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Slutiana
Jul 2nd, 2011, 10:51 PM
Since she's all famous and stuff, we should post all interesting articles in here. :lol:

http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-opinion/6732836/wimbledon-petra-kvitova-new-star-born

In Petra Kvitova, a new star is born
Jul 2 | By Sandra Harwitt

Petra Kvitova is not the type of individual who seeks attention. She's kind of shy about her achievements.

But after defeating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday for the Wimbledon title, she can't escape being famous.

"I'm so tired," Kvitova told about 10 journalists receiving some extra time with the champion after she did her main news conference and TV interviews. "I know it will change. I don't know what it will be [like] in [her native] Czech Republic."

When asked if she ever had a desire to be famous, the 21-year-old struggled to answer the question.
"I mean, it's part of being a tennis player, being famous," she eventually said. "So when I won Wimbledon, I had to agree [with it]."

One sign of that fame is being added to the Wimbledon Wall of Champions, which is located within the inner sanctum of the All England Club. The new champion's name -- clear and bold in gold lettering -- is put in its rightful spot even before the trophy ceremony on Centre Court is concluded.

Kvitova was able to watch the procedure when it was shown on the Centre Court scoreboard. Whether she's ready or not, Kvitova knew it was just another sign of her burgeoning stardom.

"When I was sitting on the court after the match I saw it [happening] on the TV," Kvitova said. "It was strange."

5tatRacket
Jul 3rd, 2011, 02:59 AM
Petra Kvitova's Wimbledon Triumph - Start of a New Era (http://thebigtip.com.au/tennis/petra-kvitovas-wimbledon-triumph-start-new-era)

ArcticMoose
Jul 3rd, 2011, 01:08 PM
Wimbledon 2011: Maria Sharapova gracious in defeat and backs Petra Kvitova for future grand slam wins

Maria Sharapova believes new Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will capture more grand slam titles, even in the teeth of fierce competition from big-hitters like the Williams sisters and Kim Clijsters.

Link : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/8612934/Wimbledon-2011-Maria-Sharapova-gracious-in-defeat-and-backs-Petra-Kvitova-for-future-grand-slam-wins.html

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01936/sharapova_kvitova_1936226c.jpg
More to come: Maria Sharapova praised Petra Kvitova after the Czech won the Wimbledon title Photo: GETTY IMAGES

5:44PM BST 02 Jul 2011
Kvitova became just the third Czech woman to win Wimbledon after nine-time champion Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna when she upset the odds to defeat 2004 champion Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.

"She's a grand slam champion. She has a tremendous amount of potential to go even further and achieve many great things. If she keeps playing like that and keeps her level up, she has a great game for it," said Sharapova.

Serena and Venus Williams both made early exits at Wimbledon after lengthy lay-offs while Clijsters skipped the tournament through injury.

All three are expected, however, to be serious contenders once the US Open swings around in August.

"She has a very powerful game, so it's not unexpected. When she uses that, that's her strength. That's how she wins matches, when she goes for her shots, and they're very flat."

Sharapova also has no doubts that Kvitova is probably a better player than the current crop of young stars inside the top 10, such as current world number one Caroline Wozniacki and Wimbledon semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka.

"I think she's a much more powerful hitter, she has bigger strokes, and I would say probably a better serve," said Sharapova.

Kvitova, playing in her first grand slam final, never allowed Sharapova to settle and broke the Russian five times.

The Czech girl, who made the semi-finals in 2010, was broken three times herself but she played freely, making the most of being the only left-handed player in the top 20.

Sharapova, who had been bidding for a fourth grand slam crown, admitted that facing a left-handed player posed particular challenges.

"She used that to her advantage a lot. There are a lot more righties on the tour than lefties," said the Russian.

"She was hitting really powerful and hitting winners from all over the court. She made a defensive shot into an offensive one. I think she was just more aggressive, hit deeper and harder, and got the advantage in the points.

"In all, she performed incredible. Sometimes when you don't know what to expect and you don't know how you're going to feel, sometimes you play your best because you have that feeling of nothing to lose. She went for it."

cosmoose
Jul 3rd, 2011, 01:17 PM
I would love to see press coverage from Czech press. :)

Corswandt
Jul 3rd, 2011, 03:45 PM
This one is c. 95% about Martha, but I liked the Hingisova quote I bolded:

A star is born, another is reborn at Wimbledon
By JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Columnist
Jul 2, 5:10 pm EDT

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=ap-johnleicester-070211

WIMBLEDON, England (AP)—Not a bad day’s work for women’s tennis. In new Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, it has a new star. In runner-up Maria Sharapova, it has a star reborn. And Serena Williams showed on these lawns she is several steps down the comeback trail, too. So just why, exactly, were so many people so down not so long ago about the state of the women’s game?

Kvitova’s first major title won’t be her last.

She cracks forehands and backhands like Indiana Jones’ whip. Her left-handed serve, particularly when thumped down out wide, is as slippery as snakes in soapsuds for righties like Sharapova to grab hold of. Kvitova showed the same brand of fearlessness that Sharapova wowed Centre Court with as an insouciant 17-year-old champion in 2004. The wavy-haired blonde from the Czech Republic is the complete tennis package, with the cool-under-pressure poise that allows champions to convert mere opportunities into actual trophies.

“I don’t think this is the only time she’ll win here,” said 18-time major winner Martina Navratilova. “It’s very exciting. A new star.”

Since the Open era began in 1968, most women—two-thirds, to be precise— have lost their first Grand Slam final.

Kvitova, whose previous Grand Slam best was a Wimbledon semifinal last year, looked at home on the unfamiliar stage. Nerves and over-hit forehands cost Kvitova her first service game. But those in the crowd who wondered whether she might simply wilt from that point quickly got their answer when Kvitova immediately broke back.

Against players who roll over far easier than the ever-gritty Sharapova, the final score could have been 6-1, 6-1, not 6-3, 6-4—so convincing was Kvitova’s play.

“And serving it out with an ace, now that’s fashion,” said Martina Hingis, the 1997 champion.

Sharapova studied the runner’s-up trophy with a detached, half-interested air.

“Obviously, I would have wanted that big one,” the Russian said.

Well, perhaps next time. That can be said with more, although not absolute, confidence now. But it would not have been said a year ago. Then, it seemed that the former No. 1 might never recapture the strength she lost when her right shoulder first started creaking like an ungreased cog in 2007 and then ultimately failed her in 2008.

She had a cortisone shot to get her through the 2007 French Open, where “I basically played without a shoulder,” and anti-inflammatories and 2 1/2 hours of treatment each day—acupuncture, massage, ice, “you name it, I do it,” she said—at Wimbledon that year.

She went on an 18-match winning streak after winning the 2008 Australian Open. But the shoulder problems returned with a vengeance not long after she lost in the second round of Wimbledon that year, her earliest Grand Slam exit since her first full season on tour in 2003. She couldn’t play at the Beijing Olympics, nor at the U.S. Open. The medical verdict: not only had she torn the rotator cuff tendon that helps to stabilize the shoulder but had been playing with the injury for months.

