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Old Jun 22nd, 2015, 10:32 AM   #466
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Sportgespräch - "Meistens stehe ich mir selbst im Weg"

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(June 24, 2015) EASTBOURNE, England – People often ask me why I prefer to follow the Women’s Tour. In fact just this week a colleague from Tennis Panorama wanted to know why I had missed Queen’s. I preferred to freeze my socks off in my old university city of Birmingham and watch the first of two weeks of Premier competition before Wimbledon.

Alas, I arrived too late to catch one of the more enduring characters of the tour Andrea Petkovic who lost to one of many of the strong Czechs who can really play on grass, losing to feisty teen Katerina Siniakova. However she redressed the balance in some style against another of the tour’s young stars Caroline Garcia.

“Well they play so flat and she played well. I didn’t play too bad, as I said I was a little insecure on the first match on grass. It’s not like on clay, I just need my time, and once we were in the tiebreaker I was ‘oh first match n grass, third set tiebreaker, what’s gonna happen?’ and it was over in a blink already.

“But well, you know now I played really well today so hopefully I can build on that.”

So exactly what is the issue with the stuff?

Petkovic explained her theories on the subject: “The thing with grass, I’ve figured now over the years, I think the first match that you play on grass is very determinate about your future on grass, and mine was kinda traumatic.

“So always in the beginning when I was still young and I wasn’t able to put things into perspective, I always told myself, ‘you’re bad on grass’ because one match that I played, I was bad on grass. Now that I’m a little older, I know that I’m not as natural on grass as I am on clay. The moment I step on clay I feel very comfortable, I know how to move, how to slide, because I grew up on it. It’s quite normal, right?

“And the moment I step on grass I feel a little off, I don’t know how to move and it takes me time. It’s not that I play bad on grass, it just takes me much more time than on other surfaces.”

With this being the first season where grass has now been extended to make the entire season five weeks long, it was curious to see that Petkovic’s grass tally throughout her career coming into this match was dead even at 11/11. She had a great run at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 2010 but the two terrible years of almost career threatening injuries gave the German a new perspective.

She explained: “When you’re young and you’re going through normal youth, you don’t normally deal with stuff, right? Just I have to do homework, parents are annoying, parents are bothering you, they won’t let you go to a party, whatever.”

Petkovic came to tennis comparatively late, turning pro at 19 and she continued: “That’s the thing that you have to deal with and all of a sudden, as a tennis player You’re there, there are hundreds of people watching you, you feel the expectation of the media, you feel the pressure and all of a sudden you have to deal with pressure at such a young age and it takes a lot of energy.

“I was drained after matches, even if I won 6-2 6-2, I wanted it so much and I was expecting so much and everybody was watching me and if I lost what would people say and what would people think, which is what I think is quite natural for young people to care more about what other people say about you.”

Her injuries came right at the peak of her career. She had reached the Top 10 but the injuries started to rack up. She struggled with a right knee injury for the tail end of the 2011 season before the really bad luck hit, with a lower back injury that made her miss the Australian Open through to the spring hard court swing. On her return in Stuttgart, a home tournament that means a great deal to her, she injured her ankle, resulting in another four months off the tour, and another knee injury saw her miss the first two months of 2013 (including the Australian Open again). She rose from 177 in March of that year to finishing the year ranked No. 39.

She explains: “Obviously when you’re a little older, you’ve gone through stuff, you had sickness in the family, whatever, you know stuff you really have to deal with, not some stupid pressure because you care about what people think. And I think changes us older players and players who’ve gone through injury and for me I was quite unlucky where I was out for two years almost on the height of my career when I was Top 10, and I was playing really well. And then I came back and all these new young players were there now and I had to deal with double the competition all of the sudden after being absent for two years.

“So I’ve just grown as a person and I’m not taking anything for granted anymore. I’m not taking the wins for granted and I’m not taking the losses as bad, and I think that’s a better balance, just in general.

“I hope, but you never know, there is one loss and you still go depressive on yourself and watch sad French movies and cry yourself to sleep (laughs).”

For a player that loves the clay (and not in the sense of using it to make unpopular relatives ashtrays as gifts), it was a crying shame this year that her clay court season was marred once more with injury and then food poisoning.

She can laugh about it now but the effects knocked her out of the two Premier Mandatory events in the run up to Roland Garros.

