By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd
The Czech star completed her clay court season in Paris by storming to the semi-finals before being blown away by new world no1 Maria Sharapova.
The battling world no4 has kept faith in utilising all her dangerous weapons – big serve and fierce forehand – that destroyed Sharapova in the 2011 Wimbledon final.
And Kvitova made a magnificent start to the 2012 season, climbing to world no2 in February, prior to a lull.
But Kvitova is back to her purposeful best and brushed aside shock French Open quarter-final opponent Yaroslava Shvedova, despite the world no144 surprising defending Roland Garros champion Li Na in three sets.
The left-hander set up a potentially mouthwatering French Open semi-final showdown with Sharapova, when Kvitova had the opportunity to make amends for their strange semi-final match at the 2012 Australian Open, when Sharapova snatched success in three sets.
But Russian ace Sharapova proved too hot to handle as she reached her maiden Roland Garros final at the third attempt. And has left Kvitova to concentrate on defending her Wimbledon title, and warming up at Eastbourne’s 2012 AEGON International.
Since Kvitova’s triumph at SW19 she has had to grind out victories by refusing to panic, so that she can control the points.
Among the handful of favourites at Devonshire Park, the Czech star is set to shine ahead of her return to Wimbledon’s Centre Court but faces stiff competition for the AEGON International title with such a strong field.