Nadia Petrova's Moscow Blog
Published October 15, 2006 12:00
MOSCOW, Russia - After taking this year's clay court season by storm, winning three straight titles and subsequently cracking the world's Top 3, she went through a hip injury-induced rough patch, missing the grass court season and struggling to recapture her form during the summer hardcourt season. But last week in Stuttgart, Nadia Petrova reasserted herself as one of the most dangerous players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, winning her fifth title of the year. Although she wasn't able to come away with the Kremlin Cup title, the Russian star made a scintillating run to her sixth final of the year. Catch up with her week at home in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player Blog.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Unfortunately I lost to Anna Chakvetadze today in the final. I was actually a bit concerned after yesterday's match about whether I'd be able to play today, but when I woke up I couldn't feel the injuries as much. My physio worked on me for more than two hours yesterday, and did a great job. But, the tiredness really kicked in today. It has been a long two weeks. My coordination, reaction time and focus weren't so sharp. I wasn't really able to dictate today and take the match into my hands. I was also pretty sore moving around; both legs were wrapped and my pec was killing me, so serving was painful. I just wasn't 100%, and she took advantage. She even mentioned after the match that she was lucky I wasn't playing up to my level. But she is playing so well, and I am so happy for her!
I absolutely did not think two weeks ago I'd do so well at Stuttgart and Moscow. I was really struggling. It was really hard for me to find my form. But I'm really glad now! Last week was just amazing, and this week was also great. I never did so well here but I fought hard and it's amazing what I've done, especially with all these injuries. I just squeezed my teeth together and really went for it. I feel like I did everything I could, and was just a little unlucky in the final.
I'm getting ready to have a nice evening. I'm meeting some friends and we're going to go out and spend some time together. It's very important for me to just relax now and have a few days' rest. I'm going to do some of the things I like to do away from tennis, like going to the Russian sauna, skating, show my team some of Moscow. We're going to do some sightseeing. I'm hoping the weather will be nice because it really is beautiful here.
I'll probably start hitting again on Wednesday or Thursday, and start doing fitness again then as well, to get my body back into shape. I'll also be doing lots of treatment this week because my physio is staying here to take care of me. I hope to be at my best when I start playing again.
Speaking of which, I'm very excited to go back to Linz, where I won my very first title last year. I really like that place. The tournament does such a great job, and it's so nice to see the same faces there every year. The transportation and the organizers are like a part of your family. The city is also beautiful, and the hotel is right next to the river, which is just amazing.
This will be my last blog entry from Moscow, but I definitely want to do this again. I had lots of fun. I enjoy sharing my days with you guys, the fans, and I would be very happy to do it again soon. Hopefully everyone enjoyed it. Next time I'll tell you all more!
Saturday, October 14, 2006
I'm very happy about my match today, it was just amazing. It was tough, but I managed to beat Nicole Vaidisova. My fighting spirit and will really helped me.
After yesterday's match, I was doubtful if I'd be able to play well today. Even in my warm-up there was a bit of pain. My physio did a good job taping my pec but it was still difficult to serve hard, so instead I served with less pace and went for placement a bit more. The first set was good for me. I played smart, and I could tell she was a little tense. She started to play her game in the second set and was moving me around really well, and then I started to feel some pain in my right leg. I couldn't make it all the way to the corners. So, I called for the trainer, and they taped me. Still I lost the set, because it was hard to focus with the pain, but when the painkiller kicked in it was a different story.
In the third set we both wanted to win and we were both very tense; it was very disappointing to let go of the match points in the 5-4 game, and I thought maybe winning this match wasn't meant to be, but I kept fighting. My experience helped me in the tie-break.
As I have been doing all week, there was a lot of treatment and press to do after the match. Right away I did stretching, got something to eat, then did all of my press, TV and radio, and an autograph session too. After that we left and came back here to the hotel, where my physio has been treating me for about two hours. And now I'm doing the blog!
I am very excited about tomorrow. Everything worked out so well today, and this whole week. I'm so proud of myself that I could make the Kremlin Cup final, it's really a dream. I'm looking forward to giving everything I have, and hopefully we'll be able to put in a good show. Hopefully the audience will have fun as well.
People have been mentioning things to me about my blog. I've been getting very positive feedback, not just from people here and in the press conferences, but from my friends who live in other places in the world. I'm hoping you guys are all enjoying it too. I'm having fun doing it.
Tomorrow morning I just want to keep doing what I've been doing all week, eating the same breakfast and doing lots of preparation for the match. I've got to keep this one short today because we're about to head out to dinner - it's quite late. I really want to spend some time out in the fresh air tonight, and I could really go for some seafood right now!