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Malek to replace Petkovic

Tatjana Malek will fill the void in the German team left by the injured Andrea Petkovic.
30 December 2012, by Hopman Cup

Tatjana Malek will fill the void in the German team left by the injured Andrea Petkovic.

Announced a short time ago by Event Director Steve Ayles, Malek will travel from Miami to Perth to join forces with Tommy Haas.

“I’m very excited to be coming to the Hopman Cup to represent Germany. Of course I’m very sorry Andrea has suffered an injury and wish her all the best,” Malek said.

“It’s always very exciting to have the chance to represent your country, which I’ve done a lot in Fed Cup, and it will be so much fun to play with Tommy in Perth.

“I’ve seen pictures of the new Arena and it’s very beautiful – I can’t wait to play there. Hopman Cup will be fantastic preparation for me for the Australian Open with my coach and fiancé Charles Maria and I hope I can win some matches and do well.”

The 25-year-old German is currently ranked No.112 but has been ranked as high as No.64 in 2009. While she is yet to win a WTA singles title, she has one WTA doubles title to her name and eight ITF titles.

Malek has been called in to replace the injured Petkovic who will travel back to Germany for an arthroscopy after rupturing her medial meniscus – an injury that could see her on the sidelines for up to three months.

Petkovic injured her knee during the first set of her match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty at the Perth Arena on Saturday night. After winning the first set 6-4, Petkovic was forced to retire, so the match was awarded to Barty, handing the locals a 3-0 victory following Bernard Tomic’s thrilling three-set win over Tommy Haas in the first match.

Malek is due to arrive in time for Germany’s next match, which is scheduled for Wednesday against Italy during the day session.

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