Petra Kvitova was the protagonist of a super season, with many ups and some regrets. The Czech won five titles this year; it was her best year after 2011, the year in which she won six WTA titles and her first Slam. This year Petra won her first title in February, at the St.
Petersburg Ladies Trophy, against Kristina Mladenovic. She continued her magical month at the Qatar Total Open, where she defeated Garbine Muguruza. Even the clay season was positive. Kvitova won the J&T Banka Prague Open against Mihaela Buzarnescu, then she played and won the important Mutua Madrid Open against Kiki Bertens.
After winning titles on hard and clay courts, she completed her journey by completing the victories on every surface, this season, at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, where she beat Magdalena Rybarikova in three sets.
In the face of these great results, in the Slam tournaments and the WTA Finals, she did not play a good level of tennis, going to great disappointments. At the Australian Open, she was immediately eliminated in the first round against Andrea Petkovic, while at the Roland Garros she reached the third round, eliminated in two sets by Anett Kontaveit.
She also struggled at Wimbledon, where the Czech were eliminated in the first round by Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and the US Open, where her race ended in the third round against Aryna Sabalenka. A double face that, in the four Majors, became less solid and more unpredictable.
As often happened in her career, it was perhaps mental strength that betrayed her at the Slams. Perhaps the pressure, which at least at Wimbledon saw her as the favourite, created problems for the Czech, who failed to show her best tennis as she showed in the other events.
However it seems clear that if she should overcome this obstacle she could return to winning a Slam. ALSO READ: ATP Next Gen season: Tops and Flops