“So I'm pretty happy about my side, of mental side and about how I handle it, the pressure out there, as well.”
When Kvitova reached the semi-finals in Paris in 2012, it continued a purple patch on the tail of her first Wimbledon title less than a year prior. She had reached the semi-finals or better in all but the US Open in that glorious 12-month stretch.
Few could have imagined the extraordinary turns her journey had subsequently taken.
While a second Wimbledon trophy run followed that Roland-Garros semi-final almost two years later, it became the only time in a near seven-year period that she managed to pass a Grand Slam quarter-final.
Five months after a terrifying knife attack in her home, Kvitova made a remarkable return to Roland-Garros in 2017.
Almost four years later, it remained difficult for the Czech to reflect on and made her runs to last year’s Australian Open final and now the semi-finals in Paris that much more special.
“I got emotional in my last match. It was happy tears, definitely, so I wasn't sad,” Kvitova said. “It was just everything back in my mind to see [the] whole box supporting of people who really was there when I needed them.