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Old Apr 14th, 2015, 11:20 PM   #451
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Petko was a guest on the No Challenges Remaining podcast again, and it's a really great interview, even more so if you consider when she gave it.

http://nochallengesremaining.podbean...t-one-hundred/

Her segment starts at 1:10.
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Old Apr 16th, 2015, 10:41 PM   #452
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Tight-knit Germany can win Final spot, says Petkovic

Having spent much of the last decade bouncing back and forth between the World Group and World Group II, Germany has finally settled into gear in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

This weekend, the 2014 runners-up take on one of the competition’s powerhouses in the form of Russia in the semifinals in Sochi, knowing that victory would see Germany contest back-to-back Fed Cup Finals for the first time since 1982-83.

And world No. 11 Andrea Petkovic, one of three players in the team to rank in the Top 20 along with No. 14 Angelique Kerber and No. 19 Sabine Lisicki, sees no reason why the German team can’t secure a home Final this year.

“I think the Russians are slightly the favourites, just because they are playing at home and they have a great team. But we also have a great team and we’ve proved that in the past years,” said Petkovic, who has lost just two singles rubbers for her country since 2010.

“I think it was an incredible achievement of ours to have got to the semifinals after a tough loss in the finals last year - we are very proud of that and hopefully we can surf on the positive energy of playing so well [coming into the weekend]. I am really positive about everything and I think we can do some harm. ”

The Germans, indeed, are in fine form. Kerber arrives in Sochi off the back of a title win in Charleston, where she defeated Petkovic in the semifinals, while Petkovic also reached the last four in Miami and Lisicki made the semifinals at Indian Wells.

It is not just the individual talents that have made this German side such a force to be reckoned with though. Captain Barbara Rittner has long nurtured the current crop, emphasising the value of team competition and encouraging her players to play for each other as much as themselves.

“That’s a big part of her legacy I would say,” agreed Petkovic. “She is focussed on building a team. It’s been always the same girls around. We had trouble with injuries but we always try to play with the same team. She expects a lot of commitment from us but she also commits to us. I think that’s been the spirit of our team. We get along great and we speak very openly when things need to be addressed and that has always helped us.”

Rittner, who defeated opposing captain Anastasia Myskina the last time Germany and Russia met in Fed Cup in 2002, is reaping the rewards of a successful team unit that has been many years in the pipeline.

“Barbara started as captain when we were very young. She believed in us and put her faith in us when we were still very young and nobodies,” Petkovic continued, pausing to add: “I mean, we still are nobodies, right? But we were even bigger nobodies back then.

“When we were 16-17, Barbara picked her girls and sent us to Fed Cups to play instead of the veterans that were still around. That showed she has a lot of trust and faith in us and that made us better tennis players. We have our achievements, we’ve played well, won titles, now we try to give back and we all have the same goal.”

This is a team that is desperate to end its long wait for overall glory. Not since 1992 – the last year that Germany won the competition – had the nation reached a Fed Cup Final before losing to Czech Republic in last year’s showpiece match in Prague. Now, they stand on the verge of earning another shot at overall honours. And everyone involved is determined to get there.

“It’s not only Barbara, it’s the whole Fed Cup team – the physios, the doctors, who really spare a lot of time for us and try to make everything work with their private lives to come and support us,” Petkovic said. “We’ve found a good web that has been paying off in the last two years – hopefully it will pay off in Sochi as well.”
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Stuttgart - Nach ihrer kurzfristigen Absage beim WTA-Turnier in Stuttgart will Andrea Petkovic erst einmal ein paar Tage komplett vom Tennis abschalten.

"Solange ich etwas im Oberschenkel spüre, werde ich keinen Schläger in die Hand nehmen", sagte die deutsche Nummer eins. Petkovic hatte ihren Verzicht auf den Porsche Tennis Grand Prix erklärt, weil sie sich bei der Fed-Cup-Niederlage gegen Russland in Sotschi eine Verletzung am linken Oberschenkel zugezogen hatte.

