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Kvitova returns to Wimbledon second week for the first time since 2014

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 7 Jul 2019
  • Kvitova makes Wimbledon second week without dropping a set
  • It's the first time the Czech has made the R16 since winning the title in 2014
Petra Kvitova (PA Images)

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back into the second week, advancing to the fourth round without dropping a set in her first three rounds.

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Not much was expected from Kvitova ahead of The Championships after the Czech was forced to pull out of the French Open with an arm injury, which subsequently prevented her from playing any lead-in tournaments on grass.

Before the tournament, Kvitova herself said she wasn’t placing any expectations on herself in a bid to relax and produce her best tennis from the get-go.

Petra Kvitova (PA Images)
So far it’s working a treat, with Kvitova making it to Manic Monday for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2014, gliding past Magda Linette by a 6-3 6-2 scoreline in the third round on Saturday.

"I think I played the best tennis here today. I think that she played great game as well. She was serving much better than I was expecting actually, so it was really difficult," Kvitova said.
"I think I played pretty aggressive. It was kind of the key of it. I moved pretty well, as well. From the first point, I felt great."

Kvitova fired 23 winners to just 15 unforced errors as she backed up earlier straight sets victories over Ons Jabeur and Kristina Mladenovic.

The 29-year-old was one of the favourites for the Wimbledon title last year, but lost in the opening round to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Kvitova will be facing two opponents for a spot in the quarter-finals: the crowd and British hope Johanna Konta, who beat Sloane Stephens for the fourth time this season to return to the fourth round.

It will be a battle of former Wimbledon semi-finalists after Konta made it to the final four two years ago.

“Jo, I think for her, the grass is really going in the good way when she's playing kind of flat shots from the both sides, especially from the backhand. I think she likes to play on the grass. Of course, the crowd will be on her side," said Kvitova.
"We played I think last year in Birmingham. I little bit know what she's playing, what she's able to do. It will be difficult match, for sure.”


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