Petra Kvitova photo courtesy of Getty Images
No. 5 Petra Kvitova qualified for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships – Istanbul 2012. Angelique Kerber and Sara Errani were also named as qualifying for the year-end on Thursday. Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Agniezska Radwanska had qualified earlier in the year.
Kivtova became only the third woman to win the event in her debut in 2011 following in the footsteps of Serena Williams in 2001 and Sharapova in 2004.
“I am very proud of Petra, ” said Kvitova’s coach David Kotyza. “She is always trying to be better, every day, sometimes with success and sometimes not. But it doesn’t matter, after her unbelievable 2011, there are a lot of people around her who take the success as a norm, but it is not possible. She is well grounded, but she is still very young and needs time to progress further. For now, she needs time to recover from her stomach illness in Beijing and then we will start preparing for indoors, Istanbul and Fed Cup. It means we will concentrate mostly on her indoor fundamentals, serve, return, aggressive play from the baseline with transition shots. We are looking forward to it and believe we can achieve a positive end to the season.”
Kvitova who lost early in Beijing due to a stomach bug is going home to recover. It takes some time as I don’t have any energy so I will be careful,” Kvitova said.
She’s excited about qualifying for the year-end.
“It is really satisfying, ” said the 2011 Wimbledon winner. “I think after last season, which was unbelievable for me, it is great satisfaction to be at the Championships again. It means a lot to me. It means that I had a solid season despite the injuries, with some great results, and was able to back up last year.”
Kvitova added: “Mostly I look forward to the matches: every match will be a big fight against great players. I’m also looking forward to playing in front of the great Turkish crowd, so many people came to watch us last year and I hope it will be the same. I remember from last year what a great event it was.”
In addition to Istanbul, Kvitova will be leading the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final versus Serbia to be played in Prague November 3-4.
“I enjoy this time of season, indoors, the Championships and then of course the Fed Cup Final, ” Kvitova said. “This year I qualified for the Championships without winning a Grand Slam, and it’s great to be there again for confidence going into 2013. I still have a lot to improve.”