Australian Open 2019: Petra Kvitova on brink of fairytale comeback in Melbourne | Tennis

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“If something about me I’m sturdy and I’ll battle this.”

Petra Kvitova couldn’t be extra proper as she prepares for her first grand slam closing since 2014.

A knife-wielding intruder left the Czech with severely broken tendons in her left hand, together with accidents to all 5 fingers and two nerves, following a grotesque assault at her house in December 2016.

Kvitova was making an attempt to defend herself when the two-time Wimbledon champion’s world was turned the other way up. She thought of herself fortunate to be alive.

Virtually 4 hours of surgical procedure was required to restore her taking part in hand. Whereas the operation was deemed a hit, there have been real considerations Kvitova would by no means play once more.

Amid the doubts, the bodily ache and psychological anguish, she was again on the courtroom and taking part in inside 5 months.

A second-round berth on the 2017 French Open capped an emotional comeback. A run to the US Open quarterfinals later that yr renewed hope of a return to the highest of the ladies’s recreation.

5 titles had been added to Kvitova’s assortment in 2018 however she struggled on the largest stage, the place she so usually shines.

Kvitova suffered first-round exits on the Australian Open and her beloved Wimbledon, and didn’t advance previous the third spherical of a slam that yr.

Nevertheless, Kvitova’s positivity and endurance have paid off – a Sydney title proving the proper tonic forward of Saturday’s Australian Open closing showdown with Naomi Osaka.

“It has been some time. It has been 5 years. That is why I labored fairly exhausting to be again there. It simply tastes very nice,” mentioned Kvitova after outclassing Danielle Collins within the semis at Melbourne Park, the place she hasn’t dropped a set over the previous fortnight.

“To be trustworthy, I believe not very many individuals believed that I might do this once more, to face on the courtroom and play tennis and type of play on this degree. It was simply actually few of them, I believe [that believed]. I am very blissful to have these few round me.”

Because the 28-year-old enjoys her “second profession”, Kvitova now stands on the cusp of her third main and the No. 1 rating in Melbourne.

The Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup would full the fairytale comeback.





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