Petra Kvitová

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Petra Kvitová
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Kvitová at the 2016 Birmingham Classic
Country (sports)  Czech Republic
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1990-03-08) 8 March 1990 (age 27)
Bílovec, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach David Kotyza (2008–2016)
František Čermák (2016)
Jiří Vaněk (2016–present)
Prize money


Official website
Career record 443–200 (68.9%)
Career titles 20 WTA, 7 ITF[2]
Highest ranking No. 2 (31 October 2011)
Current ranking No. 29 (11 December 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2012)
French Open SF (2012)
Wimbledon W (2011, 2014)
US Open QF (2015, 2017)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (2011)
Career record 13–35
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
Hopman Cup W (2012)
Last updated on: 4 December 2017.

Petra Kvitová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtra ˈkvɪtovaː]; born 8 March 1990) is a Czech professional tennis player. Known for her powerful left-handed groundstrokes and variety, Kvitová turned professional in 2006 and has won 20 career singles titles which includes two Grand Slam titles at the Wimbledon Championships, in 2011 and 2014. She is also an Olympic medalist, capturing the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She reached her career-high ranking of world No. 2 on 31 October 2011 and as of 11 December 2017, is ranked world No. 29 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). As such, Kvitová is the current third highest-ranked Czech and the second highest-ranked left-handed player on the WTA behind Karolína Plíšková and Barbora Strýcová, and Germany's Angelique Kerber, respectively.

Kvitová first gained notice upon defeating then-world No. 1 Dinara Safina in the third round of the 2009 US Open. This was followed by her first Grand Slam semifinal appearance at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships where she came up short to eventual champion Serena Williams. Then, during her breakthrough season in 2011, Kvitová won her first Grand Slam title at the Wimbledon Championships, defeating Maria Sharapova in the final, thus becoming the first player of either gender born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam title. She also won the WTA Tour Championships, thus becoming the third player to win the tournament on debut, the others being Williams and Sharapova. She also helped lead the Czech Republic to victory in the Fed Cup final that same year. It was the Czech Republic's first Fed Cup title as an independent nation.

In 2012, Kvitová made the semifinals of the Australian Open and French Open, and was also crowned US Open Series champion. That same year, she also won the Hopman Cup alongside Tomáš Berdych, which was the Czech Republic's second and most recent Hopman Cup title. In 2014, she won her second and most recent Grand Slam title at the Wimbledon Championships, defeating Eugenie Bouchard in the final. In 2015, Kvitová achieved the feat of making the quarterfinals at all four Grand Slams after advancing to her first quarterfinal at the US Open, where she lost to eventual champion Flavia Pennetta. In 2016, she won the WTA Elite Trophy in her first appearance at the tournament, thus becoming the first player ever to win both categories of year-ending championships on debut.

Early life[edit]

Petra Kvitová was born to Jiří Kvita, a schoolteacher[3][4] and Pavla Kvitová in Bílovec, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic (in 1990, still Czechoslovakia). She has two elder brothers, Jiří, an engineer, and Libor, a schoolteacher. Her father Jiří introduced her to tennis.[5] During her childhood, she admired Czech American player Martina Navratilova. Kvitová trained in her hometown Fulnek[4] until the age of 16, and was then encouraged by an instructor to pursue a professional career in tennis.[6] She was coached by David Kotyza, also a Czech, from November 2008 till January 2016.


2006–2010: Career beginnings, first title and ascendancy[edit]

Kvitová at the 2009 China Open

As a junior, Kvitová achieved a career high ranking of world no. 27 on 9 July 2007. She also amassed a 35–7 and 20–9 record in the singles and doubles discipline respectively.[7] Kvitová's lone Grand Slam tournament as a junior came at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships. In singles, eighth-seeded Kvitová advanced to the round of 16 after beating Jocelyn Rae and Malena Gordo before losing to eventual semifinalist Katarzyna Piter in straight sets. In doubles, she played alongside fellow Czech Kateřina Vaňková but they fell at the first hurdle to Mariana Duque Mariño and Michelle Larcher de Brito.

Kvitová first attempted to qualify for her first WTA tournament at the 2007 ECM Prague Open, but she lost in the second round of qualifying to Ekaterina Ivanova. She then made her debut in the main draw of a WTA tournament at the 2007 Nordea Nordic Light Open, where she lost in the first round to Marta Domachowska in three sets. Throughout the years of 2006 and 2007, Kvitová captured six ITF singles titles, four of which came in her home nation. She also made her Fed Cup debut in 2007, playing alongside Barbora Strýcová in doubles, where they lost to the Spanish team of Nuria Llagostera Vives and Virginia Ruano Pascual.

Kvitová at the 2010 US Open

Kvitová began 2008 by upsetting Anabel Medina Garrigues in her opening match in Paris for her first ever WTA main draw victory before falling to fourth seed Elena Dementieva. Then, she racked in her first ever top 10 win by beating world no. 8 and defending champion Venus Williams in the first round in Memphis.[8] In April, she played her first ever Fed Cup singles match where she faced Israeli Shahar Pe'er, which she won in three sets. She also won her seventh and most recent ITF singles title that same month. Kvitová then made her Grand Slam debut appearance at the French Open, and went all the way to the round of 16 where she lost to Kaia Kanepi in three sets, having defeated Akiko Morigami, Samantha Stosur and 12th seed Ágnes Szávay en route. In October, she reached the quarterfinals in Zurich as a qualifier where she lost to second seed Ana Ivanovic, but the result nevertheless placed her in the top 50 rankings for the first time ever. She finished 2008 ranked world No. 44.

