Andrea Petkovic life and biography

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Andrea Petkovic biography

Date of birth : 1987-09-09
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Tuzla, Bosnia
Nationality : German
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-04-28
Credited as : Professional Tennis player, WTA tour, Australian Open

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Andrea Petković, is a professional German tennis player. She is the current German No. 1 and lives in Griesheim near Darmstadt in Germany.

CAREER:

Petković reached her career-high singles ranking of World No. 15 on 25 April 2011. She has won 1 WTA title, 8 ITF singles titles and 3 ITF doubles titles. Petkovic became the German national champion in 2007 and 2009. She's currently coached by Petar Popović and her father, Zoran Petković.

2011

Returning to the Brisbane International, Petković improved on her previous-best semifinal appearance by reaching the final, with straight set wins over 8th seeded Alexandra Dulgheru, Jelena Dokić, Jarmila Groth, and 4th seeded Marion Bartoli. In the final she lost to Wimbledon semifinalist Petra Kvitová 1–6 3–6.

Petković was the 30th seed at the 2011 Australian Open. She advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Jill Craybas, Anne Keothavong, injured #3 seed Venus Williams, who retired after one game, and #14 seed Maria Sharapova. She was defeated 2–6 4–6 by finalist Li Na of China in the quarterfinals, her best achievement in a Grand Slam to-date.

Petkovic then played Fed Cup for Germany and helped them to a win over Slovenia with two wins in singles rubbers. Next, Petkovic reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 Open GDF Suez, where she lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a tight three-set match, 6–7(4) 6–2 3–6.

Her next tournament was Dubai, where she defeated fellow German Angelique Kerber in straight sets for the second straight week, but lost to Kaia Kanepi in three sets in the second round.

Petkovic defeated World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki 7–5 3–6 6–3 in the 4th round at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Next, Petkovic faced Jelena Jankovic and defeated her 2–6 6–2 6–3. Her defeat of Wozniacki, the current number one, is the biggest win of her career. In the Semifinals she lost to Maria Sharapova 3–6 6–0 6–2.

At the 2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Petkovic upset #7 seed Jelena Jankovic in three sets to set up a clash with World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. Petkovic would go on to lose to Wozniacki, 6-4 6-1.

PERSONAL:

Coached by father, Zoran Petkovic
Baseliner whose favorite shot is forehand and whose favorite surface is clay
Began playing at age 6 when father introduced her to the sport at a club
Mother, Amira, is a dentist's assistant; younger sister, Anja, is a student; everyone in family plays tennis
Graduated from high school in 2006
Speaks French, German, English and Serbian
Favorite movie is 300; favorite actor is Edward Norton
Favorite types of music are rock, funk; favorite group is Bloc Party
Enjoys reading, writing; favorite authors are Goethe, Wilde
People most admired are Goethe (genius in writing) and Che Guevara (genius in fighting)
Other favorites include the color red, eating McDonald's and watching baseball when in America
Favorite city is Barcelona; favorite tournament is Stuttgart
Most memorable experience was playing first Grand Slam at 2007 Roland Garros
Self-described as thoughtful, outgoing, happy
Goal is to make Top 50.

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