Petra Kvitová

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Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitova Rosewater dish2.jpg
Petra Kvitová at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships
Country  Czech Republic
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1990-03-08) 8 March 1990 (age 25)
Bílovec, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) David Kotyza (2008–present)
Prize money

US$ 17,386,510

Career record 354–154 (69.69%)
Career titles 15 WTA, 7 ITF[1]
Highest ranking No. 2 (31 October 2011)[2]
Current ranking No. 4 (6 April 2015)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2012)
French Open SF (2012)
Wimbledon W (2011, 2014)
US Open 4R (2009, 2012)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (2011)
Olympic Games QF (2012)
Career record 11–33
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 196 (28 February 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2011)
French Open 2R (2010)
Wimbledon 1R (2010)
US Open 1R (2010)
Team competitions
Fed Cup W (2011, 2012, 2014),
Record 25–7
Hopman Cup W (2012)
Last updated on: 23 March 2015.

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 fifteen career singles titles including two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon. She reached her career-high ranking of world no. 2 in October 2011, and is currently ranked no. 4 as of 20th April 2015.

During her breakthrough season of 2011, Kvitová won her first Grand Slam title at the Wimbledon Championships, becoming the first and currently the only Grand Slam event winner of either gender born in the 1990s. She also won the 2011 WTA Tour Championships, and helped lead the Czech Republic to victory in the Fed Cup final that same year. It was the Czech Republics's first Fed Cup title as an independent nation.

Kvitová claimed her second Major title at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. She was also a semifinalist at the 2012 Australian Open and the 2012 French Open.

Early life[edit]

Petra Kvitová was born as Jiří Kvita, a schoolteacher[4][5] and Pavla Kvitová in Bílovec, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic (in 1990, still Czechoslovakia). Her father Jiří introduced her to tennis.[6] During her childhood, she admired Czech American player Martina Navratilova. Kvitová trained in her hometown Fulnek[5] until the age of 16, and was then encouraged by an instructor to pursue a professional career in tennis.[7]


2008–2010: Early career[edit]

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.[8] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[9]

She reached the semifinals of the 2010 Cellular South Cup, and lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.[10] 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.[10]

2011: First Grand Slam title, WTA Championships title, Top 10 debut, WTA Player of the Year[edit]

Kvitová holds the Venus Rosewater Dish

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.[11] Kvitová was the 25th seed at the 2011 Australian Open, where she lost a quarterfinal match to Vera Zvonareva. She had defeated world no. 5 Samantha Stosur and Flavia Pennetta en route. Her strong run ensured that she would reach a new ranking of world no. 18.[12]

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.[13] Once again, Kvitová's ranking rose to a new high of world no. 14. The following week, she suffered a first round loss to Ayumi Morita in Dubai. She then lost her next two opening matches to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in Indian Wells and to Kristina Barrois at an ITF tournament in Nassau. At the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, Kvitova defeated Varvara Lepchenko in the second round after having a fïirst round bye but then lost her next match to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She led the Czech Fed Cup team to the final round, with semifinal wins over Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens.[14]

Kvitová in the final of the 2011 Fed Cup against Kuznetsova

She won the title at the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open, her first Premier Mandatory level title, defeating Alexandra Dulgheru, Chanelle Scheepers, second seed Vera Zvonareva to reach the last eight. She then overcame Dominika Cibulkova, Li Na, and Victoria Azarenka to claim the title.[15] 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 Rome, Kvitová moved one place up to no. 9.[12] She played another ITF tournament at her home country in Prague, she lost in the final to Magdalena Rybarikova. 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.[16]

Kvitova played a warm-up tournament for Wimbledon at Eastbourne, she reached the final where she lost to Marion Bartoli. 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.[17] 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.[18][19]

Kvitová at the US Open

Following Wimbledon, she kicked her US Open series campaign at the 2011 Rogers Cup in Toronto where she defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues before losing to Andrea Petkovic in third round. The following week at 2011 Western & Southern Open, she once again lost to Petkovic in the same round, having defeated Chanelle Scheepers previously. 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.[20]

