Petra Kvitova: "My body is very exhausted...": Wins Madrid, out of Rome


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Petra Kvitova: "My body is very exhausted...": Wins Madrid, out of Rome

The fairytale season for Petra Kvitova started after the first grand slam of the year - The Australian Open. Despite the fact of her not faring so well at Melbourne by dropping the first round to Andrea Petkovic, she brought her consistency to the St.

Petersburg Open spinning her magical touch throughout each round. Kvitova landed into the final with France's Kristina Mladenovic winning the title at 6-1, 6-2 feeling happy she said that "All week I played unbelievable matches and I really had to fight to make the final".

She has a 5-1 record over the Frenchwoman and continued to be self-assured as she went into the Qatar Total at Doha defeating Aga Radwanska, Elina Svitolina and then Garbine Muguruza in the final to name a few. Kvitova never thought that she'd win back-to-back titles and just continued on tour with the next upcoming event at Prague.

She was demonstrating good strategies resulting in wins but getting a bit tired, in the process. The constant playing began to take its toll on the Czech who a year ago would never think she'd be able to play tennis again, besides from being able to execute her tactics on court.

Prague was quite a different final match than the others because Kvitova was down a set and had to fight and crawl her way back into the match. She was playing an aggressive style and lead 4-1 at one point, but Buzarnescu fought back winning the next games to win the set.

Kvitova let up and the set slipped away over the Romanian's dominance. But she paid Buzarnescu back by smart tactics and a return aggression to win the next two sets and the title. There was hardly any time for the Czech to relax and enjoy the win as the Madrid Open was upon her and she had to play the first round with Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko.

Most of the rounds Kvitova won in straight sets with Anett Kontaveit giving her a three-set match fight. Kiki Bertens in the final was no longer a challenge but heavy competition and Kvitova just knew to go hard for the match and at some points extreme fatigue had set in causing the Czech to be off balanced and wobbly as a few blasting shots she simply had to let go.

But the fairytale Madrid Open was over when Bertens hit a cross-court shot wide, giving her the match at 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 and the title; her fourth in a month. The final match had gone nearly three hours leaving the Czech a winning weary player.

Bertens was a gracious loser who congratulated Kvitova and her team on the win and gave herself a 'pat on the back' saying "I think I can be really proud of myself...playing tennis like the level I played today..." But it was the Czech who was filled with emotions saying "It feels sweet and weird as well...Even coming from the Prague last week.

I didn't think I could be in the final, winning the trophy back-to-back". But what everyone didn't want to hear was her saying "I'm pretty exhausted. I need to pull out from Rome". It was a necessity to give Rome a miss for Kvitova so she could re-group, rest and relax to play her best in the next event which would be the French Open.