Kvitová started 2009 impressively by reaching her first ever final, at the Moorilla Hobart International, having defeated Sally Peers, Alona Bondarenko, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Virginie Razzano en route. There, she defeated compatriot Iveta Benešová to lift her maiden career title.[9] After suffering consecutive winless appearances at the Australian Open, the Open GDF Suez and the Dubai Tennis Championships, she reached the third round in Indian Wells, losing to eventual champion Vera Zvonareva.[10] She then withdrew from the French Open due to an ankle injury and then bowed out in the first round of Wimbledon. At the US Open, she defeated then-world no. 1 Dinara Safina in the third round in three sets for her first win over a reigning world no. 1. Kvitová was ranked 71 places lower than Safina at the time.[11] However, she came up short to eventual semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer in the round of 16 in three sets. At the Generali Ladies Linz, Kvitová made her second final of the year, where she lost to Wickmayer once again.[10] She concluded 2009 as world No. 62.

In 2010, Kvitová reached the semifinals of the Cellular South Cup, losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.[12] She then sailed to the semifinals of Wimbledon, defeating Sorana Cîrstea, Zheng Jie, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, and Kaia Kanepi en route, before falling to defending and eventual champion Serena Williams in straight sets.[13] Nevertheless, she was guaranteed to crack the top 30 rankings for the first time. However, after Wimbledon, she suffered five consecutive first round defeats before breaking the losing streak at the US Open. There, 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 before going on lost the next twelve games in a row.[14] Kvitová recorded her first top 40 finish in 2010, at world No. 34, and was also named WTA Newcomer of the Year.[15]

2011: First Grand Slam and WTA Tour Championships titles[edit]

Kvitová holds the Venus Rosewater Dish, her first Grand Slam crown, after winning the 2011 Wimbledon Championships

Kvitová started 2011 by winning her second career title at the Brisbane International, defeating the likes of third seed Nadia Petrova and fifth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route to the final, where she beat Andrea Petkovic for the title. With the win, she achieved the ranking of world No. 28.[16] Kvitová was the 25th seed at the Australian Open, and she reached the quarterfinals where she lost to Vera Zvonareva.[17] Her strong run there ensured her a top 20 debut in the rankings, at world No. 18.

Kvitová then beat Slovaks Dominika Cibulková and Daniela Hantuchová in the Fed Cup opening round to put the Czech team in the semifinals.[18] At the Open GDF Suez, Kvitová won her second title of the year by defeating newly crowned world No. 1 and newly crowned Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters in the final in straight sets.[19] Once again, Kvitová's ranking rose to a new high of world No. 14. After that, she suffered an early loss to Ayumi Morita in Dubai.[20] She then lost her next two opening matches to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in Indian Wells, and to Kristina Barrois at an ITF tournament in Nassau.[21] At the Sony Ericsson Open, Kvitová defeated Varvara Lepchenko in the second round but then lost her next match to Pavlyuchenkova. In the Fed Cup semifinals against Belgium, she led the Czech team into the final, with wins over Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens.[22]

Kvitová kicked off her clay court season in Madrid, where she won her third title of the year and her first Premier Mandatory-level title. She beat Alexandra Dulgheru, Chanelle Scheepers and second seed Zvonareva to reach the last eight. She then overcame Cibulková and Li Na to reach the final where she defeated Victoria Azarenka to claim the title.[23] 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 Rome, Kvitová moved one place up to No. 9. She played another ITF tournament at her home country in Prague, losing in the final to Magdaléna Rybáriková. Kvitová was the ninth seed at the 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 having led 3–0 in the deciding set.[24]

Kvitová celebrates a point during the 2011 Fed Cup final

Kvitová played a warm-up tournament for Wimbledon at Eastbourne and reached the final where she lost to Marion Bartoli in three sets.[25] Kvitová then won her first Grand Slam title at the Wimbledon Championships. Seeded eighth, she defeated Alexa Glatch, Anne Keothavong, Roberta Vinci and Wickmayer en route to the quarterfinals. She then saw off Tsvetana Pironkova and fourth seed Azarenka to reach her first Grand Slam final, where she beat fifth seed Maria Sharapova in straight sets.[26] She became the first left-handed female player to win the singles title since Martina Navratilova in 1990, the first player of either gender born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam title and the first Czech player to win a Grand Slam singles title since Jana Novotná won Wimbledon in 1998.[27][28][29]

Following Wimbledon, she kicked off her US Open series campaign at the Rogers Cup in Toronto where she defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues in her opening match, but then lost to Petkovic. The following week at the Western & Southern Open, she lost to Petkovic once more. She was then upset by Dulgheru in the opening round of the US Open, thus becoming the first Grand Slam champion to lose in the first round of the following Grand Slam without winning a set.[30]

Kvitová's form then improved in Tokyo, where she reached the semifinals, losing to Zvonareva. She cracked the top 5 rankings, at world No. 5, after Tokyo and also qualified for the WTA Tour Championships for the first time in her career.[31] However, the following week, she suffered a loss in the first round to Sofia Arvidsson at the China Open in three sets. Then, at the Generali Ladies Linz, she defeated Rebecca Marino, Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Hantuchová and Janković on the way to the final, where she beat Cibulková to collect her fifth title of the season.

