By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday August 12, 2021
Petra pride. Two-time major champion Petra Kvitova made no secret about how excited she was to be a flag bearer for the Czech Republic at the Tokyo Olympics. In Montreal on Thursday, after a tough loss to Camila Giorgi, Kvitova talked about how the experience made her reflect back on her journey.
“Yeah, it was actually amazing,” Kvitova said. “When I find out those news that I going to hold it, I been quite emotional. I started to cry little bit.”
Kvitova said the experience made her very sentimental. The 31-year-old has certainly experienced a lot since she turned pro in 2016 and began playing tournaments on the ITF circuit.
Words can’t describe this feeling. I have always been so incredibly proud to wear the flag of my country and this moment tops it all. I will remember it forever. My mask can never cover the huge smile on my face. Thank you for sharing this moment with me ❤️🇨🇿 pic.twitter.com/anANBUo4Au
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) July 23, 2021
“In the night, I was just reflecting whole my life, actually whole my career, how everything went,” she said. “I’m playing pretty long tennis already. I have a long career. Also many things happen in my life. It was very deep to me. It was big honor for me, as well. I really enjoyed it. I was so happy whole time. We were waiting for two, three hours before we went to the stadium. It was just fun to speak with the other athletes, as well. It was just great and I was really happy.”
Kvitova, who lost 6-4 6-4 to Giorgi on Thursday, has lost five of her last seven matches.
“I’m glad that I had two matches here, as well, after a little bit struggling in the past weeks,” she said. “So, yep, I have to move on.”