It was not a low-key farewell from the big tennis scene. Although her last Grand Slam match was scheduled on one of the outdoor courts – No. 7 – at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, Andrea Petkovic led Swiss Olympic champion Belinda Bencic all the way before narrowly losing the high class. match in three sets. Returning to the field afterwards waving and tears in their eyes, the crowd responded by chanting “Petko, Petko”.
Announcing her retirement in the days before the US Open, the 34-year-old German said she wanted to “put on a great performance once again”. And despite the initial jitters, that’s exactly what she did when she turned 48.e Grand Slam tournament. Although she could most likely add another tournament in Europe so her family and friends could be a part of it all, New York marked the end of her successful career. She will now “take a break and see what my life will do”.
30 matches for Germany
New York spectators will not miss Andrea Petkovic and her legendary “Petko Dance” with which she celebrated some of her victories. She will also miss the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix where she participated 12 times. And she will leave a big void within the Porsche Team Germany. Born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina on September 9, 1987, she was part of the golden generation of German women’s tennis along with Porsche brand ambassador Angelique Kerber, Julia Görges and Sabine Lisicki. She was part of the national team in 2014 that reached the Fed Cup final for the first time in 22 years. She played a total of 30 singles and doubles matches for Germany and won 15 of them.
Her first appearance for her country in the Fed Cup, the predecessor to the Billie Jean King Cup, was at home in Fürth on April 22, 2007. After Germany were certain winners against Croatia, she was selected to play the doubles final with Tatjana. Maria, born Malek. “It really didn’t interest anyone and most of the spectators had already left,” she recalls. “But we gave it our all and when we finally won we were so proud and happy like we had just become world champions.” For her, the appearance in the back and beyond the world of tennis was a far-reaching experience. “It shaped me and gave me the motivation to fight and not give up when I got hurt.”
Impressive performance in the Porsche Arena
Andrea Petkovic made his Porsche Tennis Grand Prix debut in 2005 during qualifying. In 2009, she reached the main draw for the first time, but the successful qualifier was beaten in the first round by eventual winner Svetlana Kuznetsova. She won her first main draw match in 2011 against Austria’s Tamira Paszek and reached the quarter-finals after upsetting Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic, the 2008 winner. World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. A German, however, had reason to rejoice after the final as Julia Görges, her teammate from Porsche Team Germany, was the surprise winner of the tournament. Away from center court at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, she was also one of the most popular and exciting players for visitors, media and fellow players.
During her career, she won a total of seven WTA titles. She won the first in Bad Gastein in 2009 and won in Strasbourg in 2011, in Charleston, Bad Gastein and Sofia in 2014 and in Antwerp in 2015. Then she had to wait six years before producing the next blow in Cluj -Napoca. , Romania in 2021. This was the year she also won her only doubles title when she won in Chicago alongside Kveta Peschke. She has also enjoyed success with Porsche Team Germany which she last played for when appearing in the 2021 Billie Jean King Cup Final.
The greatest Grand Slam success at Roland-Garros
She celebrated her greatest success at a Grand Slam in 2014 by reaching the semi-finals of Roland-Garros in Paris. In 2016 she was a member of the German Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro. After reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and the US Open, she reached a career-high No. 9 in the WTA World Rankings on October 10, 2011. She is currently No. 92.
Andrea Petkovic has always been a player who looked beyond the baseline of a tennis court. The German, who names the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as her favorite tournament in her WTA biography, is also interested in politics, art and culture and is open-minded, ambitious and fashion-conscious. She writes articles for major newspapers and she chronicled her experiences as a professional athlete in a highly acclaimed literary debut titled “Zwischen Ruhm und Ehre liegt die Nacht” (Beyond Fame and Glory Lies the Night). She also impressed as a sports presenter for German TV channel ZDF.
Although retirement does not come easily, she is convinced that after 16 years on the professional tennis circuit, the time has come. “I completely trust my heart and my feelings.”