Germany’s Andrea Petkovic was visibly emotional on Tuesday as she headed into retirement following a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 loss to Swiss Olympic champion Belinda Bencic within the first spherical on the US Open.
Petkovic, who introduced her resolution to retire on Sunday, has gained seven singles titles over her profession and reached a rating of world quantity 9 in 2011.
The 34-year-old, at present ranked 104th, made the 2014 French Open semi-final and three extra Grand Slam quarter-finals in 2011.
“I nonetheless love the sport, nonetheless have an incredible quantity of ardour for the sport,” Petkovic informed reporters.
“It’s extra the physique that’s not permitting me to play tennis anymore in a manner that I wish to play it, practice the best way I wish to practice, simply play a full season actually.
“The final 4 weeks I’ve simply been taking part in with painkillers and anti-inflammatories. That was simply the half that made me resolve to not proceed anymore, not the shortage of ardour or need for the sport. So I believe that was the saddest half in a manner.”
Petkovic, who left the door open for a attainable exhibition event in Europe to say goodbye to household and pals, stated the hardest a part of her resolution was coping with the feelings within the days main as much as the match.
“I used to be actually devastated (for) the final 5 days and principally crying (after) each observe,” Petkovic stated.
“I used to be glad that it ended like this, with Belinda, any individual I like and respect a lot. Additionally that I may carry to the final match every part that I delivered to my profession, which was grit and tenacity and simply respect for the sport and for my opponents.”