It has been a turbulent couple of years for former Top 10 competitor Andrea Petkovic. The German competitor took part in an dream week in Charleston, where she defeated Sabine Lisicki, Lucie Safarova, Eugenie Bouchard and Jana Cepelova to lift her third title on the tour and her first since 2011.
After breaking into the Top 10 in 2011, Petkovic suffered from a variety of injuries that would see her ranking plummet to a low of No. 177 last March. She credits her return to her technical developments over the past two years.
“I got technically much better after my injuries,” she said. “You always have to see the good and the bad somehow, and the good thing about my injuries was that I knew I couldn’t rely on my fitness only after all these injuries. I wasn’t able to practice as much as I used to before, so I needed to develop technically, and I needed to develop my game.”
The world No. 40 recalled the lowest point in her career, the 2013 French Open, where she failed to qualify for the event after losing to a player ranked outside the World Top 160. While she was close to calling it a career on several occasions, she persevered through the trials and tribulations and is thankful to reap the benefits of her hard work.
“I think the lowest, lowest, low point was last year at the French Open when I lost second‑round qualis against a girl that was ranked maybe 160, and I played awful, and that’s when I wanted to stop,” Petkovic said. “Although I also wanted to stop after I lost the match against Giorgi in Indian Wells [this year], so I had a lot of these moments where I wanted to stop playing. But somehow I always kept doing what I did, and I kept not believing, but wanting it, I guess.
That’s why I kept working, and I’m very thankful that it paid off in the end.”