Kvitová's form improved at the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open, where she reached the semifinal, losing to Vera Zvonareva, thus achieving the world no. 5 ranking. However, the following week, she suffered another opening round loss to Sofia Arvidsson at the China Open in three sets. At the 2011 Generali Ladies Linz, she defeated Rebecca Marino, Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Daniela Hantuchová, Jelena Janković on the way to the final where she overcame Cibulkova to collect her fifth title of the season.[12]

Kvitova the third seed, won the 2011 WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul, becoming the third player to win the title on debut.[21] During the round-robin matches, she defeated 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.[12] She ended the year only 115 points second to Wozniacki for the no. 1 spot. She concluded 2011 by helping the Czech Republic team win the Fed Cup, emerging victorious against Russia 3-2. She was named WTA Player of the Year, WTA Most Improved Player and ITF Women's World Champion. In addition, she also won the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award.[22]

2012: Continued success, US Open Series champion, Hopman Cup - Fed Cup double[edit]

Kvitová at the French Open

At the beginning of 2012, Kvitová was widely expected to reach the world no. 1 ranking.[23][24] She stated that attaining the position "would be nice", but that her priority was to improve her game.[23] 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.[25] Her next tournament was the 2012 Apia International Sydney, where she lost in the semifinals to Li Na. If Kvitova had won that semifinal match, she would have been the new no. 1, but pressure blocked her. Because of this, at the 2012 Australian Open, Kvitová the second seed, was the favourite for the title. She defeated Vera Dushevina, Carla Suárez Navarro, Maria Kirilenko, Ana Ivanovic, 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.[25]

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.[25] 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 4th 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.[26]

Kvitová at the Wimbledon Championships

Kvitova was seeded 4th at Wimbledon. She defeated Francesca Schiavone to reach the quarterfinals but the first time defending champion's journey came to an end after she was overwhelmed in straight sets by four-time and eventual champion Serena Williams. After Wimbledon, Kvitova dropped out of the Top 5.[27] Kvitová competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics for the Czech Republic for the first time. She defeated Kateryna Bondarenko and Peng Shuai in the first two round, both in straight sets. She then overcame Flavia Pennetta to reach 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, ending a 10-month-long title draught. 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 Kirilenko in the final. She also secured the 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 reached the 4th round for the first time since 2009. Along the way, she defeated Polona Hercog and Frenchwomen Alize Cornet and Pauline Parmentier. She lost then to Marion Bartoli in three sets.[28]

During the Asian swing, Kvitova did not enjoy much success as she lost in the second round at Tokyo and the Beijing. In Tokyo, she was seeded 4th but lost her opening match to Petra Martic after receiving a first round bye. Then in Beijing, she overcame Daniela Hantuchova in the first round before falling to Carla Suarez Navarro. On 24 October 2012, Kvitová was seeded 6th and was forced to withdraw from the 2012 WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul with a virus.[29] 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. Kvitova ended 2012 at world no. 8.

2013: Inconsistencies and revival[edit]

Kvitova began the season at the 2013 Brisbane International as the 6th seed, she defeated Carla Suarez Navarro in her opening match before losing to eventual finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova next. She suffered another early loss in the hands of Dominika Cibulkova at Sydney in straight sets. Kvitova 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.[30]

Kvitová during the 2013 season.

Kvitová was awarded a wildcard into the 2013 Open GDF Suez following a poor Australian summer which netted just two wins from three tournaments.[31] As the 2nd seed, she reached the quarterfinals after defeating Stefanie Vogele but then lost to Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets.

At the opening round of the Fed Cup, Kvitova 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. She won her first title of the year in Dubai, where she beat Sara Errani in the final. Along the way, she defeated the likes of Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki. Then, she reached the quarterfinals at Indian Wells losing to Maria Kirilenko in three sets. She then lost to Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in the third round in Miami. She followed it up with a final on clay in Katowice as the top seed where she lost to second seed Roberta Vinci in straight sets. During the semifinal match at the Fed Cup, Kvitova once again lost her first match to Vinci but then managed to overcome Errani in three sets. Nevertheless, the Czech team exited the tournament at that stage.

