I have to say that I am very surprised with the upcoming of Andrea Petkovic. She reached the quarters earlier at the Australian Open 2011 and had a marvelous run at the Sony Ericsson Open 2011. She reached the semi final in Key Biscayne where Maria Sharapova proved to be a too much for the German. But take in account that Petkovic never got this far in a big tournament and that one and a half week of matches is probably a little too much for her. She is still learning and I think if she keeps this up that she will be in finals soon.
Ofcourse Petkovic is most famous for her Petkodance. A ritual she performed after a match. And almost always after she won. Ofcourse it is very entertaining for the spectators and YouTubers, like myself, to watch Petkovic dance. And it was an even bigger riot when Petkovic convinced Ana Ivanovic to dance. Phone made videos of the audience popped up on YouTube and then she announced that she was going to retire the dance. I have to say that when I saw her do the Petkodance for the last time ever it looked a little forced. Like she was a little tired of doing it and that it all the attention of her doing the dance was somehow the most tiring part. Perhaps that played a role in her decision to retire the dance and instead think of something else. She said she was going to do something new at the press conference of the Sony Ericsson Open, so who know what she will surprise us with.
And then there were the people who were not so happy with her dance. Like Maria Sharapova who took a jab at Petkovic’ dance at the press conference after their meeting at the Sony Ericsson Open 2011.
Q. [Petkovic] thought you would be tired in the third after the long match you had the previous night. Didn’t seem to be that way.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Because I didn’t do the dance after. I wasn’t tired.
Oh 1-0 for the Russian bombshell. And it didn’t stop there. Sharapova took another jab when asked the following:
Q. She said that one of the things that makes you such a good champion is that you sense right away a weakness in the other player and basically you jump on that. She said that she felt that you sensed she was hesitating, whatever. Can you talk about that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, to be honest, I felt like I was just making a lot errors in the first set and I wasn’t moving my feet at all. And especially with the wind I wasn’t moving towards the ball and letting the ball come to me and not really being aggressive. That’s what’s won me so many matches in my career is when I step in and I hit my strokes and they come deep. I just wasn’t doing that. So first and foremost I felt like I had to start doing that and making little steps and adjusting my game a little bit. More than anything, I sensed that she was tired — probably a lot of the dancing that she’s been doing — and I took advantage of it.
Even though Sharapova made these comments about the Petkodance, after that first set I am pretty sure she was trying to pull her underwear from the crack of her ass. And the next match between Sharapova and Petkovic, I know Petkovic will fight harder for the win. I can tell because I am ahead of my time, even if it is only 15 minutes.
I am not sure if I ever want to attend a match of Maria Sharapova anyway. I imagine it like a party where the music volume is set to the highest level and you have to yell to get your message to the person standing next to you and then comes the moment where the music stops and everybody falls quiet, except you: SO ARE YOU SURE IT IS GOING TO BE A DOUBLE BAGEL? Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy watching Sharapova and her game but I just think that the shrieking is so much louder in real life.
Anyway I digress. Yes, the Petkodance has been retired but what will she do now? I can’t wait to see it. She knows her fans are waiting for her to do something new and let’s face it: Without the dance, the WTA just became a little less colorful.
Let me know what you think Petkovic’ next step will be. A new dance or a simple wave or will she get the audiences so far to o the wave with her? Making it look like a football stadium. Only time will tell or perhaps you will? Leave a comment.
And here is to the request made in my previous article by Addilson Strahovski. This one’s for you: