The tennis season is in full swing, and with it being as unpredictable as any, there remains one of the most remarkable comebacks the sport has ever seen.
Petra Kvitova made a premature return to the sport in May, as the 27-year-old competed at the French Open, following the horrific knife attack she received last December.
Despite the major surgery Kvitova’s received on her hand, the Czech still managed to make it past the first round, but fell short in the second – getting to the tournament was impressive enough.
However, Kvitova continued her comeback with an outstanding victory at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. The former No.2 defeated Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-3:
“It is something very special – it is like a dream or fairytale. It has been a difficult time and I wasn’t sure if I would play again.
It wasn’t about the tennis, but to come back healthy and alive.”
— Petra Kvitova, speaking to the BBC
With such an impressive return to the sport, the Czech will be one to watch at Wimbledon. Full of confidence, and a two-time winner at SW19 makes Kvitova a genuine contender.
She has more time to get to grips with the grass court as she is competing at Eastbourne this week.
Elsewhere, Roger Federer won his ninth Gerry Weber Open in Halle by defeating Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3. The Swiss heads into SW19 as one of the favourites following his rest from the clay season, and looking impressive in the grass tournament warm-ups.
Another man who will head into Wimbledon full of confidence is Feliciano Lopez after his victory over Marin Cilic at Queens; the Spaniard won a thrilling final 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (10-8).