Farewell to tears for retired Andrea Petkovic, eliminated in the first round of the US Open

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Farewell to tears for retired Andrea Petkovic, eliminated in the first round of the US Open

Andrea Petkovic couldn’t hold back her tears once the match point was played. The 34-year-old German, who announced on Sunday that she had decided to retire at the end of the US Open, lost Tuesday in the first round of the New York Major against the Swiss Belinda Bencic (6-2, 4-6, 6-4). A defeat synonymous with the end clap for the 104th in the world.

“I still love the game, I still have a huge passion for the gamePetkovic later told reporters. It’s more the body that no longer allows me to play tennis the way I want to, train the way I want to train, just play a full season. »

Injuries have caught up with him and force him to reluctantly bow out. “For the past four weeks, I have only played with painkillers and anti-inflammatoriesshe continued. That’s what made me decide not to continue, not the lack of passion or desire for the game. So I think it was the saddest match in a way. »

Relief after pain

“I was really devastated (during) the last five days and i almost cried (after) every workout”Petkovic said, while not ruling out playing an exhibition tournament in Europe to greet his loved ones.

The German, who has won seven singles titles in her career, says to herself “Glad it ended like this, with Belinda, someone I love and respect so much. I was also happy to be able to bring to the last match everything that I brought to my career, that is to say, grit, tenacity and respect for the game and for my opponents. »

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