Full Name: Petra Kvitová
Date of Birth: March 8th, 1990
Place of Birth: Bílovec, Czechoslovakia
Height: 6ft 0in
Turned Professional: 2006
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Petra Kvitová shot to fame with victory at Wimbledon in 2011, firing 36 aces and a record number of clean winners. She has won nine career singles titles and reached number two in the world rankings in October 2011 after winning the WTA Tour Championships. She was also a semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2010 and again at the Australian and French Opens of 2012.
Kvitová reached the fourth round of her first Grand Slam tournament, the French Open in 2008, and moved into the top 50 after reaching the quarterfinals of the Zurich Open as a qualifier. She won her first career title in the 2009 Moorilla Hobart International, defeating Iveta Benešová in the final.
At the 2009 US Open, she reached the fourth round after defeating the top ranked player Dinara Safina in three sets. She reached her second final of the year at the Generali Ladies Linz before losing to Wickmayer. She reached the semi-finals of the 2010 Cellular South Cup, losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova. She then enjoyed a terrific run to the semi-finals of Wimbledon, beating Sorana Cîrstea, Zheng Jie, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, and Kaia Kanepi. She fought bravely in the semi-final against defending champion Serena Williams, eventually losing 6-7, 2-6, a performance that brought her into the top 30.
Her season fell away badly after Wimbledon, losing five matches on the bounce before reaching the third round of the US Open. Playing defending and eventual champion Kim Clijsters, Kvitová led 3–0 in the first set but lost the next twelve. Kvitová won her second career title at the 2011 Brisbane International, beating Andrea Petkovic, 6–1, 6–3, in the final. She was beaten in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open by Vera Zvonareva but had now broken into the top 20 in the world. She then claimed her second title of 2011 in Paris, beating Kim Clijsters in straight sets, 6–4, 6–3. Further success soon followed at the Mutua Madrid Open, her victims including Vera Zvonareva, Li Na and Victoria Azarenka. She moved into the top ten and started the French Open as the ninth seed.
She was beaten in the fourth round by eventual champion Li Na, faltering after holding a 3–0 lead in the final set. Kvitová won her first Grand Slam at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. She defeated Alexa Glatch, Anne Keothavong, Roberta Vinci, Yanina Wickmayer, Tsvetana Pironkova and Victoria Azarenka on her way to the final. Maria Sharapova had no answer to her powerful game and Kvitová won 6-3, 6-4. She suffered another dip in form after Wimbledon, losing in the first round of the US Open to Alexandra Dulgheru in straight sets.
She recovered to reach the semi-finals of the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open, losing to Vera Zvonareva but reaching a world no. 5 ranking. She then collected her fifth title of the season at the Generali Ladies Linz and won the 2011 WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul. She was only the third player to win the title at her first attempt.
Following such an impressive season, Kvitová was the favourite for the 2012 Australian Open and made good progress to the semi-finals. From a break up in the third set, Kvitová was beaten by a determined Sharapova. The same opponent accounted for her at the semi-final stage of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Kvitová was the fourth seed at the French Open and duly reached the semi-finals for the first time in her career. Once again, it was Sharapova who stood in her way, ending her hopes of a second Grand Slam. She lost her Wimbledon title when losing to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals and she went out at the same stage of the London Olympics.
Kvitová won the Rogers Cup in Montreal with victory over Li Na in the final and won her second title of the year in New Haven, defeating Maria Kirilenko in the final. She has made an uncertain start to 2013, losing in the first round at Sydney and Brisbane before going out in the second round of the Australian Open to Britain’s Laura Robson.