Los Angeles - Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is
relishing the prospect of a jam-packed North American schedule, starting this
week in Stanford, California.
The Czech was sidelined for six months after a
knife-wielding burglar at her home left her with severe left hand injuries that
threatened her career.
She returned in May at the French Open, losing in the second
round. After a tournament win in Birmingham, she fell in the second-round at
Wimbledon as well, where she had to call for medical assistance in her
three-set loss to Madison Brengle.
"I was really trying hard to play Wimbledon and
suddenly I was there and I wasn't feeling the best," Kvitova said this
week as she prepared to launch her Stanford campaign.
"Everything together, physically, emotionally,
mentally, it was just too much. The body just responded," Kvitova said.
After Wimbledon, she pulled out of a tournament in Bastad,
but now she says she's healthy and ready to "enjoy the rest of the
She has booked herself for five tournaments in North
Seeded second, Kvitova enjoyed a first-round bye and will
kick off her ambitious August against the winner of Tuesday's match between
Italian Francesca Schiavone and Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko.
In other first-round matches on Tuesday, sixth-seeded American
CoCo Vandeweghe advanced when Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic, who entered the
tournament nursing a shoulder injury, retired after losing the first set 6-2.
"It was disappointing to have a retirement today, but I
thought I was playing well to get to the point of winning the first set,"
Eighth-seeded American CiCi Bellis was due to take on
France's Alize Cornet later on Tuesday.
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, the top seed, opens her
campaign on Wednesday with a second-round meeting against American teenager