Petra Kvitova remains cautiously optimistic about playing Wimbledon

Petra Kvitova remains cautiously optimistic about playing Wimbledon

The two-time Wimbledon champion has had little practice going into the Slam due to a left arm injury.

LONDON—Petra Kvitova is recovering from her left arm injury and plans to play Wimbledon, even though she has had little practice going into the event.

"My arm is getting better," she told press at the All England Club. "If nothing bad happen[s], I'm ready to play Tuesday."

The 29-year-old Czech experienced the injury just before the French Open and had to withdraw from the tournament. She has also not played any grass-court warmup events, and has not yet returned to her usual training.



"I had a few tests during this period," the lefty said. "It's improved, but not as much as I wanted, so I have to be very careful with everything.

"I was slowly start[ing], then I could kind of trying to have my arm a little bit stronger so I could start with some small exercises. I couldn't really hit much. If I have a pain, I'm stopping immediately, but so far it's OK."

But Kvitova is a two-time champion at Wimbledon and suggested the low-key buildup could help her with her recent nerves at Grand Slam events.

"Of course, my expectations are not really high. Maybe this can help me," she said.

Kvitova was a finalist at this year's Australian Open. She opens against Ons Jabeur, who just withdrew from the Eastbourne semifinals with an injury of her own.