Petra Kvitova looking to add Rogers Cup title to already impressive year

Petra Kvitova has fond recollections of her Rogers Cup victory six years that she thinks about when making ready to do it once more this year.

Kvitova, who gained in 2012, appears to be like to declare her second profession title in Montreal when the ladies’s event formally will get underway on Monday.

“It feels prefer it was a very long time in the past,” stated Kvitova, who was simply 22 on the time. “Six years is quite a bit truly. That day was simply wonderful. I do keep in mind I used to be right here alone, simply me and my PR supervisor, no coaches, so it was a reasonably free event for me. Clearly I performed nice tennis.

“Various things have occurred in my life and in tennis since.”

Again in 2012, the Czech Republic native was ranked No. 6 on this planet and had by no means made it previous the third spherical on the Rogers Cup. She defeated China’s Li Na within the ultimate for her first-ever event win on exhausting courtroom, and her first win that year.

Quick ahead to this year’s version, the place the Eighth-ranked Kvitova is likely one of the favourites.. She has a first-round bye and can face both Ekaterina Makarova of Russia (ranked No. 30) or Anett Kontaveit of Estonia (No. 31) within the second spherical.

On the lookout for consistency

Kvitova is off to a quick begin this year, as a victory in Montreal can be her sixth title of 2018. She’s already gained the Birmingham Traditional, Madrid Open, Prague Open, Qatar Open and St. Petersburg Open.

The 28-year-old hopes to have the identical form of success within the second half of the season, beginning with Montreal.

“Consistency was at all times my downside in my season, in my recreation,” stated Kvitova on the newly named IGA Stadium on Sunday. “I’ve by no means performed an entire season properly. I am glad I performed properly the primary half of this season. That is what I am making an attempt to enhance, my stage of the sport, to play a bit of bit greater on a regular basis.”

Kvitova stated she’s feeling relaxed and centered after taking a brief break from tennis. She has not performed since dropping within the first spherical of Wimbledon final month.

“It was good,” she stated of her self-imposed hiatus. “I even had 10 days with out tennis, with out health, with out something. It was crucial for my thoughts as properly that I simply shut off. I’ve performed a number of tennis within the final couple of months. However now I get to get again on the tennis courtroom, again to work.”

Robust discipline

It will not be a straightforward job for Kvitova, as all top-10 WTA gamers are competing within the Rogers Cup this year.

Fifth-ranked Elina Svitolina of Ukraine is the defending champion. She beat this year’s third seed Caroline Wozniacki in final year’s ultimate whereas world No. 1 Simona Halep gained it all of the year earlier than.

This year’s world No. three Sloane Stephens is not deterred by all of the sturdy opponents.

“There’s loads of tournaments all year lengthy the place all the highest gamers play,” stated Stephens. “Whoever is taking part in the very best that week, whoever will get it proper all week lengthy is often who wins.”

The 25-year-old Stephens sees the Rogers Cup as tune-up for the U.S. Open on the finish of the month, the place she’s the defending champion.

“Tremendous excited to be again right here,” she stated. “I like exhausting courtroom. It is one in every of my finest surfaces. Completely happy to be again on exhausting courtroom. Undoubtedly hoping to get some good matches right here and likewise subsequent week main up to the U.S. Open.”

Stephens may face Montreal native Francoise Abanda within the second spherical. Abanda is going through a qualifier within the first spherical on Monday.

“I see her across the tournaments,” stated Stephens of the younger Canadian. “I do not know a lot about her recreation. However clearly I can not actually talk about it till she performs her first-round match. We’ll have to see what occurs.”



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