Navratilova backs Kvitova, Venus at Australian Open

(Reuters) – Former world number one Martina Navratilova believes Petra Kvitova’s attacking type of play makes her one of the crucial high contenders for next week’s Australian Open, While Venus Williams’ experience offers her the threshold over the remainder of the women’s container.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, missed all the Australian season Ultimate yr after she received a serious injury to her enjoying hand Whereas preventing off a knife-wielding intruder in her home in Dec. 2016.

Despite winning a grasscourt title in Birmingham, it used to be not except the U.S. Open where Kvitova regarded close to attaining her top Form, achieving the quarter-finals, after which going a step further with a semi-ultimate look in Beijing in October.

“I’ve all the time had a soft spot for Petra Kvitova – finally, she’s a Czech lefty like me – and my admiration and affection for her has best grown because of the best way she has fought again to Type over the past Three Hundred And Sixty Five Days,” Navratilova wrote in her column for the WTA’s legitimate website online (

”In The absence of Serena Williams, I consider it’s completely imaginable Kvitova may end up touchdown the title on the Australian Open… and what a narrative that will be.

Venus Williams of the US hits a shot throughout a tradition session in advance of the Australian Open tennis event.

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“Kvitova’s attacking tennis brought her two Wimbledon titles, and the Plexicushion courts in Melbourne are lightning fast – like grass, most effective sooner – so the skin will have to be perfect for her.”

Serena Williams decided to not protect her title in Melbourne this year after saying she used to be now not but ready to compete on the top degree after giving delivery to her first youngster in September.

It leaves her sister Venus with another probability to win her first Australian Open title, having completed runner-up Last 12 months.

“Whereas this tournament is vast open, and there are a number of avid gamers who could win the title, I Would provide Williams a moderate area over the others,” Navratilova brought.

“Closing yr, Williams got here so shut in Melbourne… and now she goes into the event understanding she received’t must care for Serena, and that will have to put some pep in her step.”

The First grand slam of the yr starts offevolved at Melbourne Park on Monday.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Modifying through Christian Radnedge

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