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KatjaS
Oct 17th, 2013, 04:37 PM
January
http://i.imgur.com/ccDc1mg.jpg

Hopman CupRR - Ashleigh Barty def. Andrea Petkovic 4-6 ret (knee)


She injured herself in the first set of tennis of the year at Hopman Cup. Let's not talk about it any further.

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February
http://i.imgur.com/knjM9LH.jpg


Still sidelined by her injury sustained in Perth she travelled to Las Vegas to prepare for the US Open Hard Court tournaments of Indian Wells and Miami.

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March
http://i.imgur.com/BgQT6e2.jpg

BNP Paribas Open - Indian Wells, USAQR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Yulia Putintseva 6-0 6-2
QR2 - Monica Puig def. Andrea Petkovic 7-6 6-3
Sony Open - Miami, USAR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Bojana Jovanovski 6-3 6-1
R2 - Andrea Petkovic def. Marion Bartoli 6-3 4-1 ret.
R3 - Ajla Tomljanovicdef. Andrea Petkovic 0-6 6-3 7-6


She deliberately took only a Q WC into Indian Wells to get some matches done and successfully won her match of her 3rd comeback within 11 months before falling to Monica Puig. In Miami she went for the Main Draw WC instead and it paid off: She got a straightforward win over Jovanovski and was on her way to routining #11 Bartoli when Bartoli suddenly retired 2 games from defeat. In the 3rd round she looked well on her way to her first Quarterfinal of the final when, after serving a bagel in the first set, suddenly the wheels came off and she lost in 3 sets to a player then ranked around #240.


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April
http://i.imgur.com/3l4da3N.jpg

Family Circle Cup - Charleston, USAR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Taylor Townsend 6-3 6-0
R2 - Andrea Petkovic def. Vania King 7-5 6-4
R3 - Caroline Wozniacki def. Andrea Petkovic W/O (thigh)
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix - Stuttgart, GermanyR1 - Ana Ivanovic def. Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-2

April saw relatively little action from Andi. In Charleston (again a MD WC) she won in straight sets against Townsend and King before giving a Walkover to Wozniacki, a result of her new philosophy of being more careful with her body. In late April she took yet another WC, this time into the beloved Stuttgart tournament, where she lost pretty decisively to an in-form Ivanovic.


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May
http://i.imgur.com/TM1VtNi.jpg

Mutua Madrid Open - Madrid, SpainQR1 - Bethanie Mattek-Sands def. Andrea Petkovic 6-3 7-5
French Open - Paris, FranceQR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Nadiya Kichenok 6-4 6-4
QR2 - Yi-Miao Zhou def. Andrea Petkovic 6-7 7-6 6-4

In May she played only 3 matches, losing to Mattek-Sands (who had just had a run to the Stuttgart SF) in the Madrid Q and then losing in the 2nd round of Qualifying for Roland Garros to a player nobody has ever heard of. Probably the lowest point of her season and Andrea later said (in her well-known slightly over-dramatic style) that she contemplated retirement.


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June
http://i.imgur.com/Ondidmg.jpg

ITF MarseilleR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-2 7-5
R2 - Andrea Petkovic def. Mathilde Johansson 6-3 6-4
QF - Andrea Petkovic def. Paula Ormaechea 6-1 6-3
SF - Andrea Petkovic def. Monica Puig 6-0 6-0
F - Andrea Petkovic def. Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-4 6-2
Nürnberger Versicherungscup - Nuremberg, GermanyR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Sofia Arvidsson 6-3 6-2
R2 - Andrea Petkovic def. Julia Görges 6-1 7-5
QF - Andrea Petkovic def. Annika Beck 4-6 6-3 7-5
SF - Andrea Petkovic def. Jelena Jankovic 6-4 6-3
F - Simona Halep def. Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-3
Wimbledon - London, UKR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Pauline Parmentier 6-3 6-2
R2 - Sloane Stephens def. Andrea Petkovic 7-6 2-6 8-6

