Petkovic dances way into Miami second round

Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:22pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

MIAMI (Reuters) - Andrea Petkovic has not had much reason to dance this season but the effervescent German flashed some of her moves after advancing to the second round of the Sony Open on Wednesday with a 6-3 6-4 win over Spain's Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.

Ranked in the top 10 at the end of 2011 with two titles on her resume and regarded as one of the WTA Tour's rising stars, Petkovic had plenty of reason and occasions to kick up her heels.

Better known for her post-match dance 'the Petko' than her punishing forehand, Petkovic's career was on an upward arc until 2012 when she was hit by a string of injuries that sent her ranking into a nose-dive.

A sore back was followed by ankle and knee injuries that left her sidelined for almost all the 2012 season leaving her 143rd in the world at the end of the year.

Back in Miami, with a new coach and fit, Petkovic is looking to climb another rung on the rankings ladder this next fortnight.

"It (Miami) is kind of a special tournament, I don't know why," said Petkovic, who has clawed her way back to number 37. "When I come here I just feel very comfortable, I like the courts. I just seem to play well here.

"Coming out on centre court was really nice, I have such great memories here, two or three great matches here on centre court in 2011 so that was kind of emotional. Somehow it is special.

"Let's hope it keeps going."   Continued...