World No. 6 Petra Kvitova suffered an unexpected loss in the opening round of the 2014 Australian Open. The Czech athlete was upset by Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, marking the first time she lost in the opening round since her debut at the Grand Slam event in 2009.
Kvitova appeared nervous throughout the match and admit that she considered herself lucky to have even won the second set.
“Unfortunately I didn’t play well,” Kvitova said after the match. “Probably I wanted too much, and then everything just fell down. She play well, of course. But I didn’t serve [well]. Probably before my match I was nervous. Every time my legs are not moving well, so that’s the thing when I started to feel it. Normally after like set or something it’s a little bit better. But it wasn’t today. So I was lucky that I won second set probably.”Article Continues Below Ad
The Czech No. 1 is not certain why she was unable to perform on Monday, as she claimed to have had a strong off-season, where she worked “very hard” to prepare for 2014. In the end, maybe the constant pressure finally took its toll on her.
“I had a great pre‑season. I work very hard. I had great matches on my back and probably I put a lot of pressure on my back.”she added.