Petra Kvitova, the former world No. 2, said that her 2021 season was not her greatest, but she is determined to prepare well for the 2022 season and bounce back next year.
In the third round of the Indian Wells Masters, Kvitova, was defeated by Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-4.
Kvitova, who won her only championship of the year in Doha in March, has decided that Indian Wells will be her final tournament in 2021.
Kvitova had a dismal year at the Grand Slams, with her best Grand Slam performance coming in the third round of the US Open.
“Overall the season, well, I definitely had better seasons than this one. I had a title, which is always the highlight of the season. I played some incredible matches, I would say,” Kvitova said, per WTA Insider.
“I still have the fire inside me, which is very important for me as well, even at this age.
“I mean, without the fire I think I couldn’t play anymore, but it’s there so that’s nice.
“Yeah, I mean, it wasn’t really great, even in the Grand Slams. But sometimes that is how it is. I had a couple of seasons like this, as well.
“It is not the end of the world. I will do my best to be ready for the next year.
Kvitova talks about her performance in the Indian Wells
“I didn’t really have the best results here so far. I made quarterfinal, I think, maybe once or twice,” Kvitova said.
“But for me, this tournament, it’s such a beautiful event, the place and everything, so quiet and everything.
“But the surface and the balls, it’s nothing for me, unfortunately. It’s not flying at all. It’s very slow.
“It’s bouncing so high. For me, it’s really difficult to play here, actually. I know it’s not humid, which is good, but it could be very hot as I already had it in my practices.”
“So it’s very, very tough, especially at this time. The weather is just totally different compared to March.”