Petra Kvitova has cut a relaxed figure so far at the US Open. So relaxed, in fact, that she is trialing an unconventional approach to practice.
WTA Staff

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Last year's quarterfinal run is the best Petra Kvitova has to show from eight visits to the US Open. A remarkable statistic when considering the Czech's undoubted gifts, yet judging by her laid-back preparations this time around not one that seems to be the cause of too much concern.

Despite some encouraging results over the summer - most notably a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics - Kvitova arrived at Flushing Meadows with "no expectations". In fact such is her laissez-faire approach, she is eschewing practice altogether.

"I didn't practice [Tuesday]. I had a day off, so I didn't come on-site. So that's a new tradition," she said after her second-round victory over Cagla Buyukakcay. "You just practice like 45 minutes. I didn't need anymore, anyway."

So far, it doesn't appear to be doing her any harm either: she cruised past Jelena Ostapenko - a player she had already lost to twice this year - following this with another straight set win against Buyukakcay.

The next test for Kvitova's new routine is Elina Svitolina in Friday's third match on Louis Armstrong Stadium.