Kvitova All Set For Move To Clay
Published April 23, 2014 12:11
Traditionally, Petra Kvitova has saved her best tennis for the Fed Cup, and last weekend was no different as she won both singles rubbers against Italy to inspire the Czech Republic to yet another final.
There the Czechs will take on a resurgent Germany, after they swept aside Australia in equally impressive fashion to reach their first final since 1992.
Kvitova and company, on the other hand, will be appearing in their third final in the past four years, but despite their familiarity with success, none of the shine has been taken off the achievement.
"I think that in the final it's going to be great," Kvitova said on Monday at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. "Both teams are pretty good. They have very solid players in the singles and doubles as well. I think there is a great atmosphere in both teams, that means a lot in team competitions.
"We all know that the German players are playing very well. Angie is a Top 10 player and is sure to play very well again. So it's going to be very tough, definitely."
The Czech Republic will play host for November's final, although no decision has yet been made on the location. Heading the list of potential venue are the O2 Arena in Prague, site of the Czech's 2012 triumph over Serbia, and Ostrava's CEZ Arena, which hosted the Italy tie.
"It's not yet decided. Prague or Ostrava," Kvitova said when asked about the venue for the final. "I remember last time when we played against Germany here in Stuttgart it was tough for us. It was a great atmosphere.
"For us to play the final at home is definitely better. But the Czech Republic is pretty close. So, I think that a lot of fans from Germany will come."
For now though, the 23-year-old is turning her attention to the upcoming European clay court season, which for her begins in Stuttgart on Wednesday against Alisa Kleybanova.
"I played pretty good in the USA, in Miami where I didn't have good results in the past," she said. "Then I had a good 14 days of preparation before the Fed Cup. I played very well during the weekend. So, I'm feeling good.
"It's different on the clay. It's an important part of the season, so I need to work hard and get used to it. I just came two days ago and had two practices, but I feel good, I'm healthy and that's important."