“It Feels Strange”: Petra Kvitova Upon Ending Her 2021 Season at Indian Wells

Published 10/13/2021, 11:09 PM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – Ostrava Open – CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic – September 24, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates winning her quarter final match against Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann REUTERS/David W Cerny


Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is one of the most successful players on the WTA Tour. She has even maintained her place at the top for a decade now. However, she recently ended her 2021 season at Indian Wells after losing to Victoria Azarenka in the third round. Although feeling strange, the Czech Republican expressed her gratitude towards the year of tennis she has had.

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Traditionally, players compete at Indian Wells in March instead of October, and that’s why Kvitova felt a bit strange ending it there. However, she revealed joy over fans coming back and the hunger to compete again next year.

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Petra Kvitova ends the 2021 season on a positive note

Even though it wasn’t the best season of her career, 31-year-old Petra Kvitova played exceptional tennis all year round. Notably, she also added her 28th WTA title at Doha.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Ostrava Open – CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic – September 25, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her semi final match against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit REUTERS/David W Cerny

Overall, the Czech Republican registered a 28-16 win-loss record in singles. Considering this, she could not make it into the Top 8 for WTA Finals, 2021. Regardless, she is happy that the long, tiresome season has finally ended.

“My 2021 season has come to an end,” Kvitova wrote on Twitter. “It feels strange to finish it after Indian Wells (usually in March!), but it has been a strange season, I guess. I’ll always be grateful for the experiences gained, even the tough ones, and the biggest thing I’m thankful for this season is having the fans back with us.”

Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Petra Kvitova (CZE) serves against Arantxa Rus (NED) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, Kvitova added that she is looking forward to competing at the Australian Open next year. However, before that, she would be taking some time off tennis.

“I’m finishing the season tired but still with a hunger to fight inside me, another positive! So now it’s time for a much-needed vacation, for some Petra time, and then I plan to be ready to go again in Australia in January. Until then, keep smiling,” Kvitova concluded.

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Kvitova’s Grand Slam season in 2021

Notably, Kvitova competed in all four Grand Slam tournaments in 2021 but couldn’t record a successful run in any of them. Her best result in major tournaments came at the US Open, where she reached the third round.

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Hopefully, the Czech professional will come back stronger next year and improve her Grand Slam results. Do you think Kvitova can win a major title in 2022?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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