Andrea Petković: “I still can’t believe it”
From an article on Tennis Net by Jörg Allmeroth.
On Thursday morning, Andrea Petković was one of the first athletes down to the gym at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai. The Top-10 player from Darmstadt has slowly been getting over her unfortunate loss to the Kazakh Zarina Diyas and is now preparing for the tournament in Doha, the WTA’s second stop in the Persian Gulf.
“I want to stick with it and defend my position at the top [of the rankings] and, if possible, improve it,” Petković told tennisnet.com. In Doha, she’ll again be coached by Dirk Dier. Whether the cooperation between Petković and Dier will continue beyond the current tournaments is still uncertain, but a possibility.
“First of all, I’m incredibly proud that I’m back in the world’s elite,” Petković said. “It was a long, difficult, incredibly bumpy road with many setbacks. But I never, never, never let it get me down.” Petković has suffered several severe injuries in the past years, but returned to the top ten with her victory in Antwerp. Angelique Kerber, Petković’s closest friend on tour, lost her Top-10 position.
Meanwhile, Petković’s exit in Dubai has sparked much discussion on social networks, particularly her reaction to a blatantly bad call during her loss to Diyas.
“It’s going viral,” the Darmstadt native said with a self-deprecating smile, referring to her outburst on Court 1. She even fell to her knees, begging the umpire to take back the call—in vain. “I still can’t believe that that call went against me,” the Fed Cup player said. “It would be better if the best umpires were used on the outer courts, where there is no Hawk-Eye. Then maybe stuff like this wouldn’t happen. But it’s part of the game to accept mistakes like these, even if it’s difficult.”
Petković looked back happily to her victorious tournament in Antwerp. The cancelled final offered her the opportunity to play an exhibition match against former Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters. “She’s still in damn good shape,” Petković said. “It was a ton of fun to play against her.”
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