Petkovic has had a rough run with injuries throughout her 14-year professional career, and even earlier when she was a junior. She had issues with her right knee before her left knee started acting up a few years ago.
Her latest surgery came in February and she had initially planned to return to the tour in Miami in March, but the coronavirus delayed her comeback and she suddenly found herself restarting again after nearly 12 months out.
“Every injury is super hard, but I think I have developed a kind of stoicism towards it in the course of my life, just because I had to; at one point you just learn to accept things that you cannot change,” Petkovic said.
“With all the injuries I had so young and early in my life, it was clear that at one point it was all going to take a toll on my body, probably earlier than maybe other players who were luckier than I was when I was young.
“And it did happen eventually, but you know what? What keeps me alive and sane is that I had never had more fun playing than I have now because I've been through so much, and now, I feel like I had a really good career.
“I'm happy with what I've done, and now it's all about the extra, all about the bonus and being out there, playing with the top girls. For example, today, when I played with Ons (in practice), I'm having so much fun just to see like, ‘Hey, I watched her play amazing just a few months ago. And now I'm here on the court, battling it out with her. How lucky am I?’
“So this is just a place that I wish I had in my early 20s and I feel like that's the damnation or the curse of humanity that the perspective you gain with age, your body kind of gives out, right?” she added with a laugh.