From there, it has been a long and winding road back. Ten weeks of shoulder rehab in Arizona with similarly injured pitchers and quarterbacks didn’t stop the pain, so she had surgery. At that point, many others might have given up. Not Sharapova. With her semifinal this year at Roland Garros and, now, her second Wimbledon final, she’s undeniably back.

For athletes who once felt invincible, injury confronts them with their own vulnerability. It can make confident world beaters more timid. There is the shock of discovering that while they are sidelined, the sport they once ruled carries on without them and, sometimes, depression for those, like Sharapova, who can’t be sure how quickly they will heal.

“It’s a little terrifying,” said Sean McCann, the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology department. “Some people don’t have the willpower and drive to pull that off.”

Willpower is not something Sharapova lacks.

“Even among top athletes, it’s a rather unique story—her ability to fight back multiple times from injury,” McCann said. “Impressive.”

But when Williams, a fourth-round Wimbledon loser, is back to her best after her 11 months out with a cut foot and blood clots on the lungs, and when absentee Kim Clijsters’ right ankle is better, how will Sharapova fare then? Her serve is still a weakness. She had successive double-faults that not only gave the sixth game of the first set to Kvitova but gave the future champion the momentum, too.

Billie Jean King said Sharapova has “fought her shoulder and had to change her swing on her serve.”

“Her shoulder is so loose, the joint, that she had trouble knowing where the face of the racket is on the back swing,” she said. “She’s much better now. If you notice she has a shorter, abbreviated—it’s not abbreviated abbreviated—but it’s shorter and doesn’t come back as far on the back part of her swing as it did when she won here when she was 17.”

Still, you can be sure that Sharapova will be out working the practice courts as soon as this disappointment wears off.

This wasn’t an epic final. It wasn’t a bore, either.

Kvitova and women’s tennis were both winners.

Corswandt
Jul 3rd, 2011, 03:55 PM
A few more I stole from the Cult (mostly detected and posted by lexpretend).

This one is a profile in the shape of a quaestio. Bolded part. :devil:

Wimbledon 2011: Petra Kvitova profile
The Czech champion follows in the footsteps of Jana Novotna and Martina Navratilova after her SW19 exploits

guardian.co.uk, Saturday 2 July 2011 18.56 BST

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/jul/02/wimbledon-2011-petra-kvitova-profile

So who's this new Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, then? (It was so much easier to keep track when it was always one or other of the Williams sisters.)

She's the 21-year-old world No7, and the current holder of the Women's Tennis Association's 'Newcomer of the Year' award.

Presumably that's a prestigious bauble?

Past winners include multiple slam winners such as Venus, Serena, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis.

So her ascension to the top was pretty much guaranteed…

Not necessarily. The WTA Newcomer roll call also includes long-forgotten grand-slam failures such as Daja Bedanova, Irina Spirlea and Caroline Wozniacki.

Very droll. Look, was this a bolt from the blue or not?

No. Her form has been improving: she made the quarter-finals at this year's Australian Open, losing 6-2, 6-4 to last year's losing Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva, then made the fourth round of the French Open, losing to the eventual winner Li Na.

Not bad...

Ah, but we've not even mentioned her grass-court nous yet. It's her best surface. She was an unseeded semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year, losing in straight sets to Serena Williams. And just before this year's tournament, she was runner-up at Eastbourne.

Yes, in retrospect she was clearly on the march. Where does she hail from?

She's from a village in the north-east of the Czech Republic called Fulnek. She's not the first tennis player from the area to make it to Wimbledon; Kveta Peschke reached the fourth round in 2005.

She's certainly not the first Czech woman to emerge victorious from SW19...

Indeed she is not. Jana Novotna won in 1998, and of course there's nine-times champion Martina Navratilova, though if you're being picky, she was a naturalised US citizen by the time of her successes.

Is Martina is one of Kvitova's heroes?

Naturally, along with Hana Mandlikova. But Navratilova is her favourite, given that they're both left handed.

The similarities are striking.

Nearly. One down, eight still to go.

Corswandt
Jul 3rd, 2011, 04:02 PM
Wimbledon 2011: Petra Kvitova defeats Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 to win women's singles final on Centre Court

So the moneyed and honeyed Maria Sharapova had her Wimbledon final hijacked by an opponent, who, in some ways, is an anti-Maria, an anti-celebrity.

By Mark Hodgkinson
4:02PM BST 02 Jul 2011

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/8612780/Wimbledon-2011-Petra-Kvitova-defeats-Maria-Sharapova-6-3-6-4-to-win-womens-singles-final-on-Centre-Court.html

The unstarry, unaffected Petra Kvitova, a 21 year-old from the Czech Republic who thinks of herself as a "jeans and T-shirt" kind of girl, and who could not even tell you who her favourite clothes designer is, played with a nerveless ease to defeat Sharapova on Centre Court for her first grand slam title.

It had been widely supposed that this title-match would bring a comeback victory for the world's highest-earning sportswoman, for the groomed and polished Sharapova, for the lady whose face has launched a thousand advertising campaigns, yet she was beaten by someone who does not appear to know how good she is.

Kvitova, ranked eighth in the world, certainly does not have the look of an athlete who has spent much time considering her own worth. Had Sharapova won this match, kisses would have been blown to all corners of Centre Court; in the moments after Kvitova's 6-3, 6-4 victory, which she had completed with an ace banged through into the backstop, the Czech sat on her chair with her hands covering her mouth.

During an on-court interview with the BBC, Kvitova broke off and half turned away when she thought that Sue Barker was finished with her, so looking every bit like someone not used to what happens after winning a title on a big occasion. Soon after being presented with the Venus Rosewater Dish, she walked off the turf and was shown the honours board, which already had her name on it, and she let out a little embarrassed giggle, and she was then a touch self-conscious and awkward, though obviously pleased too, after she took the trophy out the back of the stadium to show the crowds.

Kvitova made for a low-to-middling tennis celebrity, and a superb, delightful Wimbledon champion.

So Kvitova became the youngest Wimbledon champion since Sharapova won this title as a 17-year-old in 2004. Whenever anyone looks back to that final, when Sharapova defeated Serena Williams, they remember it as the afternoon when she gave birth to a brand. While no one is ever going to win Wimbledon and keep a low profile, it did not feel as though this was the moment that launched Kvitova as a megastar.

That is not to criticise or to patronise her; not everyone can have, and not everyone wants to have, Sharapova's life. Though Sharapova and Kvitova are both very tall, very modern Eastern Europeans who cuff the ball, they are plainly not two chips from the same Eastern Bloc.

Sharapova was born in Siberia; but she is really a product of Florida and that tennis factory known as the Nick Bollettieri Academy. Kvitova, who was born in the Moravian-Silesian region of the Czech Republic, still lives in the family home in the small town of Fulnek.

Whatever Kvitova lacked in poise after the match and between points, she showed plenty when the tennis was actually being played. Plus, a lot of strength in her arm. There have not been many occasions in Sharapova's tennis life when she has been out-hit, but this was one of them, as Kvitova prevented Sharapova from winning her first grand slam since the 2008 Australian Open and since the operation to her shoulder.

