Posts Tagged ‘Andrea Petkovic



16
Apr
11

Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova put the home team 2-0 up over Italy in Moscow.

Zvonareva set the tone with a 60 62 demolition of Errani in the opening match of the tie. Kuznetsova was then made to battle by a determined Roberta Vinci before prevailing 62 67(4) 61 in the second singles rubber. Saturday’s wins for Russia mean that Zvonareva could seal victory for the team against Vinci in Sunday’s first reverse singles match, though there was no hint of complacency in the Russian camp. For his part, Italian captain Corrado Barazzutti sounded an optimistic, if philosophical, note as he looked ahead to what is likely to be another challenging day for his team. “We have to acknowledge that the Russians played very well today. They have great players,” he said. “Tomorrow is another day and if the Russians win, then we have to congratulate them but we will have to see what’s up tomorrow because anything can happen.” After Zvonareva’s one-sided win, Kuznetsova and Vinci produced a battle that owed plenty to the Italian’s swashbuckling tennis style, which was most evident in the second set. At one stage, Vinci led 4-1 and had a ball for 5-1 before being pushed to a tiebreak. It was a sequence of events which was to rob her of much-needed energy for the third set.

Andrea Petkovic and Julia Goerges both scored straight sets victories to put Germany in charge against USA in their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie in Stuttgart. Petkovic gave Germany a great start to their promotion campaign with a 63 64 win over 18-year-old Christina McHale. The German No. 1 broke serve on four occasions, and only conceded her own delivery twice, to seal victory in 1 hour 35 minutes. Goerges then avenged a recent defeat by Melanie Oudin in Miami by coming back from a break down in the second set to win 62 76(5).

The Americans are missing their top three players through injury – Serena and Venus Williams, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands – leaving added pressure on the young shoulders of McHale and Oudin.

 

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05
Apr
11

Petra Kvitova will lead the Czech team as they look to reach the Fed Cup final for the first time in 23 years.

Czech Republic has named a full strength squad to face Belgium in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal clash in Charleroi. Australian Open quarterfinalist and world No. 18 Petra Kvitova will lead the Czech team as the visitors look to reach the Fed Cup final for the first time in 23 years. Czech captain Petr Pala also nominated Lucie Safarova, Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova to take on the Belgians on 16-17 April. The tie could see a rematch of this year’s Open Gaz de France final between Kvitova and Kim Clijsters, which the Czech won 64 63. The Czechs reached the semifinals after Safarova and Kvitova won the first three rubbers of their first round tie against the Slovak Republic, while Belgium overcame USA 4-1 in its opening round encounter.

German captain Barbara Rittner has named her nation’s Fed Cup team for the World Group play-off tie against USA. In-form Andrea Petkovic, who surprised world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in Miami earlier this week, will carry the weight of home expectation against the American team in Stuttgart. Julia Goerges, Sabine Lisicki and Anna-Lena Groenefeld make up the team looking to bring to an end USA’s proud history in the top flight of the competition. The Germans are looking for an immediate return to the World Group after losing their play-off to France at the same stage of the competition last year

 

29
Mar
11

Andea Petkovic defeats JJ to earn a berth in the semifinal.

Andrea Petkovic’s dream tournament got even dreamier on Tuesday evening, as she scored a marathon 26 62 64 victory over Jelena Jankovic to become the first player into the semifinals of the $4.5-million Sony Ericsson Open. The No.21-seeded Petkovic, who had stunned No.1 seed Caroline the day before, looked out of gas early on against No.7 seed Jankovic early on, but she came alive with three games in a row to start the second set and would eventually level it at a set apiece. Jankovic rebounded in the third, building a 4-2 lead, but Petkovic hung tough and won four games in a row to finish it, including a marathon seven-deuce final game. Petkovic ended the match by rifling a backhand crosscourt and out of reach; it was her 30th winner of the match, compared to a more conservative 19 winners for former No.1 Jankovic.

Petkovic, 23 years old, will crack the world’s Top 20 on the next rankings. Next up for Petkovic will be either No.16 seed Maria Sharapova or No.26 seed Alexandra Dulgheru, who played later at night.

 

28
Mar
11

“I had a strict game plan and stuck to it. That was the key,” said Petkovic.

World number one Caroline Wozniacki went out of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami with a 7-5 3-6 6-3 fourth-round defeat by Andrea Petkovic. An out-of-sorts Wozniacki dropped the first set having squandered three set points with the score at 5-4. But the Dane dug deep to clinch the second 6-3, before Petkovic held her nerve to serve out the final set by the same margin.

