Two-time champion and tournament favourite Petra Kvitova will return to the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open this year to defend her title. Kvitova, who lifted the trophy in Wuhan in 2014 (the tournament’s inaugural year) and 2016, is the first of many high profile players set to sign up to the US$2,666,000 WTA Premier 5 tournament , held at the Optics Valley Tennis Centre from 22-30 September 2017.
A few weeks after winning the trophy in Wuhan as part of an impressive run of late-season form, Kvitova suffered career-threatening hand injuries during an attack at her home. She has staged a remarkable recovery, returning to the Tour at Roland Garros and winning the Aegon Classic Birmingham WTA Premier title in only her second tournament back. That victory on grass means Kvitova will head into Wimbledon Championships next week as one of the contenders for the title, having won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014.
“Wuhan is one of my favourite tournaments and I’ve played some of my best tennis there.” said Kvitova.” I feel a very special bond with everyone there and with all the fans in China. I’m so excited about coming back to defend my title.”
“Ever since she won the inaugural title here in Wuhan in 2014, Petra has been a big favourite with the crowds here and with everyone involved in the tournament,” said Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open Co-Tournament Director Fabrice Chouquet, “We are so thrilled to see her back on Tour and playing so well and even happier that she will be coming back to Wuhan. We are all looking forward to seeing her.”
The Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open takes place between 22-30 September 2017. For more information and to buy tickets visit: www.wuhanopen.org and www.4008702014.com