Almost top of the world but champion in Stuttgart for the first time for Petra following a stunning week of tennis which included some big comebacks as she kept up her good form and continues to lead the end of season race but will she be leading the pack at Roland Garros shortly?
We still have Madrid and Rome to play before anyone even arrives in Paris but Petra Kvitova has given us something to think about.
Could she be favourite at Roland Garros?
Right now she leads the Race to Shenzhen. She is ahead of Osaka in second place by almost 700 points and is the only player on tour with two titles to her name. She is also closing in on world number one ranking for the first time but of course Madrid points will drop off.
Petra has only made the second week of Roland Garros once in her career and that was in 2012 when she made the semi-finals there but since then in her last 6 appearances in Paris has played 18, won 12 and lost 6 which is not a good record.
Petra has five career titles on clay and has won Madrid more times (3) than anyone else on the tour and will head off to defend her title but will not be heading to Prague next week to defend her title there but adding Stuttgart to her tally gives her a good chance.
We will find out over the course of the next few weeks once we’ve had Madrid and Rome is in full swing where about she is at.
Right now if you asked me whether Petra could win Paris, I couldn’t give a definitive yes or no.
That is not me being disrespectful at all but you just don’t know where Kvitova is ever at. She has had some very good results this year but pulling it all together has been a bit of an issue at times.
Petra seems to do it in bursts and finding consistency especially when it comes to a major does seem to be an issue and the easy route sometimes seems to be missed in the early rounds and for someone of her quality to have only made 5 second week appearances in her last 24 major appearances.