Tag Archives: Andrea Petkovic

The YouTube Stars of the WTA

20 Oct

So here are the latest YouTube videos from the musical Vania King and the comical Andrea Petkovic:

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It’s nice to have hobbies.

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Agnieszka Radwanska Feels Like Dancing. Yeeaaaahhhh.

10 Oct

And why shouldn’t Agnieszka Radwanska feel like dancing?

She certainly deserves to be enjoying this Asian leg of the tour with her second tournament win in the past two weeks. Radwanska won a crowd-pleasing roller coaster of a final in Beijing over Andrea Petkovic by a score of 7-5 0-6 6-4. Perhaps even more entertaining than the match was the joy, sportsmanship, and dance both displayed after the match. You may as well take a look for yourself…

Radwanska’s  victories over Jankovic, Azarenka, and Zvonareva in Tokyo and Ivanovic, Pennetta, and Petkovic in Beijing showcase how Aga has been the ready and steady force to take advantage of the weary-looking WTA field. Although her opponents these past two weeks were from from pushovers, I simply cannot remember a WTA tournament like Beijing where all of the top eight seeds failed to make the semis.

Radwanska over the last two weeks has been able to sneak up to match her career-high ranking of #8 and looks poised to make the year-end championships out of nowhere. Considering the way top players have wilted under the pressure of their own success and Radwanska’s recent form, the World #8 has the steady yet crafty play that could help snag her biggest title yet.

It seems like Aga has been around forever, but let’s remember she is only 22 and has not had major titles like these before. Her title in Carlsbad in August of this year ended a three and a half year drought since her victory in Pattaya City back in 2008, and Carlsbad seems to have given her the momentum needed to have this end of the year surge. Radwanska has been able to stay in the Top 20 for four years mostly due to her QF and 4R runs at Slams, but maybe now we will be seeing her lift these trophies on a more regular basis as well.

Keep on dancing, Agnieszka!

Radwanska and Petkovic Dance From Behind

Francesca Schiavone is a Stud, Andrea Petkovic Dances Away

23 Jan

In the longest women’s match in Grand Slam history, Francesca Schiavone needed 4 hours and 44 minutes to beat 23rd-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova by a score of 6-4 1-6 16-14.  For the past 8 months, Schiavone has been proving that her French Open win at the age of 29 was no fluke. The victory over Kooz assured Schiavone that she will move up to #4 in the rankings. The veteran Italian will need to recover fast for her quarterfinal match against Caroline Wozniacki though, but that’s the same round Frankie dismantled Caroline in Roland Garros last year.

Take a look at match point and handshake collapsing hug at the net…

The good news for Sveta is that she is playing much better and her improved fitness will certainly pay off in big matches down the road.  The two-time Grand Slam champion kept things in proper perspective even after the tough loss by saying, “But for me, I’m coming back. How did you say, what doesn’t kill you make you stronger. I’m still alive and sitting here. I was moving good and serving better in the end. Definitely I cannot be very upset and bring myself down. I will stay strong and take positive things out of match because there is some definitely good things I’ve done today.”

Another Russian Grand Slam champion lost her 4th rounder, but Maria Sharapova put up far less resistance in her 62 63 loss to 30th seed Andrea Petkovic from Germany. Petkovic capitalized on the win by retirement over Venus by backing it up with a comprehensive win over Maria. The 23 year-old has shown incredible promise over the last couple of years but has struggled with nerves closing out matches. Although she fully admitted to getting nervous before winning on the third match point, she believes her choking days are behind her. Watch Petko celebrate her victory with her trademark dance…

Petkovic explained the genesis of the dance, “(I)t started off as a bet with my coach. He had an idea after I played a terrible summer season in the U.S. and I got Nadia Petrova in the first round of the US Open, which was a tough draw for me back then. So he said, If you win, you have to do something special because it’s a special match for us. I won 76 in the third, so, yeah, I got the inspiration of doing a dance, and ever since it’s there. I’m very superstitious, so since I’m doing the dance I’m playing much better. I try to keep it up: the playing better and the dance.”

Petkovic has been most famous for her dances and her Tweets, but that can all change in this wide-open Grand Slam. With Maria’s defeat, we already know that there will be a first-time Australian Open winner crowned. While Clijsters still has to be considered the heavy favorite, her sloppy play against Alize Cornet showed that this title is up for grabs. Who’s going to step up and take it?