Petra Kvitova hopes a return to the WTA Tour on a full-time basis is not too far away despite seeing her Wimbledon dream come to a disappointing end on Wednesday.
The two-time Wimbledon champion only returned to action at the French Open, six months after being stabbed in the hand during a burglary at her home.
She made the second round in Paris but then claimed the title in Birmingham which made some install her as favourite for Wimbledon.
A fairytale third title was not to be, though, as Kvitova struggled against Madison Brengle, her lack of fitness taking its toll - particularly in the deciding set of her 6-3 1-6 6-2 loss.
Kvitova needed medical attention at 5-2 in the third to check her blood pressure and heart rate, and although she continued there was no way back.
"I just couldn't handle it today," she admitted in her post-match press conference.
"Unfortunately I didn't really start well in the third set, which I think took a lot of my energy. I just couldn't get back into that set. It was tough to turn it around.
"I was really trying [but] I could just not breathe, and I was feeling a bit sick."
Despite the disappointment Kvitova hopes she is closer to becoming a regular face on the WTA Tour again.
"I think coming and playing at grass court tournaments was a step to being back on the tour, to get use3d to the normal conditions," she added.
"I love playing tennis so I needed to do this and I hope it will make me stronger. It was a kind of difficult six months."