Petra Kvitova has returned to her formidable form at Roland Garros, and her timing ahead of the grass court season is perfect for the Wimbledon winner.
The Czech left-hander will be aiming to see out the clay court season in Paris by capturing her second major title.
The battling world no4 has kept faith in utilising all her dangerous weapons – big serve and fierce forehand – that destroyed Maria Sharapova in the 2011 Wimbledon final.
And the 22-year-old made a magnificent start to the season, raising to world no2 in February, prior to a lull.
But Kvitova is back to her purposeful best and is expecting to brush aside French Open quarter-final opponent Yaroslava Shvedova, despite the world no144 surprising defending Roland Garros champion Li Na in three sets.
Kvitova is a red-hot favourite to outplay the Kazakhstan ace, although this will be their first meeting.
Since Kvitova’s 2011 Wimbledon triumph she has had to grind out victories by refusing to panic so she can control the points.
Among the favourites at Devonshire Park, the Czech star is set to shine ahead of her return to Wimbledon’s Centre Court.