Kvitová in Moscow with the Fed Cup trophy

At the WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul, third-seeded Kvitová emerged champion, thus becoming the third player to win the title on debut.[32] During the round-robin stage, she defeated Zvonareva, Wozniacki, and Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets, putting her through to the semifinals. Her next opponent was Stosur, whom she beat to reach the final, a match against Azarenka for the world No. 2 ranking, which Kvitová won in three sets.[33] She ended the year only 115 points second to Wozniacki for the No. 1 spot. She concluded 2011 by helping the Czech Republic win its maiden Fed Cup title as an independent nation, winning her singles rubbers against Maria Kirilenko and Svetlana Kuznetsova. In the end, the Czechs emerged victorious against Russia 3−2. She was also named WTA Player of the Year, WTA Most Improved Player of the Year and ITF Women's World Champion in 2011. In addition, she also won the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award.[34]

2012: Continued success and Hopman Cup-Fed Cup double[edit]

At the beginning of 2012, Kvitová was widely expected to reach the world no. 1 ranking.[35][36] She stated that attaining the position "would be nice", but that her priority was to improve her game.[35] Kvitová opted not to defend her title in Brisbane, choosing instead to participate in the Hopman Cup with Tomáš Berdych where they went on to win the title, defeating France in the final. She also won all of her singles matches at the event, defeating Tsvetana Pironkova, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Caroline Wozniacki, and Marion Bartoli.[37] At the Apia International Sydney, Kvitová lost in the semifinals to Li Na. Had she won the tournament, she would have been the new world no. 1, but pressure blocked her.[38] Because of this, at the Australian Open, second-seeded Kvitová 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, despite having been a break up in the third set.[39]

Kvitová practising at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open

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 the opening round and semifinal ties respectively. She scored those wins over the likes of Germans Julia Görges and Sabine Lisicki, and Italians Francesca Schiavone and Errani.

In Indian Wells, Kvitová lost in the third round to Christina McHale in three sets.[40] In Miami, she exited in the second round after losing in three sets to Venus Williams.[41] The following month in Stuttgart, she defeated Schiavone and Angelique Kerber to reach the semifinals, where she lost to Sharapova in straight sets.[42] At the Mutua Madrid Open, she was the defending champion, but lost in the second round to compatriot Lucie Hradecká.[43] At her next clay court tournament in Rome, she reached the quarterfinals where she lost to Kerber.[44] Kvitová was seeded fourth at the 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 Sharapova.[45]

Kvitová started her grass court season in Eastbourne, where she lost to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round. As the fourth seed at Wimbledon, Kvitová defeated Akgul Amanmuradova, Elena Baltacha and Lepchenko to reach the round of 16. She then beat 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, Kvitová dropped out of the top 5 rankings.[46] Kvitová then competed at the Summer Olympics for the first time. As the sixth seed, she defeated Kateryna Bondarenko and Peng Shuai in the first two rounds, both in straight sets. She then overcame Flavia Pennetta to reach the quarterfinals. There, she was upset by Kirilenko in straight sets.[47]

Kvitová kickstarted her US Open series campaign by winning the Rogers Cup, the eighth of her career, by defeating Bartoli in the last 16, Tamira Paszek in the quarterfinals, Wozniacki in the semifinals and Li in the final to win the title, her eighth career title, thus ending a 10-month title draught.[48] At the Western & Southern Open, she reached the semifinals, falling to Kerber once again. She then won her second title of the year and the ninth of her career in New Haven, where she defeated Lucie Šafářová in the quarterfinals, Errani in the semifinals and Kirilenko in the final. She also secured the US Open Series crown after her quarterfinal win over Šafářová.[49] At the US Open, she reached the fourth round for the first time since 2009. Along the way, she defeated Polona Hercog and Frenchwomen Alizé Cornet and Pauline Parmentier. She then lost to Bartoli in three sets.[50]

During the Asian swing, Kvitová did not enjoy much success as she suffered early losses in Tokyo and Beijing. Kvitová was named the sixth qualifier for the WTA Tour Championships following the China Open. As the defending champion, she dropped her first round robin match to Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets and was then forced to withdraw with a virus.[51] Kvitová ended 2012 at world No. 8. She then helped the Czech team to defend its Fed Cup title, going 1–1 in singles matches against Serbia in the final before the Czech Republic won 3–1 in the series through Šafářová.[52]

2013: Mixed results and late-season revival[edit]

Kvitová began 2013 at the Brisbane International. Seeded sixth, she bowed out in the second round to eventual runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.[53] She then dropped her opening match in Sydney to Dominika Cibulková.[54] Kvitová was the eighth seed at the Australian Open. She moved past Francesca Schiavone in the first round in three sets. In the second round, however, she struggled against Laura Robson and eventually succumbed to the Brit in three sets.[55] Kvitová was then awarded a wildcard into the Open GDF Suez. She defeated Stefanie Vögele to reach the quarterfinals where she was upset by Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets. In the opening round of Fed Cup, where the Czech team faced Australia, Kvitová 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. The Czechs then advanced to the semifinals with a 4–0 scoreline.[56]

