Tennis - "Like a little dog": Petkovic comeback fever
The decision in tennis career is to doubt now irrefutable: Andrea Petkovic takes after three serious injury within twelve months again a new start. Not least because they necessarily want to go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Andrea Petkovic is already on par with Wimbledon champion Serena Williams. At least on this gray winter day in the presidential room walker Waske University in Offenbach. But while the great Serena on the poster on the wall is quite monotonous, therefore, Petkovic looks alive as best days.
"I give myself all the time"
The 25-year-old laughs a lot. The anticipation of the third comeback after the third serious injury since January 2012, is "Petko" noted every second. The rehab frustration and the "indirect" thought about quitting - forget everything. "I know that a lot in me," Petkovic said before her departure training camp in San Diego.
But the former top-ten player also says that she does not want to put pressure on. In early March Petkovic has the hard court tournament in Indian Wells in the qualification. "I give myself all the time," said the world number-176. And somehow take her from now. Patience is the motto for the once chronically impatient: "I know that it will probably require the same time that I was out to playfully get back to where I once was."
The career in question
Petkovic was nominally times the number nine in the world. End of 2011, the year she became the most consistent player in Grand Slam of the season, she danced with the "Petko" dance into the hearts of tennis fans. The rise was halted abruptly: Only the serious back injury in January 2012, four months after tearing the ligaments in the ankle, four weeks ago, was the meniscus repaired. Bitter setbacks for a for which it was initially only one direction: up steep.
No wonder that even in the darkest hours Petkovic asked to continue their career in question. "I kept having thoughts like.? Bring the something, you can do so many other things you going to be as good as previously These were all ideas that have led to that I was thinking, maybe I let 'it easy "told the gifted ones much hand-school graduate and remote student.
Petkovic but ultimately felt that the chapter tennis is not yet finished for them. Not least because the Hessian could really struggle through in the search for an alternative job to do: "That was a sign that the tennis history is not yet." And then there's also still the heart's desire to participate in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro in the Olympic Games.
"Developed in the speed of light"
Petkovic makes no secret that her rehabilitation phases are especially demanded everything mentally. A bundle of energy like her, driven by ambition. "I'm like a little dog, do I see a ball, run after I want That was not in the time that was also the first time in my life that I am not really feel like had to start the day.." reported Petkovic. Through sports withdrawal she felt bad, irritated by their fellow men. As "Petko" sweat then allowed, "I felt right back super".
Curiously, it speaks of "personally most important year of my life" when she looks back on the epidemic season 2012: "I have developed into human light speed ahead." She is again moved closer to friends and family who are no longer resistant to advice.
Meanwhile Petkovic has discovered humility beside a never before experienced impartiality. She enjoys tennis. Since a few days should the avowed follower of the Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt again take batting practice. On weekends is at a complete analysis of the knee with Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt in Munich. Participation in the Fed Cup match in France they had to cancel because of Blessur however.
After the first training camp in San Diego, a second followed in Las Vegas. There probably will drop by Steffi Graf. "That would be really great," says "Petko", shouldering her racquet bag and says goodbye with confidence towards comeback. "Wall Decorations" Serena Williams remains. Also, the American will be looking forward to the new Andrea Petkovic.