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An interview with... Andrea Petkovic

Monday 02 June 2014
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 Q.  What a shout in the end.  You were so happy?
    ANDREA PETKOVIC:  Yeah, I was really relieved that I picked myself up after I was up 4 2 in the third and I started playing a little passively.  I wasn't going for my shots anymore.  I was sort of hoping that she's gonna miss.  She's too good for that.
    After going down 5 4 in the third, I just sort of told myself, Okay, listen, you have to play aggressive.  You have to go for your shots, and nobody's going to give you the quarterfinals just because you're nice (smiling), so go gain it.
    I started playing more aggressively.  It paid off in the end.

    Q.  So much of your tennis in the last two or three years has been trying to get back to where you were.

    Q.  Does this feel like you've achieved that?
    ANDREA PETKOVIC:  No, not yet.  I feel like I still have a long way to go, and I'm still not as consistent as I used to be.  There are still a lot of things that I need to learn and still a lot of things that need to come back that are gone now.
    After all my injuries, it's been a very long time that I was out.  You sort of forget, especially mentally, you sort of forget a lot of things.
    Now it's a process.  It's a process.  I'm still not there where I want to be.  It's a long way to go.  Nowhere near the end.

    Q.  Still, you must be pretty happy?
    ANDREA PETKOVIC:  I'm happy.  I'm very happy.  I'm relieved.  But also happy.  It was super tough, because I didn't know her at all.  I just stalked her on YouTube yesterday the whole day, and I was already impressed yesterday.
    I saw her match against Ana in Australian Open, and I think she played super well.  I think she's gonna be a force on the WTA when she gets fitter and recovers from her injuries that she's had.
    She has amazing strokes, really good serve.
    I wasn't surprised, but, you know, it's always tough when you are the huge favorite and everybody expects you to win and then you have a super tough opponent.  I'm relieved and very happy.  It's nice to be back at the quarterfinal stage.

    Q.  Have you ever thought if an opponent wanted to stalk you on YouTube and saw you dancing?
    ANDREA PETKOVIC:  They wouldn't find a lot of tennis, I guess (smiling).  They would stalk me and see me being weirdly dressed and do stuff, which is also nice.

    Q.  You mentioned on the court philosophy and literature.  Obviously you're in a country famous for philosophers.  Two questions:  Which philosopher has made the biggest impression on you?  And also the second one, which writer?  Which author?
    ANDREA PETKOVIC:  Well, I have two favorite authors.  One is Goethe, which is our    well, for me, the greatest genius with words.  Unfortunately, if you cannot speak German, it's not so easy to appreciate that.
    And David Foster Wallace is the other one that I just started reading actually a couple of months ago and I'm totally amazed by him.  I think he's one of the greatest.
    Philosopher wise, Friedrich Nietzsche is the one that impressed me most.  I don't necessarily agree with everything he says and it's very dark and sad, but he was a good writer, too.
    I actually really liked the existentialists in French.  I read a lot of Sartre and Camus.  Yeah.

    Q.  You talked about the dancing.
    ANDREA PETKOVIC:  Did I?  When did I talk?

    Q.  So much of it on YouTube.  Are you a different player in the way you celebrate your wins these days compared to a few years ago?  Used to be quite a carnival at the end of your matches.  Are you a little bit more grown up about it now?
    ANDREA PETKOVIC:  I think so, maybe.  But also I just didn't feel like dancing anymore.  It was something that was forced upon me    nothing is forced upon me.  I choose to do things, right?
    But it's just that I did it.  It was a bet in the beginning.  I did it because I was happy after the matches.
    But then it sort of got out of hand, because sometimes I played bad matches.  I didn't feel like dancing.  But people were coming just to see the dance.  They were like, Andrea, dance, dance.  Then I sort of did it to don't disappoint the people.
    It wasn't a thing it used to be.  It wasn't a happy, spontaneous thing.  It was something I needed to do somehow, and that was not what it was all about.
    Also, yeah, I was 20 when I did it, or 21.  So now I'm old.  I'm moving straight towards the 30s.  Can't be dancing when you're 30 anymore (smiling).

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