Petkovic Books All-German Clash Against Kerber - Day 2 Roundup
Published March 09, 2017 12:14
INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Former World No.9 Andrea Petkovic is through to the second round of the BNP Paribas Open after scoring her second ever main draw victory at Indian Wells against an ailing Vania King.
The German was leading King 6-0, 2-0 before the American was forced to retire citing a left ankle injury.
"That's definitely not how I want to win a match," Petkovic acknowledged in her on-court interview. "I just hope Vania gets better, she's such a great girl and obviously she couldn't perform at her best which is unfortunate.
"But up until then I was actually happy with my performance. I guess I just have to focus on those few games we played and go to the practice court and hit more balls."
There was definitely a lot for Petkovic to be proud of in her opening encounter against King on Stadium 2. Historically, the conditions at Indian Wells have troubled the German; she's 1-5 lifetime here with her only main draw victory coming over Lucie Safarova back in 2011.
But none of that showed on Thursday, as Petkovic routinely dictated rallies with her forehand and pounced on King's vulnerable second serve. She dropped just four points on her serve in total during the course of the eight games contested.
Petkovic will be keen to keep up her good form into the second round; with the victory she's booked an all-German clash against Angelique Kerber, who's set to return to the WTA World No.1 ranking at the end of the Indian Wells fortnight.
Kerber owns a 7-3 lead in the pair's head-to-head record, a rivalry dating back to 2005.
"We've been great friends since childhood, we've gone through so many highs and lows together. We've played doubles countless times," Petkovic said with a smile.
"We played doubles at the Olympic Games last year - we even shared a room last year in Brazil. We were literally [one foot] away from each other, so I know how she breathes at night, even.
"I hope I can use that against her in the next match."
Shelby Rogers came out on top in the battle of the Americans, beating compatriot Jennifer Brady 6-4, 7-6 and the in-form Magda Linette continued her impressive start to the season by seeing off home favourite Taylor Townsend. There was more disappointment for the home fans as wildcard Donna Vekic defeated Alison Riske although Lauren Davis did make it through.
Check out all the completed matches here.