BIRMINGHAM, June 26: Petra Kvitova said today that coming back from a set down to win her first title since suffering a career-threatening injury has given her added confidence ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on July 3.
The Czech beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the grass-court event in Birmingham.
It was just the two-time Wimbledon champion�s second tournament since recovering from severe injuries to her left playing hand suffered while fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home in December.
�I think it was nice to lose the first set, and that I had to fight for the second and for the third,� said Kvitova.
�I think that will give me some extra confidence that I am still able to fight. So I think that�s important.�
The 27-year-old will head into the third Grand Slam tournament of the season as one of the favourites for the title, with reigning champion Serena Williams taking time out from the sport to give birth to her first child, and last year�s runner-up Angelique Kerber having a difficult season. � AFP
Petra Kvitova with the Aegon Classic trophy.