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I'll enjoy Finals after injury woe, admits Kvitova

 

By Eleanor Crooks

A slot in the WTA Finals is ample reward for grappling with injuries for much of the year, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova told reporters yesterday as she prepared to head out to Shenzhen, China.

The 29-year-old Czech-born World No.6 made the Australian Open final in January before skipping the French Open in May to rest an injury to her hand.

"The forearm feels much better, it doesn't swell too much any more. It's getting better," Kvitova said ahead of the tournament, which starts on Sunday.

"When I play longer matches I can feel it the next day, but it's nothing terrible."

Kvitova's problems started late in 2016 when she suffered a horrific injury in a knife attack by an intruder at her home.

Despite grim forecasts by doctors, who even warned she might lose her fingers, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion recovered within six months.

Having bowed out of this year's US Open in the second round, Kvitova got a boost at two tournaments in China in September, reaching the semis at Wuhan and the quarters at Beijing.

"It was nice after all those struggles. I could see the old aspects of my play, being aggressive, it came back again," she added. "I'm really happy I actually made it to the WTA Final, it's a reward."

Kvitova will join Ashleigh Barty, compatriot Karolina Pliskova, Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, Simona Halep, Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina at her seventh WTA Final tournament.

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