“I had a strict game plan and stuck to it. That was the key,” said Petkovic. Wozniacki struggled to settle into any kind of rhythm as her German opponent forced her into a string of unforced errors. Wozniacki, looking to become just the third player to win both the Indian Wells and Miami Open titles back to back, struggled with her forehand throughout. Petkovic saved 12 of 17 break points and eventually held firm to record her first win against a world number one. “I feel great and I’m still caught up in my emotions,” said a beaming Petkovic. “Sometimes it’s difficult to stick to a game plan, especially against an opponent as mentally tough as Wozniacki, but I was able to today.”

 

25
Jan
11

Wozniacki retains her #1 spot and moves into the semi final to meet Li Na.

World number one Caroline Wozniacki hit back from a set down to finally break the resolve of Francesca Schiavone and move into the Australian Open semi-finals. Schiavone, who needed four hours and 44 minutes to squeeze past Svetlana Kuznetsova in the longest women’s match in grand slam history in the previous round, fought valiantly but ran out of gas after a fine start to go down 3-6 6-3 6-3 . Credit must go to Wozniacki: a set and a break down, it would have been easy for her to start doubting herself and give in to those who have questioned her ability to win a major despite rising to the top of the world rankings. But she kept her composure and waited for Schiavone to tire, which she inevitably did. The top seed goes on to a meeting with Li Na, who ended the run of Andrea Petkovic earlier, although French Open Schiavone will take many of the plaudits. The 30-year-old survived three early break points before making her move, claiming the Dane’s serve for a 5-3 lead. Wozniacki threatened an immediate response by racing to 15-40 but two big serves got the Italian out of trouble, as it did when the world number one threatened again.

A brilliant low volley saw Schiavone then move to set point and she closed it out by sneaking into the net behind a looping forehand and putting the ball into the opposite corner. Wozniacki took a medical time-out at the end of the set for treatment on an upper leg injury and shortly after returning she was broken as Schiavone surged into a 3-1 lead. It appeared the match was drifting away from the top seed but she battled on and finally made the breakthrough, although she was assisted by her opponent, who made four horrible errors to concede her advantage. And it proved a turning point as Wozniacki ran through the rest of the set to level it up. The momentum was firmly with the Dane and, although she saw an early break wiped out, she struck again to go 2-1 up and as Schiavone finally started to fade, she took full advantage. A stunning lob gave her a 5-2 lead and although Schiavone saved three match points to make it 5-3, Wozniacki was not to be denied.

“It was very difficult,” Wozniacki admitted afterwards. “Francesca was playing well at the start. It was tough for me to get the right rhythm and I was making mistakes on the important points. “I just told myself to take one ball at a time and don’t give up. “If you get the chance, you need to take it now, otherwise it’s going to be too late.”

The Dane, who will retain the number one spot after reaching the semis, believes both her and ninth seed Li have improved since met here 12 months ago. “I lost to her here last year. She’s a really good player and she hasn’t lost a match this year yet. “She won in Sydney and she is on a roll. “I think Li has improved a lot, but I also believe I have. “I am going to go in there, fight for every point, and just see what happens.” Schiavone conceded she started to struggle as the match went on. “I had my chances but in the third set I felt something physically, but it’s not an excuse. I think I gave the best I could,” she said. “I am a little bit disappointed, I am a tennis player and always want more especially when I have chances but today I didn’t do it. “But with everything else I am positive.

“I think I have a good chance to keep going, improving and getting good results.”

23
Jan
11

Andrea Petkovic smokes Sharapova!

Maria Sharapova was taken down by the red hot German Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round. of Australian Open 2011. While Petkovic has been a rising player for the past year and was given a real chance at an upset coming into the match, the way she thoroughly dismantled the 2008 Australian Open champion was shocking, as she took the ball early and consistently backed up the three-time Grand Slam champion. Petkovic played a very clean match, smoking 13 winners and committing only nine unforced errors ,while Sharapova committed 30 unforced errors and hit only 14 winners. “It’s probably the best match I played on such a big stage,” said the 23-year-old German, who reached the quarterfinals of a major for the first time. “I tried to mix it up a little bit. Normally my game is to play very flat and aggressively, but I tried to give it some spin on the forehand and play some slice and mix up my serve. I tried to keep up the percentage of my first serve and tried to return very aggressively. I think I played very well tactically‑wise.”

