Re: 2012 Petra's Spring Hard Court Season
Also, the way tennis is played nowadays is far less conducive to long careers. The "chase down every ball" style popularized by Nadal and Djokovic would never result in anyone still being in slam contention in their late 30's. But the serve and volley game that Navrayilova played held her in good stead until she was almost 40, and she could still be in the top 5 and be a perennial slam contender in doubles if she wanted to do it.
I think Petra will have a nice, long career. She's not doing anything that looks like it would abuse her body on the court.
"I really have friends on the tour, and I'm really happy for it. ...I remember when I was young and someone told my father that I'm too nice for tennis. So I'm just glad that I can be nice off the court and fighting on the court." — Petra Kvitova, May 8, 2005
P. Kvitova def. S. Williams 6-2, 6-3