After that, she played in Stuttgart, beating Annika Beck and Julia Görges before losing to Li Na in the quarterfinals. Her struggles on clay continued in Madrid, where she beat Yanina Wickmayer in the first round but then lost to wildcard Daniela Hantuchová. At Rome, after a bye in the first round, she struggled past Sabine Lisicki before losing to Samantha Stosur. At the French Open, Kvitova the 7th seed beat Aravane Rezaï in the first round and Peng Shuai in the second round. She was defeated in the third round by world number 54 Jamie Hampton in straight sets in a match where she struggled.

Then she began her grass court season at the 2013 AEGON International but lost to Yanina Wickmayer in the second round despite having a first round bye. Kvitova, seeded 8th, reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. She overcame Coco Vandeweghe in round 1 in three sets before receiving a walkover from Yaroslava Shvedova. She reached the last eight after defeating Ekaterina Makarova and Suarez Navarro but then lost to eventual semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens.

Petra kicked off her US Open series at the 2013 Southern California Open in Carlsbad where she defeated Robson in second round after receiving a first round bye before succumbing to Virginie Razzano in the quarterfinals. She was the defending champion at the 2013 Rogers Cup. She defeated Eugenie Bouchard and Samantha Stosur to reach the quarterfinals where she fell to Sorana Cirstea in three sets. At the 2013 Western & Southern Open, she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the third round. Kvitova also failed to defend her title when she lost to Simona Halep in the final of the 2013 New Haven Open. At the 2013 US Open, she was the 7th seed and defeated Misaki Doi in her opener. She then overcame Serb Bojana Jovanovski to reach the third round where she fell to Alison Riske, causing her to drop out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2011.

At the 2013 Toray Pan Pacific Open, she won her second title of the season, defeating Venus Williams in the semifinals and Angelique Kerber in the final and consequently returned to the Top 10. She then defeated Li Na in the quarterfinals of the China Open before losing to Jelena Jankovic in the semifinals. She qualified for the 2013 WTA Tour Championships on 7 October. As the 5th seed, she made the semifinals after recording victories over Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber in the round robin stage but subsequently lost to Li Na. Petra ended the year as World No. 6.

2014: Second Wimbledon title, Fed Cup triplet[edit]

Kvitova started her season by playing 2014 Hopman Cup with Radek Stepanek. She won all of her singles matches. Kvitova next played at 2014 Apia International Sydney. She beat Christina McHale and compatriot Lucie Šafářová in her first two matches. In the semifinals, she was stunned by qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova in straight sets, Pironkova went on to win the title. At the 2014 Australian Open, she succumbed to Luksika Kumkhum in the first round in three sets despite breaking her service game at 5–3. Then she participated at the 2014 Open GDF Suez, but she withdrew because of a respiratory illness. Because of this, she was unable to compete in 2014 Fed Cup match against Spain. Then, at the 2014 Qatar Total Open, Kvitova the third seed cruised into the quarterfinals with two tough three-set victories over Venus Williams and Lucie Safarova. She eventually fell to Jelena Jankovic. At the 2014 Dubai Tennis Championships, she failed to defend her title when she lost her opening match to Carla Suarez Navarro after receiving a first round bye.

Next, Kvitová played at Indian Wells where she was the 8th seed, she defeated Coco Vandeweghe and Svetlana Kuznetsova before losing in the fourth round to Dominika Cibulkova. At Miami, she seeded 8th again and defeated Paula Ormaechea, Donna Vekic and 12th seed Ana Ivanovic to reach the last eight. There, she fell to 4th seed Maria Sharapova in straight sets.

Kvitova at the 2014 AEGON International.

Kvitová began her clay court campaign at Stuttgart, losing to Alisa Kleybanova in round 2 after having a first round bye. She reached the semifinals at Madrid after Serena Williams withdrew from their quarterfinal match. She lost to Simona Halep in three sets. Kvitova then lost her opening match at Rome to Chinese Zhang Shuai. At Roland Garros, she lost in the third round for the second straight year, this time to Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in a marathon three-setter.

