World No.6 Petra Kvitova had a fantastic 2019 season, assimilating a 37-13 win-loss record and earning over $3Mn in prize money. Reaching the Finals of the Australian Open this year and winning 2 WTA titles on the way, the Czech’s road to recovery has surely been an inspiring one.
She also got injured this year that saw her skip the French Open and even then she qualified for the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, where she bowed out of the Round Robin stage. She sent a heartfelt message to all her fans and believers, thanking then for their support through thick and thin.
In a message on Social Media, she wrote, “Waiting to fly home and wanted to write and thank you, to all of you who believed in me no matter what. Even though these WTA Finals didn't end up with good results, you believed that I could be in a Grand Slam final again and play some good tennis.
It has been a long season, with some ups and downs, great results and an unfortunate injury... but I can still do what I love and that's what matters most. Thank you so much. It's bye bye to tennis for a little while but I'll see you in 2020”.
Kvitova lost all her Round Robin matches in Shenzhen with her last loss coming at the hands of World No.1 Ash Barty in straight sets. She lost to Naomi Osaka and Belinda Bencic in her other two rounds of the Group, both loses coming in three pulsating sets.