Marketa Vondrousova: It’s been very tough, but I’m all healthy now, so it’s good

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Marketa Vondrousova: It’s been very tough, but I’m all healthy now, so it’s good

Last year's Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova says she is pain-free after six months away from the tennis circuit due to a left wrist injury for which she had to undergo surgery in September. The 19 year old is in Adelaide this week for the WTA tournament where she is the No.

8 seed. “It’s been very tough, but I’m all healthy now, so it’s good. I’m pain-free. I had the problems with my wrist at Wimbledon, I lost the first round and then I didn’t play. We talked to so many doctors and nobody knew what was going on.

We flew to the US Open and I couldn’t play so I pulled out and came back to Czech and they figured out that I needed surgery, then I cried of course. It was very tough. But I was in the stage where no one knew what was happening that I was like very relieved when they told me I have to do surgery then I can come back, so I was like, ‘Okay, we can do it’.

It was my left arm, it was my playing arm, so I was a little bit scared but everything went well, so it was okay”. While recovering from her injury, the 19 year old said she received a lot of support messages from fellow WTA players.

“[Caroline] Garcia texted me, that was very nice. I’m really close friends with CiCi Bellis, she’s also coming back, we’re playing doubles at the Australian Open, I talked a lot with CiCi [during my time away] I’m just happy that I can play healthy and pain-free.

I don’t expect to play finals right now but I’m just really happy I can be back on court. I just want to play really good like I did last year. There’s no pressure, I’m also playing for fun”. Vondrousova said she watched a lot of tennis during the time she was out and was impressed by what Bianca Andreescu and Ash barty have achieved over the past few months.

“I’m watching tennis always, I was a bit sad I wasn’t there but I watched all the matches. It was amazing [what Bianca did]. I think she’s a great person and she really deserved that, it was amazing how she played there, it was like ‘wow’.

Barty gave me a pretty good lesson in the Roland Garros finals. She’s a great person, she’s very kind and stuff, I’m just very happy for her that she’s playing so great and she’s also No.1 in the world, so that’s amazing”.