Kvitova Primed For Breakthrough In NYC
August 27, 2012
NEW YORK, NY, USA
- If she wasn't among the favorites for the US Open
a few weeks ago, she definitely is now - World No.5 Petra Kvitova
took the Emirates Airline US Open
Series by storm over the last three weeks, conquering two of the three Premier-level legs and making the semifinals of the other.
After winning the Rogers Cup
in Montréal and reaching the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open
in Cincinnati (losing to Angelique Kerber
6-4 in the third set), Kvitova headed to the New Haven Open at Yale
in New Haven and, by virtue of her quarterfinal victory over Lucie Safarova
, clinched the Emirates Airline US Open
Series. She also went on to win that title, too.
"I'm so excited to be the Emirates Airline US Open
Series champion," Kvitova said. "It's something very special for me because I never had great results in North America and now I'm the US Open
Series champion! I hope all the matches I've had in the build-up can help me in the US Open
these two weeks.
"I play Polona Hercog
in the first round. I've never played her before, and first round matches at Grand Slams are always dangerous too."
Kvitova joins a very impressive roster of US Open
Series champions - Lindsay Davenport
, Kim Clijsters
, Ana Ivanovic
, Maria Sharapova
, Dinara Safina
, Elena Dementieva
, Caroline Wozniacki
and Serena Williams
. But the summer hardcourt season hasn't always been her most successful stretch.
"I never played well on US hardcourts before with the weather here - it's tough for me to breathe normally because I have asthma. But this year the humidity has been less, so maybe I've been lucky. Plus I have a new inhaler, which helps.
"I had a tough time during the grass court season when I was the defending champion at Wimbledon, and I knew I would have nothing to defend in this part of the year, so I could just enjoy my tennis, relax and try to have fun."
Despite her incredible lead-up results, the humble Kvitova doesn't name herself as a favorite for the title. "I think we have more than one favorite - I can't pick only one name," she said. "Serena is playing very well again, Maria also, and Vika and Aga are always big fighters. It's going to be a tough tournament."
See below for a picture of the outfit Kvitova will wear at the Open.