Kvitová then sailed to her first title of the year, and a milestone 10th of her career, in Dubai, having never won a match at the tournament before. She defeated the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwańska, Caroline Wozniacki and Sara Errani en route to the title.[57] This was followed by a quarterfinal appearance at the Qatar Total Open where she lost to Serena Williams in three sets, thus allowing Williams to regain the world no. 1 ranking.[58] She then reached her first ever quarterfinal at the BNP Paribas Open. As the fifth seed, she defeated Olga Govortsova, Lesia Tsurenko and Klara Zakopalová before coming up short to Maria Kirilenko in three sets.[59] This was followed by a loss to Kirsten Flipkens in the third round of Miami.

Kvitová started her clay court season by reaching the final in Katowice where she was upset by Roberta Vinci in straight sets.[60] During the Fed Cup semifinal tie against Italy, Kvitová lost to Vinci once again in her first match before managing to overcome Errani in three sets. Nevertheless, the Czech team exited the tournament at that stage.[61] In Stuttgart, Kvitová beat Germans Annika Beck and Julia Görges to reach the quarterfinals where she lost to Li Na. She then suffered an early exit Madrid to Daniela Hantuchová.[62] In Rome, she struggled past Sabine Lisicki in her opener but then lost to Stosur.[63] At the French Open, Kvitová beat Aravane Rezaï and Peng Shuai before losing in the third round to Jamie Hampton in straight sets, in a match where she struggled.[64]

Kvitová kicked off the grass court season in Eastbourne, losing to Yanina Wickmayer in the second round. Seeded eighth, Kvitová reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. She overcame Coco Vandeweghe in the first round in three sets before receiving a walkover from Yaroslava Shvedova. She reached the last eight after defeating Ekaterina Makarova and Carla Suárez Navarro but there, she succumbed to Flipkens in three sets.[65]

During the US Open series, Kvitová reached the last eight of the Southern California Open where she was upset by Virginie Razzano.[66] She was the defending champion at the Rogers Cup and defeated Eugenie Bouchard and Stosur to reach the quarterfinals but failed to defend her title when she lost to eventual finalist Sorana Cîrstea in three sets.[67] At the Western & Southern Open, she lost to Wozniacki in the third round. Kvitová was the defending champion in New Haven and made the final once more but was defeated by the rising Simona Halep.[68] At the US Open, she fell to Alison Riske in the third round, causing her to drop out of the top 10 for the first time since May 2011.[69]

At the Toray Pan Pacific Open, seventh-seeded Kvitová reached the quarterfinals after defeating a pair of youngsters, Belinda Bencic and Madison Keys, both in straight sets. Then, she overcame Svetlana Kuznetsova and Venus Williams to reach the final where she defeated Angelique Kerber for her second title of 2013, her 11th career title overall.[70] She then defeated Li in the quarterfinals of the China Open before losing to Jelena Janković next. As a result of her strong results in Asia, she successfully qualified for the WTA Tour Championships on 7 October.[71] As the fifth seed, she made the semifinals after recording victories over Radwańska and Kerber in the round robin stage but there, she lost to Li in straight sets.[72] She ended the year as world No. 6. Furthermore, Kvitová was awarded the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award for the second time.

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

Kvitová started 2014 by playing the Hopman Cup with Radek Štěpánek. She won all of her singles matches but they did not advance to the final, finishing second in their group behind eventual champions France. Kvitová then competed in Sydney where she advanced to the last four after defeating Christina McHale and compatriot Lucie Šafářová. There, she was stunned by qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova in straight sets.[73] At the Australian Open, she succumbed to Luksika Kumkhum in the first round in three sets.[74] It was the first time Kvitová exited a Grand Slam tournament in the opening round since the 2011 US Open.

Kvitová was scheduled to play the Open GDF Suez, but withdrew prior to her opening match because of a respiratory illness.[75] Because of this, she was unable to compete in the Fed Cup opening round tie against Spain. At the Qatar Total Open, third-seeded Kvitová cruised into the quarterfinals with two tough three-set victories over Venus Williams and Šafářová before falling to Jelena Janković in straight sets.[76] At the Dubai Tennis Championships, she failed to defend her title when she lost her opening match to Carla Suárez Navarro.[77] Next, Kvitová competed in Indian Wells where she was the eighth seed. She beat Coco Vandeweghe and Svetlana Kuznetsova before losing to Dominika Cibulková.[78] In Miami, she was seeded eighth again and defeated Paula Ormaechea, Donna Vekić and 12th seed Ana Ivanovic to reach her first quarterfinal of the tournament. There, she fell to fourth seed Maria Sharapova in straight sets.[79]

