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Kvitova Getting Ready: Turkish Training Block



BELEK, Turkey - World No.3 Petra Kvitova has just wrapped up an intense two-week training block in Belek, Turkey, focusing on her fitness training ahead of the clay and grass court season, one of her best parts of the year.

Last year, Kvitova went 20-2 in four WTA tournaments in the clay and grass court season, winning Madrid, reaching the fourth round of Roland Garros, reaching the final of Eastbourne and winning her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. Now she will fly home to the Czech Republic and after the Fed Cup tie in Ostrava next week, she will begin her clay court season in Stuttgart.

Here are some of Kvitova's afterthoughts on the Turkish training block...

What have you been working on specifically?
"I need to improve my fitness a lot. I have a lot of space to improve every part of my fitness and after I struggled with illness in February, I needed to take this step. I am trying to get faster and stronger. We are running a lot in the sand, long distance too, doing some hill running and also we spend a lot of time in the gym. I am exhausted every evening, but hopefully it's worth it."

What has been a typical day?
"In the morning we have a relaxed breakfast and then around 11am we start the first section, which depends - sometimes it's running in the sand, working with medicine balls or training in the gym with weights. Then we have lunch and rest for three hours. Around 4pm we start training again - mostly long distance - and then I can play tennis finally! The end of the day is more relaxed. We have a massage or maybe visit the spa, then dinner and finally to bed."

Are you feeling fit and injury free?
"Unfortunately I had a small problem with my stomach muscle, but nothing serious... I can still do all the important exercises. I feel tired right now but I hope that my fitness will show in the upcoming tournaments."

Why is fitness so important to you as a player?
"To win close matches with the best players, I have to be fit. Close matches can be decided by very small things and one is fitness. I need to reach more balls and be able to play longer matches to stay at the top of the sport."

What is your schedule like for the next few weeks?
"When I get back to the Czech Republic we have Fed Cup at home in Ostrava. Then I play Stuttgart, a week off and then big tournaments in Madrid and Rome. I'm looking forward to playing matches again and also to playing on clay again!"


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Navratilova: Kvitova can get lighter on feet

Martina Navratilova tells the Independent that defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has a big upside and room for improvement.

"She just needs to get a little lighter on her feet. It's so easy to think: 'I can just power through this.' Four out of five times you can, but the fifth time it's going to go out," Navratilova said. "On clay that doesn't win and in the wind that doesn't win. When things go your way, great, but when they don't that's when perfect technique and perfect footwork come in handy. I learned new footwork when I was 32, with the cross-step to the outside, so you can retool or improve. Petra doesn't need to retool, but she can definitely improve. She's 22. I was clueless at that age, so she's way ahead of me on that one."

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Kvitova is hoping asthma won't flair up

Former Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova, who beat Li Na in last night's Rogers Cup final to win her first title on North American soil, says that the lack of humidity in Montreal was reason why she felt better last week. Kvitova is hoping for repeat performances at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open, but is unsure if her asthma will flare up.

"Montreal wasn't that bad as normal," she said. "[In Cincinnati] it's more humid. I will see how is it going here. I will try my best and try to fight not only with the opponent, but with my asthma also. I think that it's hard to answer this question, because I never know."

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Petra Kvitova's Story, From The Beginning



PROSTEJOV, Czech Republic - Petra Kvitova is one of the most soft-spoken players in the upper echelon of women's tennis, but there's nothing soft about her game - huge serve, huge groundstrokes, perfect volleys - there aren't many with a bigger arsenal. So how did she develop such a flashy game?

This Sunday night on the Tennis Channel, follow Kvitova's story from the very start, from when she first started picking up balls for her brothers in Fulnek to when she first held a racquet of her own, to the years practicing indoors during the cold Czech winters - the documentary includes interviews with Kvitova herself, as well as her coach David Kotyza, her parents and older brother.

Kvitova is spending the off-season preparing at her home club in Prostejov, the Czech Republic, with a huge emphasis on fitness, before heading to Australia to begin her 2013 season in Brisbane, Sydney and the Australian Open.

Watch the Tennis Channel this Sunday, December 2, at 7pm EST (4pm PST).

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Asthma problems a threat for Kvitova

Queenslanders aren't alone wishing for an end to their hotter and more humid summer. Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is also desperate for a cool change.

Looking for a return to the heights of 2011 when she was the WTA player of the year, the lanky Czech's springboard into 2013 is being threatened by her asthma problems.

The world No.8, who started her amazing 2011 run with a surprise victory at the Brisbane International, is struggling with the high humidity this week in south-east Queensland.

Two years ago, the Brisbane weather was unseasonally cool and she claimed the title a day before the heavens opened and Pat Rafter Arena was swamped by the city's disastrous flood 48 hours later.

"I have some nice memories from 2011 when my career was going up," Kvitova said on Friday.

"It really started with this title in Brisbane so I'll aim to play similar tennis to then."

The humidity topped 80 per cent on a sweltering Brisbane afternoon as the 22-year-old cuddled koalas at the Lone Pine Sanctuary.

Kvitova struggled badly with her well-credentialled asthma condition in the US summer this year, when she was also troubled by an ankle problem, and regularly uses her Ventolin inhaler between games.

"The humidity is not great for me as I have asthma so I'm breathing tougher but that's part of me and I have to fight with this," she said.

"2011 wasn't as bad ... it wasn't that hot.

"Otherwise I'm feeling good and healthy."

Kvitova showed she can play well through adversity, helping the Czech Republic to their second straight Fed Cup triumph last month despite being as sick as a dog with a virus.

Although she dropped out of the top five in 2012, she still rates her year as solid - winning two WTA titles and making the semi-finals at the Australian Open and French Open.

