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What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

The two best Czech players of the last years, both Top Ten potential, both lefties with a huge forehand, two-handed-backhand and a tricky serve from the ad-side.

Safaraova is just 3 years older and had her breakthrough year in 2007. She had some ups and downs since then but seems to be on her way up in 2011 just like Kvitova.

Kvitova is just outside the Top Ten as # 14 and most likely to break into Top Ten within the next weeks.

What about Safarova? She peaked at # 22, seems to be a great potential just like Kvitova when she reached the quarters at the Aussie Open in 07.

What's the difference between the two of them?
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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

Is Safarova's boyfriend Tomas Berdych bad for her?

- Is her carreer a sacrifice for his?
- Or is it the other way round and she can benefit from their relationship?

Does anyone know: Are they working together sometimes? Just like Kim and Lleyton did?
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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

I think Kvitova overall has a bigger game and a better mentality, but yeah their games are very similar.
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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

I think it's not that obvious but Petra has the perfect Tennis mentality. She believes in herself and I think when she's on the court she doesn't think that much, she's just playing Tennis while Lucie is a huge mental wrack.

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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

I think Petra has a more lethal BH, but that lefty FH on both of them is great

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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

I think Petra has more firepower on both sides, serve, etc..
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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

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I think it's not that obvious but Petra has the perfect Tennis mentality. She believes in herself and I think when she's on the court she doesn't think that much, she's just playing Tennis while Lucie is a huge mental wrack.
I wouldn't call Lucie a huge mental wreck, but apart from that I totally agree with A-Bond. And I think this is the main reason that we have seen more consistency from Petra so far. Her height could be a big help too.

I am not sure whether being Berdych's GF helps Lucie or not, but I read somewhere all three of them (Perta, Lucie and Berdych) have been practicing in the same gym/court etc. So maybe it is not that bad for her.
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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

I'm not sure Safarova ever had top 10 potential.She's still one of the most brainless ballbashers on tour.
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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

Kvitova just has the better all round game. When everything is going right Safarova is pretty much unstoppable but her game has so little margin she can rarely maintain her level.

I would say there is a level of contentment with both Safarova and Berdych that probably detracts from what they could achieve on court to a certain extent. That's not a bad as they are obviously happy and very much in love.
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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

obv Petra has a much better serve than Lucie...This is the biggest difference between them.

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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

There´s not much difference. But Kvitova does a lot of things a little better than Safarova. Safarova rushes too much. She goes for her shots from the first one on, Kvitova plays a lot smarter, has a bigger serve and better return. Lucie is an awful returner, just hit and miss, she can hit a winner off return then smack the next three into the net or wide.

Mentally Kvitova is better as well

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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

Safarova is slightly more explosive off the ground, but Kvitova has a better head, a bit more patience and better concentration during important points.
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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

I think that Kvitova has more control over her power.

Safarova can be very hit and miss, when she's on she's very on, when she's off she can be very off.

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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

Petra has a better serve (especially the first serve), far better and more reliable return and backhand, far better one-handed slice backhand and better volleys. Also, Petra´s defense is somewhat better than Lucie´s one and she has better ability to hit strokes on the run in rallies.

The other important difference is that Lucie is very prone to injuries. Finally, Petra is mentally stronger than Lucie.
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Re: What makes Kvitova better than Safarova?

Kvitova = Del Potro.
Safarova = Gulbis.


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