Former world No. 2 Petra Kvitova admitted she didn't have one of her best seasons in 2021 but is determined to get prepared well for the 2022 season and bounce back next year. Kvitova, now ranked at No. 11 in the world, suffered a 7-5 6-4 loss to Victoria Azarenka in the Indian Wells Masters third round.
Kvitova, who won her lone title of the year in March at the Doha event, announced Indian Wells would be her last tournament in 2021. Kvitova performed poorly at the Grand Slams this year as the US Open third round was her best results at the Grand Slam level.
"Overall the season, well, I definitely had better seasons than this one. I had a title, which is always the highlight of the season. I played some incredible matches, I would say," Kvitova said, per WTA Insider. "I still have the fire inside me, which is very important for me as well, even at this age.
I mean, without the fire I think I couldn't play anymore, but it's there so that's nice. "Yeah, I mean, it wasn't really great, even in the Grand Slams. But sometimes that is how it is. I had a couple of seasons like this, as well.
It is not the end of the world. I will do my best to be ready for the next year."
Kvitova indicated she wouldn't make a good result in Indian Wells
"I didn't really have the best results here so far. I made quarterfinal, I think, maybe once or twice," Kvitova said before the start of the tournament.
"But for me, this tournament, it's such a beautiful event, the place and everything, so quiet and everything. But the surface and the balls, it's nothing for me, unfortunately. It's not flying at all. It's very slow. It's bouncing so high.
For me, it's really difficult to play here, actually. I know it's not humid, which is good, but it could be very hot as I already had it in my practices. So it's very, very tough, especially at this time. The weather is just totally different compared to March."