German tennis player Andrea Petkovic is suffering from a painful injury: since the tournament in Wimbledon, a muscle irritation has intensified. She tries to bear the injury with humour.

Tennis player Andrea Petkovic has been plagued with an aggravated elbow injury since Wimbledon. “It’s an absolute horror. It’s partly completely gone, then a ball bounces wrong and the tendon gets bruised and I want to die,” the 34-year-old reported after her first-round win over Tamara Korpatsch at the WTA tournament in Hamburg on Monday night. “It’s quite an unpleasant pain, but it won’t go away even from resting.”

Golfer’s elbow” causes problems

The problems have existed for some time, but have worsened significantly since her singles appearance at the grass-court classic at the end of June, when she was eliminated in the first round. Petkovic reported that it was a so-called golfer’s elbow. In this case, the muscle attachments on the inside of the elbow are irritated. “But I play well, so it’s one thing I accept. At some point you have to take such things with humour, what else can I do,” Petkovic reported with a laugh. “If I turn pale or start crying, it’s probably because of that.”

At the clay court tournament at Rothenbaum, last year’s number eight seed will face Japan’s Misaki Doi in the last 16 on Tuesday.