Jan 23, 2009

Nadia Petrova babysits for a day, advances to the fourth round

Looks like Nadia Petrova had lots of fun playing with the kids and walking along the Brighton Beach on day five of the 2009 Australian Open.

In the third-round match yesterday, Petrova advanced when Galina Voskoboeva was forced to retire with a back injury after losing the first set 6-1.

She will face seventh-seeded fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva, who beat Italian Sara Errani 6-4, 6-1. Petrova holds a 5-1 record against her countrywoman.

Petrova's shortened match could be a boon for her, who has been struggling to recover from the meningitis that forced her to withdraw from a tournament in Auckland early this month.
"It is very nice and it is very unexpected because I got ready for a battle out there," Petrova said.
"I really wanted (to win) this match not only because I made the fourth round last year but for proving to myself that after such a hard time that I can still come back and perform at the top level."

"I'm good, quite happy actually. I had a difficult week in Sydney (she lost in the first round). I wasn't strong enough and I really didn't trust my body up there, so I just wanted to test the waters.

"But I'm very happy with my general feeling right now. I feel like every day I'm getting stronger and it's really helping me in my matches."

(Via theage.com.au; Images by Scott Barbour/Clive Brunskill/Getty Images AsiaPac via zimbio.com)

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