“Nerves Will Be There”: Petra Kvitova on Playing Australian Open 2021 Following a Long Break

Published 01/24/2021, 6:53 AM EST


Former World No. 2 Petra Kvitova has won hearts with splendid performances over the years. The Czech star was first noticed when she beat Dinara Safina back in the 2009 US Open. In 2011, she won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon when she beat Maria Sharapova. After that, Petra won again at the Wimbledon championships in 2014, taking her Grand Slam tally to two.

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As of today, the current World No. 9 is in Australia. She is preparing for the first Grand Slam of the season.

Players are in isolation and are following the protocols issued by the governing bodies. After serving a 14-day quarantine period, they will be allowed to resume training on the tennis courts.

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 25: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Naomi Osaka of Japan, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, Ashleigh Barty of Australia, Simona Halep of Romania, Bianca Andreescu of Canada, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic pose for a selfie ahead of the 2019 WTA Finals at Lotus Hill Park on October 25, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Petra Kvitova: Finished My Season in Paris and Didn’t Play Until Now

Recently, Petra voiced her opinion on the recent days. She said, “I don’t know. I finished my last season in Paris and then I didn’t have a match (until now). So it was a lot of hours only training. I did a lot, I was in Dubai for 12 days as well for fitness preparation. I know the nerves will be there as well. But I will look forward to it.”  

The Czech player seems eager to get back to competing. She’s been training hard to get back to competing on the biggest of stages. The 2019 Australian Open finalist knows what it takes to earn success at these stages. She is ready to face challenges in the near future.

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In the previous season, Petra reached the semifinal at Roland Garros, matching her best performance at the event, which was in 2012. Following that, she ended her season without winning a title on the women’s Tour. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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