During the grasscourt swing, Petra competed at the 2014 AEGON International. She won her first two matches, defeating Lucie Safarova and Varvara Lepchenko. However, she withdrew from her quarterfinal match due to a hamstring injury. Kvitová was seeded 6th at Wimbledon. She won her first two matches easily against compatriot Andrea Hlavackova and German Mona Barthel. She faced former champion Venus Williams in the third round and was two points away from losing the match but went on to win in three sets. After dismissing Shuai Peng in the fourth round, she beat two more Czechs on the way to the final, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Lucie Šafářová. She defeated Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to win her second Wimbledon title, she rose to world no. 4 as a result, returning to the Top 5 for the first time since 2012.[32][33]

Kvitová began the US Open Series at the 2014 Rogers Cup in Montreal where she was the 2nd seed. She received a first round bye and faced Aussie Casey Dellacqua in her opening match, which she won in straight sets. In the third round, she lost a tight match to Ekaterina Makarova in three sets. Petra was next scheduled to compete in Cincinnati as the 3rd seed. She received a first round bye and faced Elina Svitolina in her opener but lost to the Ukrainian in straight sets. At the 2014 Connecticut Open the week before the US Open where she was the 2nd seed, she received a bye into round two where she faced Makarova again, whom which she defeated easily in straight sets this time. In quarterfinals, she faced fellow Czech Zahlavova Strycova in a rematch of their Wimbledon quarterfinal and won in straight sets. She then went on to defeat Samantha Stosur to reach her 3rd consecutive final at New Haven. She won the title defeating Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova in the final.

At the 2014 US Open, Kvitová beat Kristina Mladenovic and countrywoman Petra Cetkovská in straight sets en route to the third round, where she lost to Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunić. The following month at the inaugural 2014 Wuhan Open, Kvitová, as the third seed, cruised into the third round on an upset-filled day, defeating Karin Knapp in straight sets. She then defeated fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova for a place in the last eight where she overcame WTA rising star Caroline Garcia. In the semifinal, Kvitová avenged her loss to Svitolina at Cincinnati by defeating her in straight sets to reach the final where she beat Bouchard in straight sets to claim her 14th WTA title. With the win, Kvitová became the fourth player in the season to qualify for the 2014 WTA Finals in Singapore. Kvitová continued the Asian swing at the China Open where she was seeded the third. She received a first round bye by virtue of reaching the semifinals at Wuhan. She defeated Peng Shuai in the second round to set up a third round clash with Venus Williams for the third time in the year. Williams conceded a walkover due to a viral illness. Kvitová defeated Roberta Vinci in the quarterfinals and Samantha Stosur in the semifinals and reached her fourth final of the season, where she lost to Maria Sharapova in three sets.

Kvitová then played the WTA Finals in Singapore as the 3rd seed. She opened her campaign against Agnieszka Radwanska but was upset in straight sets. Kvitová, however, recorded a straight-set victory over Maria Sharapova after a five-match losing streak. She then lost her bid to qualify for the semifinals when she succumbed to Caroline Wozniacki in her last round robin match. Kvitová ended the year as world no. 4. Her last tournament of the year was the Fed Cup, where Czech Republic faced Germany for the title. She overcame Andrea Petkovic in the first hurdle in straight sets. With Safarova winning the second clash over Kerber, the Czech team were one win away from their third title in 4 years. In the third rubber, Kvitova overcame Angelique Kerber in 3 tight sets, in a match that lasted nearly 3 hours, securing the title for the Czech team. Petra received two awards in 2014, the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Awards for a second time and the Diamond Aces Award.

