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Andrea Petkovic reacts during the match against Sara Errani during day five of the 2015 China Open. (image via Emmanuel Wong)

Andrea Petkovic ends her roller-coaster season in disappointment following a 6-0, 6-0, loss to Carla Suarez Navarro at the WTA Elite Cup.

Throughout the match the German was struggling with a left knee injury.  The injury is the latest blow to Petkovic in what has been a challenging year, both on and off the court. On the tour, she has reached the semifinals at three tournaments in 2015, including the Diamond Games in Belgium, where she won her only title of the year. In addition, she also reached the third round in three out of four Grand Slams this season. Despite battling hard on the court, Petkovic faced another challenge in her personal life when her mother fell ill. During an interview with WTA Insider, an emotional Petkovic spoke about her struggle.

“It was a difficult year for my family,”. She said.  
“I wanted to be at home. But because I’m a professional and I’m German, I still went and did all the practices and everything I had to do. It wasn’t like I just didn’t do it. I wasn’t going to just play the matches. I still practiced three hours a day. I still did my gym, I still did my workouts, I still did my fitness, I still went to the physios every day. I was still being professional with all this inside of me”.

The issue of homesickness is a factor for many players on both the WTA and ATP tour. During the Aegon Championships in June, Nick Kyrgios spoke openly to the media about missing his friends and family. Due to the mixture of homesickness and coping with an ill parent, the task has  overwhelmed an emotionally drained Petkovic. This feeling has resulted in the German falling out of love with the sport.

“It’s just been the past two or three months, I just sort of lost the passion for tennis,”. Petkovic told the WTA Insider.
 “When I was at home, I was feeling really happy. And the minute I went on tour I just sort of felt depressed. Really depressed in a way that I didn’t want to get out of bed at all”.

The 28-year-old revealed that she has been questioning the continuation of her career since the end of last season. Petkovic candidly admitted that she enjoys doing many other things as she started to look at life outside of the world of tennis. The German said she feels that she might be better at other things apart from tennis.

“Sometimes I feel like there are other talents in me that I might be better at. Everyone says ‘You’re stupid. You were Top 10 in the world, you’re still in the Top 30, you’re one of the best players in the world.’ I’m proud of everything I’ve achieved, don’t get me wrong.
“But I feel like if I had done something else I would have been maybe better at it. Now I feel like I’ve lost all that time on tennis. It’s super stupid but I just have to figure it out. I don’t even have something, like I’m a super great drawer. Like I’m a super great writer and if I would have started a book at 17 and at 28 I would have been a Pulitzer Prize winner by now. It’s not even like I have something like that in myself. It’s just a feeling. It’s stupid.”

Petkovic’s career is far from a terrible one. In 2011 she achieved a ranking best of 9th in the world. Throughout her career, she has reached 11 WTA finals, winning six titles. At the 2014 Wimbledon championships, she produced her best Grand Slam performance by reaching semifinals before losing to Simona Halep. Currently the 28-year-old is ranked 24th in the world.

An exhausted Petkovic will travel to America during the off season for a rest period where she hopes to recharge. The future for the former Wimbledon semifinalist may be currently uncertain, however, she has pledged not to disappear from the tour completely.

“I won’t be gone and never come back. It just might take me a little bit of time now”. Petkovic concluded.

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Daria Kasatkina And Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Lead Calls For VAR In Tennis

There have been calls for VAR to be introduced into the sport.

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Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have called for VAR to be implemented in tennis.

The calls have came after Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik in Dubai.

As Bublik lead 6-5 in the final set, Rublev shouted in the face of an umpire allegedly swearing in Russian which was picked up by one of the officials.

This saw Rublev be disqualified from the event with Bublik reaching the final in Dubai.

However as a result of the incident players have called for a VAR review system with the video showing inconclusive proof of whether Rublev did swear in Russian.

Leading the calls for such innovation are Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina as the duo called for VAR to be introduced on twitter, “So you can just disqualify a player, take away all his points and money, without even checking the video? What a joke, yet another confirmation that we need VAR in tennis and an electronic appeal system in all tournaments,” Kasatkina said on social media.

VAR has been implemented in football and also a similar system in rugby with mixed results.

It’s clear though that more technology would help umpires identify whether a grounds for disqualification would be necessary.

So far VAR has been trialled at the Next Gen Finals and the Nitto ATP Finals.

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Casper Ruud Overcomes ‘Tough Start’ To Set De Minaur Final In Acapulco

Casper Ruud is into his first ATP 500 final after defeating Holger Rune in three sets.

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Casper Ruud is into his second consecutive final in Mexico after defeating Holger Rune 3-6 6-3 6-4 in Acapulco.

The Norwegian had to overcome an electric start from Rune to prevail in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

It was a clinical performance from Ruud who is now into his second consecutive final in Mexico after reaching the final in Los Cabos last week.

Speaking after the match Ruud admitted it was a tough start but he’s pleased to be in another final, “It was a tough start,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“Holger just came out firing bullets from the forehand, from the backhand and I had not too much time to play my game. I was frustrated at times, especially at the end of the first set, beginning of the second.

“I didn’t really feel like I got to play any points how I wanted to, so there was some frustration towards myself, towards my box, because I didn’t feel like we were doing the right thing.

“But luckily with one break in the second, it turned around a bit and in the third set it got a little physical. I think maybe Holger seemed like he was struggling a little bit and started firing even more and a couple of games it went in and he broke me, which is frustrating.

“Some unforced errors crept up on him and I served really well in the last game to close it out.”

Ruud is now into his first ATP 500 final in Acapulco where he will face defending champion Alex De Minaur.

De Minaur overcame Jack Draper after the Brit retired at 4-0 down in the deciding set.

Heading into Saturday’s final, De Minaur leads the head-to-head 1-0 although that was in a completely different scoring format in the Next Gen Finals.

Whatever happens on Saturday, Ruud will return to the world’s top ten.

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Andrey Rublev Disqualified In Dramatic Dubai Semi-Final

Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final in Dubai.

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Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik after being accused of swearing in Russian.

The event took place in Dubai where Rublev had more than enough opportunities to win the match having been 4-2 40-0 up in the deciding set.

However Bublik came back into the match as he caught up with Rublev in what was turning into a fascinating contest.

The score was at 6-5 Bublik when Rublev’s frustrations boiled over when he allegedly told the official at the side of the court that he was a ‘f****** moron’ in Russian.

One of the officials on the sidelines at the side of the court reported the incident and the supervisor ruled that Rublev should be defaulted.

The incident below means that Rublev will now lose all his ranking points and prize money, resulting in Rublev exiting the world’s top five.

An ending that didn’t warrant the dramatic contest and after the match Bublik agreed that the consequences, “I highly doubt Andrey said something crazy,” Bublik was quoted by Sports Illustrated.

“He’s not this kind of guy. But I guess that’s the rules. That’s what they did, they just follow the procedure.”

Bublik will hope for a smoother finish to the final when he takes on Ugo Humbert for the title.

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