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Kvitova on returning to Wimbledon from arm injury with no expectations - 'Maybe this can help me'

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 1 Jul 2019
  • Kvitova hasn't played since withdrawing from Roland Garros with a forearm injury
  • The Czech hasn't been past the third round since winning Wimbledon in 2014
  • Kvitova is hoping her low expectations keep her relaxed
Petra Kvitova (PA Images)

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is proceeding with caution as she plans to return from an arm injury for her opening round match at The Championships on Tuesday.

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Kvitova hasn’t played a lead-in tournament on grass after withdrawing from Roland Garros due to a Grade 2 tear in her dominant left forearm.



Ironically, her opponent in the first round - Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur - is also racing the clock to be fit after she suffered an ankle injury on her way to the Eastbourne semi-finals last week.

Kvitova began hitting lightly again towards the end of last week and is keeping her expectations low as she begins her 12th straight Wimbledon campaign.

“The racquet I just took few days ago,” Kvitova said during her pre-tournament press conference. “I couldn't really hit much. If I have a pain, I'm stopping immediately, but so far it's okay.
“But, of course, my expectations are not really high. Maybe this can help me, as well, to be more relaxed on the court. You know me. Sometimes when I go there and play, the expectations came, suddenly I cannot put the ball in.”

Kvitova put together a tremendous start to the 2019 season, winning the title in Sydney and finishing runner-up at the Australian Open to Naomi Osaka, while she was also the first WTA player to win two titles this year when she prevailed on the clay of Stuttgart.



The Czech’s two Grand Slam titles both came at Wimbledon when she beat Maria Sharapova in the 2011 final and Eugenie Bouchard in the 2014 showpiece.

However, Kvitova hasn’t been past the third round since her triumph in 2014, bowing out in the opening round last year to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Kvitova also revealed that if it were just any other tournament, she probably wouldn’t be risking her arm this week.

“Maybe if it's just a normal week, I going to take one more extra week,” she said.


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Kvitova on returning to Wimbledon from arm injury with no expectations - "Maybe this can help me"

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is proceeding with caution as she plans to return from an arm injury for her opening round match at The Championships on Tuesday.

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