As tournament ambassador and last year’s finalist, Andrea Petkovic wants to be a fighting role model. But at the Hamburg tennis tournament she has to retire. The 34-year-old is getting more and more twinges.

Andrea Petkovic left the court with tears in her eyes. Deeply disappointed about her injury and her exit from the European Open, the crowd favourite said goodbye to the Hamburg Centre Court. The 34-year-old retired after 41 minutes at 0:6, 0:2 against the world number two Anett Kontaveit. This means that none of the eleven German tennis professionals who started in the women’s and men’s doubles tournament at the Rothenbaum is still in the tournament.

“I probably pulled my adductor,” said Petkovic. She had already suffered this injury recently at the tournament in Miami. “It was much worse then. That’s why I thought I could continue playing here,” she reported disappointedly.

Last year’s finalist went into the match against the strong Estonian with a handicap anyway. Her right elbow has been hurting for days. The 34-year-old from Darmstadt could only play by taking painkillers and wearing a tape. In the course of the first set, she also suffered a thigh injury and had problems on the slippery clay from then on. Kontaveit brought her game through almost without any problems. “I am very sorry for Andrea. I hope she gets better as soon as possible,” said the 21-year-old.

Treatment break brings no success

Even the treatment during the set break did not bring Petkovic any improvement. At 0:2, she realised that she could not move anything on this day and gave up. “When you are over 30, you have to accept everything in terms of pain,” she had said two days earlier.

Even the treatment during the set break did not bring Petkovic any improvement. At 0:2, she realised that she could not move anything on this day and gave up. “When you are over 30, you have to accept everything in terms of pain,” she had said two days earlier.

The tournament ambassador now sees Kontaveit as the top favourite in Hamburg. The Estonian had been invited to the tournament with a wildcard shortly before the start of the event after training for days on the faster hard court surface. At the Hamburg clay court tournament, she had to adapt quickly to the slower surface and demonstrated that impressively.

Kontaveit will meet the Russian Anastasia Potapova in the semi-finals. The Dubai-based world number 63 defeated Czech Barbora Krejcikova, last year’s French Open winner, 6-1, 6-3.