Kvitová says Eastbourne win “best preparation for Wimbledon”

Petra Kvitová  celebrates with the trophy after winning the women's singles final match against Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko

Tennis star Petra Kvitová had the perfect preparation for this year’s Wimbledon, winning the traditional warmup in Eastbourne. It was the 29th trophy of the Czech’s career, but her first in over a year.  

Petra Kvitová overcame Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-3 6-2 in the final of the grass court competition in the seaside town of Eastbourne on England’s south coast on Saturday.

It was the 29th career trophy for Kvitová, who is 32, and was her first final, never mind title, since March 2021, when she triumphed in Dubai.

The win in Eastbourne was the ideal preparation for Wimbledon, where Kvitová entered the history books by lifting the trophy in 2011, and again three years later.

Speaking after her Eastbourne triumph, Kvitová said playing on grass was very special for her, adding that it was really nice to play in front of a crowd again – and that it was the “best preparation for Wimbledon.”

The competition is the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that the rangy Czech has won in her career. This year’s edition begins on Monday and Kvitová is seeded 25th.

Author: Ian Willoughby