Tearful Kvitova disappointed after loss at WTA Championships

Tuesday October 23rd, 2012

Petra Kvitova WTA Championships Petra Kvitova hit 44 unforced errors in her loss to Agnieszka Radwanska at the WTA Championships. (AP)

ISTANBUL -- Petra Kvitova admitted to feeling the pressure of kicking off the WTA Championships as the defending champion. It showed, as the Czech was slow-footed and nervous in her opening-match loss to No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, hitting 41 unforced errors in a 6-3, 6-2 loss.

"The nerves were there for sure," an uncharacteristically emotional Kvitova said. "I was nervous all match. I felt my fingers weren't still moving and I didn't move my legs."

A few minutes late for her press conference duties, the Czech's eyes were wet from what looked like a good cry in the locker room after the match. No rackets were broken -- "That's not my style," she said laughing, but she was equal parts angry and sad. "I'm disappointed in myself. I had a lot of errors and it wasn't good tennis from my side."

I've been in quite a few press conferences after some of Kvitova's tough losses, but I've never seen her as visibly disappointed and emotional than after this loss. I asked her why this loss hurt so much. She paused and her voice quavered. "That's a good question." This isn't the first time Kvitova has admitted to feeling the nerves as a defending champion. She said she felt the same way when she played her first match at Wimbledon this year. "But still, I mean, it's the Championships and I have a second chance." She'll have a day to regroup before playing Sara Errani on Thursday.

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