Injured Kvitova out of Eastbourne, a week before Wimbledon

Lynette Rowe
June 27, 2017

"Paris was a bit weird and odd, and I couldn't play the best over there". She's always been a great champion but I think we appreciate that more now that she's back playing week-in and week-out. I will not practise for a couple of days, for sure. Barty showed great poise after winning a match despite dropping the first set and was quite feisty on the return, producing four breaks. The hand is good, which is the best news which I can have, and I am not feeling any pain, and that's the best news. I wanted to play my best, which I showed today and I hope I can keep doing it'. Kvitova continues to be the talk of the tournament given that shes played just six matches in 2017 and all five of her victories have come in straight sets.

The 27-year-old will head into the third Grand Slam tournament of the season as one of the favourites for the title, with reigning champion Serena Williams taking time out from the sport to give birth to her first child, and last year's runner-up Angelique Kerber having a hard season.

"I think we have to be very happy with where the game is at".

The 27-year-old not only looked untroubled by her hand this week but she also looked back to her best with her explosive serve often too much for Barty as she produced 13 aces. She had won only 12 points. "She's changing direction a lot, slice, some volleys drop shot".

Muguruza, a former Wimbledon finalist, could not contain Barty's comeback.

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"You an inspirtation and a champion", Barty said to Kvitova during the trophy ceremony.

Chasing his ninth title at the grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany, Federer was serving for the match when he was broken by the 21-year-old Russian. "I know I can still win long matches, so I think that's important, as well". I wish I could have more.

Kvitova slipped a set down to the Australian - herself enjoying a fine return to the sport after a time away playing cricket - but roared back to win by taking the decider in convincing fashion.

The combination of her doubles pedigree and her liking for the grass courts has attracted 44% of all bets (28% of total staked) on the Wimbledon victor market in the last seven days with plenty snapping up the 66/1 on offer at the start of the week.

"Obviously it's a big challenge for me tomorrow".

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