Von einer längeren Pause geht die Darmstädterin aber nicht aus. Nach wie vor plant sie, im Mai die Turniere in Madrid, Rom, Nürnberg und danach die French Open in Paris zu spielen. "Sobald ich wieder fit bin, werde ich die Zeit nutzen, um mich körperlich für die Saison auf Sand in Form zu bringen", sagte die 27-Jährige.

Doch zunächst einmal ist für die Nummer elf der Welt Ruhe angesagt. "Ich bin einfach müde und habe schon die vergangenen Wochen nur mit Schmerzmitteln gespielt", berichtete Petkovic. Auch deshalb habe sie jetzt entschieden, auf Stuttgart schweren Herzens zu verzichten. "Ich habe aus der Vergangenheit gelernt, in der ich so oft verletzt war und oftmals einfach zu viel gewollt habe."

Auch nach ihrer Absage tippt Petkovic in Stuttgart aber auf eine deutsche Siegerin. "Ich denke, dass Angie Kerber gewinnt", sagte Petkovic. "Ich will keinen Druck aufbauen, aber ich habe zuletzt in Charleston und jetzt beim Fed Cup hautnah erlebt, wie gut sie im Moment ist", sagte Petkovic über ihre Freundin.
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Andrea Petkovic hat ihre Balance gefunden und ist auf dem Platz besser als je zuvor. Im "heimspiel!" sprach die Tennisspielerin über ihre Liebe zum Sport, Schmerzmittel und das Alter.
Wenn Andrea Petkovic über Tennis redet, strahlt sie über das ganze Gesicht. Sie grinst, lacht herzlich und erzählt so voller Leidenschaft, dass man als Zuschauer für einen kurzen Augenblick geneigt ist, es selbst einmal versuchen zu wollen. "Ich liebe es, den Ball zu spielen, Gegner zu haben", schwärmte sie am Montagabend im hr-"heimspiel!" und strahlte im Fernsehstudio nicht weniger Souveränität aus, als zuletzt auf dem Platz. "Ich bin gut drauf und das ist für mich das Wichtigste", verriet die 27-Jährige.

Mit diesem Selbstbewusstsein und mehr Lockerheit hat Petkovic zu ihrer Form gefunden und ihr Spiel perfektioniert. "Ich glaube, dass ich das beste Tennis meines Lebens spiele", zeigte die Darmstädterin sich überzeugt. "Ich habe aus den Verletzungen gelernt und mich auch mental verbessert." Sie wisse inzwischen sehr genau, was sie wolle, aber eben auch, was nicht – das habe ihr früher manchmal gefehlt. "Wir haben einen straffen Zeitplan. Da muss man sich auch Pausen gönnen", betonte Petkovic, der eben diese Ruhezeiten einst schwer fielen.

"50 Prozent unter Schmerzmitteln"

Doch aus der Verletzungsmisere der vergangenen Jahre hat sie ihre Schlüsse gezogen. Damals hatte überhartes Training und das Gefühl, immer auch über die Schmerzgrenze hinausgehen zu müssen, zu einem Ermüdungsbruch im Rücken, später dann zu einem Bänder- und Meniskusriss geführt. Inzwischen weiß die Darmstädterin, "dass man früher die Handbremse ziehen muss." Manchmal reicht das aber auch bei einem Profi wie Petkovic nicht. "Ich spiele fünfzig Prozent meiner Matches unter Schmerztabletten", gestand sie. Im Tennis sei das aber nicht ungewöhnlich: "Unsere Saison geht von Januar bis November. Das hält kein Mensch durch, so lange fit zu sein." Vor allem die Länge, aber auch die Intensität eines so langen Tennisjahres hinterließen beim Körper Spuren.

Und dann ist da noch die Sache mit dem Alter. "Ich bin alt für meinen Sport", sagte die 27-Jährige. "Ich merke, dass ich nicht mehr so schnell regeneriere." Trotz des Einsatzes von Schmerzmittel ist sich "Petko" sicher, dass sie inzwischen die Balance gefunden hat und weiß, wann es sich lohnt über eben jenen Schmerzpunkt hinauszugehen. "Wenn es etwas Wichtiges ist, dann geht man über Grenzen", verriet sie. "Aber ich denke, das gehört dazu. Wenn du im Sport etwas erreichen willst, musst du einfach eine toughe Olle sein."