Instead of retiring she got a late WC into the ITF 100k in Marseille, where she completed a flawless run to the title without dropping a set (even though she played much tougher opposition than in the FO Q), in the process dishing out a double-bagel to Monica Puig. In Nuremberg she continued her success, first easily beating the slumping Arvidsson and Görges before winning a close encounter with another fellow countrywoman, Annika Beck. In the semis she moved past JJ but her dream run of 9 matches in a row with only 1 lost set was stopped by a red-hot Simona Halep who played flawless tennis and won the first of her 4 titles this year. In Wimbledon she breezed past Parmentier before losing a match to Sloane "Witch" "Bibi Bocklos" Stephens that she should never-ever lose. A disputed call derailed her in the first set tiebreak and even though she won the 2nd set she eventually fell victim to Stephen's pushing in the 14th game of the final set.


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July
http://i.imgur.com/pJxwiYj.jpg

NÜRNBERGER Gastein Ladies - Bad Gastein, AustriaR1 - Petra Martic def. Andrea Petkovic 6-7 7-5 6-3
Citi Open - Washington, USAR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Jessica Pegula 6-2 7-5
R2 - Andrea Petkovic def. Mona Barthel 6-2 6-2
QF - Andrea Petkovic def. Paula Ormaechea 4-6 6-1 6-3
SF - Andrea Petkovic def. Alize Cornet 7-5 6-3
F - Magdalena Rybarikova def. Andrea Petkovic 6-4 7-6

Andrea caught a virus in Bad Gastein, causing her loss in the first round here as well as her withdrawal from Baku. Recovered and on another continent she found herself in much better shape, reaching her 2nd WTA final of the year - that she lost in straight sets after going up 4-0 in the first set. It was that kind of match.


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August
http://i.imgur.com/uqS9ySX.jpg

Western & Southern Open - Cincinnati, USA QR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Maria Sanchez 6-0 6-0
QR2 - Andrea Petkovic def. Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-2
R1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Daniela Hantuchova 2-6 6-4 6-1
R2 - Roberta Vinci def. Andrea Perkovic 6-4 6-7 6-3
US Open - New York, USAR1 - Bojana Jovanovski def. Andrea Petkovic 6-2 6-4


Because of her final run in Washington she wasn't able to play Q in Toronto, giving her a week off. In Cincinnati she finally managed to fight her way through qualies (just as she had reached a ranking that didn't require her to play Q anymore) before falling to Top 15-player Vinci in the 2nd round. Looking in good shape she then inexplicably lost in the first round of the US Open to a heavily slumping Jovanovski.


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September
http://i.imgur.com/3BprJH2.jpg

KDB Korea Open - Seoul, KoreaR1 - Francesca Schiavone def. Andrea Petkovic 6-1 2-6 6-4
Toray Pan Pacific Open - Tokyo, JapanR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Elena Vesnina 4-6 7-6 6-4
R2 - Simona Halep def. Andrea Petkovic 7-6 6-3
China Open - Beijing, ChinaR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Victoria Azarenka 6-4 2-6 6-4
R2 - Andrea Petkovic def. Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6 6-4 6-1
R3 - Lucie Safarova def. Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-7 7-6


The Asian month had mixed results for Andrea, a disappointing loss to Schiavone in Korea, another loss to Halep in Tokyo but then a good week in Beijing, where she first beat world #2 Azarenka, then 2-time slam champion Kuznetsova before falling to an extremely well-playing Safarova in the 3rd round in one of the best WTA matches of the year (except for the final set tiebreak, that is..).


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October
http://i.imgur.com/7L4t5ZW.jpg

Generali Ladies - Linz, AustriaR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Yvonne Meusburger 6-3 7-5
R2 - Sloane Stephens def. Andrea Petkovic 7-6 4-6 6-3
BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open - LuxembourgR1 - Andrea Petkovic def. Genie Bouchard 2-6 7-5 6-1
R2 - Karin Knapp def. Andrea Petkovic 7-5 7-5

Another unneccessary loss to Stephens, again after losing a first set that she should have won. In her final tournament of the year, she had to play the promising youngster Genie Bouchard in the first round and after a terrible set and a half rallied (with a little help from Bouchard's jet lag kicking in) to win it from 2-6 1-4* down. In the 2nd round she continued to play terrible and lost to Knapp in what was the last match of the year for her.


