Russia has a successful Olympic history, Elena Dementieva,
Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva won the gold, silver and bronze
medal in singles respectively at the 2008 Beijing Games.
“”The Russian mentality is if you are going to the Olympics
you have got to be winning medals and failure is not
acceptable,” Petrova told Reuters from the Mercury Insurance
Open in Carlsbad California.
“In Fed Cup (the international tennis team competition for
women) we have the same mentality. Russians are a bit hard on
themselves and we have high expectations. We want to achieve a
lot of or goals in our careers.”