“For me was kind of a tough thing that my clay court went sort of to the dumpster because of my food poisoning and my hamstring. I was sitting at the doctors and I couldn’t sit, I was falling down like this [falls from side to side]. I was like ‘ok you know when you feel bad you’re like in one day, two days it will be over. And I was [thinking] that I have to pull out of Madrid but I will be fine for Rome. It didn’t get better and that was the worst thing, In the end I took antibiotics and it went gradually better.”

However, it did not stop her from taking to Twitter during the Eurovision Song Contest this year. For those that have no idea why once a year a large proportion of (admittedly) European players and a fair few tennis writers go a bit mental for a week, there is an annual song competition between a bunch of competing countries in Europe, and a few oddities including Australia this year to celebrate 60 years of the competition.

On the night, Petkovic ruled Twitter with a steady stream of hilarious commentary, and while we both admitted to each other that once it used to be our guilty pleasure, we had fun talking theories and whether or not this year was a classic.

She surmised: “Not so classic year and I will tell you why. I have a theory and I think my theory, it’s not scientifically proven but it should be.

“Every year the winner song gets copied in the year after, and the problem with last year’s (that’s why Conchita won, because she was special obviously on one hand) but on the other hand, because she had a ballad and everybody else was doing this europop dance thing, because the year before Sweden had won with Euphoria. So this year everybody went for the ballad thing and so it was kind of boring.

“And so next year it will be really good because everyone will do some kind of Heroes, there will be a lot of hot guys, so I am expecting a huge Eurovision for 2016” she said, laughing out loud.

It has always been an amusing mystery why the tennis community is so bound up in this annual madness, but Petkovic had a theory on that too.

“I think one factor is definitely that it’s during Rome/Paris clay thing where you’re in Europe so it’s always in the evening, it’s quite late and you’re probably already back from dinner. I mean I plan my day according to the Eurovision but you can’t expect that from everybody (laughing).

“Most of the players they play a lot and so they have to rest their souls and can rest your soul the best by watching Eurovision Song Contest. I really don’t know (laughing) but it’s amazing.

“I always [used to] watch with my sister and now when my sister is not with me, I have twitter. I would like to see a statistic to see how many people unfollow me during Eurovision – so many probably (more laughter).”

Petkovic is nothing if not genial, engaging and there is a reason why she is one of the most popular players amongst fans. And despite her determinate first steps on grass those many years ago, she has just advanced to the Eastbourne quarter-finals, for the first time, where she will face Caroline Wozniacki.
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Köln - Andrea Petkovic ist eine der Großen im Tennisgeschäft. In ihrer Karriere gewann sie bereits sechs WTA-Turniere im Einzel, aktuell steht Petkovic auf dem 14. Platz in der Weltrangliste. Im Interview spricht sie über den Aufstieg ihrer Lieblingsmannschaft und die neue Saison.

bundesliga.de: Wer war der Held Ihrer Jugend?

Andrea Petkovic: Eminem. Die Alben "Slim Shady" und "Marshall Mathers" konnte ich auswendig.

bundesliga.de: Wie wichtig ist Ihnen die Bundesliga heute?

Petkovic: Ich verfolge die Bundesliga eng und so gut es mit meinem Trainings- und Turnierplan vereinbar ist. Viele meiner Freunde sind große Fußball-Fans. Wenn ich mal zu Hause bin, dann schaue ich mit ihnen oft den Spieltag gemeinsam. Ich kenne eigentlich kaum einen Sportprofi, der sich nicht auch für andere Sportarten interessiert. Bei mir ist neben Tennis der Fußball sehr hoch im Kurs.

bundesliga.de: Was ist Ihre schönste oder nachhaltigste Bundesliga-Erinnerung?

Petkovic: Als Darmstädterin ist das natürlich der sensationelle Aufstieg der Lilien. Ich war zu dem Zeitpunkt zwar bei den French Open, Gänsehaut hatte ich aber trotzdem.

"Augsburg das meiste Potenzial"

bundesliga: Auf welches Spiel freuen Sie sich in der neuen Saison besonders?

Petkovic: Für mich persönlich wird das Derby zwischen Darmstadt und Frankfurt ganz klar das Highlight.

bundesliga.de: Welchem Team trauen Sie in der Saison 2015/2016 die größte positive Überraschung zu?