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Off-Season
http://i.imgur.com/50SCRcG.jpg

After her well-earned vacation she'll do the first part of her off-season together with Angie Kerber at the Schüttler/Waske-academy again and will then travel to Doha for final preparations. Her coach has hinted that her first tournament in 2014 might be Shenzen.


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Outlook
http://i.imgur.com/Qtn9jWG.jpg


It's looking pretty good. She obviously has no points to defend in the first 2 months of the year and even then only a few until the 2nd week of the French Open (when she won Marseille this year). So she's in a very good position to be seeded at Roland Garros, which would make defending the heavy load of points in the following weeks a lot easier.

Demi_Hedem
Oct 18th, 2013, 02:47 AM
Thanks for the review&outlook! It's awesome:)

kadiHH
Oct 20th, 2013, 08:25 PM
Great review Katja! Sometimes the low points, or those matches that should have been won, are the ones that stick in memory, but when reviewing the entire season, Andi achieved a tremendous comeback. I understand the desire not to dwell on injury, but I have the deepest admiration for her coming back from multiple injuries to the same knee, and being able to conquer the fear of re-injury (that's probably something she has to do every time she steps on court). From a ranking of 143 to 40--such an awesome accomplishment! :worship:

Going forward--I really hope Petko keeps her amazing magical orange shoes, and if she has to sacrifice some racquets with the occasional bashing ritual to appease the tennis gods, so be it! :)

ozza
Oct 23rd, 2013, 01:10 AM
Wow thank you Katja :bowdown:. Thank you for all your work on this forum.

PetkoFan
Oct 25th, 2013, 11:57 AM
Petko is going to play Brisbane first! She said this in an interview in the sport magazine kicker.

KatjaS
Oct 25th, 2013, 12:30 PM
That might be a tight fit to get in directly. Initial last direct acceptance last year was #46 - if you take away her Pune points as of right now Petko would be ranked: #46.

Demi_Hedem
Oct 26th, 2013, 06:24 AM
Briisbane... I just can't understand her choice as always

KatjaS
Oct 26th, 2013, 09:19 AM
Not really sure if that's the best strategy, either. Could you give us a full quote PetkoFan or post a summary in the articles thread?

matthias
Oct 26th, 2013, 02:38 PM
honestly, i would laugh if she has to play Qualies

German girls have no clue how to vulture points
in Shenzhen she would even had a chance to be seeded
2013 the #8 seed was #56

Ziva
Oct 26th, 2013, 03:34 PM
honestly, i would laugh if she has to play Qualies

German girls have no clue how to vulture points
in Shenzhen she would even had a chance to be seeded
2013 the #8 seed was #56

This

~Poseidon~
Oct 26th, 2013, 03:52 PM
I don't know what's the problem. She's searching confrontation with the best players, she has to beat them, if she wants to go back to the top.

Vulturing points is not Petkos style, she's back in position to play those tournaments.

Demi_Hedem
Oct 26th, 2013, 04:22 PM
honestly, i would laugh if she has to play Qualies

German girls have no clue how to vulture points
in Shenzhen she would even had a chance to be seeded
2013 the #8 seed was #56

Maybe we shouldn't blame her. I'm totally confused right now. My friend just asked her coach Popovic about this. According to Popovic,"Shenzhen didn't want to bring Andrea", and he didn't explain more.

KatjaS
Oct 26th, 2013, 04:56 PM
Hmm, so Shenzhen wasn't willing to pay for her appearance? Did he really say it like that? :lol:

ozza
Oct 26th, 2013, 11:37 PM
I wouldn't particularly want to go to Shenzhen if I didn't have to tbh. It means a sizeable trip to Australia the next week, and it's not like it's some soft international. Li is playing (as is Errani), there's no easy points being given out here. If I wanted to play a weaker tournament I'd go to Auckland, which as of now looks a softer field.

I think she should get into Brisbane. It's what? 24 direct entries. At least 10 players ranked above her are already accounted for in Hopman Cup, Auckland and Shenzhen, and I'm sure more will fill out these draws. She'll probably find it tougher to get into Sydney the next week if that's what she's trying to do.

