Venus Williams wins WTA opener in Dubai

Venus Williams wins WTA opener in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Venus Williams posted a straight-set win Monday in first-round play of the WTA's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Pironkova, Cetkovska advance on upsets in Qatar

Pironkova, Cetkovska advance on upsets in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Qualifiers Tsvetana Pironkova and Petra Cetkovska pulled off first-round upsets Monday at the WTA's Qatar Total Open 2014.

Samantha Stosur bounced, Victoria Azarenka advances at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Unheralded American qualifier Victoria Duval upset No. 11 Samantha Stosur and No. 2 Victoria Azarenka breezed to a first-round win Tuesday at the U.S. Open.
Serena Williams rolls through Wimbledon first round

Serena Williams rolls through Wimbledon first round

LONDON, June 25 (UPI) -- No. 1 ranked Serena Williams was in control throughout her first-round match at Wimbledon Tuesday, dropping just four games in advancing.

Jamie Hampton bounces Agnieszka Radwanska in Eastbourne surprise

EASTBOURNE, England, June 18 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland was ushered to a first-round exit by American qualifier Jamie Hampton Tuesday in an Aegon International upset.

Serena Williams advances, Venus Williams falls at French Open

PARIS, May 26 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Serena Williams reeled off a 25th straight win but sister Venus Williams fell in first-round matches Sunday to kick off the French Open.
S. Williams advances to Italian Open third round

S. Williams advances to Italian Open third round

ROME, May 14 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams swept to a second-round win Tuesday at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova move on at Madrid Open

MADRID, May 7 (UPI) -- Defending champion Serena Williams and second-seeded Maria Sharapova each advanced with second-round victories Tuesday at the Madrid Open.

Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska among early Madrid winners

MADRID, May 5 (UPI) -- Defending champ Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska each advanced but Li Na fell Sunday in first-round action at the Madrid Open.

Sharapova reaches German quarterfinals

STUTTGART, Germany, April 25 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova and Li Na, the event's top two seeds, reached the quarterfinals Thursday at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
Petrova advances on tough win WTA event in Germany

Petrova advances on tough win WTA event in Germany

STUTTGART, Germany, April 23 (UPI) -- Eighth-seeded Nadia Petrova toughed out a first-round win Tuesday during play at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Germany.

Sharapova in, Kerber out at Sony Open

MIAMI, March 24 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Maria Sharapova rolled to a win but sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber took a tumble Sunday in third-round play at the Sony Open in Miami.

Sharapova to face Errani at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 13 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova joined the quarterfinals field at the BNP Paribas Open Tuesday with a two-set victory of Lara Arrubarrena-Vecino of Spain.

Azarenka rallies for 3rd-round victory

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 12 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka battled back from a first-set loss to advance and No. 4 seed Angelique Kerber also moved on Monday at Indian Wells.

Azarenka, Kerber move on at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 10 (UPI) -- Defending champ Victoria Azarenka breezed in a second-round match and No. 4 Angelique Kerber also advanced Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open.
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Nadia Petrova
Russian Nadia Petrova hits a shot during her French Open second-round match against fellow Russian Maria Sharpova at Roland Garros in Paris on May 27, 2009. Sharpova defeated Petrova 6-2, 1-6, 8-6. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

Nadezhda Viktorovna Petrova (Надежда Викторовна Петрова; born June 8, 1982 in Moscow, Soviet Union) is a Russian professional tennis player.

Overall, she has won 28 WTA Titles, ten in singles and eighteen in doubles. In singles, Petrova has reached a career high ranking of World No. 3 in May 2006 and has reached the semi-finals of the French Open in 2003 and 2005. In doubles, she won the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in 2004 with Meghann Shaughnessy. As of 29 August 2011 (2011 -08-29), Petrova is ranked World No. 30 in singles and World No. 9 in doubles.

Petrova was born in Moscow. Her parents were both very athletic – her father Viktor was a leading hammer thrower, while her mother Nadezhda Ilyina won a bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the 400 meter relay. Both her parents are still athletics coaches. As a child, Nadia did a lot of travelling around the world with her parents. She eventually settled in Egypt, where she trained with Mohammed Seif and her parents. Petrova states hard courts as her favourite surface, however, she has been most successful on clay courts. She is currently coached by Vladimir Platenik

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