Serena can win Wimbledon this time: Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova has admitted Serena Williams 'has a really great chance' to complete the Grand Slam this season in a realistic assessment of her bid to retain the Wimbledon title
Londo: Petra Kvitova has admitted Serena Williams "has a really great chance" to complete the Grand Slam this season in a realistic assessment of her bid to retain the Wimbledon title.
Petra Kvitova addresses the media in London yesterday
Second seed Kvitova will start the defence of her SW19 crown by facing Holland's Kiki Bertens on Tuesday, accepting top seed Williams' installation as tournament favourite.
Williams has already bagged the Australian and French Open titles, and is primed to complete the holy grail of swiping all four major crowns in the same season.
The 33-year-old claimed four consecutive titles spanning the 2002 and 2003 campaigns, dubbed the 'Serena Slam', but will preserve her all-time great status if she takes all four grand slam triumphs in 2015.
"I think that Serena has a really great chance to do it," said 2014 Wimbledon champion Kvitova of Williams' Grand Slam bid.
"What can I think about it? I mean, it's great. I think she is a really great champion, she's always trying to find good form for the important points.
Serena Williams celebrates her Round Two win over South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers at Wimbledon last year. Pics/Getty Images
"We'll see but I think she's really in a good way." Kvitova claimed her first-ever victory over Williams at the Madrid Open semi-finals in May, but warned that history counts for little against the 20-time major winner.
"For sure for me that was a great win. I'd never beaten her before so for me it was a good match," said the Czech.
"I knew how I had to play, that's what I think is the key if I want to beat her. But it's still a long way off if I'm going to meet Serena here.
"I think that every match with her is different. It doesn't mean if you beat her once that you're going to beat her again, it's not like that.
"I think Serena is one of the players you can beat but not every day."
Kvitova's assertion that Williams arrives in south west London in prime form is yet another ominous portent for the rest of the women's field.
> Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Phillip Kohlschreiber (Germany)
> Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) vs Joao Sousa (Portugal)
> Simone Bolelli (Italy) vs Kei Nishikori (Japan)
> Tommy Robredo (Spain) vs John Millman (Australia)
> Maria Sharapova (Russia) vs Johanna Konta (Great Britain)
> Serena Williams (USA) vs Margarita Gasparyan (Russia)
> Madison Brengle (USA) vs Venus Williams (USA)