“It feels like yesterday that I [was] here, that we never left from here. It's just a couple of months, it's not a whole year as we normally have it. So for me its very live memories what I have from last year. Obviously it was a great time last year,” reflected the 11th seed, having claimed quarter-final results in Stuttgart and Madrid on the road to Roland-Garros in 2021.
“I'm really enjoying to be here playing on the clay. Yeah, the bubble is still here, but it's a little bit better. I'm really happy that I can be here. One year I had the scare because of my injury. I'm glad this time [I'm] looking OK so far.”
>ORDER OF PLAY: Day 1 - Sunday May 30
In a repeat of her opening task at the Australian Open in February, Kvitova is drawn to take on world No.125 Greet Minnen.
That straight-sets triumph enhanced Kvitova’s first-round record in majors to 39-9, while the Belgian qualifier fell to 1-3.
“The guys told me yesterday I'm playing her, I was, like, ‘Again?’ It was just a couple months ago. It will be clay, it will be different,” Kvitova said. “It's still flying here. That's good. I played her actually on clay in Stuttgart a few years ago [6-1, 6-4 in 2019].