02 August 2020

Tennis star Petra Martic looks to focus on ‘enjoying’ herself at WTA’s Palermo Open

Tennis star Petra Martic is looking forward to ‘enjoying’ herself instead of worrying about the ‘results’ at the Palermo Open in Italy. 

The event will mark the return of the WTA Tour after the coronavirus pandemic brought the season to a halt in March. 

But for Martic, 29, it is not about the results and numbers at the upcoming tournament as she feels ‘privileged’ to even be playing on a tennis court again.

She told All Access Hour: "It’s been so long without tennis, without competition, without the adrenaline that we all kind of love.

"So I was really excited to hear that Palermo and Prague will be 100 percent organized and will go on.

“So I’m just going to try to enjoy myself. To be back on the court right now is really just a privilege without thinking about any results or any goals or focused on numbers or anything else.”

The Croatian is coming off the back of an impressive 2019 season after finishing in the top 16 at three major events.

She reached the quarter-finals at last year’s French Open and for the first time in her career finished in the top 20.

The world No 15 is set to headline the event alongside French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova and world No 20 Maria Sakkari.

Martic is set to face Alison Van Uytvanck from Belgium on August 3 in the opening round.  

The Palermo Ladies Open will take place in Italy on August 3-9.

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