Grand-Slam-Titel als Traum

Diese "toughe Olle" hat sich noch ein großes Ziel gesteckt. "Ein Grand-Slam-Titel ist mein Traum", verriet Petkovic. "Es ist schon möglich, aber es muss sehr viel zusammenkommen." Dennoch hat sie es sich fest vorgenommen. "Das ist mein Traum und da arbeite ich drauf hin", sagte sie noch einmal und wieder huschte ein Lächeln über ihr Gesicht.
http://www.hr-online.de/website/rubr...ument_55244383

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I recorded it, but it was sort of a panel with everybody saying 2 or 3 sentences at a time, so it's really difficult to really cut everything together.

That they wrote her name as "Petkovich" fits my image of the Hesslicher Rundfunk though.
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I recorded it, but it was sort of a panel with everybody saying 2 or 3 sentences at a time, so it's really difficult to really cut everything together.

That they wrote her name as "Petkovich" fits my image of the Hesslicher Rundfunk though.
Ah, now I know why they split it up.
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Ihr Auftaktmatch gewonnen hingegen hat Andrea Petkovic, die nach ihrer verletzungsbedingten Absage in Stuttgart eine äußerst solide Leistung gegen die Italienerin Flavia Pennetta (6:3, 7:5) bot. „Es war ein Erstrundenmatch auf hohem Niveau“, stellte die Darmstädterin dann auch richtigerweise fest. „Ich habe mich gut bewegt und habe taktisch clever gespielt.“ Pennetta ist eine unangenehme Gegnerin vom Schlag Simona Haleps, mit guter Übersicht aber auch genug Power, um kurze Bälle der Gegnerin zum Punktgewinn zu nutzen. Da heißt es mit Konzentration den richtigen Ball zum eigenen Angriff zu wählen. „Ich bin immer auf der Hut gegen sie“, sagte Petkovic, die das letzte Sandplatzmatch der beiden vor zwölf Monaten in Stuttgart verloren hatte. „Wenn du sehr gut spielst, gewinnst du das meistens. Aber du musst sehr gut spielen. Denn wenn sie einmal Blut leckt, dann wird das richtig schwierig.” Obwohl sich Petkovic gegen ihre italienische Gegnerin den „Arsch abrennen“ musste, hat sie laut eigener Aussage die Verletzung, die sie zur Absage in Stuttgart zwang, gut überstanden. „Ich habe vier Tage zu Hause pausiert“, sagte die 27-Jährige im Gespräch mit tennisnet.com. „Dann habe ich ein bisschen angefangen mit Konditionstraining und hier eine sehr gute Trainingswoche gehabt.“
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THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.

Q. How did you feel out there and how nervous were you after just the last few weeks? And injury concerns and all that, how are you?
ANDREA PETKOVIC: I was very nervous, but more actually more nervous with my leg because I didn't know how I will feel. I didn't practice at all for three days, and then I just practiced standing, which was okay. But I think two days ago I played a few points and that was okay, but I didn't move to any dropshots. So I was very nervous today before my match because I didn't know at all how it's going to go. Only thing I do know is I'm playing really well. Sometimes when you have some time off your body just recovers from all the matches, all the stress. And so I knew that I was playing well. Just didn't know how I'm going to move. If you saw the first set, I was still walking like on eggs. I was just trying to find my range. Once I ran to couple of dropshots and I felt fine, then I sort of settle and I started moving better and I started sliding again, which was I think the most important. So I'm really happy with that. Hopefully I can do some more of it tomorrow in practice now that I have the confidence in my leg again. It's not perfect yet, but it's good enough, I guess.

Q. Are you still doing recovery and stuff like that?
ANDREA PETKOVIC: Yeah, yeah. I have my physio with me. Actually, I'm doing treatment every day for two or three hours. I was so lucky I got a Tuesday start. I was praying to everybody, God, Jesus, whatever you believe in, Allah. So I was so lucky because the two days meant so much to me really. On Sunday end I didn't move at all still, so would've been a totally different story. I was very, very lucky. So, yeah, I mean, my physio is doing everything she can and it's getting better day by day, but it's just not perfect yet. But I'm playing well, so, you know. (Hands showing scales.)

