Kvitova rues loss to Flipkens at Wimbledon

by: Matt Cronin July 29, 2013

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Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, says she needed to take some time off to get over her loss to Kirsten Flipkens in this year's quarterfinals. The Czech admitted that after Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka lost in the first week, she saw an opportunity which passed her by.

“I knew how it was in the draw and I knew who was in my half,” Kvitova told TENNIS.com at the Southern California Open, where she is the third seed. “I wasn't thinking now it’s my time to win the Grand Slam, but I know I can play well on the grass and Wimbledon is always the best tournament for me. Always when I lose in Wimbledon I’m very disappointed and this time was more because it was in the quarterfinals against a player that I should beat. I was the favorite and unfortunately I didn’t beat her. She played very well and I can’t say that I didn’t play well, but I felt a big chance, but unfortunately I didn’t do it. But I hope this match helps me in the future.”

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