Say this about the seemingly incessant rain at the Citi Open: it's inspired some creativity. And perhaps a second career.
Andrea Petkovic beat the rain on Friday, and also beat Belinda Bencic in their quarterfinal, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (8). But the rain would get its revenge on the Washington, D.C. tournament, returning about 40 minutes later to further disrupt a schedule that had only just gotten back on track.
That's when Petkovic came to the Tennis Channel broadcast booth to help kill some time with Paul Annacone and Brett Haber. In the process, she killed it on the mic, giving viewers a 19-minute tour de force in humor, analysis, self-deprecation and, overall, tennis broadcasting.
The segment lasted almost 20 minutes because the German joined her de facto colleagues in the announcer's booth in commentating her marathon tiebreaker.
"That's a very bad idea," Petkovic said, "but I'm up for any baloney."
It took just one point for Petkovic to describe, in great detail, "echo mode." It gets better from there.