KatjaS
Oct 27th, 2013, 12:01 AM
Yeah, the trip is pretty long to Australia, that's true. I guess rolling the dice and hoping for the best in Brisbane probably will work out, but then she has to plan a tournament for the next week, too, because the danger of meeting a very tough R1 opponent is quite high there and going into the AO with just one competitive match isn't too good.

She basically has no chance of getting into Sydney directly, so I doubt that she'll play there (given how much she struggled in Q this year) - Hobart is a nice option for that week if she wants to play then.

Demi_Hedem
Oct 27th, 2013, 12:40 AM
:I think Auckland would be the best choice. Auckland didn't want her,either?:rolleyes: how much is her appearance worth:tape:

ozza
Oct 27th, 2013, 12:45 AM
Do we actually know if she's just rolling the dice though. She must have a good idea if she's going to get in imo, she will know more than we do. Most players will have planned their start to next year by now, it's just aside from the top players they don't really come public information.

And I assume if that story is really true that's why she would ask for an appearance fee to pay Shenzhen. You have to go out of your way to play Shenzhen, you don't have to go out of your way to play the rest, because you can just spend the month in Australia in the same climate (remember it's winter in Shenzhen and was horrendously cold this year).

Brisbane is a strange tournament. On the face of it, it's a tough draw, but aside from the very top players who enter, the draw tends to be reasonably soft. You just have to hope she gets in one of the softer sections.

matthias
Oct 27th, 2013, 08:01 AM
Yeah, the trip is pretty long to Australia, that's true. I guess rolling the dice and hoping for the best in Brisbane probably will work out, but then she has to plan a tournament for the next week, too, because the danger of meeting a very tough R1 opponent is quite high there and going into the AO with just one competitive match isn't too good.

She basically has no chance of getting into Sydney directly, so I doubt that she'll play there (given how much she struggled in Q this year) - Hobart is a nice option for that week if she wants to play then.

Let's hope for Hobart then
Brisbane and Sydney would be the worst option

KatjaS
Oct 27th, 2013, 09:35 AM
Do we actually know if she's just rolling the dice though. She must have a good idea if she's going to get in imo, she will know more than we do. Most players will have planned their start to next year by now, it's just aside from the top players they don't really come public information.

And I assume if that story is really true that's why she would ask for an appearance fee to pay Shenzhen. You have to go out of your way to play Shenzhen, you don't have to go out of your way to play the rest, because you can just spend the month in Australia in the same climate (remember it's winter in Shenzhen and was horrendously cold this year).

Brisbane is a strange tournament. On the face of it, it's a tough draw, but aside from the very top players who enter, the draw tends to be reasonably soft. You just have to hope she gets in one of the softer sections.

I actually really did ignore the climate. Can't say that I have ever paid attention to Shenzhen, but still that should have been obvious. Looked it up, and while it's not exactly what we know as "winter" it's still a big difference to Australia. But until the entry list is closed it is sort of rolling the dice I think, there still might be quite a few changes. But OK, I have downgraded Brisbane from "stupid choice" to "mediocre choice". :p

ozza
Oct 27th, 2013, 11:49 AM
I think it was single digits for a lot of the week in Shenzhen this year. Not exactly ideal when you are going to be playing in 30+ degrees the next week.

kadiHH
Oct 27th, 2013, 06:36 PM
I think it was single digits for a lot of the week in Shenzhen this year. Not exactly ideal when you are going to be playing in 30+ degrees the next week.

Yikes! Best to get acclimatized to the hot stuff and avoid going from one extreme to the other. Also, the less globe-hopping you do, the better.

KatjaS
Oct 28th, 2013, 09:16 PM
"News": Kerber has said in an interview that she'll definitely do her pre-season with Petko, but they haven't decided yet if they do a camp somewhere ("maybe somewhere warm").

Off-Season is boring. :yawn:

ozza
Oct 28th, 2013, 10:53 PM
"News": Kerber has said in an interview that she'll definitely do her pre-season with Petko, but they haven't decided yet if they do a camp somewhere ("maybe somewhere warm").

