Petra Kvitova life and biography

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Petra Kvitova biography

Date of birth : 1990-03-08
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Bilovec, Czech Republic
Nationality : Czech
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-05-16
Credited as : Professional Tennis player, WTA tour,

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Petra Kvitová is a female tennis player from the Czech Republic. Her current and career high ranking is World No. 10, which she achieved on May 9, 2011. She became the 6th Czech player to crack the Top 10.

Kvitova has won four singles titles, including the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open. She also reached the semifinals of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams.

CAREER:

2010:
Kvitova failed to qualify in her first tournament of the year in 2010 Moorilla Hobart International. At the 2010 Australian Open she reached the second round before losing to eventual champion Serena Williams 6–2 6–1. At the 2010 Cellular South Cup, she reached the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova 6–4 6–3. She then reached the second rounds of both the 2010 BNP Paribas Open and the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open. She then lost in the first rounds of the 2010 Barcelona Ladies Open, 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open, 2010 French Open and the 2010 UNICEF Open, but reached the second round of the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia. At 2010 Wimbledon Championships, Kvitova defeated Sorana Cîrstea in the first round and then upset 23rd seed Zheng Jie 6–4, 2–6, 6–2 and 14th seed Victoria Azarenka 7–5, 6–0 on the way. She demolished 3rd seed Caroline Wozniacki in the 4th round, 6–2 6–0, to advance to her first Grand Slam quarter-final, where she beat Kaia Kanepi 4–6, 7–6, 8–6 after saving 5 match points and coming back from a double-break down (she was 4–0 down) in the third to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final where she lost to World No.1 and defending champion Serena Williams in straight sets, 7–6(5), 6–2. She is guaranteed to reach the top 30 for the first time. She then lost 5 consecutive first rounds at the 2010 Banka Koper Slovenia Open, 2010 İstanbul Cup, 2010 e-Boks Danish Open, 2010 Rogers Cup, and 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis. She broke her 6 match losing streak at the 2010 US Open, when she defeated Lucie Hradecká 6–4, 7–5 and Elena Baltacha 7–6(5), 6–3 before losing to eventual champion Kim Clijsters 6–3, 6–0 in the third round. She then lost at the 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open to Alona Bondarenko 7–6(8), 6–2. She was able to reach the third round of the 2010 China Open losing to Caroline Wozniacki and the second round of the 2010 Generali Ladies Linz to Julia Görges. She lost her final WTA Tour match of the year to Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round of the 2010 Kremlin Cup

2011:
Kvitova started 2011 by winning her second career title at the 2011 Brisbane International by defeating Andrea Petkovic 6–1, 6–3 in the final and also earning wins over 3rd seed Nadia Petrova and 5th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. With the win, she achieved a career-high world ranking of 28.

Competing as the no. 25 seed at the singles of the 2011 Australian Open, Kvitova defeated Sally Peers 6–2, 6–4 in the first round and Anna Chakvetadze 6–3, 6–4 in the second round. She then defeated fifth seed and hometown favorite Samantha Stosur 7–6, 6–3 to advance to the fourth round where she defeated 22nd seed Flavia Pennetta 3–6, 6–3, 6–3 in a close three setter. She then played World No. 2 Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals, where she lost 6–2,6–4. Kvitova's strong run ensured that she would reach a career high ranking of World #18.

Kvitova maintained her strong performance in Paris, winning her second title of the year by defeating newly crowned World #1 and 2011 Australian Open champion, Kim Clijsters in straight sets: 6–4,6–3. Once again, Kvitova's ranking rose to a new high of World No. 14.

Kvitová's next tournament was in Dubai, where she lost in the first round to Ayumi Morita 7–6, 7–6.

Kvitova led the Czech Fed Cup team to the final round, with semifinals wins over Wickmayer and Flipkens. She won all of her matches in the earlier rounds.

Kvitova won the title at the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open, after 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.

PERSONAL:
Coached by Matej Liptar; trains at the same club as Berdych and Safarova
Baseliner whose favorite shots are serve, forehand
Intoduced to tennis by father, Jiri (a teacher); mother's name is Pavla; brothers are Jiri (engineer) and Libor (teacher); father and brothers all play tennis
Speaks Czech, Russian, English
Favorite type of movie is comedy; favorite actress is Julia Roberts
Favorite type of music is pop; favorite band is U2
Favorite foods are pizza, pasta; favorite drink is apple juice
Other sports interests include basketball, volleyball
Also enjoys seeing friends, going to the cinema
Favorite city to visit is Melbourne; favorite tournament is Paris [Indoors]
Self-described as friendly, happy
People most admired are Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova; tennis idol growing up was Martina Navratilova (because she's left-handed like her)
Short-term goal is to reach Top 30.

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