Kvitova Waited For Doctors’ Okay To Play Singapore

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After a year blighted by ill health, Petra Kvitova revealed she needed to get the all clear from her doctors before committing to play the WTA Finals in Singapore.

The two times Wimbledon champion was bothered by fatigue and constant sore throats until being diagnosed as suffering from mononucleosis (glandular fever) in July. Although the only tournaments the world no.5 actually was forced to miss during the course of the year were Indian Wells, Miami and Eastbourne, she has been compromised in her preparation.

Kvitova played the Chinese tournaments in Wuhan and Beijing without any great success. Feeling unwell and fearing something of a relapse, she consulted her doctors before committing to compete in the year ending tournament she won in 2011.

“I was waiting for my doctors, what they were going to say,” said the 25 year-old who has a tough end of season as she will also spearhead to Czech Republic team in the Fed Cup final against Russia November 14-15.

“They said I’m still able to play. They think that the matches are not that physically tough as the preparation is, probably.

“But of course all the matches are very tough. I had the one in Wuhan in the first round, and I just couldn’t recover as fast as I normally do. It took me a little while to be back again. I was just waiting what they were going to say. They let me play, so that’s why I’m playing. If they would have say I should stop for the rest of the season, I will. But I’m here, so that’s good.”

The ability to practice hard has been a major issue for Kvitova  and she added: “I am able to do it a little bit more now than I did when I found out about my illness after Wimbledon.

“Now I can practice more and practice everyday, so that’s good. In practices, I am still trying to find balance between the physical part and the tennis part. On balance, everything is going well.”

A year ago fatigue contributed to Kvitova only winning one of her three round robin matches in Singapore. “I certainly hope to do better this time,” she said.

“There is not much time to rest when you arrive at the season finale, with all sorts of commitments off court as well as the need to practice, but fortunately I’m the sort of person who likes like to keep busy.”

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