When Kvitova obliterated all before her to win the Wimbledon title in 2011, many observers believed they had witnessed the start of a bright new era in women's tennis spearheaded by the feisty Czech.
Flash forward 12 months, and many of those same pundits who had held Kvitova up as the future were having second thoughts, even so far as to suggest the 21-year-old may turn out to be another one-season wonder.
Kvitova had failed to build on her breakthrough Grand Slam triumph, standing still during a 2012 season which - despite yielding two more major semi-final places - was not quite what the experts had in mind.
Instead, it was Victoria Azarenka who seized the opportunity to make the top of the world her own, closely followed by the resurgent Serena Williams. In such a chase, Kvitova was rendered a bit-part player.
The new year did not seem to hold out much greater hope when Kvitova was beaten in the second round of the Australian Open, outgunned in a marathon third set by Briton Laura Robson.
But Kvitova's determination to add to her sole Grand Slam title has seen her slowly begin to turn her form back around, culminating in her victory at the increasingly prestigious Dubai Tennis Championships this week.
"I think 2011 was an incredible year for me and I knew in 2012 it would be hard for me to replay everything that happened," said Kvitova.
"But I think it was a pretty solid year for me. This year didn't start very well but I'm playing well right now.
"I'm not looking on it as a turning point, because there's still a lot of great players on top and it's hard to beat them. I'm still thinking about improving my game, and that's my priority."
And while Kvitova is keen to continue clawing her way back to the top from her current world ranking of seven, there is no doubt where she sees her best chance of adding to that single Grand Slam crown.
"I love Wimbledon and I love to play on grass," Kvitova added.
"I have great memories and the feeling after I won in 2011 was amazing.
"I think Wimbledon will always be in my heart as the best tournament in the world. But Wimbledon is not my priority at the moment. My priority is the tournaments right ahead."