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Nadia Petrova was born at the 8 June 1982 in the city of the former seat of the Moscow Soviet Union.

Her father Victor Petrov, was one of the best hammer throwers of the world and her mother Nadejda Llina got a bronze medal in Montreal at the Olympic Games at 400 m.

Nadia, began to play tennis with 8 years and in this case one noticed now her talent. At what she shows some also in the case of other events at talent, so it is also what I heard once after that 1,87m highly jumped. Here one would say with regard to that: Not of bad parents"! what applies in her case also to 100 %.

Since her parents accepted a coach job soon on that in Egypt, she transferred the biggest part of her youth there. In addition she spent some years in Poland. But first in Egypt she decided on becoming tennis pro and was trained from now on by Mohamed Seif.

In her time as a junior she showed that she is one of the best since she won several tournaments among other things also the French Open (Roland Garros '98)

 

In Warsaw 1998 she was invited to the first time with 16 on the pro tour. This year she played only in Warsaw and in Moscow, and the year ended as no. 142 of the world. In 1999 the surprise came: In Moscow she eliminated the previous year winner Conchita Martinez and she ended the year as no. 95 of the world ranking list as a number.

 

In the year 2000 she played 15 tournaments and the 4 Grand Slam Tournaments where she won against players as Julie Halard or Maguei Serna. She ended the year as number65. In 2001 Nadia increased herself ended on place 39 and came at Roland Garros and at Wimbledon into the 4th round.