Off-Season is boring. :yawn:

It's going to get a whole lot more boring if you are bored already :p!

kadiHH
Oct 29th, 2013, 02:42 AM
Gotta love her absolutely random tweets to break up the boredom. :D

matthias
Nov 1st, 2013, 11:29 PM
I hate Off Season too
Cant wait for xmas = New Season is near

KatjaS
Nov 5th, 2013, 08:46 AM
She seems to be touring Europe right now. Hamburg, Berlin, Stockholm...nice to see that she's using her off season for something different from the usual "sun sun sun" approach. Also going to concerts and tweeting with her journo-besties. :D

KatjaS
Nov 7th, 2013, 07:38 PM
Her ranking over the last 52 weeks:

http://i.imgur.com/VeA7l2wl.png (http://imgur.com/VeA7l2w)

kadiHH
Nov 7th, 2013, 11:40 PM
Her ranking over the last 52 weeks:

http://i.imgur.com/VeA7l2wl.png (http://imgur.com/VeA7l2w)

One of the few charts where going down is actually a good thing :D

KatjaS
Nov 8th, 2013, 12:12 AM
Indeed. And you can really see how crucial those two weeks in Marseille and Nuremberg were for her, from the ashes of Roland Garros back to a good place in 14 days. :D

KatjaS
Nov 10th, 2013, 09:51 AM
She'll start her preparation on Monday. 2014 here we come. :bounce:

KatjaS
Nov 11th, 2013, 10:27 AM
Attempt to show her 2013 by the development of the win/loss ratio:

http://i.imgur.com/cQiQSgtl.png (http://imgur.com/cQiQSgt)

KatjaS
Nov 11th, 2013, 10:53 AM
And the same with "quality points":

A win gets you 100 points + 1-100 points for the ranking of your opponent
A loss loses you 100 points + 1-100 points for the ranking of your opponent

Examples:

Win vs. #100 = +101
Win vs. #40 = +160
Loss vs. #240 = -200
Loss vs. #1 = -101

http://i.imgur.com/A2sWpSGl.png (http://imgur.com/A2sWpSG)

ozza
Nov 11th, 2013, 01:44 PM
I hope she has a year of full fitness this year. Its been too long since she last played a full year. She can get some momentum really going with a year of full health.

matthias
Nov 11th, 2013, 09:27 PM
i hope she gonna have a good offseason, and that she put less pressure on herself and is a bit more relaxed on court again

ozza
Nov 14th, 2013, 09:14 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1459300_10152325561861102_2095274984_n.jpg

Andrea nominated for comeback player of the year.

Lucky_Loser
Nov 14th, 2013, 09:55 PM
Would be great if Andy could win this one, but I think Flavia will take it having reached the Semis of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.

KatjaS
Nov 15th, 2013, 08:13 AM
The WTA has already decided. :oh: The full-size pictures of all the nominees this week have been of the likely winner, Genie as newcomer and Halep as "most improved".

ozza
Nov 15th, 2013, 02:09 PM
Cynic :p. The WTA aren't very subtle.

I think there is a chance Kleybanova could get it though.

matthias
Nov 15th, 2013, 07:00 PM
those awards are not that important
it´s nice she got nominated
but lets face it

Pennetta is a one tournament in her comeback - she sucked before and after the USO run
Petko - it´s nice that she is back to the top50, but it´s not such a huge comeback, it´s nice but not EPIC
Kleybanova - it´s nice to see her back and that she won the fight against cancer, but it´s not that she is already back top30, her comeback is more emotional then a sporty comeback

just my opinion on it

matthias
Nov 15th, 2013, 07:07 PM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=623233

don´t miss to vote in that poll
Petko reached top10 :woohoo:

KatjaS
Nov 16th, 2013, 12:39 PM
those awards are not that important

don´t miss to vote in that poll

:p

matthias
Nov 16th, 2013, 12:42 PM
i want to beat her Trashbine ;)

ozza
Nov 19th, 2013, 04:01 PM
Andrea made it into the main draw of Brisbane comfortably.

KatjaS
Nov 19th, 2013, 04:17 PM
Andrea made it into the main draw of Brisbane comfortably.

