Andrea Petkovic enjoyed a different type of victory this spring as she traded sword for pen - or in this case, sword for touch screen - to publish her first column with Racquet Magazine; the German chats with WTA Insider about its thesis: the art of the rivalry.
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Andrea Petkovic has long been known for her deep insight on a wide range of topics.

This year, the German veteran put some of those thoughts to paper as she makes her editorial debut in the third edition of Racquet Magazine, which just hit news stands in May.

"It was horrible. It was great. It was challenging. I loved it and hated it all at the same time!" Petkovic said of the experience writing "A Beautiful Struggle."

The article compares the artistic rivalry between Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, threads it through a tennis lens as it analyzes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, only to settle close to home as Petkovic looks at her own rivalry with World No.1 Angelique Kerber, how all have evolved over the passage of time.

Without a laptop, the former French Open semifinalist wrote out the essay on a touch screen, and brought her signature candor to a lively discussion with WTA Insider on how she combined two of her greatest passions.

"I talk a lot, so I can get my point across, but not always in a succinct way. Writing forced me to be succinct, be on point, and go deep at the same time.

"I was in utter desperation most of the time, but it's so different from a victory in tennis. Those are more emotional but they go away quicker because you have to focus on the next match. Here, I was just so satisfied with myself, but I did learn never to reread what you wrote. By the end, you just want to delete everything and start over!"

Hear more from Petkovic in the latest episode of the WTA Insider Podcast: