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Over ‘n out: Petra Kvitova beaten at Eastbourne
Petra Kvitova, who sensationally lost her opening match in Eastbourne, admits that high expectations at Wimbledon will not daunt her.
The Czech Republic ace, who followed up her Devonshire Park debut as runner-up to France’s Marion Bartoli last year to then claim the Wimbledon crown, looked sluggish at Eastbourne.
It was the first grass court match that the 22-year-old has played since storming to her maiden Grand Slam at SW19.
The Wimbledon winner said about retaining her title:
“The expectation at Wimbledon is very big, so the pressure is there and it’s normal – but without pressure it would be boring.
“I’m glad that my team and me are not really thinking about the pressure too much.
“I’m just so honoured to return to Wimbledon as defending champion and I’m really looking forward to the first match when I step onto the Centre Court.
“I think that I’ll have goosebumps again when I go through those famous gates for the first time this year.”