Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza congratulated Andrea Petkovic on her career and wished the German all the best in the next chapter of her life. Petkovic, who captured seven WTA titles during her career, retired from tennis after this year's US Open.
Petkovic, 35, was once a Grand Slam semifinalist and a top-10 player. "Cheers to an emotional, exciting and amazing career. The second chapter has just begun and I can't wait to see all the good things that life will bring you," Muguruza captioned her Instagram Story.
Muguruza didn't have much success versus Petkovic
Muguruza, a former world No.
1, clashed Petkovic five times. In those five matches, Muguruza four times ended on the losing side. After losing her first three matches versus Petkovic, Muguruza finally defeated the German at the US Open last year. Their last and final meeting came this summer in Berlin.
On the grass courts of Berlin, Petkovic pulled off an upset versus Muguruza as she defeated the Spaniard (8) 6-4. After beating Muguruza, Petkovic clinched five more wins before her career ended. At the US Open, Petkovic suffered a first round loss to Belinda Bencic.
Petkovic entered the Bencic match as the underdog, but fought hard and pushed the Swiss into a three-setter. In the end, Bencic claimed a 6-2 4-6 6-4 win. After the match, Petkovic said she would like to be remembered for her grit and tenacity.
"I think I would love to be remembered just what I mentioned in the beginning, the way I played the match today, which was always with grit and tenacity," Petkovic said. "I always fought for every point. I always was the most professional I could be.
I always invested in my body. I always trained the hardest and the best I could. I was always open to new forms of training, trying new things."