There are just so many tournaments that players can play until they are nearly collapsing with fatigue. Ive played a lot of matches the past couple of days. I couldnt really serve as well as I wanted, Petra Kvitova had said after her retirement from the Connecticut Open in August with a sore shoulder.
She had to retire in the opening set of the quarterfinal shed played with Carla Suarez Navarro. But what made the condition worse was playing three sets with Zarina Diyas, a day before even though Kvitova came out with a victory.
Does practice make perfect? Most players think this is true and maybe that was at the top of Kvitovas mind by cranking up on tournaments that would give her the experience and ingenuity to succeed for the next event.
This season was a bit of overplay for the formidable Petra Kvitova whose intensity and energy has one gear and that is to do it. The Brisbane event was the start of Kvitovas tour which didnt begin very well.
She had developed a viral illness and had to retire. Then came the Australian Open which wasnt a successful tournament either, losing the opening round to Germanys Andrea Petkovic. There were 11 events that Kvitova had lost in the opening rounds but she had expanded her popularity and justification among fans and the tennis community by winning five titles to add to her resume, something that most players would have difficulty in mastering.
The title that stands out in her mind is the Miami Open of which she won for the third time with the last win over Belgiums Kiki Bertens. Kvitova has said …every title feels great. Winning 3 times in Madrid it means something.
The grass season was a bust except for the Birmingham Classic which she defeated Magdalena Rybarikova and Prague she had captured the title in winning over Mihaela Buzamescu. But the Qatar Open proved to be a challenge when she was paired opposite former Wimbledon champ Garbine Muguruza and had lost the first five games, not seeing how she could turn the set around to fight off the Spaniards aggressive, Kvitova lost the opening set at 3-6 but correcting the errors in the second set, the Czech overcame the struggle to win the match and title 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
This win had propelled Kvitova back to the top 10 since she was hurt in the burglary attack at her home a few years ago. The hard courts of St. Petersburg in Russia was a diamond in the rough for Kvitova who had the determination and tactics to win the opening set over Kristina Mladenovic 6-1.
She played confident enough to dictate points and games making the match seem like a practice session with Mladenovic not having an answer to most of the Czechs shots and it was Kvitovas victory and title at 6-1, 6-2.
Petra Kvitovas season had its surprises and wonderful titles, five of them amazingly done and many victories over top 10 players, but it had its downfalls, injuries and illnesses. She had retirements and withdrawals, some from injuries and a few from just not having the capacity to go on as shed said after the Madrid Open that Im pretty exhausted.
I need to pull out from Rome. It was a command that shed given herself and could not think about making it to the Italian Open. She retired from the Dubai event as well as Eastbourne, having spent the last energies on previous matches that drained her physically.
Kvitova is a fighter and a determined, aggressive player but to keep her physical stamina as well as mental focus she might have to turn over a slightly different system this upcoming 2019 season. For one, what every player doesnt like is being in fewer tournaments.
It means less exposure, less practice, less money but also it would mean coming into an even stronger and more psychologically intact. Kvitova has the skill, talent, and strategies to have the victories but when a player lets it all out on the court, playing fewer tournaments may come out with better results.
Another issue that Kvitova probably will address is winning as many matches as possible in straight sets. This can be quite a difficult strategy but three sets and five can be a major factor of exhaustion players through in tournaments and if possible should be avoided at all situations.
One more item that Kvitova might be doing is resting before the grand slams. With Wimbledon around the corner, I couldnt take the risk of making it worse by playing, Kvitova had said concerning playing hard during the warm-up grass matches.
Definitely taking it easier in the upcoming season may be what Kvitova has in store for herself. Shell want to get positive results in her tournaments so possibly being selective as to the number of events shell be in may be the best thing to gain stamina and strategies to play superior for the next matches.