Petra Cetkovska certainly overcame more than her fair share of hurdles before reaching her professional tennis career high singles rank of 25 in 2012. Since going pro in 2000, the Czechoslovakian-born Cetkovska has won 15 singles and 16 double titles.
Petra Cetkovska began playing tennis at the age of five, perhaps due to the fact her father worked at the pro shop of a local tennis club. At the age of 14, Cetkovska was injured playing with a friend. The friend accidentally pushed her against a wall and two years afterwards, Cetkovska had to undergo surgery to relieve swelling caused by the incident.
Just a year after her brain surgery, Petra contracted glandular fever, a viral infection better known as mononucleosis. This infection can cause up to three months of extreme fatigue symptoms. Additionally, the tennis hopeful broke her foot during the Australian Open junior doubles final.
For the first few months of 2013, Petra Cetkovska was forced to drop out of nine tournaments because a recurring injury to her foot. She made a return and lost in Strasbourg, but when on to achieve her third highest performance during her second tournament since returning from injury. At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, Cetkovska upset the former World Number 1, Caroline Wozniacki, during the second round.