Petra Kvitová at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships
|Residence||Fulnek, Czech Republic|
8 March 1990 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (150 lb)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||10 WTA, 7 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (31 October 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 8 (10 June 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2012)|
|French Open||SF (2012)|
|US Open||4R (2009, 2012)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2012)|
|Highest ranking||No. 196 (28 February 2011)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2011)|
|French Open||2R (2010)|
|US Open||1R (2010)|
Last updated on: 27 May 2013.
Petra Kvitová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtra ˈkvɪtovaː]; born 8 March 1990) is a Czech professional tennis player. Known for her powerful left-handed shots and variety, she has won ten career singles titles. She reached her career-high ranking of world no. 2 in October 2011, and is currently (as of 10 June 2013) ranked world no. 8.
Kvitová won the 2011 Wimbledon Championships and the 2011 WTA Tour Championships singles titles, becoming the first Grand Slam event winner born in the 1990s, and the third player to win the WTA Championships on her first attempt. She has also reached the semifinals of the 2012 Australian Open and the 2012 French Open, losing on both occasions to Maria Sharapova.
Petra Kvitová was born to Jiří Kvita and Pavla Kvitová in Bílovec, Czech Republic (in 1990, still Czechoslovakia). Her father Jiří introduced her to tennis. During her childhood, she admired Czech American player Martina Navratilova. Kvitová trained in her hometown Fulnek until the age of 16, and was then encouraged by an instructor to pursue a professional career in tennis.
Kvitová is known for her fast left-handed serves. At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, she had 36 aces, the third-most of any woman. She hit 222 clean winners and another 12 winners, a record. She is also noted for her heavy forehand and backhand and is capable of creating sharp angles. She also had great variety and timing, and is known to make up for her lack of speed by playing close to the baseline. Due to her high-risk, aggressive style of play she is known to produce a high number of unforced errors in matches.
2008–2010: Early career
Kvitová began 2008 by upsetting Anabel Medina Garrigues in France and former world no. 1 Venus Williams in Memphis, reaching the second rounds of both tournaments. She reached the fourth round of her first Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, in which she lost to Kaia Kanepi in three sets, having defeated Akiko Morigami, Samantha Stosur and then-World No. 12 Ágnes Szávay en route. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2008 Zurich Open as a qualifier, thus placing her in the top 50 for the first time.
Kvitová won her first career title in the 2009 Moorilla Hobart International, defeating Alona Bondarenko, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Virginie Razzano, and Iveta Benešová. After suffering consecutive first-round losses in the Australian Open (to Victoria Azarenka), the Open GDF Suez, and Dubai, she reached the third round in Indian Wells, losing to eventual champion Vera Zvonareva. She withdrew from the 2009 French Open due to an ankle injury and lost in the first round of Wimbledon. At the 2009 US Open, she defeated then-world no. 1 Dinara Safina in the third round in three sets, before losing to eventual semi-finalist Yanina Wickmayer in the fourth round. Kvitová was ranked 71 places lower than Safina at the time. At the Generali Ladies Linz, Kvitová reached her second final of the year, losing in straight sets to Wickmayer.
She reached the semifinals of the 2010 Cellular South Cup, and lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova. She went on to reach the semifinals of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, defeating Sorana Cîrstea, Zheng Jie, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, and Kaia Kanepi, before losing to then-world no. 1, defending and eventual champion Serena Williams, in straight sets. She was then guaranteed to reach the top 30 for the first time. Following Wimbledon, she suffered five consecutive first round defeats in her next five tournaments before breaking a six-match losing streak at the 2010 US Open, when she defeated Lucie Hradecká, and Elena Baltacha, before losing to defending and eventual champion Kim Clijsters in the third round; having led 3–0 in the first set, Kvitová lost the next twelve games in a row.
Kvitová started 2011 by winning her second career title at the Brisbane International, defeating Andrea Petkovic in the final, and also earning wins over third seed Nadia Petrova and fifth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. With the win, she achieved the ranking of world no. 28.
