Will Kvitova be fit for the start of the 2017 season?

Petra Kvitova finds herself in a race against time to be fit for the start of the 2017 season as she is currently recovering from a stress fracture in her right foot.

Kvitova ruled herself out on the last day of the Fed Cup final as she had suffered a foot injury, but on Sunday, she took to Instagram to confirm the severity of her injury. 

Having sustained a serious injury with the start of the new season drawing ever closer, the 26-year-old is optimistic that she will be fit to compete at the Hopman Cup in Perth on January 1. 

“Unfortunately I have a stress fracture in my right foot and need to wear a brace for two weeks,” she said. “While my 2017 preparation is inevitably delayed, I'm still hopeful of being able to start my season on time at Hopman Cup.”

After enduring a disappointing campaign in 2016, Kvitova began to regain her form and confidence towards the end of the season as she won two titles – the Wuhan Open and WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. She also capped her season with an impressive run, winning 16 of her last 18 matches.