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Andrea Petkovic's Carlsbad Blog: Friday

Her unique extended warm-ups are just one of the thing Andrea Petkovic talks about in the latest blog entry.

Published August 05, 2011 12:00

CARLSBAD, CA, USA - Ranked No.11 this week and no matter how she does in Carlsbad, Top 10 next week. German No.1 Andrea Petkovic has had the best year of her career and is this week's WTA blogger. Read on...

Andrea Petkovic

Friday, August 5, 2011

I just came from my match with Sloane Stephens. I felt the first maybe six games it was equal, 50-50. But after I made the break for 4-2, I was able to pull away. But as I already said in the on-court interview, she hits the ball really well. She has a great future ahead of her. I definitely see her in the Top 30 with her talent - but talent is one thing and work is another thing. I think the USTA has a great program and they'll try to get the best out of her.

I didn't do anything differently today. But there's one thing I've been doing differently for a few months now. My warm-up is quite long - I always practice around 50 minutes or an hour, or even more than an hour. A lot of people see me practicing for so long before the match and they think, 'Is she crazy?' The reason for it is I always have slow starts in my matches, and me and my coach figured out I need a long warm-up to get into the match quicker. We figured it out right before the French Open. I won Strasbourg with it, so I'm keeping it!

Thank you very much for your great questions this week. Keep it up!

You, Julia and Sabine are doing so well. Why do you think it took a while for Germany to emerge in tennis again? Benjamin, Philippines
I've been asked this a lot. It's a tough question. A big difference is us three girls have now known each other for 10 years, and we've always had this healthy competition. It's not something that bothers us, it helps us. We practice together all the time, and they beat me in practice. So when I played well at the Australian Open and Miami, they think, 'If she can do it, why can't I do it?' Julia won Stuttgart immediately after. Sabine was there with us in Fed Cup and was playing so well too, so she goes ahead and plays semis in Wimbledon. It's competition but it's not destructive, it helps us become the best we can.

What do you do during flights? Mario, Belgium
Most of the time I listen to music. I have about 5000 songs on my iPod. A lot of people listen to music as background, but I can't do that. I need to focus. I can't do anything else. So for me flights are perfect! I have big earphones so I feel like a hip-hopper, and I really get lost in it. I listen to the lyrics, the bass, the drumlines... I play drums a little and the guitar too so I focus a lot!

What do you and other tennis pros do with your old tennis clothing when new designed clothes come out? Bettina, Hungary
I give it away most of the time to my friends and family. Whenever my parents go back to Serbia they take my old clothes to people and players there, many of whom don't have too much money to spend on that. We have so much stuff, just keeping it in the house doesn't make much sense, so I give it away.

If you could meet a genie in a bottle one day, what would be your three wishes? Nadine, France
That's a good one! First of all I think I want an island in a really nice place where it's really sunny, and there has to be 500 good looking guys. That's two wishes actually. The third wish is 250 of them should be musicians.

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