PARIS, France - Petra Kvitova says she's rested and ready to battle it out for the Roland Garros title, just so long as she's not considered a favorite. The two-time Wimbledon champion is seeded No.8 in Paris and riding an 11-match win-streak after back-to-back titles in Prague and her record-setting third title in Madrid.
"So far to have this kind of wins in a row, I couldn't really see myself probably playing better [on clay]," Kvitova told reporters at Media Day ahead of the French Open.
"It took me a while to get rest after those two very difficult weeks. Really, I didn't really imagine that my body is as tired as I felt during the last weeks, but finally I'm much better.
"I practiced this morning. It was fun. I didn't really have any pain in my body, which is great. Yeah, it's beautiful weather, so I really enjoy myself being on the court and playing here after a year."
Last year, the French Open served as an emotional starting block for the Czech. It was her first tournament since undergoing hand surgery after being attacked in her home in December 2016. Since her return, Kvitova has won five titles in the last 12 months, including a tour-best four titles this season. She leads the tour in match-wins (30), 3-set match wins (12), and Top 10 wins (7).
Q. Could you have expected one year ago that your last 12 months would be so successful on court?
PETRA KVITOVA: Can you?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, that's probably the answer from me, as well (smiling).
In short, Kvitova is the hottest player on tour this year. But she'll still roll her eyes if you call her a French Open favorite.
"I'm not acting with my eyes," Kvitova said laughing, "but I don't really feel that. The clay, it's been always the difficult surface to play for me on, especially probably here in the French Open. I know I played a semifinal and lost to Maria one year, but overall it's not the great surface for me.
"But overall I think the last couple of weeks show that I can play well on the clay. But this is a little bit different conditions here, as well. It can be hot as today. It can rain and be very cold. So the balls are not really flying as I wish. But that's how it is, and that's probably why it's the Grand Slam, right? So you have to be ready for two weeks of the best you can show.
"Now I think there is probably bigger favorites of the Roland Garros than me. And just for me to play my first match, we will see how it will go, but of course I will do my best, as always."
Adding to the sense of closure on Kvitova's emotional 12-month journey, Czech news agencies reported earlier this week that the man who allegedly attacked her had been apprehended. Kvitova admitted the timing of the news was not ideal given her Slam preparations, but said her focus now remains on tennis.
"Of course great news for me to hear that," Kvitova said. "It's great that they have him in custody. But probably the most, the happiest I will be when the story will end, when everything will be done and finished.
"I'm not the person who can do anything right now, so I should be focusing on the tennis only."