During the 2012 French Open Croatian Petra Martic attracted the most attention so far in her career by reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time and ousting a Top 10 player, Marion Bartoli, for the first time. Following the claycourt Grand Slam, Martic ascended to a career-high of No.42 in the WTA rankings. Lured by her spring success, I decided to feature the 21-year-old Petra in the Childhood Photos and Videos of Women's Tennis Players series.
At the age of four, little Petra approached her mother Sandra with a definite decision that she wants to be a tennis player, even though her mother played handball and her father soccer. Besides naming tennis as her profession of choice, Petra added:
I'm not crazy to play handball, you are always in pain when you come home!
Petra was just five and a half when her father died in a car accident and now she's dedicating her matches to him.
Additional info: In November 2007, we interviewed the founder of Croatian tournament for kids Smrikva Bowl about the young stars he believes in, and Petra Martic, the 2001 Smrikva Bowl champion, was high on his list.
Latest info: Due to a foot injury, Petra will have to skip the London Olympics. She was waiting until the last moment to see if the injury would heel and eventually the doctors advised her to rest. (source: Sportal.hr)