At the Fed Cup semifinal tie against Italy, Kvitová dispatched off both Camila Giorgi and Roberta Vinci in straight sets, thus sending the Czech team into their third final in the last four years.[80] Kvitová began her clay court campaign in Stuttgart, losing to Alisa Kleybanova in her opening match.[81] At the Mutua Madrid Open, she defeated Sorana Cîrstea, Varvara Lepchenko and Šafářová to reach the quarterfinals, where she received a walkover from top seed Serena Williams. She then lost to eventual finalist Simona Halep in the last four.[82] Kvitová then loss her opening match in Rome to Zhang Shuai.[83] She exited in the third round of the French Open for the second year in a row, this time to former champion Kuznetsova in a marathon three-setter.[84]

Kvitová during practise at the 2014 China Open

During the grass court swing, Kvitová competed in Eastbourne where she advanced to the quarterfinals but was then forced to withdraw due to a hamstring injury.[85] Kvitová was seeded sixth at Wimbledon. She won her first two matches easily against compatriot Andrea Hlaváčková and German Mona Barthel. She faced former champion and 30th seed 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 Peng Shuai in the fourth round, she beat two more Czechs in the form of Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová and Šafářová to reach her second Grand Slam final. There, she defeated Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to win her second Grand Slam title.[86][87] She rose to world No. 4 as a result, thus returning to the top 5 rankings for the first time since 2012.

Kvitová kicked off the US Open Series at the Rogers Cup where she was the second 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 to Ekaterina Makarova in three sets.[88] In Cincinnati, third-seeded Kvitová received a first round bye and faced Elina Svitolina in her opener but was upset by the Ukrainian in straight sets.[89] At the Connecticut Open where she was seeded second, she received a bye into second round where she faced Makarova again, whom which she defeated easily in straight sets this time to reach the last eight. She was the only seed to reach the quarterfinals. There, she beat Záhlavová-Strýcová in straight sets. She then went on to defeat Samantha Stosur to reach her third consecutive final in New Haven. She won the title by defeating Slovak Magdaléna Rybáriková in the final, her 13th career title.[90] At the US Open, Kvitová was upset by Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunić in the third round.[91]

Kvitová (third from left) qualified for the 2014 WTA Finals, for the fourth time in a row

The following month at the inaugural Wuhan Open, third-seeded Kvitová cruised into the third round on an upset-filled day by defeating Italy's Karin Knapp in her opening match in straight sets. She then overcame fellow Czech Karolína Plíšková for a place in the last eight where she moved past Caroline Garcia. In the semifinals, Kvitová avenged her loss to Svitolina by defeating the Ukrainian in straight sets to reach the final. There, she beat Bouchard in straight sets to claim her 14th career title.[92] With this victory, Kvitová became the fourth player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore.[93] It was also the first time since 2011 where she had won more than two titles in a season. Then, the following week at the China Open, Kvitová carried on her good form by reaching her fourth final of the year but lost to Sharapova in three sets.[94]

At the WTA Finals, Kvitová was upset by Agnieszka Radwańska in her opening match in straight sets. She then recorded a straight-set victory over Sharapova, ending a five-match losing streak against her, but then lost her bid to qualify for the semifinals when she succumbed to Caroline Wozniacki in her last round robin match.[95] Nevertheless, Kvitová ended the year as world No. 4. At the Fed Cup where Czech Republic faced Germany for the title, she prevailed over Andrea Petkovic in straight sets and Angelique Kerber in a thrilling three sets. In the end, Czech Republic clinched its third Fed Cup title in four years by winning the final 3–1.[96] Kvitová received two awards in 2014, the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award and the Diamond Aces Award.[97][98]

2015: Mixed fortunes and coping with mononucleosis[edit]

Kvitová at the 2015 Australian Open Player's Party

Kvitová kicked off 2015 in Shenzhen as the second seed, where she lost to eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky in the semifinals.[99] Kvitová was the second seed in Sydney and received a first round bye. She defeated Peng Shuai in the second round and then beat Jarmila Gajdošová in the last eight. In a rematch of their semifinal here a year ago, Kvitová avenged her earlier loss to Tsvetana Pironkova, and then went on to defeat fellow Czech Karolína Plíšková in the final for her first title of the year, the 15th of her career.[100] At the Australian Open, fourth-seeded Kvitová was upset by Madison Keys in the third round in straight sets.[101] Kvitová then lost in Dubai and Doha to Carla Suárez Navarro in the third round and quarterfinals respectively.[102] She subsequently withdrew from Indian Wells and Miami due to exhaustion.[103]

She launched her comeback after a six-week break at the Fed Cup semifinals, where the Czechs faced France. Kvitová won both her rubbers in straight sets, defeating Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia. The Czech team subsequently advanced to the final for the fourth time in five years.[104] Kvitová then lost her opening match at Stuttgart to Madison Brengle.[105] At the Mutua Madrid Open, Kvitová sailed into the quarterfinals with wins over Olga Govortsova, Coco Vandeweghe and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She then advanced to the semifinals after dispatching Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets to set up a clash with world no. 1 Serena Williams. She had not beaten Williams in five previous attempts but upset her in straight sets to advance to her second Madrid final. The win also ended Williams' 27-match winning streak dating back to the WTA Finals the previous year.[106] In the final, she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in a dominating performance to claim her 16th career title.[107] The following week in Rome, Kvitová cruised into her second quarterfinal of the tournament but there, she lost to Suárez Navarro once again.[108] At the French Open where she was seeded fourth, she defeated Marina Erakovic, Sílvia Soler Espinosa and 30th seed Begu to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon for the first time since the 2012 US Open. There, she was defeated by 24th seed Bacsinszky in three sets.[109] Nevertheless, following the tournament's conclusion, Kvitová returned to the world no. 2 ranking for the first time since February 2012.