Once again, Sharapova had some problems with her serve. In her semi-final against the German wild card Sabine Lisicki, Sharapova had struck 13 double-faults, and she committed another six in this final, including a run of three in a row spread over two games. But Sharapova, who had reached the final without dropping a set, did not beat herself with her own serving yips; she was beaten by Kvitova's fine grass-court tennis.

When Kvitova arrived at the All England Club last summer she had never won a match on grass (she had lost her first four appearances on the surface), and then she made the semi-finals, She came back this year and won the whole thing. What was so welcome about this result was that Kvitova was playing freely and taking big swings; in contrast, you could say, to the careful, overly-defensive play from Caroline Wozniacki, who is officially the best player in the women's game, but who is yet to win a major.

This was one for the lefties. No longer do you have to cast around in the Royal Box for the last left-hander to have won this tournament. Given all the supposed advantages of being a leftie on a grass court, it is strange to think that, before this match, the last southpaw champion was Martina Navratilova, the winner here in the summer of 1990.

That was when Kvitova was just four months old. Navratilova was here to see this. In the Open era, only four left-handed players have appeared in grand slam finals – Ann Jones, Monica Seles, Navratilova and now Kvitova. However, you could say that, for a moment or two, this was an all-left-handed final.

Sharapova, who is ambidextrous, played left-handed until she was 10, and on a couple of occasions, after being sent wide on what would have been her backhand side, she switched the racket into her other hand and attempted a leftie forehand. The most emotional moment came when Kvitova looked up at Navratilova and also at Jana Novotna, who had previously been the last Czech woman to have won this tournament with her victory in 1998. Kvitova's eyes turned pink and puffy.

Kvitova had been oblivious to Sharapova's grunting. The fact that she had played the shrieking Victoria Azarenka of Belarus a round earlier was probably useful as it meant that she had recent experience of dealing with a screamer. But perhaps she would have been oblivious anyway. Kvitova was oblivious to a lot of things. She just went out there and played, hit the ball hard and won Wimbledon. Everything else, you could say, is just nonsense and fripperies.

Corswandt
Jul 3rd, 2011, 04:12 PM
And finally:

Cool Kvitova proves a charming champion

Saturday, 2 July 2011

by Kate Battersby

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2011-07-02/201107021309611862554.html

Some human qualities shine through language barriers. Petra Kvitova's English may not yet quite be the equal of her tennis, but no matter - sweetness is her first language. The 21-year-old smiled and laughed her way through her post-victory news conference - shaking her head in shy disbelief at hearing herself introduced as the 2011 Wimbledon champion - and thoroughly charmed all present.

"It's hard to find words," she said. "I still don't know how I feel. It's still an unbelievable feeling. Maybe I'll accept it after... I don't know... some days. I was so happy at the moment when I won. It's strange."

It must indeed be strange, to have your dreams come true. Told a star was born today, and that there will probably be many Grand Slam titles coming her way, the 21-year-old liked the sound of that. "You think?" she grinned, and then agreed: "Yeah, OK."

It was Kvitova's cool demeanour that marked the pathway to her victory. But how was this so, in her debut Grand Slam final, against an opponent of Sharapova's experience? Kvitova didn't quite know. She slept well last night, she reported, and then tried to treat the greatest morning of her career as ordinary match preparation like any other.

"I was like I am before a normal match," she said. But even she conceded to being pleased with how relaxed she was. "I was surprised how I was feeling on court because I was focused only on each point and each game, and not on the final and the medal. Sometimes my serve wasn't so good, so I had to keep mentally good. I knew I had to be the first one to play hard, and I had to make the points. I did that.

"I like the big matches. I believed I could play very good in the final, and I did play that way. It was about the serve, for sure, and the return. I know that she returns very well, but I knew I could return her serve also. I knew she would make some double faults. On the important points I played well. I returned very well.

"Last year here in the semi-final against Serena Williams, I didn't have many chances to win. Serena played so well. I was young and I didn't think that I could beat her. That's what was different this time. Today I felt I could win."

So what was it like, to stand on the brink of the dream? What was it like when she left her chair at the changeover for the last time, knowing that she was serving for the Championship?

"In the game before, I was thinking 'I have to do it now'," she said. "And then I'm doing it. Then when I had 40-love, I was just going for the point, and I believed in myself."

Her belief, and her ability, made Kvitova the first left-hander to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since Martina Navratilova in 1990. She spoke with Navratilova afterwards, and also with the last Czech ladies' singles champion here, Jana Novotna, both of whom watched her victory from the Royal Box.

"They were so happy," smiled Kvitova, overcome by the idea that her own idols could be moved by her achievements. "I cried after I met them. It meant a lot to me to speak with them after the final."

There it was - that sweetness again.

cosmoose
Jul 3rd, 2011, 04:14 PM
Headlines from Czech sport website :)

http://img.blesk.cz/static/images/2/upload_field/11_CLAYOUTBOX/box182/799/798766_1309688532-6783.jpg

http://img.blesk.cz/static/images/2/promobox/1/1/0/11085.jpg?29895

http://img.blesk.cz/static/images/2/promobox/1/1/0/11081.jpg?59093

http://img.blesk.cz/static/images/2/upload_field/11_CLAYOUTBOX/box182/798/798377_1309621533-7385.jpg

cosmoose
Jul 4th, 2011, 01:34 AM
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/skodadriver-kvitova-makes-fast-progress-to-conquer-sharapova-2306313.html

Skoda-driver Kvitova makes fast progress to conquer Sharapova
...Compare that with Kvitova's upbringing in Fulnek, where her father, a former teacher, is the deputy mayor. Nearly 200 miles east of Prague, the town has a population of just 6,000.

"There is nothing special there," Kvitova said. "We have four tennis courts, one football ground and a castle. Until I was 16 I only played for an hour or an hour-and-a-half after school. I didn't have any sparring partners. I just played with my two brothers and my parents. I didn't think that I could be a tennis player. My father was my coach until I was 16 or 17. My parents then encouraged me to move to Prostejov, where I saw people like Tomas Berdych practising."

Kvitova, who has an apartment in Fulnek, makes the one-hour drive to Prostejov every day in her Skoda. "I don't think I'll buy a new car," she said when asked how she might spend the Ł1.1m prize money that goes with her Wimbledon win. "I've seen some Skodas here [in Britain]. They are superb!"

Corswandt
Jul 4th, 2011, 07:22 PM
Similar to the one in the previous post:

Wimbledon 2011: Petra Kvitova greets victory with typical modesty

When asked about her meteoric rise to fame, the Skoda-driving Czech is as unassuming as the small town she grew up in

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/jul/03/wimbledon-2011-petra-kvitova-champion

Kevin Mitchell at Wimbledon

guardian.co.uk, Sunday 3 July 2011 22.59 BST

Petra Kvitova drives a Skoda and her English comes in considered little lumps, with no artifice. The bright new force in the women's game will let her tennis do the talking and her smile embellish the story of a country girl from the Czech Republic.

She is from a small town near the Polish border, Fulnek, which, she is happy to tell us, "is nothing special, 6,000 people, four tennis courts, one football ground and a castle".

