In an interview Petra Kvitova reacted to Kim Clijsters announcing her return on the WTA Tour. The Romanian player said: “I think she's coming after seven or eight years away from the tour. A lot of things changed. I think that physically it's much tougher than it was before.
It's a pretty long time. I was out for a couple of months, but not like for seven years. I can't really say how tough it is. But definitely it will be very tough. We are seeing girls who were out for one year or two years still trying to come back.
It's not really easy. We'll see how she can do that", recognized Kvitova, who lost to the American Alison Riske in a straight-set semifinal, 7-5 7-5, at the Wuhan Open on Friday. Svetlana Kuznetsova added: “That’s crazy.
I looked on Instagram, she’s saying something [in her announcement video] and I turned on the volume, and John McEnroe said, ‘Maybe you come back’, and she’s like ‘hehehe’ then, ‘See you in 2020’.
I’m like, ‘Is she the new director of the Championships?’ i didn’t get it, what is she announcing? Kim tournament director? No. And then I listened again… I mean it’s great for the tournaments, it’s great for tennis”.