Kvitová began her grass court season at Wimbledon, after withdrawing from Eastbourne the week before with an illness.[110] As the defending champion and the second seed, she handily defeated Kiki Bertens in the first round in 35 minutes, losing just one point on serve via a double fault. She then defeated Kurumi Nara in the second round in straight sets to advance to the third round where she faced 28th seed Jelena Janković. There, Kvitová led by a set and a break, but was upset by the former world no. 1 in the end in a tight three-setter, thus ending her journey as the defending champion.[111]

In August, it was revealed that Kvitová was diagnosed with mononucleosis and that she contracted the virus during spring earlier in the year but nevertheless, was cleared to compete.[112] During the US Open series, Kvitová lost her openers in Toronto and Cincinnati.[113][114] Then, as the defending champion at the Connecticut Open, second-seeded Kvitová received a bye in the opening round and safely advanced to the semifinals after defeating Keys and Agnieszka Radwańska. She then rolled past Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets for a place in her fourth straight final at the tournament, where she beat compatriot Lucie Šafářová in three sets for her 17th career title.[115] With this win, she successfully defended a title for the first time. At the US Open, Kvitová was the fifth seed and reached the round of 16 after defeating Laura Siegemund, wildcard Nicole Gibbs and 32nd seed Anna Karolína Schmiedlová, all in straight sets. She then advanced to her maiden quarterfinal of the tournament after seeing off qualifier Johanna Konta, thus completing the feat of reaching at least the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slams. There, she fell short to 26th seed and eventual champion Flavia Pennetta in three sets.[116]

The Asian swing was not a successful one for Kvitová as she lost early in Wuhan and Beijing.[117] Kvitová successfully qualified for the WTA Finals on 14 October and was seeded fourth there.[118] She lost her round robin matches to Angelique Kerber and Garbiñe Muguruza but scored a win over Šafářová. However, she managed to secure a spot in the semifinals where she defeated Maria Sharapova in straight sets to advance to her second final at the Championships. There, she lost to Radwańska three sets.[119] Kvitová finished the year as world No. 6. She participated in the Fed Cup final, going 1–1 in her singles matches, with the Czechs defending their title in the end by winning the decisive doubles rubber.[120] That year, Kvitová also won the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, for the third year running.[121]

2016: Olympic bronze medal and Fed Cup quintet[edit]

Kvitová had a slow start in 2016 due to gastrointestinal illness,[122] going 2–4 in main draw matches for the first two months, with the wins coming over Luksika Kumkhum at the Australian Open and Barbora Strýcová in Doha.[123] A week after the conclusion of the Australian Open, Kvitová and long-time coach David Kotyza split.[124] At the Fed Cup opening round tie against Romania, where for the first time, she lost all of her singles rubbers. However, the Czech team cruised into the semifinals with the score 3–2.[125] At the BNP Paribas Open, eighth-seeded Kvitová won consecutive matches for the first time in almost six months, reaching her first quarterfinal of the year in the process. There, she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets.[126] However, this was followed by an early loss in Miami in the hands of 30th seed Ekaterina Makarova.[127]

Entering the clay court swing, Kvitová announced Czech doubles specialist František Čermák as her new coach.[128] Seeded fifth in Stuttgart, she made her first semifinal at the tournament since 2012 but there, she lost to eventual champion Angelique Kerber.[129] Howevere, she then lost early in Madrid and Rome, the former in which she was the defending champion. As a result, she dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since September 2013, at world No. 12, also her lowest ranking since May 2011.[130][131] At the French Open, Kvitová was upset by surprise quarterfinalist Shelby Rogers in the third round in three sets, receiving bagels in both sets lost.[132]

Kvitová suffered a dire grass court season as she failed to produce a winning record on the surface, falling early to Jeļena Ostapenko and Johanna Konta in Birmingham and Eastbourne respectively.[133] Seeded 10th at Wimbledon, she easily defeated Sorana Cîrstea in the first round but in a rain-interrupted second round encounter against Makarova however, she succumbed to the Russian in a tight straight-set loss, making it her earliest exit at the tournament since 2009.[134]

Kicking off the US Open series in Montreal, Kvitová made the round of 16 where she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.[135] At the Summer Olympics, 11th-seeded Kvitová defeated the likes of Tímea Babos and Caroline Wozniacki, and then avenged her earlier two losses to Makarova to sail into her second consecutive Olympic quarterfinal, where she beat Elina Svitolina in straight sets. She came up short to eventual gold medallist Monica Puig in the semifinals, but then defeated Madison Keys in the bronze medal match to win her first ever Olympic medal.[136] Thus, she became the first Czech player of either gender to win an Olympic medal in the singles discipline since Jana Novotná in 1996.[137] Kvitová was the two-time defending champion in New Haven but saw her title defence come to an end in the semifinals in the hands of Radwańska.[138] As the 14th seed at the US Open, where for the first time since the 2011 Australian Open, Kvitová is not a top 10 seed at a Grand Slam tournament, she reached the round of 16 but lost to eventual champion Kerber in straight sets. The loss meant Kvitová has failed to make a single Grand Slam quarterfinal in a season for the first time since 2009.[139] After the US Open, Kvitová announced that both she and coach Čermák have gone separate ways.[140]