2015 : Another Fed Cup final[edit]

Petra kicked off her 2015 campaign at Shenzhen as the second seed behind world no. 3 Simona Halep. She won her opening match against China's Duan Yingying, overcoming her opponent in straight sets. She then easily defeated Serb Bojana Jovanovski to advance to her first quarterfinal of 2015 where she beat compatriot Tereza Smitkova. In the semifinals, Kvitova faced 8th seed Timea Bacsinszky but was upset by the resurging Swiss in straight sets. Kvitova was the 2nd seed at the 2015 Apia International Sydney and received a first round bye. She defeated Peng Shuai in the second round and secured a quarterfinal berth where she overcame Jarmila Gajdosova in 3 sets. In the last four, Kvitova avenged her loss to Tsvetana Pironkova in a rematch of their semifinal here a year ago in straight sets and went on to defeat fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova in the final in straight sets for her 15th WTA title. Kvitova was seeded 4th at the Australian Open and defeated both Richel Hogenkamp and Mona Barthel to reach the third round. She was then upset by American Madison Keys in straight sets.

Kvitova then travelled to the Middle East for the 2015 Dubai Tennis Championships where she won the title 2 years ago. After receiving a first round bye, she defeated Elina Svitolina in three sets in her opener before succumbing to Carla Suarez Navarro in the round of 16 for the second straight year in three sets. Kvitova was the top seed at Doha and received a first round bye. She advanced to the last eight when former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic retired with a thigh injury in second round. She then lost Suarez Navarro for the third time in a row.

Petra subsequently withdrew from the Indian Wells and Miami premier mandatory tournaments, citing exhaustion as the reason. She launched her comeback after a one month break at the Fed Cup semifinals in Ostrava where the Czechs hosted the French team. Kvitova won both her rubbers in straight sets, defeating Kristina Mladenovic on day 1 and Caroline Garcia the next day. The Czech team subsequently advanced to the final for the fourth time in five years as Lucie Safarova also won her match against Garcia on day 1, giving them an assailable 3-0 lead. Kvitova began her clay court campaign at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. As the 3rd seed, she received a first round bye but ended up being upset by Madison Brengle in the second round.

Playing style[edit]

Kvitová is known for her fast left-handed serves.

Kvitová is known for her fast left-handed serves. At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, she hit 36 aces, the third most of any woman.[34] She is also noted for her heavy forehand and backhand, and is capable of creating sharp angles. Kvitová possesses notable 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.[35][36]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2011 Wimbledon Grass Russia Maria Sharapova 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2014 Wimbledon (2) Grass Canada Eugenie Bouchard 6–3, 6–0

Year-End Championships[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2011 Istanbul Hard (i) Belarus Victoria Azarenka 7–5, 4–6, 6–3

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Kvitová in Moscow with the trophy for the Fed Cup winners, 2011

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W-L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open A A LQ 1R 2R QF SF 2R 1R 3R 0 / 7 13–7
France French Open A A 4R A 1R 4R SF 3R 3R 0 / 6 15–6
United Kingdom Wimbledon A A 1R 1R SF W QF QF W 2 / 7 27–5
United States US Open A LQ 1R 4R 3R 1R 4R 3R 3R 0 / 7 12–7
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–3 3–3 8–4 14–3 17–4 9–4 11–3 2–1 2 / 27 67–25

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 0 / 3 1–3
France French Open A A 2R A 0 / 1 1–1
United Kingdom Wimbledon 1R A 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3
United States US Open 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 3 0–3
Win–Loss 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–2 0 / 10 2–10


  • These records were attained in the Open Era.
  • Records in bold indicate peer-less achievements.
  • Records in italics are currently active streaks.




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Sporting positions
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United States Serena Williams
US Open Series Champion
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United States Serena Williams
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United States Melanie Oudin
WTA Newcomer of the Year
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Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
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Belgium Kim Clijsters
WTA Player of the Year
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United States Serena Williams
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Italy Francesca Schiavone
WTA Most Improved Player
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Italy Sara Errani
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Russia Elena Dementieva
Belgium Kim Clijsters
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award
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Belgium Kim Clijsters
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Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
ITF World Champion
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United States Serena Williams
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Martina Sáblíková
Zuzana Hejnová
Czech Athlete of the Year
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Barbora Špotáková
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Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Diamond Aces Award
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