Two-time champion Kvitova crashes out of Wimbledon in second round

  • AFP, London
  • Updated: Jul 03, 2016 10:00 IST
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic wipes her face during her women's singles match against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia on day six of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. (AP Photo)

Two-time champion Petra Kvitova said she had burnt herself out waiting around to get on court after she crashed out of Wimbledon on Saturday in the last second round match to be completed.

The Czech, who won the title in 2011 and 2014, was left hanging about over six days due to continual rain delays, spending just two hours and 46 minutes on court in that time.

In an error-strewn match, she lost 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Saturday to Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova, who will face Barbora Strycova for a place in the last 16.

“It’s very weird, I have to say. I felt like I was stuck in the second round,” said Kvitova.

“I was waiting all day long almost every day to be scheduled on, and didn’t really have a chance to finish or step on the court. So it was really weird.”

“It’s when you are still waiting and your nerves are still going, it’s always a little bit difficult with energy and everything. You just have to focus all day, which then maybe when you step on the court, you don’t really have the energy afterwards.”

While Venus Williams and Carla Suarez Navarro secured their places in the fourth round on Friday, Kvitova was left twiddling her thumbs and listening to music.

“It’s weird when you’re sitting in the locker room and someone finishes the third round, like Carla Suarez Navarro, and I was still waiting for my second,” she said.

“We were just making a laugh of it. What we can do, right, in the locker room? It is how it is. I wish I should be scheduled a little bit better, but it’s in the past now.”

“I was waiting in the Court Two, just lying down, have my iPod on. That’s what I can do: nothing.”

Kvitova said she was due a change of fortune and is targeting making a big impression at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games in August.

“I’m still working hard and still believe that everything can just turn around. I just really need to be more confident on the court,” the 26-year-old said.

“I’m not finishing with the tennis so far. I feel still young and I still want to play good and be in the top again.”

“The main goal is Olympics. That’s my motivation right now,” she said, confirming that she would play Montreal before heading to Rio.

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