Kerber & Petkovic interview

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The “Frankfurter Allgemeine” (literally translated to the Frankfurter General) had an interview with two of Germany’s star women’s tennis players.

Andrea Petkovic , World No. 10: The 24-year-old Darmstädterin is the leader among the German women. This year it reached in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments, the quarterfinals in Strasbourg celebrated her second tournament victory on the WTA Tour and improved by 22 world rankings. With the Fed Cup team, it rose to among the best eight teams.

Angelique Kerber , World No. 32 The Kiel, who is 24 years old in three weeks, was the late Starterin among German women. After initially ten Erstrundenniederlagen in the season she managed a breakthrough in New York: Surprisingly, they moved into the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

Here are some excerpts from the article.  At the end there is a link to the whole article.  The article is in German so I used Google Chrome and right clicked on Translate to English.

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For many, Christmas is indeed the most intimate phase in the whole year. You have completed the other hand, since the end of November several weeks of training camp in Offenbach. Are six, seven hours of exercise a day, the worst period of the year?

Kerber: For me, this is definitely the worst time, the fitness and health units are not really my thing. I’m more the type who likes to work on the court. For Andrea, it is something different.

Petkovic: Quite different, I like this time. I like torturing myself, I like that, I … go to my limits. That’s why I yell at Angie …, and then she makes it. It’s great that we can pull for each other. There are also things that I do not like such as weight training…

Andrea, a year ago you were still at rank 32 – exactly the position that has now Angelique Kerber. Now you are in tenth place. Do you have a few tips for Angelique Kerber, how does it work?

Petkovic:  before the Australian Open in January, I was still not sure if I was one of the 32 seeded players inside or …. ranked 33rd.  … I had at the played well at the beginning of the year and was playing well in Brisbane, to lead up to Melbourne. That really makes things easier.

Kerber: … I play in Auckland even before the Australian Open, and the tournament still counts towards my rankings in Melbourne.

Petkovic: If you’re set, you can get in the first two rounds of the supposedly easier opponents. And if you have easier two first rounds, then you’re have less tournament stress, because the Grand Slams are simply exhausting. And then everything evolves automatically. That was when Angie at the U.S. Open but even so – the first rounds are the worst. This is for everyone so they say yes even if you can beat the top players, then in the first two rounds.

They had previously always five or six tournaments where nothing worked. How do you get out of this?

Petkovic: That’s a good question. I think it’s become less and less every year.2011 there were only two bad periods – around Wimbledon, the tournament Rome / Madrid. If I want to take the next step, the two must also vanish. But I’m in tenth place, there is not much room for improvement….  At Wimbledon, I had to much false expectation. I planned results, and once you do that, all else works. You have to concentrate on the things you have to do on the court.

Coaches like to say that one should not think of ranking points that one should think only of his game. Can we hide, Angelique? You are in a promising situation – to the U.S. Open, you have to defend many points, it could go much further up in the world rankings …

Kerber: The pressure is now there for me, even from the outside, including from the media. I’ll try my best to not let it affect me. If you go onto the pitch with a high expectation, it can be mostly forgotten. I will experience Andrea has made ​​this year, now only can collect.

Petkovic: How many points do you defend that?

Kerber: 200 points so close …

Petkovic: If I had only, for me it’s 2000th But sometimes it’s worse when you have nothing to defend. You have to concentrate on your game just because.

Erstrundenniederlagen took you ten, so that made it click?

Kerber: After Wimbledon I spoke with Andrea …

Petkovic: … well, we have cried together …

Kerber: … at Wimbledon, that was my worst match of the year, because I’ve lost 4:6 in the third set against a wild card player, and I was so bad. Then, I asked Andrea, as it is in Offenbach, and went home and took three or four days to think about everything and decide if I really want to do this again. Then I canceled all my tournaments and prepared myself for New York and would, of course, never have thought I’d get to the semifinals. I was at position 100, and my goal was in Australia to be in the main draw …

Petkovic: And now you’re set!

Kerber: … and then I had the preparatory tournament in Dallas have noticed that I felt totally despite 40 degree heat after every game (NOTE: 40 degree’s Celcius is 104 Farenheit), okay. I’ve come to the semifinals and then flew with a lot of confidence to the U.S. Open. And as I have since won the first round, because a stone has fallen from my heart, I was really free. The space in the main draw of Melbourne was so sure, and I just wanted to take everything and enjoy it. Only in the quarter finals, I thought, oops, you can always put it to create the semi-finals, and so the game was even then, a total of ups and downs in the semifinals, I wanted to win too …

Petkovic: Since you played unbelievable in the second set.

Kerber: … but the sticking point was the first round. That was a feeling of total freedom, finally not lost first round at the Grand Slam.

Read the entire article HERE (again, you will need a translator like Google Chrome)

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