Today marks the end of Andrea Petkovic's Cinderella run at the Sony Ericsson Open. I call it a Cinderella run, not because she was a complete unknown and just coming into her own, but rather because she was finally introduced to the masses as the funny, entertaining, and smart girl that she has always been. After making it to the semi-finals, she will break into the top 20 for the first time, but unfortunately, when a new road begins another ends, and we must now say goodbye to the Petko Dance.
It started off as a bet with her coach at the US Open. She had not been playing well prior to the tournament, so he said that if she won her first round match against Nadia Petrova she would, "have to do something special." And this is what she did:
Since then, it has been become a bit of a craze, with fans requesting it after every win, "I wanted to get rid of it after the US Open, but the fans just ‑‑ they said like, Hey, we are just coming to see the dance and you're not doing it anymore."
Andrea has been preparing us all week that this was the last tournament she would do the dance. In her presser after defeating Caroline Wozniacki she said, "I tried to do it as much as I can here in the tournament, because then it's gone. I'm a little sad, but it was ‑‑ it was a nice phase and it was nice fun, but now I'm getting a little tired of it. Time to move on."
But some people are finding it hard to let go.....
Last night after Novak Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson, he did a little version of the dance and Andrea gave her thoughts on his moves at her post-match press conference:
Q. Is the dance officially retired, or is Djokovic stealing the dance?
ANDREA PETKOVIC: I hope so. He told me he was going to do it. I saw him in Indian Wells doing like some kind of it, but this was not really the Petko Dance. So I really hope he steps up his game. Yeah, Petko Dance from Petko is retired. I don't know if any other players will try to involve them in their games. I would be very happy to see it.
So players take heed: if you're gonna dance, be on your A game, because the original will be watching.