London - American Madison Keys will be rooting for Petra
Kvitova to win Wimbledon after the Czech two-time champion made a remarkable
recovery from injuries sustained to her playing hand during a knife attack at
her home in December.
Kvitova returned from her injury layoff at the French Open
in June and went on to win the pre-Wimbledon Aegon Classic in Birmingham.
The world number 12 opened her Wimbledon campaign with a 6-3
6-4 win over Swede Johanna Larsson on Monday.
World number 18 Keys, who beat Japan's Nao Hibino in the
first round, told tennis.com that Kvitova's comeback made her emotional and
believes that the Czech's strength on grass could see her clinch a third
"Every time I watch her play now, I'm like an emotional
wreck... I try not to watch too many of her matches. But it's an amazing,
amazing comeback. I don't think there's a nicer person that all of us are
cheering for," Keys said.
"It's Petra... Pretty much any time she's on grass
you're like, 'Yeah, she could win'.
"She's such a champion. I'm not really surprised. I'm
really happy for her. I mean, who better to win it than Petra?"
Keys faces Italy's Camila Giorgi while Kvitova takes on
American Madison Brengle in the second round on Wednesday.