Kvitová (second from left) and the Czech team celebrating Czech Republic's victory after the 2016 Fed Cup final

Kvitová began the Asian swing with an early loss to Puig in the second round of Tokyo.[141] At the Wuhan Open, she sailed past Ostapenko and Svitolina in straight sets for a place in the round of 16. There, she scored her fourth win over a reigning world no. 1 when she defeated Kerber in three sets. In the quarterfinals, she beat Konta and then in the last four, she went on to score her first win over Halep to reach her first final of the year. There, she dominated Dominika Cibulková in straight sets for her 18th career title, thus putting an end to a 13-month title drought.[142] She then reached the quarterfinals of the China Open where she lost to Keys. The loss ended Kvitová's hopes of qualifying for the WTA Finals, having recorded five straight appearances at the event dating back to 2011.[143] At the BGL Luxembourg Open, Kvitová reached the final but lost to Monica Niculescu in straight sets.[144]

Despite not making the cut for the WTA Finals, Kvitová successfully qualified for the WTA Elite Trophy. As the third seed, she was drawn into the same group as Roberta Vinci and Strýcová, defeating both players in straight sets to advance to the semifinals where she sailed past wildcard Zhang Shuai. In the final, she beat Svitolina in straight sets to win the tournament on debut, thus lifting her 19th career title and her first title indoors since winning the WTA Finals in 2011.[145] Kvitová ended the season as world No. 11. She then represented her nation in the Fed Cup final where they took on France. Despite losing her only singles rubber against Caroline Garcia, the Czechs went on to successfully defend their title by winning the tie 3–2 to lift their third successive trophy, their fifth in the last six years.[146] With that achievement, Kvitová claimed the record of most Fed Cup titles won by a Czech player, having been part of the team which took home those five crowns. Moreover, she was awarded the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award for the fourth year in a row, her fifth overall.[147]

2017: Comeback from knife attack[edit]

Kvitová practising at the 2017 Birmingham Classic

During the off-season in 2016, going into 2017, Kvitová announced Jiří Vaněk as her new coach.[148] However, shortly before Christmas, she was robbed at her home in the Czech Republic by a knife-wielding attacker, which resulted in tendon and nerve injuries to her left hand.[149] She was initially expected to be sidelined for six months,[150] but following good progress in her recovery, Kvitová announced in late May that she would return to competition at the French Open, a month ahead of schedule.[151] She kicked off her Paris comeback with a win against American Julia Boserup in the first round.[152] However, she lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the following round in straight sets.[153]

Kvitová began the grass court swing at the Aegon Classic Birmingham, where she defeated both Tereza Smitková and Naomi Broady in straight sets to reach her first quarterfinal of 2017, also her first on grass since the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. There, she took down fifth seed Kristina Mladenovic to reach the last four, where she moved past Lucie Šafářová. In the final, she beat Ashleigh Barty in three sets for her milestone 20th career title.[154] However, she then suffered another loss in the second round of Wimbledon, this time to Madison Brengle in three sets.[155]

During the US Open series, Kvitová posted a quarterfinal appearance in Stanford,[156] but then lost early in Toronto and Cincinnati, both at that the hands of the resurgent Sloane Stephens,[157][158] before bowing out in the opening round of New Haven to Zhang Shuai.[159] However, she bounced back at the US Open by beating the likes of Jelena Janković, Alizé Cornet and 18th seed Caroline Garcia to reach the fourth round. There, she saw off third seed Garbiñe Muguruza to sail into her tenth Grand Slam quarterfinal where she was stopped by ninth seed Venus Williams in three sets.[160]

Kvitová kicked off the Asian swing in Wuhan where she was the defending champion and faced local player Peng Shuai at the first hurdle, but came up short in an epic three-set match that lasted three hours and 34 minutes.[161] The match is the longest of Kvitová's career to date. At the China Open, she moved past fellow Czech Kristýna Plíšková and American Varvara Lepchenko to reach the round of 16 where saw off fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. She then beat Barbora Strýcová to reach the semifinals but there, she was defeated by eventual champion Garcia in straight sets.[162] The loss meant that for the first time since 2010, Kvitová did not win a Premier Mandatory or Premier 5 title during a season. She then lost in the first round of Tianjin to Zhu Lin in three sets.[163] As a result of not qualifying for the WTA Elite Trophy where she was the defending champion, Kvitová fell out of the top 20 rankings for the first time since January 2011. She subsequently concluded the year as world No. 29. Nevertheless, Kvitová was awarded the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award once again, her fifth in succession and sixth in the last seven seasons.[164]


Playing style[edit]

Kvitová's service motion

Kvitová uses the pinpoint service stance and is known for her fast and well-placed serves. As a left-handed player, she executes the shot well by serving out wide away from her opponent, especially on the advantage-side of the court to her opponent's backhand, and then coming forward to finish off the point with a winner down the line. She is also noted for her exceptional timing. On forehands, she prefers to take the ball early, thus allowing her to produce down-the-line winners effectively. On backhands, she utilises all the important muscle groups to produce shots with exceptional amount of power. When returning, she uses a short compact motion which allows her to return aggressively regardless of the serve speed. She is also known to attack weak second serves by producing powerful winners.

