|Petra Martić Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||January 19, 1991|
Petra Martić is a Croatian professional tennis player who had made her international debut as early as 2008, at the age of just 17. After suffering from a spate of injuries and indifferent form in the early and mid-2010s, she finally began to put together a string of impressive performances in 2019 and 2020. This included winning her first singles title on the WTA Tour – the 2019 Istanbul Cup, and reaching the quarter-final of the 2019 French Open, feats that eventually helped her break into the ‘Top 20’ of the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) official singles rankings for the first time, in January 2020. She has also, as of February 2021, won 1 WTA 125K series singles and 1 doubles tournament, in addition to 4 singles and 5 doubles titles on the ITF (International Tennis Federation) circuit.
Split, Dalmatia, Croatia
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Professional Tennis Player
- Father – Nenad Martić (d. 1996)
- Mother – Sandra Martić
- Others – Mladen (Uncle) (Deceased)
Right-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
63 kg or 139 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Croatian descent.
- Lanky frame
- Lean physique
- Wears her hair in a ponytail while playing
- Radiant face
- Charming smile
Petra Martić Favorite Things
- Tennis Shot – Serve
- Tennis Surface – Hard
- Music Genre – Pop
- Singer – Sia
- Cuisine – Thai, Mexican
- City – Paris
- Hobbies/Interests – Watching Documentaries, Traveling
Source – WTA
Petra Martić Facts
- She had started playing tennis from the age of 5, around the same time that her father had passed away in a car accident. During this phase, she had also lost her uncle Mladen who was killed in the Croatian War of Independence. She has often credited her mother, who had raised her single-handedly and had also introduced her to tennis, as her lifelong hero. The dedication of her mother towards building Petra’s career has often been quoted by her as the single-point source of inspiration in her career.
- Throughout the 2010 season, she had played just one grass tournament – Wimbledon. In her first-round match, she had upset the then-British No. 1, Elena Baltacha. However, she was forced to retire before the 2nd round match due to an injury that she had sustained.
- She had reached her first WTA final at the 2012 Malaysian Open where she had defeated the 3rd seed Peng Shuai as well as the 2nd seed Jelena Janković. However, she had to retire in the final match due to an injury. This would go on to prove agonizing in the future as she had to wait 7 more years for her maiden WTA title – the 2019 Istanbul Cup.
- Between this and 2016, she had suffered several major and minor injuries that had threatened to derail her career. At the start of the 2017 season, she was dealing with a major back injury (disc protrusion in her lower back) and was not even sure if she would be able to compete again. However, after a 10-month lay-off, she made a dramatic return at a USD25k event at Santa Margherita di Pula where she won the title despite having to play all the qualifying rounds.
Featured Image by Petra Martić / Instagram