As some live tennis slowly returns to action after the longing shutdown of the tour, World Number 12 Petra Kvitova got a chance to hit some balls at the all-Czech tournament in Prague, Czech Republic. The match officials, boy kids, and players were spotted wearing masks and gloves, and the spectators were advised to follow the new norms of social distancing.
The two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova locked-horns with her compatriots, Barbora Krejcikova, Katerina Siniakova, and Karolina Muchova. She defeated all three of them and lifted up the title. However, before getting on-board for the tournament she felt her forearm pain from last year rising again.
In 2019, the injury compelled her to become a last-minute casualty at Roland Garros, and right now the pain is pretty much the same. It also forced her to cancel her practice sessions.
“Two days before the start of the tournament, my forearm started to stiffen, similar to last year before the French Open,” Petra Kvitova told the reporters.
“That’s why I didn’t train on Monday. I was waiting for Mr. Kolar’s verdict, but he said that I would be able to do it (play) in some way. Given the circumstances and the pandemic, it was a wonderful tournament. I’ll definitely give rest to my hand for a few days now, but I’ll take time off, there’s no hurry.”
Earlier, the Czech star opposed the idea of Grand Slam tournaments held behind closed doors. She feels calling off the Majors is a better option than holding them without any tennis audience.
In 2020, Kvitova reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and lost to the home favorite Ashleigh Barty. Later, in Doha, Qatar she avenged for her loss and defeated Barty in the semi-finals and consequently earned her ticket for the finals.