Kvitova wins opening match on grass in Birmingham

Doug Mendoza
June 20, 2017

Two-times Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova got her grass season off to a positive start with a 6-2 6-3 win over compatriot Tereza Smitkova at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England today.

She played in the French Open last month and won her first match but lost her second.

Far more importantly it continued to raise hopes that, after the injuries inflicted upon her left hand by an intruder in her home with a knife, she might yet regain many of her impressive attacking qualities.

She returned to action at the French Open this month, losing in the second round, and she is playing on the grass at the Aegon Classic at Edgbaston this week as she builds up to her favourite event. "I played Paris already so I can be somewhat ready for Wimbledon, which is much nicer to be ready on the grass. We have still been worrying about it (the injury) so I still have days off, to remind us to be careful".

Kvitova, who plays fellow Czech Tereza Smitkova in Birmingham on Tuesday, said she had been overwhelmed by the welcome she got from fellow players and others in the game.

There she suffered a shock loss to Donna Vekic, and the world No. 7 was in trouble again when she trailed 5-2 against Ukraine's Tsurenko in the second set. "I am trying to play as I did before but we will see".

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So when he was dropped by Azhar Ali in the slips off Mohammad Amir in the third over, huge cheers erupted around the arena. A cricket match between Pakistan and India is no less than a battle. "Indeed it was very important for us as a team".

"I think that she served very well, especially first serve".

"I don't really have any expectations or goals for the rest of the season". It was really happiness but I never expected to win that, so it was a surprise for me and other people.

"I am not sure if any day it will be 100 percent, I don't think so but I just need to do what I can".

Kvitova took one hour and 23 minutes to beat 22-year-old Smitkova, who is ranked 167th in the world.

"We are still anxious about the hand, so we are not practising that much".

This may well account for an indifferent start which saw her go 3-1 up when she might have gone 3-1 down. "I am just really glad I can play tennis again".

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