In a press conference at the BNP Paribas Open Petra Kvitova praised Serena and Venus Williams's longevity. The 23-time Grand Slam winner didn't manage to go through against Garbine Muguruza, but she still played a great second round against Victoria Azarenka.
"I didn't see anything from the last match with Serena played", said Kvitova referring to the win over the Belarusian. "I don't know. But definitely both of them, they are champions. They did a lot for women's tennis, for sure.
They are still playing great in that age, which it's nice to see, for sure. They have a great serve, so I think that's still a big weapon for them." In her on-court interview, Venus said that she did not know what would come off her racket.
Kvitova agreed: "I didn't know what is coming from the racquet, as well, sometimes. It was the same feeling from both of us. Yeah. I mean, she had few games when she didn't hit at all; then I had few games when I didn't hit.
Yeah, what? I'm not sure. Then she started to hit much better. Yeah." Analyzing her loss to Venus, Kvitova concluded: "I let her play her better game, so it's my fault, anyway. Nothing was in my mind when she started to play better.
It was just there and tried to play better, as well, and kind of compete with her and do and keep my serve alive, and still kind of try to have a chance on her serve, which I had and I took it, but then I lost it again. That was the point which I took it and I should kind of serve better and play that game better than I did."