Tennis - Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has confirmed that she will compete at the 2018 WTA Sydney International in January - joining an impressive line-up that includes Grand Slam champions Venus Williams, Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens as well as Britain's Johanna Konta.
Kvitova won the Sydney event in 2015 but missed the tournament in 2017 as she was recuperating from an attack by an intruder in her home. Kvitova commented, “I’m really looking forward to being back in Sydney in January, particularly because I wasn’t able to play there this year.
It’s a beautiful city and the tournament has attracted a top field this year which will make it a great test before the Australian Open. I know that I have no points to defend in the first half of the year so I’m seeing 2018 as a fresh start and a chance to embrace my ‘second career’ if I can call it that.
The conditions in Australia are always great and suit my game so hopefully, I can find my best tennis early in the season.” The men's ATP event will be headlined by defending champion Gilles Muller and former Top 10 player Fernando Verdasco.