Andrea Petkovic (Serbian Cyrillic: Андреа Петковић pronounced [pêtkoʋit͡ɕ]; born 9 September 1987) is a German tennis player. Born in Tuzla, SFR Yugoslavia, to Serbian father Zoran and Bosniak mother Amira, she moved to Germany at six months old. Petkovic turned professional in 2006 and reached her career-high singles ranking of world number 9 in October 2011 after reaching the quarter-finals of that year’s Australian Open, French Open and US Open. She suffered three separate injuries in 2012: a back injury in January, an ankle injury in August and a knee injury in December that kept her out for nine months and almost saw her fall out of the top 200. She has won five WTA titles, nine ITF singles titles and three ITF doubles titles. She won the season ending tennis tournament WTA Tournament of Champions in 2014. Petkovic became the German national champion in 2007 and 2009 and is coached by Eric van Harpen.
Early and personal life
Andrea Petkovic was born in Tuzla, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia. At the age of six months, the family relocated to Germany. Petkovic first took to the tennis courts when she was six; her father Zoran Petković, former Yugoslav tennis player and member of the Yugoslavia Davis Cup team,was a coach at a club in Darmstadt at the time. He introduced her to the sport and later became her coach. She was able to finish high school before competing in tennis full-time because Zoran never influenced her into joining the professional circuit.
Apart from tennis, she likes to educate herself by reading; her favourite authors are Goethe and Wilde.Her mother Amira is a dental assistant while her younger sister Anja is a student. Petkovic graduated from high school in 2006 with an Abitur from the Georg-Büchner-Schule in Darmstadt. She has been studying political science at the FernUniversität Hagen since 2008.
Petkovic also has a successful YouTube channel which is home to her video blog entitled “Petkorazzi”. In the blog she makes fun of herself, gives fans chances to win prizes, and shows fans what life is like on the tour She does the blog in both German and English.
Since the beginning of her professional career, she has kept a diary at irregular intervals about her life on the WTA Tour in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a major German newspaper.Petkovic obtained German citizenship in 2001. She speaks Serbian, German, English, and French.Petkovic is of Serb and Bosniak ancestry. In a 2009 interview with the WTA, she stated that her parents might move to Novi Sad, Serbia, where they have a second home. When asked how German she feels, Petkovic replied, “Obviously I’m German, but I always say my soul is still Serbian. Germans are generally more cool, reserved. I’m very emotional, have lots of fire in my personality. In that sense still feel very close to my heritage. For all that, there is much to appreciate about Germany. I feel like I am part of the ‘system’ and feel very rooted there.”
Singles performance timeline
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Doubles performance timeline
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