the circuit until mid-August, by which time she had dropped to No. 149 in the world. Went just 4-5 the rest of the year to finish outside the Top 100.
Entered the 2003 Australian Open ranked 148th, but made it to the third round. Was relegated back to qualifying rounds or main draw wild cards, meaning she often had to win three matches just to get to the main field. An early highlight came at Rome , when she beat No. 12 Monica Seles in the second round, leading to a remarkable run at the French Open. Ranked 76th and unseeded, she beat Seles again in the first round and added wins over No. 7 Jennifer Capriati in the fourth round and No. 21 Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals before losing to No. 2 Kim Clijsters in the semis. The healthy run rocketed her up to a career-best No. 30, and she followed it with a trip to the ‘S-Hertogenbosch semifinals and the third round at Wimbledon to reach No. 25. Excelled in the US Open Series, reaching the quarterfinals at San Diego and third round at the Rogers Cup to enter the Top 20. A fourth-round appearance at the US Open moved her up to No. 15, and she reached even higher with her first final appearance, which came at Linz , and another semifinal at Philadelphia , ending the breakout year with a 45-23 mark.
Started 2004 by reaching the Gold Coast final, then raced to the Miami semifinals to join the Top 10 for the first time at No. 9. Reached the Amelia Island semifinals to rise to No. 7, then fell back from sixth to 12th when she fell in the third round of the French Open. Reached the fourth round at Wimbledon , then the quarterfinals at the US Open, upsetting No. 1 Justine Henin in the fourth round. Ended the season 40-25, right outside the Top 10.
Tread water for the first five months of 2005 before reaching the Berlin final and moving back into the Top 10 at No. 9. Had another strong run at the French Open, reaching the semifinals before losing to Henin. Followed that up by reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals, losing to No. 2 Maria Sharapova and made it three straight Grand Slam final eight or better performances by also reaching the quarterfinals at the US Open, again falling to Sharapova. Reached her second final of the year, losing at Bangkok , and she followed it up with her first WTA title, winning Linz over No. 9 Patty Schnyder. This helped qualify her for the Tour Championships where she went 1-2, defeating Sharapova but losing to Schnyder and Lindsay Davenport, ending the season 56-22.
Made it four straight Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances by reaching the final eight at the Australian Open in early 2006, again losing to Sharapova. Won Doha a month later, then Amelia Island and Charleston to rise to No. 5 in the world. Kept the good times rolling on clay by winning Berlin over Henin to jump to No. 3 entering the French Open, only to be upset in the first round. An injury kept her out through Wimbledon, and she returned at San Diego, and was upset again in the first round – something that also happened at Los Angeles, Montreal and New Haven before she somewhat righted the ship and reached the third round at the US Open. After falling to No. 7, she bounced back to win Berlin and reach the finals at Moscow and Linz to regain No. 5. She neded the year by going 1-2 at the Tour Championships to finish 48-19.
Won Paris in Februray of 2007 but was overall inconsistent, dropping out of the Top 10 after being eliminated in the Berlin quarterfinals. Lost in the first round of Roland Garros for the second straight year, but got back in the Top 10 with trips to the Eastbourne semifinals and the Wimbledon fourth round. Finished the year 38-19.
Lost her first match in six of her first eight tournaments in 2008, falling to No. 28. She bounced back to reach the Eastbourne final and the Wimbledon quarterfinals to climb back to No. 17, then won Cincinnati and Quebec City to finish the season 47-24.
Rejoined the Top 10 after reaching the Australian Open fourth round in January of 2009. Did not reach a final the entire year and finished 30-21.
Made it back to the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2010, losing to Henin. Reached four straight clay court quarterfinals, including the French Open, featuring an upset win over No. 2 Venus Williams. Reached the final at New Haven and finished 32-19.
Struggled throughout the first half of 2011, falling to 37th after back-to-back first round exits at Roland Garros and Eastbourne . Bounced back to make the fourth round at Wimbledon, the won Washington D.C. over Shahar Peer. Ended the season with a 25-21 mark.
Started slowly again in 2012 before winning ‘S-Hetogenbosch. Made it to the fourth round of the US Open to climb back inside the Top 20, then won Tokyo with victories over three top 10 players, including No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska in the final. Concluded the season with another title, this one at Sofia , to finish the campaign 39-19, her best record since 2007.
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