WTA Cup idea appeals to Czech star Kvitova

Ed Jackson
Petra Kvitova advanced to the semi-finals in Brisbane after defeating Jennifer Brady on Friday

Dual Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova holds the Brisbane International close to her heart, but wouldn't let that affection stand in the way of a proposed WTA Cup teams event.

The success of this summer's inaugural ATP Cup in Australia, as well as discontent from women's players who feel they are playing second fiddle to the men, has led to talks over the introduction of an equivalent women's event.

If the proposal led by Tennis Australia goes ahead, it may well lead to the end of the Brisbane International in its current format.

Kvitova claimed the first of her 27 WTA titles at Pat Rafter Arena in 2011.

The Czech star says that win laid the platform for her breakthrough season, which ended with her first Wimbledon crowns and a win at the season-ending WTA Finals.

However her love for the Brisbane International doesn't mean she's not intrigued by the prospect of a women's teams event next summer.

"I'm playing here for so many times already and definitely it's a special place ... for me and in my heart," the world No.7 said on Friday.

"We will see what will bring in 2021 ... I do like team events, for sure. So if that happens, I think I will be happy to play."

Kvitova continued her Brisbane love affair on Friday, breezing into the semi-finals with a 6-4 6-2 quarter-final win over American giantkiller Jennifer Brady.

The 29-year-old surged to last year's Australian Open final after winning the Sydney International and is once again making a good year's start Down Under.

"I love the country. It's a beautiful country, and the people are here very friendly and all the time smiling, and so it feels great to me," she said.

Up next is American world No.11 Madison Keys in a semi-final on Saturday.