Just your run-of-the mill Moravian village, then – but Kvitova is no run-of-the-mill tennis player. The new Wimbledon champion, who played with an irresistible mix of power, subtlety and intelligence to confound the more graceful but fragile Maria Sharapova on Centre Court on Saturday, is special.

She is 21 and getting better faster than anyone in the game. Within moments of her 6-3, 6-4 win over Sharapova – which she brought to a thumping conclusion with her only ace in an hour and 25 minutes of absorbing tennis – bookmakers had made her favourite to retain her title next year. She cannot wait to come back.

If the women's game is in disarray, Kvitova might be the player to restore order. In a fortnight of mayhem that accounted for the early same-day departure of the Williams sisters, the exit of the world No1, Caroline Wozniacki, and finally, the defeat of the favourite, Sharapova, she rose without fuss from the outside courts to the centre of the game, a splendid, unassuming young champion who appears to have no side, but plenty of side-spin. She has come some way since losing to Serena Williams here last year and dates her real advance from the start of this year.

"I started very well, with a win [in Brisbane, followed quickly by Paris indoors and Madrid]. Last year I was here and I was 62 in the world and now I'm eighth and I won Wimbledon. It's so quick. I don't know why."

Kvitova leaves those judgments to others. She plays with an instinctive lust for hitting a yellow ball that defies glib analysis. She gives the impression, probably legitimate, that there is no premeditation in her strokeplay, that it flows from the moment. Nor is she worrying about her place in history. Asked if she thought she might be in the vanguard of a new era, she said, "I'm not thinking about that. I have no idea."

Nor, believe it or not, had she thought much about her considerable change in circumstances. What emotions did she feel on becoming an instant millionaire? "Nothing. I don't know. I don't have an idea."

Indeed, Kvitova will not be bulldozed into stereotypes. Her Skoda is not a battered old banger but a new one that does not need replacing, as she drives the hour's journey to Fulnek from her flat in Prostejov. These are names and spellings at the centre of the tennis universe. The game has turned east.

Kvitova started in Fulnek with no great dream, another turn against preconceptions. "I didn't think I would play professionally but, when I watched some tennis on the TV, it was Wimbledon," she said. "I watched [Andre] Agassi and [Pete] Sampras and of course [Martina] Navratilova."

Kvitova was only a few months old when her compatriot Navratilova won the last of her nine Wimbledon singles titles – and Navratilova was there to watch her win on Saturday.

"My father was my coach until I was 16 or 17 and then I moved to Prostejov," said Kvitova. "Until I was 16 I only played for an hour or an hour and a half after school. I didn't think that I could be a tennis player. Then when I moved to Prostejov I saw who was practising there – people like Tomas Berdych. My parents encouraged me to move, because I didn't have any sparring partners. I played with my two brothers and my parents. That's it."

If the 21-year-old left-hander is reluctant to carry the whole game on her shoulders, she is happy to celebrate good days for the Czechs. There are nine of them in the women's top 100 and the best of them says: "Sometimes I think about this and I think it's about our parents. We had our problems before and it's from the heart and the parents.

"We do not practise in the same club, the Czech girls, but it's good to know we have so many talented players. We are like family."

Happy days in Fulnek.

ArcticMoose
Jul 4th, 2011, 08:50 PM
Insights from Kotyza (highlighted in red) of how clever Kvitty Girl is :

A star is unveiled: Czech Kvitova tops Sharapova for Wimbledon title

Upstart wins her first Grand Slam title by toppling Manhattan Beach resident in straight sets
By Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press
Posted: 07/03/2011 03:19:21 AM PDT

http://losangeles.pointslocal.com/story/losangeles/405507/a-star-is-unveiled-czech-kvitova-tops-sharapova-for-wimbledon-title

WIMBLEDON, England - One might reasonably have expected Petra Kvitova, not Maria Sharapova, to be betrayed by nerves in the Wimbledon final.

This was, after all, Kvitova's first Grand Slam championship match, while Sharapova already owned three major titles, including one from the All England Club. So Kvitova decided to pretend she was heading out on Centre Court to play in the fourth round.

That mindset worked. So, too, did nearly everything Kvitova tried once play began, particularly her big, flat, left-handed groundstrokes that pushed Sharapova back on her heels. In a surprisingly lopsided final, Kvitova beat the higher-seeded, yet shakier, Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 Saturday to win Wimbledon for her first Grand Slam trophy.

"I was surprised how I was feeling on the court," Kvitova said, "because I was focused only on the point and on the game and not on the final."

If there were those who wondered how the eighth-seeded Kvitova would handle the setting and the pressure, her coach did not.

Indeed, David Kotyza had an inkling his new pupil possessed the right stuff to win titles shortly after they began working together about 2 years ago. That's because he was wowed by the several pages of handwritten answers Kvitova supplied for a questionnaire he gave her back then - and has kept to this day. "I was really surprised about how she thinks about tennis, how clever she is. She told me her advantages, disadvantages, what she has

to improve," Kotyza said, then pointed a finger to his temple, adding: "Her brain is a big advantage for this game."

When she was a kid growing up in Fulnek, Czech Republic - population: 6,000 - and practicing an hour or so after school each day, Kvitova didn't count on becoming a professional tennis player. She simply wasn't that good, yet. Clearly, she's a quick study.

Before Wimbledon in 2010, Kvitova's career record on grass was 0-4. She is 16-2 on the slick surface since, including a run to the semifinals here last year before losing to Serena Williams.

At 21, Kvitova is the youngest Wimbledon champion since - you guessed it - Sharapova was 17 in 2004. Kvitova also is the first Czech to win the tournament since Jana Novotna in 1998.

Plus, Kvitova is only the third left-handed woman to win the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. The last was Martina Navratilova, who won her ninth Wimbledon title in 1990, a few months after Kvitova was born.

"She played brave tennis, and she deserved to win. She was by far the better player," said Navratilova, who was born in Czechoslovakia and sat near Novotna in the Royal Box on Saturday. "I don't think this is the only time she'll win here. It's very exciting. A new star."

That last phrase was being uttered by many after Kvitova made the Manhattan Beach resident look ordinary.

Consider: Until Saturday, Sharapova had won all 12 sets she played over the last two weeks. But, as Sharapova's coach Thomas Hogstedt summed up afterward: "One played well. The other didn't play well. Maria didn't play as good as she can."

That was, at least in part, Kvitova's doing.

She compiled 19 winners, most by zipping her heavy forehands and backhands from the baseline, where her 6-foot frame and long arms helped greatly.

"She created offensive opportunities from tough positions on the court," Sharapova said. "Sometimes it's just too good."

Kvitova also broke Sharapova five times, anticipating where serves were headed.

It helped that Sharapova double-faulted six times.

"She performed incredible. Sometimes, when you don't know what to expect and you don't know how you're going to feel, sometimes you play your best, because you have that feeling of nothing to lose," said the fifth-seeded Sharapova, who was playing in a major final for the first time since right shoulder surgery in October 2008. "She went for it, absolutely."

More stunning was the way Sharapova crumpled at key moments. One example: She double-faulted twice in a row to lose serve and fall behind 4-2 in the first set. Kvitova - now 4-1 in finals this year - broke again to begin the second set. The two exchanged four straight breaks in the middle of that set, before Kvitova gathered herself. Ahead 4-3, but trailing 15-30 while serving, Kvitova hit three straight service winners to get to 5-3.

