Petkovic Wins Fed Cup Heart Award

The ITF has announced that Andrea Petkovic topped the public vote for her heroics in April's Fed Cup World Group play-offs.

Published May 26, 2011 01:07

Petkovic Wins Fed Cup Heart Award
Andrea Petkovic

LONDON, United Kingdom - World No.12 Andrea Petkovic has won the latest Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award, for her contribution to Germany's 5-0 win over the United States in the World Group play-offs in April. The 23-year-old receives a cheque for $3,000, to be donated to her chosen charity.

Petkovic, who has been at the vanguard of a Fed Cup revival for Germany this year, won both her rubbers against the Americans in Stuttgart. In her first match she beat Christina McHale and in the reverse singles Melanie Oudin, to help her team seal promotion back to the World Group after a one year absence.

Having played her first Fed Cup tie in 2007, Petkovic began 2011 with a 2-2 singles record in the competition; courtesy of her wins this year (she also went 2-0 against Slovenia in February) she has improved to 6-2.

Shortlisted by an expert judging panel with Petkovic were Spain's María José Martínez Sánchez, Ukraine's Olga Savchuk and Slovenia's Polona Hercog. The outcome was decided by a public vote on the official Fed Cup website.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate Andrea for her outstanding performance in April," said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. "She has played a key role in her team's success this season and Germany is now in an excellent position to challenge for glory in 2012."

A joint venture between BNP Paribas and the ITF, the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award honors players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team.

A total of six Heart Awards are being presented in 2011. Petkovic follows in the footsteps of Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski, Bianca Botto of Peru, Japan's Ayumi Morita and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who were recognized after the ties in February. Another player will be tapped at the competition final in November, when Russia hosts the Czech Republic in Moscow.

Along with Ricci Bitti, the judging panel comprises Spanish Fed Cup legend Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (ESP), former Argentine standout Mercedes Paz, renowned journalists Craig Gabriel and Sandra Hewitt, and international photographers Corinne Dubreuil and Ray Giubilo.

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