Petra Kvitova, the shock 2011 Wimbledon champion, has hardly set the WTA Tour alight this season – but the grass court season is fast looming.
The Czech ace suffered a strained abdominal at the Italian Open in Rome that restricted her serve, and since her run to the semi-final stage of the 2012 Australian Open Kvitova has won successive tournament matches just twice.
But she is set to show that her suspect skills on clay are firmly behind her by the time she warms up for Wimbledon and the Olympics by competing in Eastbourne’s 2012 AEGON International.
Kvitova was a on the cusp of claiming the 2012 Australian Open crown, which would have propelled her to the coveted world no1 slot, but fell at the semi-final stage in Melbourne,
Since then she has suffered illness, injury, illness and inconsistency – and enters Roland Garros with a mediocre 6-5 win-loss record.
But the left-handed star, whose all-court acumen and offensive tactics make her a top talent, will need to fare well in Paris and then at Wimbledon in order to maintain a top five world ranking.
Yet having struggles to achieve back-to-back victories, plus the high expectations as a top seed, Kvitova will be under immense pressure at Devonshire Park to replicate last year’s impressive form at SW19.