:cheer:

Very top-heavy field. I guess signing the world #1, #2 and #4 scares away many players.

ozza
Nov 19th, 2013, 04:26 PM
:cheer:

Very top-heavy field. I guess signing the world #1, #2 and #4 scares away many players.

Especially with the new ranking system. It's not really worth going to a strong premier just to win a match or two if your ranked around 20 in the world.

On this, is wikipedia right? Wikipedia says the points haven't decreased for internationals at all, and only premiers. If so, makes it even more obvious why this would happen.

KatjaS
Nov 19th, 2013, 04:30 PM
Especially with the new ranking system. It's not really worth going to a strong premier just to win a match or two if your ranked around 20 in the world.

On this, is wikipedia right? Wikipedia says the points haven't decreased for internationals at all, and only premiers. If so, makes it even more obvious why this would happen.

As far as I have seen there still isn't official word on the new ranking system, the WTA (of course) still lists the old one on its homepage.

ozza
Nov 19th, 2013, 04:37 PM
As far as I have seen there still isn't official word on the new ranking system, the WTA (of course) still lists the old one on its homepage.

I wonder who edited that points distribution on to wikipedia. It at least looks like someone who knows what they are talking about.

If they really have left international events unchanged, then weak premiers are going to become common place.

KatjaS
Nov 19th, 2013, 04:48 PM
I wonder who edited that points distribution on to wikipedia. It at least looks like someone who knows what they are talking about.

If they really have left international events unchanged, then weak premiers are going to become common place.

Spiceboy does list a change to International points in GM:

W 280
F 180
SF 110
QF 60
2R 30
1R 1

He's usually very well-informed, so for the moment I'd take his word over that of an anonymous wikipedia editor, but with the WTA you never know. It would be weird though.

KatjaS
Nov 21st, 2013, 09:16 AM
Cynic :p. The WTA aren't very subtle.

I think there is a chance Kleybanova could get it though.

Kleybanova actually did win.

ozza
Nov 21st, 2013, 12:10 PM
Not that surprising to me. Petkovic lacked the big score. Pennetta essentially had one notable result. Yes she got her career best at slams result, but she had a pretty comfortable draw to get there, it wasn't like she took out one of the big names and went on a tear.

matthias
Nov 21st, 2013, 12:47 PM
Kleybanova had the sentimental votes on her side

LafandeMary
Nov 22nd, 2013, 09:00 AM
I don't know if that was already known but Petar Popovic wrote on twitter: "Brisbane,AO,Paris...."

Probably Petko's schedule.

To sad that I live in Paris but will be on holidays during the tournament :sad:

KatjaS
Dec 14th, 2013, 07:44 PM
Zitat aus der aktuellen Printausgabe des Tennismagazins:

Als sicher gilt, dass Petkovic Anfang 2014 einen neuen Coach verpflichten wird. Ihr Wunschkandidat war der Schwede Thomas Högstedt, der aber nun mit Caroline Wozniacki arbeitet. Petkovic soll sich deshalb für Eric van Harpen entschieden haben, der schon Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario und Anna Kornikova betreute. Im November absolvierten beide eine erfolgreiche Testwoche - nach den Australian Open könnte die Zusammenarbeit beginnen. Petar Popovic, der Petkovic seit mehr als 3 Jahren trainiert, soll dennoch im Team bleiben. Zu den Veränderungen in ihrem Umfeld wollte sich Petkovic gegenüber Tennismagazin nicht äußern.

- She'll hire a new coach at the beginning of 2014
- Her favorite was Högstedt, who she obviously didn't get
- Rumored to have decided on Eric von Harpen, they did a "successful" trial week in November
- Popovic is supposed to stay on her team
- No comment from her

kadiHH
Dec 14th, 2013, 08:27 PM
- She'll hire a new coach at the beginning of 2014
- Her favorite was Högstedt, who she obviously didn't get
- Rumored to have decided on Eric von Harpen, they did a "successful" trial week in November
- Popovic is supposed to stay on her team
- No comment from her

I'm curious as to how you integrate an old and new coach as well as their approaches to the game. Should be interesting to see the results.

