The ITF today announced that Andrea Petkovic has won the latest Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award, following her contribution during Germany’s 5-0 win over USA in the World Group play-offs in April.
Petkovic, who has been the inspiration behind a Fed Cup renaissance for Germany in 2011, won both her rubbers against the Americans in Stuttgart, defeating Christina McHale and Melanie Oudin, to help the team seal promotion back to the World Group after a one year absence.
Petkovic was shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel alongside Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP), Olga Savchuk (UKR) and Polona Hercog (SLO). The final decision was decided by a public vote on the Fed Cup website, which saw thousands of fans have their say. The world No. 12 receives a cheque for $3,000 to be donated to her chosen charity.
A total of six Heart Awards are being presented in 2011. Petkovic follows in the footsteps of Bojana Jovanovski (SRB), Bianca Botto (PER), Ayumi Morita (JPN) and Victoria Azarenka (BLR), who were honoured after the ties in February, while a further player will be recognised at this year’s Final.
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Andrea for her outstanding performance in April. She has played a key role in her team’s success this season and Germany is now in an excellent position to challenge for glory in 2012. The level of passion and excitement for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas has grown considerably during the last year, and this is embodied in the commitment of players such as Andrea.”
The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint initiative between BNP Paribas and the ITF. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team.
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