Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova acknowledged that WTA Ostrava is a "special tournament" for her since she is playing in front of her home fans and family. After Friday's quarterfinal win over Jil Teichmann, Kvitova said there was no way she would play anywhere else this week.
“This is a special tournament because I’m playing at home,” Kvitova said after her win on Friday, per Tennis Majors. “So this is a kind of different story. I cannot imagine myself playing this tournament somewhere else.
It would be very difficult”. Kvitova was born in Bilovec, a place near Ostrava. “My family is here because it’s like home, really. I was born like 20 minutes by care from here so it’s a different tournament,” she said.
“I spent like every afternoon before the tournament started with my family so it was just different, lying in my own bed, and my mom took care of me and made a coffee and some good snacks as well”.
Kvitova aims a strong end to the season
Kvitova made the Cincinnati Masters quarterfinal, before losing in the third round at the US Open.
Kvitova is feeling exhausted at this point of the season but that won't prevent her from giving her best. “It’s a bit different and that’s how I am trying to enjoy the end of the season,” Kvitova said.
“I was coming here pretty exhausted. I’m still exhausted but I even think that people have helped me a lot. Every single point, doesn’t matter how the score looks, even in my first match, I’m really appreciating this effort from them”.
Kvitova is No. 25 on the Race to Shenzhen and she is not thinking about the season-ending event. “I think that I can’t qualify anyway, so this is not really in my mind,” Kvitova said. “I’m already like I’m not there this year, so I just have to accept that, I’m already having my mind set, finishing after Indian Wells this time”.