In Paris, Kvitová won her second title of the year by defeating newly crowned world no. 1 and 2011 Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters in straight sets. Once again, Kvitová's ranking rose to a new high of world no. 14. She led the Czech Fed Cup team to the final round, with semifinal wins over Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens.
She won the title at the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open, defeating Alexandra Dulgheru, Chanelle Scheepers, second seed Vera Zvonareva, Li Na, and Victoria Azarenka. She made her top-10 debut after the tournament at world no. 10. The following week, because Jelena Janković failed to defend her points in the 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Kvitová moved one place up to no. 9.
Kvitová was the ninth seed at the 2011 French Open. She defeated Gréta Arn, Zheng Jie, and Vania King in straight sets, before losing to eventual champion Li Na in the fourth round, despite leading 3–0 in the deciding set.
Kvitová won her first Grand Slam title as the eighth seed at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. She defeated Alexa Glatch, Anne Keothavong, 29th seed Roberta Vinci, 19th seed Yanina Wickmayer, 32nd seed Tsvetana Pironkova, and fourth seed Victoria Azarenka on the way to the final, where she beat fifth seed Maria Sharapova in straight sets. She became the first left-handed female player to win the singles title since Martina Navratilova in 1990, the first Czech player to win a Grand Slam singles title since Jana Novotná won Wimbledon in 1998, and the first Grand Slam tournament winner of either gender to be born in the 1990s.
Following Wimbledon, Kvitová lost to Andrea Petkovic during two matches of the US Open Series. She was then upset by Alexandra Dulgheru at the 2011 US Open, becoming the first Grand Slam champion to lose in the first round of the following Grand Slam without winning a set.
Kvitová's form improved at the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open, where she lost to Vera Zvonareva in the semifinals, thus reaching the world no. 5 ranking.
She won the 2011 WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul, becoming the third player to win the title in her first attempt. During the round-robin matches, she beat Vera Zvonareva, Caroline Wozniacki, and Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets, putting her through to the semifinals. Her next opponent was Samantha Stosur, whom she beat to reach the final—a match against Victoria Azarenka for the world no. 2 ranking, which Kvitová won in three sets. She concluded 2011 by helping the Czech Republic team win the Fed Cup and was named WTA Player of the Year and ITF Women's World Champion.
At the beginning of 2012, Kvitová was widely expected to reach the world no. 1 ranking. She stated that attaining the position "would be nice", but that her priority was to improve her game. Kvitová opted not to defend her title and ranking points in Brisbane, choosing instead to participate in the Hopman Cup exhibition with Tomáš Berdych. The pair went on to win the title, defeating France in the final. She won all of her singles matches at the event, defeating Tsvetana Pironkova, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Caroline Wozniacki, and Marion Bartoli. Her next tournament was the 2012 Apia International Sydney, where she lost in the semifinals against Li Na. At the 2012 Australian Open, Kvitová was the favourite for the title. She defeated Vera Dushevina, Carla Suárez Navarro, Maria Kirilenko, Ana Ivanović, and Sara Errani to advance to the semifinals, where she lost in three sets to Maria Sharapova, having been a break up in the third set.
She continued her long run of wins in singles matches indoors (32 straight matches) with her four victories in Fed Cup against Germany and Italy in 2012, scoring hard-fought wins over Julia Görges, Sabine Lisicki, Francesca Schiavone, and Sara Errani.
In Indian Wells, Kvitová lost in the third round to Christina McHale in three sets. In Key Biscayne, she exited in the second round after losing in three sets to Venus Williams. At the 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, she convincingly defeated Francesca Schiavone and Angelique Kerber. However, she lost in the semifinals to Maria Sharapova in a tight two-setter. At the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open she was the defending champion, but lost in the second round to Lucie Hradecká. Her next clay-court tournament was the 2012 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where she lost in the quarterfinals to Angelique Kerber.
