Kvitova eyes Grand Slam challenge

19 February 2018 03:43:35 EST

Petra Kvitova is hoping to translate her superb recent form into being in contention to add to the two Grand Slam titles she already has to her name.

The Czech left-hander won her second successive tournament by claiming the title at the Qatar Open, coming from a set down to defeat Garbine Muguruza 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the final on Sunday.

This is why I came back, to try to have great results in the Grand Slams and the big tournaments.

Petra Kvitova

And, having won 13 successive matches since an early exit at the Australian Open, two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova is feeling full of confidence, having battled back from career-threatening injuries to her left hand.

Having secured a top-ten ranking once again, she told reporters: "It feels great. I mean, first of all, I think that it feels much better right now because top 10 is the number.

"Of course, it's such a great achievement to be back there.

"I couldn't really dream about it one year ago when I was in total different position trying to come back and play. For me, it's something that's amazing, I couldn't really wish for more.

"This is why I came back, to try to have great results in the Grand Slams and the big tournaments."

Kvitova won the second of her Wimbledon titles in 2014, since when her best showing at a Grand Slam has been an appearance in the US Open quarter-finals in both 2015 and 2017.

Having reached the last four in Paris in 2012, Kvitova is 18/1 to win the French Open this year, with Muguruza priced at 8/1 and Simona Halep 5/1.

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