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Russian tennis star to play at La Costa

CARLSBAD — Nadia Petrova, Sony Ericsson World Tennis Association Tour star, will play at the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open at the La Costa Resort and Spa, held July 31 to Aug. 8.
Petrova, the 5-foot-10-inch Russian who is ranked No. 20 in the world, is coming off a quarterfinal finish at Roland Garros where she scored a thrilling 6-4, 6-3 fourth-round victory over second seeded Venus Williams.
The Moscow native will be making her eighth career tournament appearance this year at the La Costa Resort and Spa. Her best result here was a quarterfinal finish in 2003 and 2007. Petrova reached her career high singles ranking at No. 3 in the world in 2006.
A strong field for the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open is starting to take shape as Petrova joins fellow Russians Dinara Safina and Svetlana Kuznetsova as well as Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia among the tournament’s early entries, said Raquel Giscafre, Mercury Insurance Open tournament director.
Reserved Grandstand and Box Seat tickets, which cost $10 to $125, are now available online at or through Ticketmaster at Tournament ticket packages are also on sale now and begin at $70.
Special ticket discounts are also available for members of the United States Tennis Association and the La Costa Resort and Spa. For additional ticket information or to purchase tickets by phone, call (760) 930-7032.