An inspirational performance from Bernard Tomic and a knee injury to a tearful Andrea Petkovic powered Australia to a 3-0 victory over Germany in Saturday night’s Hyundai Hopman Cup 2013 tennis tie at Perth Arena.
Tomic produced two spirited fightbacks to defeat world No.21 Tommy Haas 7-6(6) 3-6 7-5 in the $1 million mixed-teams event.
Petkovic beat 16-year-old Queenslander Ashleigh Barty 6-4 in the opening set of the women’s singles rubber.
But the former world No.9 was then forced to make a tearful retirement due to a right knee injury, with her Australian Open campaign now in doubt.
Petkovic required a reconstruction on her right knee in 2008, while she also injured it last year.
Although the extent of her latest injury isn’t known, Petkovic and her dad Zoran broke down in tears as she was receiving on-court treatment after the opening set.
“It’s unfortunate for Andrea, she’s a great player,” Barty said.
“I hope Andrea has a speedy recovery so she can play in the Australian Open.”
Petkovic’s withdrawal meant Australia was handed a 6-0 6-0 win in the mixed doubles, giving the eighth seeded nation a 3-0 tie win ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with top-seeded Serbia.