Andrea Petkovic has decided to part company with coach Petar Popovic after three and a-half years. "I’ve had a very good time with Petar. I learned a lot from him and we will stay in close contact as friends“, says Petkovic. "But I have come to a stage in my career where I need new inspirations and challenges in order to improve my tennis.“ Under Popovic, Petkovic reached her all-time career-high ranking in October 2011, when she became world’s no. 9. In the same year she played three of the four Grand-Slam-Quarterfinals and won the WTA-Tournament of Strasbourg.
While Popovic returns to the ATP-Tour, working with croatian player Ivo Karlovic, Petkovic is testing cooperation with Dutch coach Eric van Harpen. "After such a short period of time it is too early to say how far this will go“, Petkovic explains. "But I am sure, Eric can offer his knowledge and experience to help me develop as a player. I want to work with my coach for the long term and know that switching coaches regularly can have a negative effect. I need some time to get used to the situation now.“ Van Harpen has previously coached Arantxa Sanchez, Conchita Martinez and Anna Kournikova.
Andrea Petkovic has missed to reach the main draw of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. After defeating Claire Feuerstein (FRA | WTA 129) 6:3; 6:2 in the first round ot the Qualifying, the current world's no. 36 lost 1:6; 2:6 to Camila Giorgi (ITA | WTA 82) in the second round.
After her strong appearance in the Fed Cup last weekend Andrea Petkovic has dropped out of the Qatar Total Open in Doha. Andrea lost 4:6; 4:6 to Yanina Wickmayer (BEL | WTA 72) in the first round. Andrea plays the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next..
After a strong week, Andrea Petkovic has dropped out of the WTA-Tournament in Paris in the quarterfinals. In a hard fought three-hour-lasting match Andrea lost 6:7 (6); 7:5 and 3:6 against Alize Cornet (FRA | WTA 25). Petko defeated Kristina Mladenovic (FRA | WTA 62) 6:4; 6:2 in the Round of Sixteen. In the first round Andrea took away a 6:2; 6:3-win in straight sets against world's no. 41 Bojana Jovanovski (SRB).