A second title in her second start in Brisbane will require her to be in peak form and fitness considering eight of the world's top 10 are in the main draw.

A likely quarter-final would match her up against Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams or German world No.5 Angelique Kerber.

"It's not easy starting at the beginning and I know it will be really tough to replay the season of 2011 but I'm happy with (my game)."

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Champions Corner: Rejuvenated Kvitova Revels In Zhuhai Triumph

ZHUHAI, China - Petra Kvitova concluded a stellar Asian Swing with yet another title, taking home the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai crown after a 6-4, 6-2. The former World No.2 and Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open winner moved up to No.11 on the WTA rankings, and is eager to make up for lost ground at the start of next season.

WTA Insider caught up with Kvitova after her emphatic win over Svitolina to talk about the Wuhan-Zhuhai double, what it means to find herself on the tennis court, and why she'll key in on improving her serve and return during the off-season.

WTA Insider: On a scale from 1-10, how tired are you feeling right now?
Kvitova: I don't think I'm that tired. I just feel my entire body is sore, so I'll need to take a few days off to get ready for the Fed Cup tie. I'm really looking forward, but it's a little bit difficult. I'm a little bit tired, but winning always helps me recover faster.

WTA Insider: You managed to win Wuhan and Zhuhai this year, much like Venus Williams in 2015. What is it about these courts that go hand-in-hand for players?
Kvitova: I'm not really sure, but it's kind of funny that both of us won the same tournaments at the end of the season. I'm not sure, but maybe the courts are a little bit faster for our games. We both play aggressive, and have good serves. I think that pays off for us.

WTA Insider: You talked a lot about finding yourself in our last interview; I'm curious what that means to you. Is it about finding yourself personally, or professionally? You mentioned in press that you felt you'd rediscovered your game.
Kvitova: I think it's both, personal and tennis things. I've always loved to play tennis, but it can get tough when I'm not feeling confident, and not playing as well as I should. These couple of matches that I've won in the last couple of weeks have really helped my confidence. I did find myself, and that means I've found my game again. I'm not afraid to go for my shots, even if I miss them sometimes. I'm still trying to go for it, serve better, and put pressure on my opponent. That's something I don't think I was really doing at the start of the season. Of course, there were other small things also happening in my life, as well. But sometimes it's just important to go through all of these things to find yourself.

WTA Insider: You've also mentioned that potentially not having a coach helped you find yourself. What you're trying to find yourself - be it your game, or personally - did it help to not have too many extra voices around, and just to focus on you and what you're thinking and feeling?
Kvitova: Personally, I'm always trying to look at things more positively than negatively. I do have David, who is my fitness coach. He's traveling a lot with me right now, and he's helping a lot. He's not a tennis coach, so I'm doing tactics and practicing by myself. It's a little bit funny and it's all a learning process for me. It's nice to have this experience, and I'm just glad that I've had it. It'll be good for the future for me to have had these sorts of things happen. Everything new can be good for you if you take it positively. Not having a tennis coach is a little bit tricky; I'm glad I played more matches so I didn't really have to practice that much. That was helpful!

WTA Insider: What does a Petra Kvitova practice session look like? If and when you do add a coach to your team, will you then expect to collaborate with him? Now that you've had this independence, how tough will it be to give it up?
Kvitova: I think everything is about compromise and communication. I hope that when I find a good coach, we'll be able to sit and talk about how everything looks with my game and schedule. I'm not sure that I'll tell him about this experience, for sure. I'm not really a person that needs to practice five hours a day. Of course, preparation is a different story, but at tournaments, I really need to focus on the game and have good energy for the matches. That's one thing I've learned, and I hope it'll work.

WTA Insider: Briefly going back to the final today, and having five straight wins over Svitolina coming into the match. What is it about her ball that makes you comfortable on the court, especially with all the improvements she's made?
Kvitova: Those wins helped me with my confidence. In the last match, I was also a break down in the beginning of the match, and I was still able to turn it around. That helped me today when I was on the court, having that in mind. I can't say she plays a comfortable game, but I just know I need to play aggressively. She likes to play aggressively too, so I just need to be the first one who is putting pressure on her and play what I can. Sometimes, it ends up being a longer rally than I'd like, but that's the game. She's doing what she has to do to beat me. She's thinking as well, so fair enough. I think my serve helped me a lot and I need to return well, which I was doing pretty good today. In the rallies, she's really going for it, so it's just about the few points, and what turned the match on my side.

WTA Insider: You've talked about the serve a lot this week. When people think of you and your game, they think of the forehand, the power and precision behind that shot. How important do you feel focusing on the serve will be heading into 2017?
Kvitova: I think that's the key point, for sure. The serve and return are the beginning of the rallies, and those are very important for putting pressure on your opponent right away. I need to improve my second serve next season. Of course, my forehand is a big one, but I need to work on that, as well. I still miss too many shots over there, but I think overall, it's pretty good. The power is still the key for me to play well. I just need to keep it there.

WTA Insider: Finally, you're heading home tonight. Will you be flying home or straight to France ahead of the Fed Cup final?
Kvitova: I'll be flying to Prague, and then taking a car to go to Strasbourg, so that'll be fun. I'm looking forward to seeing the team. We have a great team, so I can't wait to be with them over there. It'll be the last week of the season, so it's great to have it then, as well.

WTA Insider: One last ride with the Czech Fed Cup team?
Kvitova: Exactly!


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O ludzie... Ten palec wskazujący trzymał się ledwo ledwo. Coś strasznego.. to musiało być naprawdę okropne. Ale lekarze spisali się naprawdę na medal, bo praktycznie oprócz blizny to nie ma śladu. :ryczy:

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