Kvitová was seeded fourth at the 2012 French Open. She advanced to the semifinals for the first time in her career, after defeating Ashleigh Barty, Urszula Radwańska, Nina Bratchikova, Varvara Lepchenko, and Yaroslava Shvedova. There she lost to Maria Sharapova, the eventual champion. 
Kvitová competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics for the Czech Republic where she reached the quarterfinals. There she lost to Maria Kirilenko.
Kvitová won the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada by defeating Marion Bartoli in the 3rd round, Tamira Paszek in the quarterfinals, Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals and Li Na in the final. Kvitová had her first two top 10 wins of the year at the Rogers Cup over Bartoli and Wozniacki. She played the Western & Southern Open where she reached the semifinals losing to Angelique Kerber. She won her second title of the year in New Haven, where she defeated Lucie Šafářová in the quarterfinals, Sara Errani in the semifinals and Maria Kirilenko in the final. She also secured the win in the total US Open Series. Coming into the US open series Kvitová had 3 wins and 7 losses against top 20 players, but was able to improve that record to 9 wins and 8 losses following her win in New Haven. At the US Open she lost in the fourth round to Marion Bartoli.
On 24 October 2012. Kvitová was forced to withdraw from the 2012 WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul with a virus. She helped the Czech team to defend its Fed cup title, going 1–1 in singles matches against Serbia in the final. Before Czech Republic won 3–1 in the series through Lucie Šafářová.
Kvitová was seeded eighth at the Australian Open. She drew former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the first round and won in three sets, before suffering another early exit, losing to Laura Robson in the second round after leading 3–0 in the final set.
In Fed Cup, Kvitová and the rest of the Czech team met Australia and she started with a win in singles over Jarmila Gajdošová and followed it up with a three-set victory over Samantha Stosur, saving a match point in the process. This won the Czech Republic the tie and sent them to a semi-final tie against Italy where she lost against Roberta Vinci in straight sets and beat Sara Errani in 3 sets. Despite that the Czech team lost against the Italian team.
After Katowice, she played in Stuttgart, beating Annika Beck 7-5 6-7 6-3 and Julia Görges 2-6 7-6 6-2 before losing 3-6 5-7 to Li Na (tennis) in the Quarter Finals. Her struggles on clay continued in Madrid, where she beat Yanina Wickmayer 4-6 7-5 6-4 then lost 6-2 2-6 3-6 to wildcard Daniela Hantuchová. Kvitová's next tournament was Rome - after receiving a bye in the first round, she struggled past Sabine Lisicki 6-4 0-6 7-5 before losing to Sam Stosur 5-7 6-2 1-6.
At the French Open, Kvitová beat Aravane Rezaï 6-3 4-6 6-2 in the first round and Peng Shuai 6-4 6-3 in the second round. She was defeated in the third round by current world number 54 Jamie Hampton in a match where she struggled 1-6 6-7 (6-8).
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||2011||Wimbledon||Grass||Maria Sharapova||6–3, 6–4|
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||LQ||1R||2R||QF||SF||2R||0 / 5||12–5|
|French Open||A||A||4R||A||1R||4R||SF||3R||0 / 5||13–5|
|Wimbledon||A||A||1R||1R||SF||W||QF||1 / 5||16–4|
|US Open||A||LQ||1R||4R||3R||1R||4R||0 / 5||8–5|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||3–3||3–3||8–4||14–3||17–4||3–2||1 / 19||48–19|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||1R||1R||2R||0 / 3||1–3|
|French Open||2R||0 / 1||1–1|
|Wimbledon||1R||1R||1R||0 / 3||0–3|
|US Open||1R||1R||1R||0 / 3||0–3|
|Win–Loss||0–2||0–2||1–4||1–2||0–0||0 / 10||2–10|
- WTA Player of the Year
- WTA Most Improved Player
- Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award
- Fan Favorite Breakthrough Player
- ITF World Champion
- Czech Athlete of the Year
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|US Open Series Champion
|WTA Newcomer of the Year
|WTA Player of the Year
|WTA Most Improved Player
|Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award
|ITF World Champion
|Czech Athlete of the Year