Wimbledon kept Kvitova hopes alive in dark times

Posted July 04, 2017

Kuznetsova has not won a tournament since October a year ago, though, and her challenge was ended in the last 16 at the French Open, indicating that her days of being a true contender at Slams may be over.

The 25-year-old Romanian, who has never been past the semi-finals at Wimbledon, opens her campaign against Marina Erakovic.

"I think you should stay low, as well, with your expectations about me", Kvitova said before Wimbledon.

Federer has enjoyed a resurgent season in 2017, with the 35-year-old claiming four tournament titles to date, including an efficient straight sets victory over rising German star Alexander Zverev as a -230 favourite on the ATP tennis odds in the final of the Gerry Weber Open earlier this month. I had a very full-on Thursday, as did all the other players. That's the big, big thing that I'm here. The American, after playing her first semifinal at the WTA global level, lost 36 62 61. However, she is one of only two former champions in the women's singles draw - Venus Williams being the other - and so any further improvement could see her in contention for a third title.

Playing only her third event of the year after recovering from a knife attack in December, the Czech 11th seed used her swinging serve to great effect, signing off with a heavy ace. I knew she could be unsafe, I was expecting a tough match. Find out all that and more during the next two weeks in London.

Jelena Ostapenko continues to hold the world in thrall with her momentous run at Roland Garros. I practiced with her here and in Mallorca. "I think that was such a scare that she went through, it's made her just appreciate the game a lot more".

"I think that before I was very nervous before every match".

"I don't see it like that", Kvitova said in an email to The Associated Press. This isn't the first time she's showed her workouts on Instagram, but it makes sense now that she has tennis on the mind - Wimbledon starts Monday, and Williams won the tournament in 2015 and 2016.

Kvitova believes that although the memories of the attack will always be with her - the investigation by Czech police is still ongoing - she will refuse to be defined as a victim. "Players like Petra, Karolina Pliskova and a few others have an advantage over the others due to their game styles matching so well with grass", said Mouratoglou. "I'm here unseeded with really no ranking".