Slutiana
Jul 4th, 2011, 09:05 PM
This one is c. 95% about Martha, but I liked the Hingisova quote I bolded:
“And serving it out with an ace, now that’s fashion,” said Martina Hingis, the 1997 champion.

:sobbing: Wingis seal of approval.

18majors
Jul 4th, 2011, 11:08 PM
Petra deserves all the accolades.

TimeyWimey
Jul 5th, 2011, 04:16 AM
thanks for all the decent articles, very well written

Excelscior
Jul 5th, 2011, 02:49 PM
In this USA Today article, none Other than US Fed Cup coach/ESPN analyst (and miss IMF/Sharapova) Mary Joe Fernandez calls Petra the "hardest hitter she's ever seen", and her coach talks about her big match ability, reasons for earlier grass losses, and her relatively late tennis start and more.

Does the MJF quote make up for Chris Evert's and Pam Shriver's awful analysis of Petra's game and chances vs Vica, Masha & Wimby in general on ESPN? Lol


By Douglas Robson, Special for USA TODAY

Posted 2d 9h ago2h 16m ago |

WIMBLEDON, England — Are grass court champions made or born?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic earns her first Wimbledon title, and her frist Grand Slam title, in her first Grand Slam final appearance.


Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic earns her first Wimbledon title, and her frist Grand Slam title, in her first Grand Slam final appearance.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic earns her first Wimbledon title, and her frist Grand Slam title, in her first Grand Slam final appearance.

Petra Kvitova, the breakthrough Wimbledon titlist from the Czech Republic, sure looked like a natural in beating Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 6-4 in Saturday's final, blending poise and power for her first Grand Slam title.

The eighth-seeded Kvitova bludgeoned the ball from the backcourt, pounced on returns and hit body blows with her lefty serve in the 85-minute contest. She unleashed her one and only ace on match point.

"She's like the first-strike tennis queen," said Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez. "She hits the ball harder than anyone I've ever seen."

It's easy to forget that Kvitova, 21, lost her first four WTA matches on grass and was winless before her surprising run to last year's semifinals, where she lost to eventual winner Serena Williams.

Was she a quick study? Or was she built for the surface?

Martina Navratilova says when grass was slicker and bounces more irregular, instinct played a bigger role in determining success. But the nine-time Wimbledon singles winner said skills could also be cultivated.

"It's both," said the Czech-born American, who won the last of her titles in 1990 - the year Kvitova was born. "I think the best athletes come through more because they're able to adapt to the bad bounce, to awkward shots, to playing an all around game more than the baseliners. I mean, it's more instinctual in that you don't have as many choices on grass. It's key not to overthink it too much and play by instinct, so maybe you're right. In a roundabout way, it comes to that."

To be sure, power tennis pays off at Wimbledon. Kvitova smacked 19 winners to Sharapova's 10, and committed just one more unforced error (13-12).

"Grass has always rewarded big hitting," says Fernandez, who also comments for ESPN. "That's why the Williams sisters have dominated for so long. (Kvitova) hits hard, flat, stays low, and has the lefty factor to swing opponents wide or hit serves into the body."

In some ways, Kvitova is a Johnny-come-lately.

Most of today's pros are swatting balls for hours well before their 12th birthday under the watchful eyes of eager parents or at tennis academies. Kvitova, who idolized Navratilova, trained until 16 at her small Czech town of 6,000 residents, which had four tennis courts.

She was coached by her non-tennis-playing father and hit with her brothers, usually for only an hour or two after school.

Encouraged by the head of the prestigious tennis club at Prostejov, Kvitova began driving to the center where other top Czech players such as 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych and top-25 player Lucie Safarova developed their games.

The 6-1 player progressed quickly — so quickly she sounded shocked that she had become the third Czech woman after Navratilova and Jana Novotna to own the Venus Rosewater dish five years after taking up the sport in earnest.

"I didn't think that I can win Wimbledon (so soon)," she told a small group of reporters a few hours after her win.

Still, she knew there was something on the lawns of London that suited her game.

She won her first tournament on grass — an International Tennis Federation junior event at Roehampton in 2007 — and the next week reached the last 16 at Wimbledon's junior event.

"I remember when I was serving it was problem for the other players," said Kvitova, "and I played so fast."

Her coach, David Kotyza, explained that Kvitova had the game for grass despite her early stumbles on the pro tour, including back-to-back first-round loses here in 2008-09.

He said Kvitova was young when she lost in 2008 and was coming off an ankle injury when she did the same in 2009.

"The capability was there," Kotyza said.


If she had the game to excel on grass from the get go, she was also a quick study. She proved that by backing up her semifinal showing at the All-England Club last year by reaching the final of the grass-court tune-up at Eastbourne this month.

Kvitova, now 4-1 in finals this year, doesn't fear the big stage. She said Saturday she likes "big matches" and believed she could win Wimbledon.

Kotyza explained that when he started working with her three years ago her game was uneven, but her self-belief was rock solid.

"In mental, she was totally a champion," he said.


The Czech is likely also benefitting from another trend: the homogenization and slowing down of surfaces, which makes it easier for a one-style-fits-all game.

"I don't feel they are playing anymore a specific grass-court type of play," said 2006 Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo, who like Kvitova won her maiden grass court title at Wimbledon.

When France's Mauresmo won, however, she did so by varying the spins and pace off her one-handed backhand and following her serve to the net.

"You see today, they stay back, they don't use slice," she said. "They play very much the same style."

Conchita Martinez, the crafty Spaniard who also varied tempo and spin and grew up on clay, agreed that both nature and nurture can come into play. She said she detested grass at first but kept an open mind.

"It's great if you have an instinct to play," said the 1994 Wimbledon winner. "Someone who hits the ball hard and flat is going to have a better time out there. But you can learn."

MORE: Kvitova conquers Sharapova in women's final
COLUMN: Kvitova emerges as newest big hitter
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Excelscior
Jul 5th, 2011, 03:12 PM
PS Guys:

Lindsay Davenport had said on her Twitter account after the final "Did you guys see Petra? Stunning. It was the first time I was able to see her in person. I can see why people compare her to me. She's definitely the best ball striker out there".

Interesting, since when Lindsay was asked about her during the French Open, she had said "I really don't know much about Petra Kvitova (despite the fact that Martina and Sam Smith of the BBC, two people she works with, both loved Petra at the time)". Lol.

ElusiveChanteuse
Jul 5th, 2011, 03:15 PM
Lindsay.:worship:

lupojohn
Jul 5th, 2011, 05:44 PM
Great job on all the articles. Ha, guess Lindsay quickly formed an opinion after seeing Petra in person for the first time.

Excelscior
Jul 5th, 2011, 06:12 PM
PS:

US Fed Cup Captain and ESPN Analyst Mary Joe Fernandez, when covering the Wimby women finals, told a story about Petra Kvitova from 2009.

