Russian tennis player Nadia Petrova is aiming for an Olympics medal but insists she will not be devastated if she failed to win one.
“The Russian mentality is if you’re going to the Olympics you have got to be winning medals and failure is not acceptable,” said Petrova. “Russians are a bit hard on themselves and we have high expectations. We want to achieve a lot of career goals.”
Petrova suspected her country would be upset if they fail to collect a medal in the women’s Olympics tennis event.
“I’m sure something will be said in the press, for them, it’s hard to understand how you went and didn’t win a medal, but they don’t understand the whole picture. I won’t be disappointed if I leave without a medal as long as I give my best effort. For me, life goes on.”
Petrova will represent Russia along with Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva and Maria Kirilenko, with whom she will also play doubles.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2012.