Pavlyuchenkova: Snowboarding would be my Olympic dream

by: Matt Cronin February 12, 2014

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Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who has been watching the Sochi Olympics, says if she wasn't a tennis player, she might be a snowboarder.

“Probably a snowboarder. My brother [Aleksandr], who is also my coach, gave me a snowboard a couple of years ago,” she told ESPN. “I tried it indoors in Moscow and managed to go down the hill, which was very steep. There was lots of falling and my back ached after. I haven't done it again. Tennis and snowboarding don't go together."

The world No. 21, who beat three Top 10-ranked players to win the Paris Indoors, said she doesn't want to set a ranking goal this season.

“Let's see how the season plays out,” she said. “I still have to do a lot of work to keep improving. To be honest, I'm a perfectionist. I want to improve every aspect of my game because I can't say I'm perfect in any area."

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