For former Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova, a berth in the WTA Finals is a great one, especially when she has been facing injuries vows this year. The Czech recently said that she is upbeat about the WTA Finals, taking place in Shenzhen.
The World No.6 Czech made the Australian Open final in January where she lost to Naomi Osaka before skipping the French Open in May to rest an injury to her hand. "The forearm feels much better, it doesn't swell too much any more.
It's getting better," Kvitova said ahead of the tournament, which starts next week. "When I play longer matches I can feel it the next day, but it's nothing terrible." Though her US Open campaign came to a premature end, her stints during the Asian Tour have been positive ones, reaching the semis at Wuhan and the quarters at Beijing.
"It was nice after all those struggles. I could see the old aspects of my play, being aggressive, it came back again," she added. "I'm really happy I actually made it to the WTA Final, it's a reward."
Kvitova will join Ashleigh Barty, compatriot Karolina Pliskova, Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, Simona Halep, Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina at her seventh WTA Final appearance. The Czech was the sixth player to qualify for the season ending finale with her best performance being a title run in 2011, making her one of only four players to win the WTA Finals on their first outing. Kvitova reached the final again in 2015, falling to Agnieszka Radwanska in the championship match.