She said when she was Fed Cup captain and playing the Czech Republic a couple of years ago, the coach put in the lower ranked player. Fernandez thought that was odd in such a fierce competition, and after the tournament she went to the coach and asked, "why'd you put that young lady in?". Fernandez said the coach replied "That girl, will be our best Player, She's got a great future".

Fernandez ended by saying "so they knew even back then, as Petra Kvitova shows us today, by being in the Wimbledon final".

True story. If you're in America, you can catch it (the final) on ESPN 3, along with her other 6 Wimby matches.

Mary Jo made the comment at 23.30 running time in the final.

TimeyWimey
Jul 5th, 2011, 06:29 PM
PS:

US Fed Cup Captain and ESPN Analyst Mary Joe Fernandez, when covering the Wimby women finals, told a story about Petra Kvitova from several years ago.

She said when she was Fed Cup captain and playing the Czech Republic several years ago, the coach put in a unranked/unknown player. Fernandez thought that was odd in such a fierce competition, and after the tournament she went to the coach and asked, "why'd you put that young lady in?". Fernandez said the coach replied "That girl, will be our best Player, She's our future".

Fernandez ended by saying "so they knew even back then, as Petra Kvitova shows us today, by winning Wimbledon".

True story. If you're in America, you can catch it (the final) on ESPN 3, along with her other 6 Wimby matches.

that should be 09 Fed cup and actually Petra injured her ankle before that round with US, and she lost to her 1st round rival in 11 Wimby Alexa Glatch in straight sets
Later, she withdrew from French Open that year

http://img.blesk.cz/img/2/full/320533-img-sport-tenis-kotyza-benesova-kvitova-pala.jpg

BTW, did MJF told that story in the pregame show or postgame show? I would like to check that analysis

Excelscior
Jul 5th, 2011, 06:55 PM
Hey Reyeszjj

Thanks for the comments and pic.

I'm not sure if she over dramatized her story, she watched another match-then asked or if she got the dates mixed up (since Petra got hurt in 2009 b4 playing the US), then lost to Glatch another year. But she did say that.

To your question, she actually said it during the broadcast, at the 23.30 second mark (23 min, 30 secs).

Enjoy the match.

Excelscior
Jul 5th, 2011, 09:18 PM
I thought everyone on Tennis Forum who watched Kvitty's Wimby matches streamed online (since they weren't on TV until the semi-final & final), who knew they were seeing something/someone special, could appreciate this well written article. It takes you back a little doesn't it?

Kvitova - the champion who stole in under the radar
Saturday, 2 July 2011
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Kvitova serves up a victory
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Kvitova & Sharapova
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by Kate Battersby

If ever there was a Wimbledon champion who stole in under the radar, it has to be Petra Kvitova. Yet anyone who watched her in the first week here knew that her run to the semi-finals last year had not happened by accident. Nonetheless, on the first day of the Fortnight here, how many fans in a thousand would have named her as their outright favourite for the title? In truth, how many fans in a thousand could have named her at all?


But once seen, once noticed, only the very foolish ignored Kvitova's chances this Wimbledon. Those early rounds made it utterly plain she had the game to win here. Let the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova hog the headlines, that was fine with Kvitova. She just kept going through the first four rounds, shedding few games along the way.


The questions arose in her quarter-final against Tsvetana Pironkova and her semi against Victoria Azarenka - each victory delayed by a hesitant second set where somehow her killer instincts drifted away. She herself had no doubt what the problem was - in each case, she became aware of the prize drawing near, and faltered.


By contrast, Maria Sharapova motored all the way to the final without the loss of a set. And, of course, at the mighty age of 24, she had played in four previous Slam finals and won three of them. Such experience is not essential, but it can hardly be a handicap.


So the question today was how Kvitova would respond to the scale of the occasion. There is a fine line between the innocence, which can allow the greenest competitor to sail through the sternest test, and inexperience, where a young mind is overwhelmed on the vast stage and is completely bewildered.


Sharapova, on the other hand, brought the wisdom of all her 24 years. She knew that time and chances are finite, and that there are never enough championship wins to go round all the players who are capable of winning on talent alone.


In the event, 21-year-old Kvitova found herself at the perfect point of balance somewhere between these two. By all means she tightened up in the second set and, in Sharapova, she was facing a cast-iron competitor whose tenacity and will to win could prise open any weak spot in the Czech's mental game. But today there was none to be found. There were moments in the second set when the match might have turned in the 2004 champion's favour, but Kvitova did not allow it to happen.


She was helped by Sharapova's weakened serve. It gave away fewer double faults than in previous rounds, but always when they came, they seemed to contribute to some crucial moment of haemorrhage - as when she delivered two in succession for the critical break in the first set.


Likewise with her groundstrokes, she was always playing for the lines - spectacular when the shots came off, but constantly risking error. It isn't in Sharapova's game to hold back at such moments. Hence she won just 14% of her second service points. Disastrous. She tried taking the maximum possible time between points for her trademark re-focus but nothing worked. Kvitova was too cool. For the Czech, one mistake did not lead to another.


The biggest test was early in the second set when the two were trading breaks. Kvitova should have put the ball away to secure a key point, but instead sent it right back to Sharapova who lobbed the Czech perfectly. Kvitova could have been crushed by the twin factors of her own misjudgement and the Russian's brilliance, and allowed her back in the match. A little later, she had the easiest forehand at the net for game point, but sent it out to surrender break point. Sharapova capitalised with a killer return to break. It could have played havoc with Kvitova's mindset. But it didn't. Each time, she set the point aside as a lesson learned and approached the next one afresh. She kept bouncing back, repeating the methodical formula all the way to victory.


At the last changeover, Kvitova was out of her chair and on her way to the baseline long before she needed. Some falter at the biggest moments, unable to serve out the match. Not she. Kvitova was eager to meet her destiny. She had three Championship points at her disposal when she opted to deliver her very first ace of the final.


Some fans may not have known the name Petra Kvitova at the start of this Wimbledon, but they do now. And they'll be hearing the name for a long time yet.

Excelscior
Jul 5th, 2011, 10:26 PM
Another Well written, informative, personal, incisive, excellent reflection and analysis.

Peter Bodo, Tennis.com Contact RSS Categories Archive
The Company She Keeps 07/02/2011 - 2:28 PM

Petra

LONDON—Some of them arrived more than two weeks ago, to do duty as broadcasters or coaches; others drifted in over the course of the last two weeks, always welcome at Wimbledon, where any former singles quarterfinalist enjoys the privileges of membership in the Last 8 Club.

By the time the women's finalists were determined they were here in force, and present today in the Royal Box. Jan Kodes and Jana Novotna, Martina Navratilova and Helena Sukova, all came to witness—they hoped—the coronation of a new Wimbledon champion to carry on the distinguished tradition of their small nation, the Czech Republic.

As Martina Navratilova said the other day, "I got to thinking now with (Petra) Kvitova the final, a potential winner, she would be the third lefty Czech to win this, with (me) and (Jaroslav) Drobny. Really, if you think about the Czech Republic and Slovakia—Hingis came from there originally—(Ivan) Lendl, myself, Kodes won here in '73. . . It's astonishing. And Berdych was in the finals last year. . . Hana Mandlikova. So many great players came out of a very little country, consistently."

