Petra Kvitova has not had the best of tennis seasons so far but remains optimistic about turning her fortunes around during the grass court season.
Since starting her 2016 campaign at the Shenzhen Open, Kvitova has only made it to the semi-finals of one tournament, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart in April. She also made it to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open.
Other than that, she has been eliminated in the early stages of all the other events she has featured in. This includes the Australian Open and Roland Garros, where she fell in the second and third round respectively.
With Kvitova still searching for her first title of the year, she is confident that she will be able to put an end to the drought during the grass court season as it is her favourite surface to play on.
“It is difficult to say how happy I am [to be back on grass],” Kvitova told the official Wimbledon website. “I will see how I am feeling after one week but grass is my favourite and it is special.”
The two-time Wimbledon champion will kick off her grass court campaign at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, where she will meet Czech compatriot and good friend Lucie Safarova in the first round on Tuesday.
While Kvitova has triumphed over Safarova in their previous eight meetings, the 26-year-old made it clear that she will not be underestimating Safarova.
“We are both Czech girls and now we play each other, we were just speaking about it! It’s amazing,” she said. “We have played each other many times and it’s tough as she’s a good friend of mine and we know each other very well, on the court as well.
“It’s great to have a wild card, thanks to the tournament, and have a chance to get used to the grass. I will have to work on it and get used to the conditions.”
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