The Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova, current champion of the Wimbledon tournament, has assured today that in the British tournament, the third Grand Slam of the season, which begins tomorrow at the All England Club in London, “the pressure and the nerves are always there” .
“I am delighted to be back. At the Eastbourne tournament (before Wimbledon) I was sick, but now I’m getting better every day and I hope to be 100 percent on Tuesday,” said Kvitova, who debuts in two days against the Dutch Kiki Bertens.
Kvitova, 25, the second favorite at Wimbledon, won the title last year after beating Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in the final.
“Winning last year was something very special for me. Lifting that trophy again was great, I have the best memories of this tournament”, explained the Czech, who already won at the All England Club in 2011.
«The pressure and the nerves are always there, whether you are sick or not. When I step on the court on Tuesday I will experience all that again, “said Kvitova in the press room of the prestigious London club.
About her rival next Tuesday, Kiki Bertens, the tennis player from Bílovec defined her as a “very aggressive player, with a good first serve.”
“It will be the first time we meet. His first serve is hard and his tennis is aggressive from the back of the court, I think he will play like that. It’s going to be a tough game,” he said.
Kvitova, second favorite at the pompous All England Club, located southwest of the British capital, believes that the player to beat will be the American Serena Williams, winner of 21 ‘majors’ and winner of the Australian Open and Roland Garros this season.
«The victory over Serena in Madrid (Masters 1,000) was something very positive, since I had never defeated her before. I played very well and had great tennis. That is the key to beat Serena, but at Wimbledon it will be much harder, “he explained.
Kvitova, absent from the circuit for the first few months, has claimed to be “much better than before” after taking a “necessary rest”.
“A lot of athletes want to take a break, but they don’t. I feel much better than before, I’m happy to be back on a tennis court doing what I like the most. This break has served me to recharge batteries, “concluded the Czech. EFE