You can now add the name of an extremely shy 21-year-old from the village of Fulnek (population 6,000, plus four tennis courts) to that list of champions, for Petra Kvitova won her first Grand Slam title today, and she did it on the strength of a convincing and not entirely meat-and-potatoes game driven by a superior serve and extreme baseline power.

In the run up to the match, most pundits predicted that most of the friction would be between Kvitova's swerving, biting left-handed serve—a serve that even the icon Navratilova, a nine-time Wimbledon champ, could only have wished to possess—and Sharapova's return. As it turned out, though, the outstanding feature of the final was the way Kvitova won the battle of the baseline, consistently getting the better of Sharapova in the rallies no matter who was serving.

As Sharapova put it after absorbing the 6-3, 6-4 loss, "She was hitting really powerful and hitting, you know, winners from all over the court. She made a defensive shot into an offensive one. And, yeah, you know, just kind of laid on a lot of those shots. I think she was just more aggressive than I was, hit deeper and harder, and got the advantage in the points."

It was an accurate and unflinching summary, but the problem with someone like Kvitova, who's a big young lady (6' 1") with a conspicuous weapon in that left-handed serve, is that it's awful easy to overlook the nuances and subtleties that sometimes play an even much larger role in a match than obvious themes. Take that serve: Kvitova's fastest was the same as Sharapova's, 113 mph, and their average first- and second-serve speeds were identical as well (100 mph and 92 mph, respectively). If Kvitova's serve was a cut above, it was for reasons other than its pace.

Granted, Sharapova hurt her own cause with double faults, particularly in the first set, in which she yielded the break that put Kvitova up for good, 4-2, with back-to-back doubles. But one of the main reasons Kvitova was able to transition from defense to offense and take the initiative—and dictate—in so many rallies was because she did a great job handcuffing Sharapova with serves to the body. I had expected her to rely more heavily on conventional, southpaw stuff—the wide serve and the heavy slice, especially in the ad-court, where a lefthander has such an enormous advantage.

Petra2 But that wide-swinging slice goes to the backhand of a right-hander like Sharapova. Not only is her backhand more reliable than her forehand, but the wider the slice, the more angle it gives Sharapova to nail a down-the-line backhand return winner.

Not too many people win matches against great lefthanders by tagging backhand service-return winners down the line, but by serving down the T so often, and keeping the ball close to Sharapova's body, Kvitova more or less forced Sharapova to keep the returns well within the lines—and we saw how expertly Kvitova dealt with rally balls.

"I knew that I have to be first who is playing hard and who is made the points," Kvitova explained, doing her best in a foreign tongue. "So I tried. It was about the serve, for sure, and the return. I know that she's return very well, but I know that I can return her serve also. . .So I was preparing for the fast play, like with Azarenka."

An attempt to get her to reveal a bit more about her serving strategy was frustrating. I'm not sure if she was incapable of understanding, or merely cagey about, the issue. But when asked if she went to the body quite a bit with the serve, she just smiled and said, "Well, yeah. It's could be."

These X's and Os are fun to chew over, but they only tell—at best—half the story in any match. There's also the mental side of the game, and the matter of how players react to the stresses inherent in a big occasion like a Wimbledon final. On that score also, Kvitova's reactions were impressive—surprisingly so. Although she made that critical break in the first set hold up and broke Sharapova in the first game of the second set, her own inability to hold in the second set all but invited Sharapova, with her greater store of Grand Slam experience, to work her way back into contention. But Kvitova showed real championship mettle, especially when the set seemed about to slip away, after she was broken for 3-3.

In that game, Kvitova made two gruesome errors—one was a thoughtless, cross-court backhand error off a lousy service return that made the score 30-all instead of a comfortable 40-15; the other was a botched cross-court forehand blast off another poor backhand return by Sharapova—a mistake that gave Sharapova a break point, which she secured with a forehand service return winner. You give a blooded Grand Slam final veteran veteran like Sharapova those kinds of breaks and you're apt to find yourself in deep trouble.

Had Kvitova crumbled at that point, those errors would have assumed a magnified significance to haunt Kvitova for a long, long time. Instead, she blanked out any lingering regrets and broke right back. She then made great use of spin and placement to get the critical hold for 5-3. When Sharapova raced through her next service game, you know it was only because Kvitova wanted the ball—she wanted to get on with it, and serve out the match.

Kvitova told us after the match that she read on the Internet that the officials in her small town of Fulnek had set up a big-screen television in the town square, so everyone could gather to watch the Wimbledon match. I doubt it was hard to get the town fathers to check off on the plan, given that Kvitova's father, Jiri, is the deputy mayor. Presumably, the pilsner is flowing freely and Fulnekians are still dancing in the streets as you read this.

The other day, when Kvitova was asked if we had reason to know the name of anyone else from Fulnek, she shrugged and said no. Now, Fulnek is the home of the newest Wimbledon champion. But there's nothing new about that for many a town in a nation that, acre-for-acre, may be the best tennis factory on earth.

Excelscior
Jul 6th, 2011, 12:55 AM
Hey Reyeszjj

Not sure if you had came back and looked again earlier (originally I said I don't know), but (if you did) Mary Joe made that comment/told that story at the 23.30 second mark. Hope that helps.

Enjoy! 23 min, 30 sec mark.

TimeyWimey
Jul 6th, 2011, 01:55 AM
Hey Reyeszjj

Not sure if you had came back and looked again earlier (originally I said I don't know), but (if you did) Mary Joe made that comment/told that story at the 23.30 second mark. Hope that helps.

Enjoy! 23 min, 30 sec mark.

Thanks!:)

18majors
Jul 6th, 2011, 03:19 AM
Petra is getting the notoriety that she absolutely deserves.

Excelscior
Jul 6th, 2011, 03:50 AM
Comprehensive article, detailing her background and early ITF career up to the day of the Wimby final, with some references to Lindsay Davenport and Petra's potential future thrown in.

Petra Kvitova: The ‘good girl next door’ aims for the stars
Saturday, 02 July 2011 00:00 By Ayo Ositelu Sport - Abroad
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But faces the ultimate challenge in the “red hot” Sharapova in today’s final

HER mannerisms on court, added to a towering figure, reminds one of American tennis legend, former world number one and 1999 Wimbledon Ladies Singles champion, Lindsay Davenport, and in the same vein the Netherlands’ Betty stove, the Ladies Singles runner-up (to Great Britain’s Virginia Wade) at the 1977 Centenary anniversary of the world’s biggest and most prestigious tennis tournament.

If you are busy making comparisons between 21 year-old Petra Kvitova and the aforementioned greats, you are on the right course, as there are numerous aspects of her game which bring back memories of two of the biggest servers and hitters in the rich history of the sport. Kvitova, who like both greats is making an appearance in the Wimbledon final, even reminds tennis historians and researchers of their major weak point, which is mobility about court. Like Davenport and Stove, even though Kvitova covers a lot of ground with their long limbs, her ability to speedily change direction or chase well-implemented drop shots has been observed by many as the most vulnerable aspect of her game.

