Two years ago, Kvitova’s name was absent from the Australian Open entry list.
It had been only a matter of weeks since a knife attack in an attempted burglary at home. The lacerations left tendons, five fingers and two nerves damaged on her left playing hand and she was given a 10 per cent chance of even competing professionally again.
Yet to drop a set at AO2019, the No.7 seed is back to her brilliant best.
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On Thursday, she booked her third grand slam final – her first since her 2014 Wimbledon triumph – with a 7-6(2) 6-0 victory over American Danielle Collins.
“I have been in the final of the grand slam, but this is a little bit different,” Kvitova said on the eve of the title match. “I'm not playing on the grass, but I think it's just probably a little bit more special because it's after everything I have been through.