While Petra Kvitova may not have earned her third Grand Slam title, narrowly losing to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open final, she still has plenty to be proud of. It marked her first final in Melbourne and first Slam final since winning Wimbledon in 2014.
Thank you to my team for being with me every step of the way.— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) January 26, 2019
It hurts right now but we have been through much tougher things together...and look at this beautiful trophy ❤️ #ausopen pic.twitter.com/L8gRHWeDD8
During her runner-up speech, she admitted how she thought she "would never pick up a racquet again" after she was attacked by a robber wielding a knife in December of 2016. Now, just over two years after the incident, she did not drop a set until the final.
Well I have had a couple of days (and a long flight) to reflect on my AO run. It was my first Grand Slam final for a while but definitely worth the wait! I learnt not to give up, to work hard and to try to be a better player and person...I will continue in that ???? I lost in the final, but it was the greatest loss I experienced in a final. And you know what? I already won two years ago just coming back to play tennis again. This final was something I never even imagined. So thank you for your amazing support, to all of you who believed in me no matter what. Thats what counts the most ???? ???? @lebik and @gettysport #ausopen
Kvitova jumped up to No. 2 in the world, right behind Osaka. The 28-year-old has not been this high up the rankings since October 2011. There won't be time to rest on her laurels as the Czech will head to St. Petersburg next to defend her title.
This Week on Tennis Channel Plus:
WTA St. Petersburg: Starting Monday, Jan. 28 at 5 a.m. ET, catch live coverage of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy featuring Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova.
WTA Hua Hin: Top seed Garbine Muguruza headlines the field from Hua Hin. Watch every match of the Thailand Open, starting Monday, Jan. 28 at 3 a.m. ET.