Q. How does that work mentally? You said in the beginning maybe you weren't going to test it sliding or chasing dropshots. At some point in the match does it snap and your instincts take over or your body does that, do you say, Okay, this one I'm going to slide? What's the decision-making process?
ANDREA PETKOVIC: It's more of instinct. It's sort of also kind of letting go, because in the beginning I was still -- I was taking myself back. I wasn't intense in my legs. I was just sort of hitting the ball well, but not 100% with my legs just because I didn't trust them. For me, the most difficult part was actually -- because I really like to try everything out in practice and then I know I'm ready and go on to the match. Now for me the difficult part was my team holding me back in practice and trying to make me not run. Because I was nervous if it's going to work and I wanted to try it in practice. Then again, one more day of rest means a lot in a muscle injury. So that was most troubling and confusing part, I guess. But, yeah, then in the second set I think the most important was the two dropshots, when I ran there. Because it happened on a drop is not Nuremberg, so I was really scared on that one. When it went fine, I sort of felt my confidence coming back. More like sort of a flowing thing, not something that is conscious. Yeah, then once I was sliding to my forehand and I was fine, then I felt really good by the end.

Q. Now that you've got the first match out of the way, are you able to treat this as like a Grand Slam where you see yourself going far again, or still cautious?
ANDREA PETKOVIC: I'm still cautious. Also today with Shelby I knew there were not going to be huge rallies, so I was ready for that. The last days in practice my leg was fine for an hour or so and then started cramping up. So I don't know how it's going to go when I play somebody that is not as much of a hard hitter but maybe plays a little more spin, which I will probably have in the second round. Then the rallies will take longer time. So I'm still not putting my expectations too high. You know, I feel like a horse in this thing that wants to run out but I can't because there are -- it's blocking me. I feel like I'm playing really, really well, but it's just too dangerous yet to say anything. I feel like it's not 100% yet. It has been injured, but it's getting better day by day. We'll see. (Laughter.)

Q. How would you describe the clay here from the way it plays, the way it looks, the way it dirties your shoes and socks?
ANDREA PETKOVIC: Well, the funny thing, I think Roland Garros is one of the tournaments that is most dependable on the weather. That's just my feeling. Because it can play really, really fast when it's hot and dry and can be really slow when it's like today. I felt today was super slow. You really had to open up the court in order to play a winner. I played here also and I hit 12 aces, which never happened to me in my life because it was so hot. It was 30 degrees and so dry. I think Roland Garros is really one of the tournaments that's so dependable on the weather. The clay, because there is not too much clay, once it gets dry it can play really fast. When it's like today, it plays slower. It's just, I don't know. It's great. I love it. It's just one of my favorite tournaments. I feel super comfortable every time I step out on the court here.

Q. Since the conditions play a big factor, does your game plan change accordingly or not to that extent?
ANDREA PETKOVIC: Well, kind of. Sometimes. Well, my strings change a lot accordingly. The thing here is that you -- it sort of takes everything that you give it. That's what I really like. If you play fast, it takes your fast past and fast shots. If you play spin, it also takes the topspin. Really favors all type of players. I really love when you can see the difference between the players and you have to work the points and you have to have a certain strategy in order to win matches, to win points. That's my favorite type of tennis, so that's why I probably love it most here. No wind, you know. (Laughter.) Just a few factors that just go my way, I guess.

Q. When did you get here to Paris since you pulled out of your last tournament, and what have you been doing to keep your mind off everything and stay calm before the tournament started?
ANDREA PETKOVIC: Well, I came here on Thursday. Before that I was at home. I didn't do anything. On Thursday I hit 20 minutes, just a few balls from the middle. That went really bad, so just feeling-wise with my leg was still hurting a lot. So I was very upset on Thursday. Friday went a little better. The problem is normally I love Paris, going through the museums and strolling around, but I really had to take care of my leg. I was benched watching Penny Dreadful, if you know that. It's great. You have to check it out.
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