Former world No. 2 Petra Kvitova has signed up to play Charleston, the tournament announced. Kvitova, 32, is set to make her third appearance on the clay courts of Charleston. Kvitova, now ranked at No. 31 in the world, made her Charleston debut in 2018.
Kvitova didn't enjoy a memorable Charleston debut as she was beaten by Karolina Pliskova in her opener at the tournament. Kvitova returned to Charleston last year but didn't impress that time either as she suffered a surprise defeat to Danka Kovinic in the round-of-16.
Kvitova joins a star-studded Charleston player field
The Charleston organizers are preparing a strong edition as Leylah Fernandez, Garbine Muguruza, Paula Badosa, Belinda Bencic and Simona Halep are also expected to play at the tournament.
It is not a secret that Kvitova enjoys much more faster surfaces but she has proved capable of winning on clay as well. Kvitova has 29 WTA titles and just five of those 29 titles were won on clay. Kvitova absolutely loves playing on grass as she is a two-time Wimbledon champion.
Kvitova has had deep runs in the other Grand Slams but she hasn't won a Major outside Wimbledon. Recently, Kvitova recalled defeating Maria Sharapova for her first Wimbledon title in 2011. Kvitova hit an ace on the championship point.
"Well, I mean, I didn't care about the ace. I was just happy that I made the match point," Kvitova said on Tennis Channel. "But yeah, it's been, it's been great, twice. So there's something really unusual about it and I'm really happy for that."
Sharapova entered the match as the slight favorite but Kvitova delivered a strong performance to win in straight sets. "The ace was special for sure," Kvitova added. "You know, because Maria was wide on the court and I said, okay, I'm gonna surprise her. So, I'm not sure if I was going for an ace, but yeah, I surprised her definitely."