Born in Moscow, Russia on June 8, 1982, Nadia is the only child of Viktor Petrov and Nadezda Ilina and how she became interested in tennis proves a fascinating story. Her parents were working full time so they needed help with someone to look after Nadia once she was out of school. Instead of taking her to daycare, Nadia would attend a local tennis club where she would play tennis with other children until her parents came to pick her up.
It was here that the love for the sport evolved. Coming from a family of professional athletes, Nadia was fortunate to be gifted with developing skills at a very early age. Her parents contributed to much of that and also assisted with her physical conditioning in the early years of her career.
At the age of 14, after winning her first ITF junior event, Nadia realized that she wanted to become a professional tennis player. This meant Nadia and her family had to seek for sponsors and a coach to help her achieve her goal.
The following year, Nadia won Junior Roland Garros, reached the finals at Junior U.S. Open and ended the year as the No. 2 junior player in the world (under 18).
By the time Nadia was 16, she played her first WTA Tournament at J&S Cup as a wild card entrant. She also received a wild card for hometown event in Moscow (Kremlin Cup) where she beat a top 20-ranked player for the first time. By the end of 1999, Nadia had already broken into the world’s Top 100.
Since then, she has amassed 27 titles (9 singles, 18 doubles). In singles, Nadia has reached a career high ranking of No. 3 in the World (May 2006) and reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros in 2003 and 2005.
In doubles, she also reached career high ranking of No. 3 in the World and won the season-ending WTA Championships in 2004 with Meghan Shaughnessy.
Although very comfortable on all surfaces, Nadia favors clay court and indoor courts above the rest. She’s an all court player who is very aggressive and should never be underestimated. She’s known to push a player off the court with her powerful baseline strokes. Her biggest asset may possibly be her serve and is considered one of the strongest on the tour.
In 2009, she was the leader in aces on the WTA Tour with a total of 306.
As an accomplished doubles player, Nadia is considered to have diversity in her game.
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2008 – Cincinnati, Québec City
2007 – Paris [Indoors]
2006 – Doha, Amelia Island, Charleston, Berlin, Stuttgart
2005 – Linz
1998 – ITF/Makarska-CRO, ITF/Hvar-CRO, ITF/Dubrovnik-CRO
1997 – ITF/Tbilisi-GEO.
2010 – New Haven
2008 – Eastbourne, Stuttgart
2007 – Amelia Island, Los Angeles
2006 – Moscow, Linz
2005 – Berlin, Bangkok
2004 – Gold Coast
2003 – Linz
2010 – Charleston (w/Huber)
2009 – Charleston, Stuttgart (both w/Mattek-Sands), Moscow (w/Kirilenko)
2008 – Cincinnati (w/Kirilenko), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/King), Moscow (w/Srebotnik)
2006 – Montréal (w/Navratilova)
2004 – Miami, Amelia Island, Berlin, Rome, Los Angeles, New Haven, WTA Championships (all w/Shaughnessy)
2003 – Moscow (w/Shaughnessy)
2002 – Linz (w/Dokic)
2001 – Hertogenbosch (w/Dragomir Ilie), Linz (w/Dokic)
2010 – Sydney (w/Garbin), Indian Wells, Miami (both w/Stosur), US Open(w/Huber)
2008 – Bali (w/Domachowska)
2006 – Dubai (w/Kuznetsova)
2005 – Indian Wells (w/Shaughnessy)
2003 – Rome (w/Dokic), Hertogenbosch (w/Pierce), Leipzig (w/Likhovtseva)
2002 – Moscow, Zürich (both w/Dokic)
2001 – Bol (w/Pisnik), New Haven (w/Dokic).
Russian Fed Cup Team, 2001, 2003, 2006-07, 2009; Russian Olympic Team, 2004.
*2004 – Most Improved Of The Year on the WTA Tour.
*Official Ambassador for Habitat of Humanity.
Personal: Outside of tennis, Nadia occupies her time working on special projects with her business partner. She also plans on starting a new charity of her own, where she can devote more time as well to help others less fortunate. On her free time, she enjoys the beach, movies, reading and spending time with her loved ones.