Sports

Kvitova, Halep driven by Australian Open heartbreak

Sport

Petra Kvitova took a while to come to terms with her heartbreaking defeat in last year's Australian Open final but the Czech says she can now look back on the experience as one of the top achievements of her career.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Shenzhen Bay Sports Center – Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China – October 31, 2019 Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova in action during her match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Aly Song


(Updated: )

Share this content

Bookmark

MELBOURNE: Petra Kvitova took a while to come to terms with her heartbreaking defeat in last year's Australian Open final but the Czech says she can now look back on the experience as one of the top achievements of her career.

Kvitova was down a set and a break to Naomi Osaka and facing three match points when she fought back to level the final and force a decider before the two-time Wimbledon champion eventually fell 7-6(2) 5-7 6-4.

Advertisement

Advertisement

"It took me a while to get over the loss," she told reporters on Saturday. "It's been very painful for me to lose that final."

However, the 29-year-old said she has managed to put her run to that final in context.

Kvitova underwent nearly four hours of surgery on her playing hand in 2016 after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic.

"After so many years being in the final, it's a great achievement. I should take it very positively," said the seventh seed, who will open her campaign against compatriot Katerina Siniakova on Monday.

Advertisement

Advertisement

"Even now when I'm here, it's really feeling very nice and I do have the best memories."

World number four Simona Halep also endured the agony of a lost Australian Open final, going down in three sets to Caroline Wozniacki in 2018.

She hopes having Australian coach Darren Cahill back in her corner will help her land a third Read More – Source