KatjaS
Dec 14th, 2013, 09:16 PM
I'm curious as to how you integrate an old and new coach as well as their approaches to the game. Should be interesting to see the results.

Dito, but with her unwilling to comment it's difficult to say or maybe she hasn't quite figured it out yet herself.

matthias
Dec 14th, 2013, 09:32 PM
I'm curious as to how you integrate an old and new coach as well as their approaches to the game. Should be interesting to see the results.

maybe he can not travel all the time with Petko
Popovic is for sure not as experienced as van Harpen, so he might tell Popovic how to work with Petko when he is not around


just a idea from me :shrug:

KatjaS
Dec 14th, 2013, 09:34 PM
maybe he can not travel all the time with Petko
Popovic is for sure not as experienced as van Harpen, so he might tell Popovic how to work with Petko when he is not around


just a idea from me :shrug:

I don't know, Popovic has been "in charge" for years now, would he suddenly be willing to take "orders" from another coach?

matthias
Dec 14th, 2013, 09:41 PM
maybe he see the chance to learn from van Harpen as well
he is still young and this could help him for his future Tenniscoach career as well


but this is just a idea
how else could he still be part of her team?

we will see, maybe those rumours are not even true :shrug:

KatjaS
Dec 14th, 2013, 09:59 PM
Yeah, she has been atypically quiet this off season anyway. Maybe working a lot on the new setup.

matthias
Dec 14th, 2013, 10:01 PM
Yeah, she has been atypically quiet this off season anyway. Maybe working a lot on the new setup.

i actually like this
better then seeing her with a german C-list guy on her side smiling into every possible TV-Camera and telling how happy she is :oh:

kadiHH
Dec 14th, 2013, 10:12 PM
I don't know, Popovic has been "in charge" for years now, would he suddenly be willing to take "orders" from another coach?

This of course is a concern, but I hope this was addressed before any formal agreement was made. :eek:

maybe he see the chance to learn from van Harpen as well
he is still young and this could help him for his future Tenniscoach career as well




This would be ideal--I guess the big question is are two coaches better than one?

KatjaS
Dec 14th, 2013, 10:28 PM
i actually like this
better then seeing her with a german C-list guy on her side smiling into every possible TV-Camera and telling how happy she is :oh:

Yeah, but that danger never really existed with her, being just "XY's girlfriend". If anything she reduces the guy next to her to a "plus one". :D

This of course is a concern, but I hope this was addressed before any formal agreement was made. :eek:

I trust her to do something like that carefully and well-planned.

~Poseidon~
Dec 15th, 2013, 12:20 PM
This actually comes as a surprise. I thought her team was quite perfect, but seems like she wants to start her (probably) last try to get back to the top with a big change.

RickZ
Dec 15th, 2013, 01:09 PM
Good to see changes in her team. Popovic is a nice guy, but I don't think he can bring more improvements

Carsten
Dec 15th, 2013, 01:20 PM
Good to see changes in her team. Popovic is a nice guy, but I don't think he can bring more improvements

exactly my opinion. I think a more experienced guy can only be positive for her and help her a lot. I was hoping for a change for quite some time now and van Harpen sounds like a good option for her i think :)

matthias
Dec 21st, 2013, 09:41 PM
if she is playing Paris then she need some withdraws
cut-off so far is #41 Knapp

ozza
Jan 4th, 2014, 12:31 PM
Hope everybody had a great Christmas and a happy new year :).

I think the new year looks good for Petko. She should fly up the rankings this early part of the season.

Btw does this forum have an off topic thread of some kind?

KatjaS
Jan 4th, 2014, 12:38 PM
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too. :wavey:

Btw does this forum have an off topic thread of some kind?

Not yet, but you could create one. ;)

kadiHH
Jan 4th, 2014, 08:36 PM
Hope everybody had a great Christmas and a happy new year :).

I think the new year looks good for Petko. She should fly up the rankings this early part of the season.

Btw does this forum have an off topic thread of some kind?

Happy new year! I like your optimism--I would definitely enjoy watching Petko "fly up" anywhere. :)