Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens are among the WTA fan favourites now making strides in their respective recoveries and eyeing a comeback to the tennis court soon.
Petra Kvitova was attacked in her home last December and injured her left (dominant) hand.
Since then, Kvitova has undergone surgery on her hand and is a few months into her rehabilitation. Kvitova has channeled the trauma of the event and turned it into motivation to come back stronger. The 27-year-old is a two-time Wimbledon champion and 2012 Rogers Cup winner. With much speculation on the severity of her injury, Kvitova has put doubts behind her and is determined for a 2017 comeback.
With the Roland Garros entry deadline approaching, Kvitova is on the entry list. If she were to play, it would mark her return to tennis only five months after the attack.
The positive recovery updates and her ambition to begin entering tournaments hints that a comeback is not too far away.
— WTA (@WTA) March 8, 2017
Sloane Stephens was sidelined with a foot injury in summer 2016 after the Olympic Games. This resulted in an early finish to her season and a foot surgery early on in 2017.
Day 1 walking… EXCITED!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/47PReC1EGT
— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) April 18, 2017
Stephens announced her surgery in February and has been rehabbing the injury since then. She has been sporting a boot for the past few months and has recently shown fans that she is able to begin walking.
Even though Stephens has not been able to play for as of late, she is still actively involved with the Tour. Check out this fun clip with her and Madison Keys while promoting the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina!
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) April 3, 2017
Stephens expects to return to competition for the summer hard court swing. Alongside Stephens would be Victoria Azarenka, who is making her return in Stanford at the Bank of the West Classic.