Though tired and fatigued, Andrea Petkovic is ready to end the season on a high note, as she prepares to take part in the Fed Cup final for her native Germany.
The 27-year-old has been through a turbulent period over the past few months, and while she refused to delve into the details, she admitted that her title win in Sofia at the Tournament of Champions was a crucial confidence boost.
“I had a couple of tough weeks and I was very down,” said Petkovic. “Coming in [to this Final] with a win [in Sofia] is just so reassuring for me and I feel much more confident in myself. I am a little tired but I think once I go out there I won’t feel anything anymore. Having this confidence is really gold.”
Petkovic will take part in the singles rubbers alongside German No. 1 Angelique Kerber, and will face Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova from the formidable Czech team. This is Germany’s first Fed Cup final in 22 years and Petkovic was a pivotal part of that achievement.
“It’s a very emotional thing for us,” said Petkovic. “I think we are all very tired. It’s been a long season. We obviously had to fly in the middle of the season to Australia for Fed Cup but being here makes up for it. There were some times where I was really tired but being here in the Fed Cup Final is just so special and just so meaningful.”
“It’s very emotional and it’s very nice to share this very special moment with the girls that I grew up with.”