US Open Round Two or Not – Andrea Petkovic feels very fit for the intended end of his career at the moment.
Even if former Wimbledon winner Garbine Muguruza is too strong for her, these are the matches where she feels her passion for tennis. “If I hadn’t really played in the last four weeks like I did – I would have stopped after the US Open. But that is still alive,” Petkovic said after 4:6, 2:6 against the Spaniard in New York. and laughed.
Kohlschreiber outside too
In terms of the outcome, the German veteran tennis player had no reason to be happy either. Also for Philip Kohlschreiber came in the second round, the 37-year-old Augsburg lost to Spaniard Pablo Andujar with a score of 4: 6, 3: 6, 1: 6.
Petkovic from Darmstadt reached the final in Hamburg in July, followed by the semi-finals in Belgrade. And at the beginning of August, the longtime Fed Cup player celebrated his WTA title in Cluj-Napoca for the first time in six and a half years. Her appearance for nearly an hour and a half under the closed roof of Louis Armstrong Stadium against Muguruza, seeded at nine, should not have been her last Grand Slam match. It looks like she wants to attack again in 2022.
“A high class match”
Recognizing Muguruza’s well-deserved victory, Petkovic said, “I am not happy with my performance, but I can take a lot with me. I think it was a high-level match in which I was not good enough on the important points.”
In both sets against the 27-year-old candidate, Petkovic was trailing 3-0. Both times the burden of remnants was too great to make up completely. Luck was also a bit missing, for example when the ball I hit before Muguruza’s fourth set ball was just a touch in the first division. Or when Muguruza assisted a mesh scooter in the first quick break in the second set. “I came out of the match today and I was upset,” said the German, ranked 68th in the world. “I had ten things in my head that I will deal with tomorrow with my coach. As long as you still have that, you still have a chance – no matter your age.”
Former number nine in the world
She will turn 34 on September 9. Handicapped repeatedly by long-term injuries, Petkovic last reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament two years ago in New York. The world’s top number nine already tried successfully as a writer and TV presenter and really wanted to end her career after this season. “I really enjoy the zones, but I come home and know what I love about is playing tennis,” she said.
As the only German after co-favourite Angelique Kerber, who was due to play her second turn on Thursday night, Petkovic was on the women’s main field at the US Open. Defending champion Naomi Osaka moved to the third round without a fight due to the withdrawal of her Serbian opponent, Olga Danilovic.
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