Kvitova is flying to America. 'I will fight there', she affirms.
26. 7. 2013 10:48, author: ČT sport
Prague - Tennis player Petra Kvitova is leaving for the line of tournaments in North America with mixed feelings. The 7th player of the world breathes worse beyond the Atlantic ocean because of the high humidity, but she won two tournaments there last year.
"I didn't like America much because of the weather in recent years, but I showed that it is possible to play in it last year. I just don't know, if it is a rule now, that's why I'm leaving with mixed feelings. I don't know if I can handle it, but I've trained enough and I will fight hard there," said 23 years old Kvitova before today's departure. Kvitova breathes considerably worse in hot air with high humidity because of the asthmatic difficulties. That's why she was taking drugs preventively before the journey and she has her inhaler with her like last year, which she can use during the matches, same what she was doing the last time.
She dealed with the conditions very well a year ago in America. She won the title in Montreal, then got into the semifinal in Cincinnati and dominated the tournament in New Haven. She wants to play Carlsbad, Toronto, Cincinnati and New Haven this year before US Open. "US Open is the most important and everything aims to it, but tournaments before it are great preparation. I want to play as many matches as possible, that's my goal," Kvitova wished.
This year's winner of the tournament in Dubai and the finalist from Katovice hasn't been satisfied with her form before the departure. "It's not tuned yet as we all want it to be, but we did great piece of work and I'm hoping that it will take shape in America," she said. She rested for a week at home after the loss in quarterfinal of Wimbledon. "The disappointment was big and I needed to rest physically and mentally," she confessed. She tried to spend some time with my family, parents and visited her two brothers. "I can't see my family too much during the year so this is something not special but something that pleases," the tennis player said.
She was working on transformation from grass to hard courts with her coach David Kotyza. She was preparing her self for longer rallies. "So I could withstand to play them and doesn't have to risk unnecessarily. I tried not to make so many errors," she described. "I played a lot of balls and grand strokes during every practice so I'm hoping that it will shows up in the matches." A positive news is that her shoulder problems seems to be gone completely. "I have to knock on the wood and I hope it won't come back. It wasn't comfortable and it took longer to deal with it in my head, but I can do every move I need now," she said.