Kvitová hitting a forehand (left) and backhand (right)

Kvitová also possesses notable amount of variety in her game. Her volleys tend to come more from her forehand, her stronger side, which she executes by moving her racket in a straight line, also allowing her to disguise the shot well enough from her opponents. In the slice department, she has the ability to keep the ball low and performs the shot better on her backhand wing. Due to her tall frame, she is known to make up for her lack of speed by playing close to the baseline. Her game suits the fast courts and she cites grass as her favourite surface.[165][166]

Kvitová returning a serve

However, due to her high-risk game and aggressive style of play she is known to produce a high number of unforced errors in matches. Movement is another weakness in her game though it has shown significant improvement over the last couple of years as she is now able to run down more balls than before. She is known for her inconsistencies, inability to maintain focus on and off during matches as well as impatience mid-rally. Most notably of late, Kvitova has been struggling against defensive players, most notably Agnieszka Radwańska and among others Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep, who prolong points to the extent that Kvitová feels she must hit a winner, thus increasing the chances of producing an unforced error. Against such opponents, she has been shown to break down physically due to her opponent's use of court craft, consistency and patience on court.[167]

However, when Kvitová is at her best, she is extremely dangerous and can outhit any woman on tour as seen in the final of the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open against Svetlana Kuznetsova where she hit 33 winners in the 66-minute contest, an average of a winner every two minutes.[168]

Personal life[edit]

Kvitová began dating Czech hockey player Radek Meidl in June 2014.[169] In December 2015, it was officially announced by the Czech media that the couple was engaged. The news was subsequently confirmed by both Meidl and Kvitová.[170] The couple split in May 2016.[171]

Home invasion and robbery[edit]

On 20 December 2016, Kvitová was robbed at her apartment in Prostějov, Czech Republic, suffering multiple lacerations to the tendons and nerves on her left hand and fingers while trying to defend herself.[172] The knife-wielding attacker left with $192 worth of cash and is suspected to be a male in his mid-thirties.[173] She successfully underwent surgery to repair the damage to her hand, and was expected to sit out the next six months in order to fully recover.[174] Three days later, in her first press conference since her surgery, Kvitová revealed that she had regained movement in her left hand.[175]

In early January 2017, it was reported that Kvitová's recovery was going according to plan, and that she had gradually begun doing exercises with her injured fingers. Moreover, her local tennis club offered a reward amounting $3850 for information leading to the whereabouts of her attacker, who still remains at large.[176] About two weeks later, Kvitová revealed on social media that all stitches on her wounds had been removed.[177] Later that month, Czech police revealed during an update briefing on the ongoing investigation that Kvitová was slashed as part of a blackmail plot.[178]

By March 2017, Kvitová had regained the use of her left hand, and could now use it for daily activities without any complications. Her psychological recovery is also on track, and she had completed fitness training in the Canary Islands.[179] The following month, following good progress in her recovery, she provisionally put her name down for the French Open.[180] In early May, more than four months into recovery, it was revealed that Kvitová had returned to the practice courts.[181]

On 23 May 2017, Kvitová announced that she would play the Wimbledon Championships the following month, and would make a last-minute decision, later in the week, on whether to compete at the French Open.[182][183] Kvitová subsequently confirmed her participation at the latter event, thus marking her return to competition where she defeated American Julia Boserup in her opening match.[184][185]

Almost a year after the attack, on 16 November 2017, Czech police announced that they have shelved investigations on the attack since they have yet to identify the attacker.[186]


Kvitová endorses Nike apparel and footwear. She currently uses the Wilson Pro Staff 97 racquet, a similar version to Roger Federer's.[187] She is represented by IMG, following a signed agreement in August 2014.[188] Her other sponsors include UniCredit Bank and Česká pošta, a Czech postal service operator.[189]

Right To Play, a global organisation which focuses on using sports and games to educate and empower children facing adversity, named Kvitová as its Global Athlete Ambassador in January 2015.[190] Three months later, it was announced that Kvitová had signed a multi-year contract with Beverly Hills-based watchmaker, Ritmo Mundo.[191] In June 2016, Czech jewelry manufacturer ALO Diamonds entered Kvitová's list of endorsements after both parties signed a one-year deal.[192]

Kvitová was named world's sixth highest-paid female athlete by Forbes in 2015, ranking fifth among tennis players.[193]

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 finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2011 Istanbul Hard (i) Belarus Victoria Azarenka 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2015 Singapore Hard (i) Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 2−6, 6−4, 3−6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A LQ 1R 2R QF SF 2R 1R 3R 2R A 0 / 8 14–8
French Open A A 4R A 1R 4R SF 3R 3R 4R 3R 2R 0 / 9 21–9
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R SF W QF QF W 3R 2R 2R 2 / 10 30–8
US Open A LQ 1R 4R 3R 1R 4R 3R 3R QF 4R QF 0 / 10 23–10
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–3 3–3 8–4 14–3 17–4 8–4 11–3 11–4 7–4 6–3 2 / 37 88–35

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

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





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