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.

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.

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.