Kvitova calls time on season

18 October 2020 22:24:06 GMTPlus11

An "exhausted" Petra Kvitova has chosen to miss the remainder of the 2020 season, with her run to the semi-final at the recent French Open her last action of the year.

The Czech world number eight has surprisingly decided against participating in next week's Ostrava Open in her home country, as well as the two other tournaments scheduled this year in both Austria and Korea.

Kvitova started the year well, reaching the quarter finals of the Australian Open before losing to world number one Ashleigh Barty in straight sets.

She was able to avenge that defeat to Barty in the semi-finals of the Qatar Open before losing out to Aryna Sabalenka in the final.

The 30-year-old returned to action in the second half of the year in fine style, she was beaten in a close contest with Shelby Rogers at the last-16 stage before choosing to swerve the Italian Open.

Kvitova shone at the French Open, reaching the semi-finals without losing a single set. As for the future, the 2021 Australian Open is three months away and is a likely target for a return to the court.

On her decision to sit out the rest of the year, Kvitova said: "The tour restarted with two consecutive Grand Slams on two continents.

"It was different, it was like being in a blender, I was no longer used to such intense physical and mental effort. And now I am exhausted. I am very happy with what I have achieved this year."

Petra Kvitova is 17.00 to win the 2021 Australian Open, defending champion Sofia Kenin is 11.00.

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