Not so long ago Petra Kvitova was robbed at her home in December 2016. A tussle between the attacker and Kvitova resulted in a horrific knife stab, injuring the tendon and nerves of the player’s left hand.
Since then, she made a comeback to the game after a five month recovery period, making her appearance at French Open’17 and has not looked back since then. And now in August 2018 Kvitova has finally returned to the top 5 rankings for the first time in almost three years.
Since her injury, Kvitova has won 5 career titles, taking the total to 25. At the Aegon Classic Birmingham’17 she beat Ashleigh Barty in three sets for her 20th career title, defeating the likes of Kristina Mladenovic and Lucie Šafářová en route to the final.
The two time Wimbledon champion then reached the second round at the Championship, followed by her tenth Grand Slam tournament quarterfinal at the US Open, eventually losing out to Venus Williams.
Kvitová fell out of the top 20 rankings for the first time since January 2011. Shortly after, in 2018, she bounced back by winning the St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy and Qatar Total Open, marking her return to the top 10 for the first time since June 2016. This was followed by capturing the Prague Open and the Mutua Madrid Open within two weeks.
A win at the Birmingham Classic marking her 25th career title, also the second successful title defense of her career after the 2015 Connecticut Open.
She suffered multiple first round exits at the Grand Slams this year. At the Rogers Cup, she reached the second round. The following week in Cincinnati, her form improved, beating Serena Williams, Mladenovic and 15th seed Elise Mertens to sail into her first semifinal of the tournament since 2012. She was eventually stopped by Kiki Bertens in three sets.
Nevertheless, Kvitová has now climbed the rankings to the fifth position owing to her overall performances in the past.