Petkovic: I feel like me again
Originally published on: 12/07/13 00:00
The world No.62 endured a nightmare season last year after missing three months with a lower back injury before injuring her ankle on her return to action in Stuttgart.
After returning to action at the end of last year, Petkovic missed the first two months of the 2013 season after undergoing knee surgery in January.
"I'm grateful for getting the second chance, as I call it, my second career,” Petkovic said. “I'm seizing every moment and enjoying being back so much. I'm trying to see the nice parts of tennis and that I can really do what I love, day in and day out. I'm very thankful for the second chance, to whoever gave it to me.”
Having won an ITF title in France last month, she then reached the final of the Nurnberger Versicherungscup in Germany, where she upset Julia Goerges and Jelena Jankovic before losing to Simona Halep.
She received a wildcard for Wimbledon, where she reached the second round, narrowly losing to eventual quarter-finalist Sloane Stephens 7-6(2) 2-6 8-6.
"I feel like I'm getting better every day,” Petkovic added. “I feel like I'm the tennis player, Andrea Petkovic, that I used to be.
“I'm really not concerned with my results right now, this year – obviously I want to win, I'm a big competitor and love the competition, but I just want to feel like I'm playing well again and moving well and feeling great on the court, and I believe that everything else will come back together."