Higher and higher

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Due to the fact that Andrea Petkovic reached the round of sixteen at the WTA tournaments in Rome and Madrid, the German made a big jump. The 22 year old improved to number 40 (as of May 17th 2010).

In Madrid Andrea defeated two Italian players ranked higher than her: Sara Errani and Flavia Penetta. She then lost to French woman Aravane Rezai, who later claimed the title in the Spanish capital. In that match Petkovic was already down 1:6 in the tie-break of the second set. After fending off seven match-balls, Petkovic finally had to bow out of the match. (Highlights of the game can be seen here). There was a little consolation prize for Andrea. She received the honour "shot of the day" for a nice overhand smash.

In Rome Petkovic advanced after victories against Vera Dushevina and Petra Kvitova. In the round of sixteen she had to square of against the world’s number one. Andrea gave Serena Williams a tough fight, forcing the American into a third set. But eventually she lost 2:6, 6:3, 0:6. (Highlights of the game can be seen here)

Rise in the Top 50

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By reaching the semi-finals at the WTA-Tournament in Brisbane Andrea Petkovic has continued her rise towards the top. The 22-year-old tennis-pro improved her ranking from number 55 to number 49 in the WTA rankings (as of 11.01.2010) and made it into the Top 50 for the first time in her career.

Press Review

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Germany's white hope Andrea Petkovic on high aims, pressure and the wish to found a political party.

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Petkovic vs. Radwanska

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Andrea Petkovic was close to cause a sensation for the second time in the WTA tournament in Tokyo. After the victory against Svetlana Kuznetsova Andrea also brought top ten player Agnieszka Radwanska to the edge of a defeat. At the end Radwanska won the match with 6:4; 3:6; 6:3.

For all of you who couldn't watch the match on television - here are the video-highlights:

The WTA als dedicated the „Shot of the Day“ to Andrea:

Unlucky exit in Tokyo

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Despite a fantastic performance Andrea Petkovic missed to move into the quarterfinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The 22-year-old lost 4:6; 6:3; 3:6 against Agniezska Radwanska from Poland. After her victory over worlds number six Kuznetsova in the second round Andrea was close to come up with the next blowoff.

Andrea will play the WTA-Tournament in Beijing next. All information can be found in the matchcenter.