After losing to Olympic champion Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the US Open first round, an emotional Andrea Petkovic announced her retirement. Petkovic, who made her retirement announcement on Sunday, has won seven singles championships in her career and peaked at world no. 9 in 2011.
Andrea Petkovic told reporters “I still love the game, still have a tremendous amount of passion for the game.It’s more the body that is not allowing me to play tennis anymore in a way that I want to play it, train the way I want to train, just play a full season really.”
“For the last four weeks I’ve just been playing with painkillers and anti-inflammatories. That was the part that made me decide not to continue anymore, not the lack of passion or want for the game. So I think that was the saddest part in a way.”
“I was really devastated (for) the last five days and basically crying (after) every practice.I was glad that it ended like this, with Belinda, somebody I love and respect so much. Also that I could bring to the last match everything that I brought to my career, which was grit and tenacity and just respect for the game and for my opponents,” she continued.
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