Once again women’s tennis has produced another inspirational story. Just over 6 months ago Petra Kvitova was the victim to a horrible stabbing in her home with deep lacerations to her left hand and immediately there were concerns over whether she might be able to play tennis again.
The two time former Wimbledon champion was in theatre for 4 hours and then in a cast for just over 8 weeks and initial suggestions were we probably wouldn’t see her till around New York in September but she defied the odds returning last month at Roland Garros and now in her second tournament back since this horrible attack she wins the title in Birmingham, you could not write a more inspirational comeback story.
At the start of the final against Ashleigh she did seem off the boil, maybe it was a bit of nerves to start with her not finding her serve or the lines which she did so well all week but never write off a champion after a slow start as at 2-2 in the second set down 40-0 on Barty’s serve but reacted to break from a unlikely position in the game and from there on in didn’t look back as she went on to seal her 20th career singles title and will now travel down to Eastbourne after asking for a wildcard down on the Devonshire coast before heading to SW19 where you’d have to put her in as one of the favourites!
Welcome back Petra!