Petkovic: Das ist schwer zu sagen, da es meiner Meinung nach sowohl bei den Titelkandidaten als auch bei den Mannschaften, die gegen den Abstieg spielen, keine großen Überraschungen geben wird. Ich glaube, der FC Augsburg hat erneut das meiste Potenzial, eine Saison hinzulegen, die man dem Verein nicht zugetraut hätte.

bundesliga.de: Haben Sie einen Wunschgegner für den FC Bayern München im Eröffnungsspiel?

Petkovic: Wenn der FC Bayern gegen Gladbach eröffnet, das wäre doch eine tolle Partie mit viel historischer Tradition.
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Von Jörg Allmeroth aus Wimbledon

Andrea Petkovic kann sich noch ziemlich gut an ihr erstes Rendezvous mit Wimbledon erinnern. An eine Begegnung, die eigentlich gar nichts mit Wimbledon zu tun hatte. 2007 war es, Petkovic stand mit ihren 19 Jahren gerade erst am Beginn ihrer Laufbahn, und sie war verbannt auf die knüppelharten, staubtrockenen, holprigen Qualifikationsplätze in Roehampton. Die haben mit den sattgrünen Rasenfeldern und der ehrwürdigen Atmosphäre des All England Club etwa so viel zu tun wie Himmel und Hölle. „Es war das nackte Grauen“, sagt Petkovic, „ich habe kaum einen Ball vernünftig getroffen. Und dachte nur: Was mache ich hier eigentlich.“ Gleich in der ersten Bewerbungsrunde schied sie sang- und klanglos gegen die Japanerin Erika Takao aus, es sei ein „prägendes, definierendes Erlebnis“ gewesen: „Rasentennis und ich – das ging dann gar nicht mehr.“

Viele böse Niederlagen, viele niederschmetternde Frustmomente und viele schwere Rückschläge hat Petkovic sammeln müssen im Grand-Slam-Heiligtum, bevor sie jetzt im reifen Profialter von 27 Jahren „ihren Frieden mit Wimbledon gemacht hat“: „Es hat ordentlich Zeit gebraucht, um den ewigen Frust wegzustecken – und auch die Wut, die ich auf dieses Turnier hatte“, sagt die Darmstädterin, die nach einem 6:3, 6:1 gegen die Kolumbianerin Mariana Duque-Marino erst zum dritten Mal in der Wimbledon-Runde der letzten 32 steht. Noch 2011 wollte sie nach einer fatalen Drittrunden-Niederlage gegen die Russin Ksenia Pervak am liebsten „alles hinschmeißen“, lief über die Wimbledon-Anlage, als stünde gerade der Weltuntergang bevor, verkündete, dass sie „am liebsten nie wiederkommen“ wolle. Doch solche Flausen hat die Weltranglisten-Vierzehnte längst nicht mehr im Kopf, sie weiß, dass nichts gegen erfolgreiches Petkovic-Tennis auch auf Rasen und in Wimbledon spricht. Und sie hat auch die „verfluchte Blockade“ im Kopf gelöst, macht ganz einfach routiniert und abgeklärt ihren Job auch an der Church Road.

„Eine laaaangsame Romanze“

Fast zehn Jahre brauchte Petkovic so, um mit Wimbledon „warm zu werden“, es „irgendwie auch zu genießen“ und späte Zuneigung zu finden. Eine „laaaangsame Romanze“ sei das, hatte sie vor einem Jahr gesagt, „Liebe auf den ersten Blick sieht sicher anders aus.“ Passt auch noch heute, findet Petkovic, „mein Turnier Nummer eins wird es nie werden, muss es aber auch nicht.“ Geholfen, die unguten Wimbledon-Gefühle zu beseitigen, hatte durchaus auch Petkovics früherer Coach Eric van Harpen. Der joviale Holländer hatte mehr Offensivschwung und Variationen in das Spiel der Südhessin gebracht, die besonders auf den Grüns in London SW19 davon profitierte. Hinzu kam ein Lerneffekt bei Petkovic: „Ich merkte mit der Erfahrung der ganzen Jahre, dass ich viele Matches und Turniere vor Wimbledon brauche, um in den Rhythmus zu kommen.“

