World no. 6 and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has hit the practice court on the fastest surface for the first time this year. Petra was the leader of the WTA Race before Roland Garros, conquering Sydney and reaching the final at the Australian Open and Dubai before showing her magic on clay in Stuttgart for a compact and well-organized start of the season.
The Czech was the quarter-finalist on fast Madrid clay before retiring in the third round in Rome, having to skip the second Grand Slam of the season at Roland Garros. Suffering from a left forearm injury, Petra did her best to get back into the shape and compete on her beloved grass but has not happened so far, withdrawing from Birmingham where she was the two-time defending champion.
After that terrible injury at the end of 2016, Kvitova had played only the second tournament after a comeback in Birmingham, defeating Tereza Smitkova in the title match for one of the most emotional moments of her career after everything she had been through in the previous half a year.
Petra returned to Birmingham in 2018 and grabbed ten commanding sets in a row to lift another trophy, with that injury spoiling her plans for a three-peat. Kvitova has been working hard to get ready for Wimbledon and will decide about playing at the All England Club in the following days, hoping to be at 100%.
Losing in the opening round in 2008 and 2009, Petra became the force to be reckoned with at Wimbledon between 2010-14, reaching five consecutive quarter-finals and lifting trophies in 2011 and 2014, never repeating anything similar in the previous four editions, failing to reach at least the fourth round and bowing out after the very first match in 2018.