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Petra Kvitova - Czech Republic  

Petra Kvitova Birth Date: 3/8/1990 Age: 32
Birth Place: Bilovec, Czech Republic Residence: Fulnek, Czech Republic
Height: 6' (1.83 m) Weight: 154 lbs. (70 kg)
Year Turned Pro: 2006 Plays: Left-handed
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Off the Court

Turned pro in 2006, playing ITF events in central Europe and compiling a 15-3 record. Continued this trend through the first few months of 2007, then debuted on the WTA circuit at Prague, winning one qualifier and losing the next. Received a main draw wild card at Stockholm and lost in the first round, then made it to the second round of qualifiers in her Grand Slam debut at the US Open. Played an ITF schedule the rest of the year and finished 41-12.

Made her Australian Open debut as a qualifier in 2008, losing in the first round. At Paris a month later ,won three round of qualifying, then upset No. 30 Anabel Medina Garrigues in the first round of the main draw before losing to No. 13 Elena Dementieva. Battled through qualifying rounds to reach the main draw at Memphis, upsetting No. 8 Venus Williams in the first round. Played in the Fed Cup for the Czech Republic and upset No. 18 Shahar Peer in singles play. Joined the Top 100 shortly thereafter, then took a big step forward by reaching the fourth round at Roland Garros, upsetting No. 13 Agnes Szavay in the third to surge to No. 60. Joined the Top 50 after a trip to the Zurich quarterfinals and finished the season 37-21.

Recorded her first tour title in early 2009, winning Hobart over Iveta Benesova to improve to No. 40 in the world. Dropped out of the Top 50 after five of six first-round matches between late March and early July. After losing in the first round of the Bronx ITF, reached the fourth round of the US Open thanks largely to a third-round upset of No. 1 Dinara Safina. Followed this up by reaching the finals at Linz, ending the year 23-21.

Fell in the qualifying rounds of Hobart to start 2010, dropping back to No. 77. Bounced back at Memphis, reaching the semifinals, then took a giant step forward at the All England Club - upsetting No. 24 Jie Zheng, No. 11 Victoria Azarenka and No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki to reach the semifinals, where she lost to eventual champion Serena Williams. Jumped 32 spots to No. 30 with the big run at Wimbledon. Finished the year 25-24.

Career took off dramatically in 2011, starting with a tour win at Brisbane, defeating No. 32 Andrea Petkovic in the final to move to No. 28. Reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open by defeating No. 6 Samantha Stosur in the third round, moving into the Top 20 at No. 18. Proceeded to win Paris, defeating No. 2 Kim Clijsters in the final, to jump to No. 14. Stayed hot, winning Madrid, defeating three Top 10 players - Vera Zvonareva, Na Li and Victoria Azarenka - to climb to No. 10. Reached the fourth round at Roland Garros and the final at Eastbourne to enter Wimbledon as the No. 8 seed. She didn't lose a set at the All England Club until the quarterfinals, then took out Azarenka in the semifinals and heavy favorite Maria Sharapova in straight sets - 6-3, 6-4 - in the final to claim her first Grand Slam title. The 2,000-point surge moved her to No. 6 in the world, and she eventually moved to No. 3 after winning Linz. Competed in the WTA Championships for the first time and was dominant, winning all five of her matches, including a win over Azarenka for the crown and another 1,500 points that propelled her to No. 2 in the world. Proceeded to go 2-0 in the Fed Cup Final, leading the Czech Republic to a victory over Russia and completing a 60-13 season.

Reached the semifinals of Sydney and the Australian Open to start the 2012 season. Also reached the semifinals at Roland Garros, falling to Sharapova. Was eliminated in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon by Serena Williams, dropping back to No. 6. Bounced back to win the Rogers Cup, besting Na Li in the final. Also won New Haven, but was defeated in the fourth round of the US Open and the first match of the WTA Championships, finishing the season 46-17.

Grand Slam Titles Won (1):

Singles - Wimbledon, 2012

Year-End Singles Rankings:

2012: 8
2011: 2
2010: 34
2009: 62
2008: 44
2007: 157
2006: 773

Off the Court

Is the daughter of Jiri and Pavla, and has brothers named Jiri and Libor. Her idol growing up was Martina Navratilova. She trains at the same club as fellow pros Tomas Berdych and Lucie Safarova. An all-around athlete, she also enjoys playing basketball and volleyball.