Monday, March 28, 2011
The girl def had reason to dance today.
Andrea Petkovic came through big in Miami upsetting top lady baller and seed Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in the fourth round. Petko held strong through some scratchy play from both ballers and took advantage of Wozzi's faltering forehand and atypical flat-footedness (yeah, it's a word...now.)
You just knew this kind of day was coming for the Dane especially after her tremendous post-Oz effort reaching three finals and winning two - Dubai + Indian Wells. She was bleeding UEs all day and couldn't seem to find that extra gear consistently. I'm sure a few extra days off will do her nicely.
But the day belonged to Petko. The 21st seed had her own issues particularly on key points but remained positive throughout. She stuck to her "strict game plan" of mixing it up as she mentioned in the on-court interview she gave right after celebrating with her trademark Petko shuffle [edit: word on the digital street is she's retiring the dance. Boo.] The German opened up the court with fine angles, threw in some slices and denied Woz the opportunity to control the center. And it worked. Great win.
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