Sunday, January 23, 2011
Petko dances all the way to the Quarter Finals.
The hits just keep coming in the women's draw at the Australian Open with a little history thrown in as well.
Tonight on Rod Laver Arena, three-time grand slam champion and the winner in Melbourne in 2008, Maria Sharapova, was bundled out by 30th seed Andrea Petkovic, 6-2 6-3.
It is the German's first time into a grand slam quarter-final and she celebrated with her now trademark shuffle on court, known as the 'Petko Dance'.
It all started with her new coach, Petar Popovic, back in New York last September when her early tournament form at the US Open wasn't so good.
"I play much better since I do the dance. So for everybody if something is not going well, just do a little dance," the 23-year-old Petkovic told the crowd.
Sharapova's exit before the quarter-finals follows fellow stars Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Justine Henin and Sam Stosur, who failed to make the final eight having been there before.
"You know it was such a tough match. Just two or three points and Maria comes back. I'm just happy I closed it out in the end," Petkovic said. "It's my primary goal to compete with the great champions and maybe become one myself one day."
Petko also offered some advice for aspiring young tennis player, "Never listen to your parents! And you end up on Rod Laver Arena" after explain her father tried to convince her to give tennis up and focus on an academic career, and aren't we all glad she stayed with tennis!
And now with Maria Sharapova out the we will have a Champion at Melbourne Park who as never lifted the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.