19 Jul 2012

Petkovic injury forces German changes


Photo: Paul ZimmerAndrea Petkovic (GER)

Germany’s Andrea Petkovic has been ruled out of competing at the Olympic Tennis Event with an ongoing ankle injury that also sidelined her for Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Petkovic has been replaced in the singles by Mona Barthel, while Anna-Lena Groenefeld steps into the doubles to partner Julia Goerges.

Having only just recovered from a stress fracture in her back, Petkovic then tore ankle ligaments playing in a tournament at Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena in April.

“Really sorry to announce that I will not be competing at the Olympic Games. I’m heartbroken and sad as can be but I’m just not ready yet,” tweeted the world No. 18.

Petkovic’s absence opens the door for Barthel and Groenefeld, who are both ranked high enough for a Direct Acceptance in their own right, but were initially overlooked due to the strength in depth of the German team.

Only four players from the same country are permitted in the singles, while just two teams are allowed in the doubles. That rule meant Barthel and Groenefeld just missed out because there are other German players ranked higher.

Barthel, the world No. 41, and Groenefeld, the world No. 28 doubles player, will both be making their Olympic debut at London 2012. It would have been Petkovic’s first Olympic appearance too.

The draw for the Olympic Tennis Event is taking place on 26 July, with the action getting under way at The All England Club two days later on 28 July.