Andrea Petkovic, (born 9 September 1987 in Tuzla, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) is a professional German tennis player. She is the current German No. 1 and lives in Griesheim near Darmstadt in Germany.
Petkovic reached her career-high singles ranking of World No. 15 on 25 April 2011. She has won 1 WTA title, 8 ITF singles titles and 3 ITF doubles titles. Petkovic became the German national champion in 2007 and 2009. She's currently coached by Petar Popovi? and her father, Zoran Petkovi?.
Early and personal life
Andrea Petkovic was born in Tuzla, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia. At the age of five, Andrea and her parents emigrated to Germany. Andrea Petkovi? first took to the tennis courts when she was six; Her father Zoran Petkovi?, former Yugoslav tennis player and member of the Yugoslavia Davis Cup team, was a coach at a club in Darmstadt at the time. He introduced her to the sport and later became her coach.She was able to finish high school before competing in tennis full-time because Zoran never influenced her into joining the professional circuit.
Apart from tennis, she likes to educate herself by reading; her favourite authors are Goethe and Wilde.Her mother Amira is a dental assistant while her younger sister Anja is a student.Petkovi? graduated from high school in 2006 with an Abitur from the Georg-Büchner-Schule in Darmstadt, a Gymnasium. She has been studying Political science at the Distance University of Hagen since 2008.
Since the beginning of her professional career, she keeps a diary at irregular intervals about her life on the WTA-Tour in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a major German newspaper. Petkovi? obtained German citizenship in 2001. She speaks Serbian, German, English and French. Petkovi? is of Serbian ancestry and was born in present day Bosnia and Herzegovina (then part of SFR Yugoslavia), in a 2009 interview with the WTA she stated how her parents might move to Novi Sad, Serbia, where they have a second home. When asked how German she feels Petkovi? replied that "Obviously I'm German, but I always say my soul is still Serbian. Germans are generally more cool, reserved. I'm very emotional, have lots of fire in my personality. In that sense still feel very close to my heritage. For all that, there is much to appreciate about Germany. I feel like I am part of the 'system' and feel very rooted there."
Early career – 2008
Petkovi? turned professional in 2006 after she finished school, but she had already won 4 ITF titles. She was the winner of the tournaments in Antalya, Podgorica (both in 2004), Davos and Alphen aan den Rijn (both in 2005).
In April 2007, she became a member of the German Fed Cup team. She played her first Grand Slam at the 2007 French Open, where she reached the second round after coming through the qualifying without losing a set and beating Jarmila Groth. There she lost 6–0 2–6 3–6 to later Wimbledon-finalist Marion Bartoli. After this, and having some success on the ITF-Circuit (she won the ITF title in Contrexéville in July 2007), she reached the Top 100 in the WTA-Ranking for the first time. Because of that, she was able to play in the 2007 US Open main draw without having to qualify. She once again reached the second round after beating Audra Cohen. In round two she lost to Lucie Šafá?ová 3–6 3–6.
At the Australian Open in January 2008, in her first round match against Russia's Anna Chakvetadze, she suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in her right knee after only two minutes of play. This prevented her from playing any tournament for almost eight months, which caused her ranking drop down to a lowest level of 465. After the injury, she started playing mostly on the ITF-Circuit again where she could win a tournament in Istanbul in November 2008. She finished the year with a ranking of 315.
In 2009, Petkovi? played her first tournament at the Australian Open due to a protected ranking. She beat fellow German Kathrin Wörle to reach the second round but then lost to Alizé Cornet. She mostly kept on playing ITF tournaments until June with a lot of success, for example she won the US$100,000 tournament in Bucharest, where she defeated Jelena Doki? in the semis, regaining a ranking in the top 100.
In July 2009, Andrea Petkovi? won her first WTA tournament in Bad Gastein losing only one set. In the final, she beat Ioana-Raluca Olaru 6–2, 6–3. On her way to the title, she defeated, amongst others, Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Iveta Benešová. She also played the doubles final in Bad Gastein partnering Tatjana Malek. The following week, Petkovi? reached the semifinal in Istanbul, losing to Lucie Hradecká in 3 tight sets. After those two weeks, she achieved her hitherto career high singles ranking of 52.
For the rest of the year she struggled to repeat her success but had another good tournament at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo where she came through the qualifying and reached the round of last 16. In second round she had her first top 10 win by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 7–5 4–6 6–3. Afterwards she lost to Agnieszka Radwa?ska in three sets.
She played her first tournament in 2010 in Brisbane, Australia, where she reached the semifinal with wins over Iveta Benešová, Vania King and Daniela Hantuchová. She only lost to the later tournament champion Kim Clijsters 4–6 2–6. After that tournament she reached the top 50 of the WTA-Ranking for the first time.
At the Open GDF Suez in Paris, Petkovi? reached the quarterfinals after defeating Katarina Srebotnik and #5 seed Aravane Rezaï, but lost to Elena Dementieva 6–3 4–6 2–6.
At the 2010 French Open she defeated Elena Vesnina of Russia 4–6 6–1 6–4 in the first round. She was beaten 4–6 7–5 6–4 by defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round after missing four match points on her own serve at 6–4 5–4.
Petkovi? was seeded 7th at the 2010 UNICEF Open and advanced to the final with wins over Petra Kvitová, Ana Ivanovi?, Sandra Záhlavová, and Kirsten Flipkens. She lost to Justine Henin in the final 6–3 3–6 4–6.
Petkovi?'s best singles performance in a Grand Slam event came at the 2010 US Open. Her first two matches were three-set upset victories over Nadia Petrova 6–2, 4–6, 7–6 (7–4) and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3–6, 6–3, 7–5. She performed a memorable crowd-pleasing little dance following both triumphs. After she received a third-round walkover due to an injury to Peng Shuai, Petkovi? lost her first career Arthur Ashe Stadium appearance to eventual tournament finalist Vera Zvonareva 1–6 2–6.
Returning to the Brisbane International, Petkovi? improved on her previous-best semifinal appearance by reaching the final, with straight set wins over 8th seeded Alexandra Dulgheru, Jelena Doki?, Jarmila Groth, and 4th seeded Marion Bartoli. In the final she lost to Wimbledon semifinalist Petra Kvitová 1–6 3–6.
Petkovi? was the 30th seed at the 2011 Australian Open. She advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Jill Craybas, Anne Keothavong, injured #3 seed Venus Williams, who retired after one game, and #14 seed Maria Sharapova. She was defeated 2–6 4–6 by finalist Li Na of China in the quarterfinals, her best achievement in a Grand Slam to-date.
Petkovic then played Fed Cup for Germany and helped them to a win over Slovenia with two wins in singles rubbers.Next, Petkovic reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 Open GDF Suez, where she lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a tight three-set match, 6–7(4) 6–2 3–6.
Her next tournament was Dubai, where she defeated fellow German Angelique Kerber in straight sets for the second straight week, but lost to Kaia Kanepi in three sets in the second round.
Petkovic defeated World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki 7–5 3–6 6–3 in the 4th round at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Next, Petkovic faced Jelena Jankovic and defeated her 2–6 6–2 6–3. Her defeat of Wozniacki, the current number one, is the biggest win of her career. In the Semifinals she lost to Maria Sharapova 3–6 6–0 6–2.
At the 2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Petkovic upset #7 seed Jelena Jankovic in three sets to set up a clash with World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. Petkovic would go on to lose to Wozniacki, 6-4 6-1.
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