Kvitova’s chances at her first Roland Garros title start to shrink as the Czech announced a left calf injury after Rome Open. “It was a left calf injury, but she is hopeful that it’s nothing serious - (it) was a tough schedule with the rain and two matches on one day in Rome,” said Kvitova’s spokeswoman for Reuters.
Considering Petra’s outstanding performance at Melbourne and her good following months, the Czech seemed like a strong candidate for the French Open trophy. Unfortunately, the last major tournament before the Grand Slam gave Kvitova reasons to worry about.
The two times Wimbledon champion started her clay season in a forceful manner by securing the Stuttgart title. She defeated Kiki Bertens – Madrid champion –, and Kontaveit in the final. Bertens didn’t need much time to get her revenge as she defeated Petra in the Madrid quarterfinals.
Unfortunately for the Czech player, more upsetting news were waiting for her in Rome. Kvitova was ready to put in a strong performance at the Italian Open as she crushed Putintseva with a disheartening 6/0, 6/1 in the first round.
Only six hours away, Kvitova had to meet Maria Sakkari. The two players split the first two sets, but the last one followed with bad news for Petra. The Greek rapidly went 3-0 before Kvitova had to retire because of pain at her left calf.
The WTA number 5 concluded the experience in a tweet: “Rome didn't have the best ending for me this year, but I got to take my beautiful niece to the Trevi Fountain! Ciao Roma”.