Wow! Petra Cetkovska pulled a major upset at the 2015 US Open. She defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the second round, eliminating the tournament’s No. 4 seed. Before Petra moves on to her next challenge, learn five important facts about the U.S Open’s underdog!
Petra Cetovska, 30, stunned the tennis world when she eliminated Caroline Wozniacki, 25, in an epic second round of the US Open. Caroline was the 2014 US Open’s runner-up, losing to Serena Williams, 33, in the finals. There won’t be a rematch because Caroline’s going home while Petra is moving on! As Petra gets ready to face her next competitor, here are five things to know about this tennis star.
Petra faced Caroline on Sept. 3 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Reports US Today. Petra surprised Caroline, taking the first set, 6-4. Caroline rebounded to win the second set, 5-7, but she fell to her opponent in an epic third-set tiebreaker.
1. She’s Following In The Family Business.
Petra was born in the Czech Republic and she’s been playing tennis since she was five years old. She got into the sport thanks to her father, who works at a pro shop at a local tennis club.
2. Petra Is A Survivor!
When she was 14-years-old, she was involved in an accident when a friend pushed her against a wall. Two years later, she required brain surgery due to the swelling caused by the bump! Yikes! A year after that, she developed glandular fever. On top of all that, when she played in the Junior Doubles at the Australian Open as a teen, she broke her foot! Ouch!
3. This Isn’t Her First Upset.
Petra was on a tear at the 2011 New Haven Open, making it to the final round of the WTA Premier Tournament. She beat the tournament’s 5th seed, Agnieszka Radwańska, in the second round. Petra then defeated the 4th seed, Marion Bartoli, in the quarterfinals and eliminated the 2nd second seed, Li Na, in the semis. Unfortunately, she lost in the finals to the then-No. 1 player in the world: Caroline Wozniacki, the woman Petra just beat at the 2015 US Open!
4. Though Petra’s An Underdog, She’s Still A Champion.
Petra has not won a single World Tennis Associations singles tournament. However, she has two WTA doubles titles and 21 International Tennis Federation titles.
5. This Is Her Best US Open Showing Yet!
As a singles competitor, Petra was ranked 149th in the world prior to the US Open. She has never been past the fourth round in a Major tournament, reports The Guardian. She was eliminated in the first round of both the French Open and Wimbledon. In fact, prior to 2015, she had never made it to the third round of the US Open. As Petra advances, she will now face Flavia Pennetta in the next round of the tournament. We wish her luck!
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— Jason Brow