As a result, the darmstadter was not available for the first round match in the fed cup against the czech republic at the beginning of february. "This is of course a huge disappointment," petkovic said after the diagnosis, which revealed a fatigue fracture in the iliosacral joint. The 24-year-old immediately returned to germany to undergo further examinations.
"You slog through many weeks of hard preparation, subordinate everything to the sport, and before the first grand slam tournament of the year you’re out of action," petkovic said contritely. The hessian was last seen in the second round of the WTA tournament in sydney, where she was defeated by poland’s agnieszka radwanska and had to be treated during the match. The german number one also complained of back problems at the first tournament of the year in brisbane and was eliminated in the quarterfinals against the estonian kaia kanepi.
"I’ve been struggling with it for a while, but i always believed it was getting better and that’s why i fought the pain," petkovic said. She is the second prominent player to cancel her participation in the tournament, which starts next monday. Only on monday, the US american venus williams announced that she would not be competing due to illness. There is still a question mark over the participation of defending champion kim clijsters. Sabine lisicki from berlin and julia gorges from bad oldesloe are also plagued with health problems.
Petkovic was seen as a major german hopeful at the first highlight of the year. The torn meniscus, which forced her to take a break at the end of last year, was healed and she said that she had trained harder than ever before in preparation for the race. "But nothing is going to knock me off my feet that fast anymore. After tearing my cruciate ligament and meniscus, i know how to deal with injuries," said last season’s rising star, who reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam tournament for the first time in 2011 in melbourne.
"The problems have recently become worse here in australia. I could only play for 30 to 45 minutes without pain," reported petkovic, who had undergone intensive examinations after the defeat by radwanska. This check revealed the devastating diagnosis. "The only thing i can do now is rest and hope the bone heals as quickly as possible," petkovic said. "The doctors said it could take six to eight weeks, but i’m confident that everything will be fine."