Sharapova rarely was able to cut loose on her serve, couldn’t find a way top penetrate the German’s service game with her vaunted return and was beaten off the ball time and time again from the backcourt. She joins former No.1s Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Justine Henin, Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic as players who have been sent out of the tournament in the first week. “There are many things that didn’t work today,” Sharapova said. “I didn’t get my first breakpoint until it was a set and 5‑1. That’s not the type of tennis I want to be playing, especially on the return. I mean, I didn’t put any pressure on her serve whatsoever. I wasn’t up Love‑30 or anything on her service games. That’s not the way to play a match.”

08
Jan
11

Petra Kvitova wins the title in Brisbane.

Czech Petra Kvitova has defeated Andrea Petkovic to win the Brisbane International 2011 women’s singles final in straight sets, 6-1 6-3.

Kvitova controlled the match from the outset, stunning Petkovic with her deep and heavy ground strokes.

Petkovic fought back in the second, but Kvitova asserted her authority to claim her second WTA Tour title.

In the men’s semifinals played earlier today, top seed Robin Soderling was too good for Radek Stepanek and second seed Andy Roddick outlasted Kevin Anderson.

07
Jan
11

“I’m a diesel you know, I need some time before I start to get going,” Petkovic said after the game.

Andrea Petkovic fired her way into the finals tonight, defeating fourth-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli in straight sets 6-4 6-2. The German held serve to quickly take the first game, before Bartoli fought back hard to overtake her and set up a strong 4-1 lead. When Petkovic broke Bartoli’s serve to snatch her second game, with it came the confidence and focus she needed to go on to win the next five consecutive games and take the set. Going into the second set, the look on Petkovic’s face said it all. She was in the zone. Securing the first game with an ace, Petkovic snagged the second at the hands of a double fault from Bartoli, and the third when the Frenchwoman found the net. Bartoli fought hard as the set drew to a close, but it wasn’t enough. She buckled under pressure in the final game with a double fault and two unforced errors, handing Petkovic safe passage to the final.

Bartoli is the German’s sixth win over a top 20 player, with a number of those in recent months. She will meet Czech Petra Kvitova in the final.

05
Jan
11

Is it time for Dokic to call it quits?

Jelena Dokic has crashed out of the Brisbane International 6-0 6-1 to German Andrea Petkovic in a severe blow to her confidence ahead of the Australian Open. Dokic lasted just 46 minutes on Pat Rafter Arena as she struggled with all parts of her game. World No.32 Petkovic danced her signature jig at the end of the second round encounter which brought nothing but torment for Australia’s former world No.4. Dokic had promised much better after she progressed through the first round of the tournament with a straight sets victory over Russian Anastasia Pivovarova on Monday night. Helped by a string of unforced errors from the crowd favourite, Petkovic took the first set in just 17 minutes, icing the 6-0 scoreline with an ace. Dokic lost 10 straight games to be 4-0 down in the second set before breaking the German, who was previously guided by Dokic’s new coach Glenn Schaap. But the world No.138 gave the break straight back as she conceded the last of her six double faults in the sixth game. Petkovic easily closed out the match to set up a quarter-final clash against Melbourne’s Jarmila Groth who upset top seed Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Apart from Stosur, Dokic is the third Australian woman to bow out of the tournament in the second round after Sally Peers lost 6-4 6-1 to Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Wednesday.

03
Jan
11

Andrea Petkovic makes a strong opening statement for 2011.

Andrea Petkovic has caused an upset by knocking out 8th seed Alexandra Dulgheru in straight sets, 6-3 6-0. The fight was on in the first set with each player holding serve with long drawn points and strong, focused game faces in place.

The battle was about to draw to a close, however, as Petkovic managed to break Dulgheru’s serve before taking the first set 6-3. “I think I played well, in the beginning I was a little nervous. The first match after a long time, so I was struggling a little bit. After I got in a good rhythm, I think I played really well,” said Petkovic. Dulgheru looked flustered in the second set as Petkovic got on a roll and reeled off six consecutive games to take the set 6-0. “Well in the beginning it was really tight and close, and I think there were two or three points that made the decision when I made the break. And then she dropped I think, but I think I also put a lot of pressure on her and I think her game is more to keep the rallies going and I tried to hold the point shot, and then I think I got her out of rhythm and she started missing a lot, for her style of game normally,” said Petkovic.

The German who is currently ranked No.32 in the world, is set to play either wildcard Jelena Dokic or qualifier Anastasia Pivovarova in the next round.




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