Wimbledon, diesen einmaligen und unverwechselbaren Tennis-Schauplatz, mochte Petkovic durchaus immer: Die Pflege uralter Traditionen, die Haltung, „sich nicht dem totalen Kommerz auszuliefern.“ Nur versäuerten ihr die sportlichen Auftritte viel zu oft, fast immer den Aufenthalt auf der Grün-Fläche, etwas bekümmert schaute sie da zu ihren höchst erfolgreichen Freundinnen und Wimbledon-Liebhaberinnen Angelique Kerber oder Sabine Lisicki herüber. Aber noch ist das letzte Wörtchen in Sachen Wimbledon und Petkovic nicht gesprochen, in diesem Jahr winkt tatsächlich der erste, heiß ersehnte Vormarsch ins Achtelfinale - wenn die 27-Jährige am Freitag gegen die Kasachin Zarina Diyas gewinnt. „Inzwischen“, sagt Petkovic, „schließe ich in Wimbledon gar nichts mehr aus.“ Inzwischen, das heißt: Im neuen Wimbledon Petkovics.

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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. This doesn't have anything to do with the match. It's a very serious question. Probably more than anyone in sport, you have tremendous interest outside the game. You also have a great connection with South Carolina in my country, Charleston, the great win there, your father going to Clemson. Could you take a moment and just reflect on what your thoughts were when you heard the news of what occurred there and with the flag.
ANDREA PETKOVIC: Yeah. I was definitely shocked and very moved by what happened. I felt like it's been a rough patch for Charleston in the past month. I mean, it's a bigger issue than I have words for and that I can probably talk about.
But I just felt probably more moved by it and shocked than normally, just because I feel very close to South Carolina and very welcomed always when I'm there.
You know, sometimes those things happen in a row in one place, and it's amazing why that happens.
As I said, just very, very shocked and very moved. I felt very connected to everything that happened there. I'm playing Shelby obviously in the first round, just reminded me of everything.
It's definitely been an issue in our family and we talked about it. My dad was very shocked about what happened.
Yeah. I feel like the victims' reactions, the families, they really chose the right path. I think it made South Carolina probably stronger than before, and that's really beautiful to see. I don't know if I was in the position if I would have had the strength to react in that way. That's more admirable and amazing to see.

Q. You must have had a lot of connections with many wonderful people in Charleston, and yet such a terrible thing has occurred. Juxtaposition and...
ANDREA PETKOVIC: Yeah, with everything in life, beauty and ugliness lies so close to each other, and love and hate lie very close to each other, and Charleston is such a beautiful place. Sometimes the ugliest things happen in the most beautiful places.

Q. You mentioned Shelby. Back to that match for a second. I mean, there were circumstances with her and injury and stuff. But when it's a love and love outcome, obviously it's unusual. Have you had many of those? Is it sort of a weird feeling even as a competitor to be involved in that?
ANDREA PETKOVIC: I had a few actually. Yeah, I did. I never had one in a Grand Slam, but I had a few already.
It's always difficult thing for me. I have learned when I grew up I learned every match point by point. I tried to do that. That has helped me in a lot of tight situations. That's why I'm mentally very stable, and I play normally really well and in the deciding moments because I play point by point.
But then when you're up 11‑0, obviously you feel bad for the other person, especially somebody like Shelby that I really like and that I think is a great girl, but you just have to do what you have to do sometimes. It's just your job and you can't let feelings get to you, as hard as it sounds.

Q. Today was the hottest day on Wimbledon on record. We Brits like to talk about that. We struggle. For a tennis player, I guess you're fairly used to it, maybe Australia and training in hot conditions, anyway. What was it like out there playing in that?
ANDREA PETKOVIC: It was difficult, because obviously I'm used to playing in hot conditions, but never used to playing in hot conditions on grass. It really changes the surface. The ball goes through the grass. It bounces a little bit higher. But the Slazenger balls go, you get a little pop on it because normally they are heavy and very difficult to accelerate.
All of a sudden, you really had a pop on it, and I felt like a few balls were flying that normally don't fly.
And, yeah, and the ball bounces a little higher, which is nice for me because I'm a little tall. So I could save some energy. I didn't have to go that low.
It was really interesting to see, to experience that heat on such a surface like grass. Never had it before. It does, though, affect the grass in the way that a little more bad bounces, I guess, because it dries up in a few places in a way that it probably usually doesn't.
New experience. You never cease to learn, I guess.
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