For the “mathematicals” outthere, (apologies to my dear ‘brother’ Segun Odegbami, who in his hey deys was nicknamed ‘mathematical’ by legendary broadcaster and sports commentator, late Ernest Okonkwo) who are already taking exception to Wimbledon organiser’s arithmetical error in calling this year’s edition its 125th anniversary tournament,. the truth is that Wimbledon did not hold during the first and second world wars. Hence this year’s tournament represents the 125th, and not the 137th edition. Not even Odegbami can ‘dribble’ past that fact.

To be sure, Kvitova is not exactly a household name, at least not yet. But she has lately gained attention of habitual tennis observers in the last couple of years, especially for her repeat berth in the semi-final of Wimbledon, after also reaching in the last four last year, losing at that stage to eventual champion, Serena Williams of the United States. Many are now saying that if last year’s semi-final berth was a fluke, a second consecutive one is gradually becoming a habit.

By reaching the final this time around, and at the expense of world number four ranked player Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, whom she outclassed 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, Kvitova, a leftie, not only became the first left handed player to reach the final since Martina Navratilova featured in her last final in 1994, she also became the first Czech to berth in the final since Jana Novtna in 1998. Novratilova at the time has changed nationality to become an American.

But who is this “new kid on the block” from a country which has produced the likes of former world number one Ivan Lendl, another former world number one. Navratilova, and genuine champions Jana Novotna, Miroslav Mecir, Jan Kodes etc.? who is this girl whom neighbours back home in Gilovec, Czech Republic (where she was born twenty one years ago) still describe as “the good girl next door” because of her simplicity, humility and respectful disposition to everyone in spite of her career blossoming and dominating the headline?

Born in Golovec on March 8, 190, Kvitova, who had not shown signs of being very tall in the early years, but had surprised even her family by shooting towards six feet in her early years, was not exactly a [whiz kid” by today’s standards, as she started playing professionally only five years ago, in 2006 in her home nation tournament at Prostejov, where she won the qualifying tournament but lost in the first round. She then won two ITF tournaments in siege in Hungary, and Valasske Mezirici in the Czech Republic, defeating Dorottya Magas, and Radana Holusova in the finals.

Coached and managed by her father, Jiri from the beginning till now, it has been a gradual development for Kvitova, whose short career has been one of ups and downs, in equal measure. In 2007, she won four ITF (International Tennis Federation ) events in Stuttgart, Germany, and reached two other finals in Zlin, Czech Republic, losing to established pros, Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 6-1, and in Bratislava, in the Slovak Republic, lost to Tatjana Malek 6-2, 7-6 (7). It was in this same year, she played her first Grand Slam Qualifying draw at the 2007 ECM Prague Open, and her first Grand Slam Qualifying draw in the 2007 US Open, losing in the second round in both, but also earned her first win over a top 100 player, Pauline Parmentier.

In 2008, Kvitova qualified for her first WTA Tour main draw in the 2008 Gaz de France Open, where she upset the world number 30, Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-2, 6-3, thus earning her first win over a top 50 player, before losing to the now retired Elena Dementieva of Russia in the second round.

At the 2008 Cellular South Cup, as a qualifier, Kvitova earned one of the biggest wins of her career by upsetting former world number one Venus Williams 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, thus earning her first victory over a top 10 player, before losing in the following round. To underscore her inconsistency, she lost in the first rounds of the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open at Indian Wells, California, and the ECM Prague Open, and in the second round of the Internationaux de Strasbourg.

At the 2008 French Open, playing in her first-ever Grand Slam tournament, she defeated Akiko Morigami of Japan in the first round, Samantha Stosur of Australia in the second, and 12th seeded Agnes Szavay of Hungary in the third, before losing to Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the fourth round. She then lost in the first round of Wimbledon 2008 and the 2008 US Open. But in between those two Grand Slam events she was able to reach her first WTA Tour quarter-finals in the 2008 Buda pest Grand Prix, losing to Andreja Klepac 7-6 (2), 6-0.

When, still as a qualifier, she reached the quarter-finals of the 2008 Zurich Open, losing to then world number one Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, it was the first time she was ranked inside the top 50. She ended the year by winning in Monzon, Spain, defeating Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in the final.

After beginning 2009 with a first round loss at the Brisbane International, she however won her first career title at the highest level, defeating Alona Bondarenko, Anastasia Pavlychenkova, Virginia Razzano and Iveta Benesova along the way. In a year in which she was dogged by injuries and had to withdraw from the French Open, and lost in the first round of Wimbledon, only to come back strong to defeat then world number one Dinara Safina of Russia in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round at the US Open. Then ranked world number 72, Kvitova was 71 places lower than Safina at the time. She then reached her second final in the year at the Generali ladies, in Linz where she defeated Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-4, 5th seeded Iveta Benesova 6-4, 7-5, 4th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-5, 6-4 in the quarter-final, 2nd seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-2, before losing 6-3, 6-4 to Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in the final.

It was the following year that she seemed to make it a habit to lose to the eventual champion in Tier-one WTA tournaments. At last year’s Australian Open, Kvitova lost to eventual champion Serena Williams. Also at the 2010 Cellular South Cup, she reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3. At Wimbledon, she defeated Sorana Cirstea in the first round, and then upset China’s 23rd Zheng Jie 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 14th seeded Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-0, before also upsetting 3rd seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Demark 6-2, 6-0 in the fourth round to advance to her first Grand Slam Quarter-final, where she beat Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 7-6, 8-6 after saving five match points to rally back from two breaks in the third set (trailing 0-4) to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final, where again, she lost to world number one defending champion and eventual champon, Serena Williams. After that run, she made it to the top 30 in world rankings for the first time.

Kvitova gaining in confidence, began this year by winning her second career WTA tour title at the 2011 Brisbane International Open, by defeating Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-3 in the final, after having earned impressive wins over 3rd seed Nadia Petrova of Russia, and 5th seed Anastasia Pavlychenkova also of Russia. With that second title, she achieved a career-high world number 28 ranking.

After reaching and losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open, her strong run earned her the number 8 in world ranking, to become only the fourth Czech female to be ranked among the top 10. She then celebrated her new status by defeating newly-crowned Australian Open champion and world number one, Kim Clijsters 6-4, 6-3 to win her second career title.

Earlier this year, she also led her country’s Fed Cup team to the final round, with semi-final wins over Wickmayer and Flipkens, winnng all of her matches in the earlier rounds.

At the pre-Wimbledon WTA warm-up tournament in Eastbourne, Kvitova, who was seeded eighth, lost in the final to Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli.

And so, it may not have surprised too many that Kvitova has gone all the way to tomorrow’s final, to face Russia’s former world number one and the 2004 Wimbledon champion, Maria Sharapova, who has literally been on fire throughout this tournament, having not conceded a single set.

Whatever happens in today’s final, it is sure that the tennis world will be seeing much more of this gifted clean-hitter of the ball. If even the Russian will go into the match as a heavy favourite to win, who says another upset cannot occur today?

Solitaire
Jul 6th, 2011, 04:26 AM
PS:

US Fed Cup Captain and ESPN Analyst Mary Joe Fernandez, when covering the Wimby women finals, told a story about Petra Kvitova from several years ago.

She said when she was Fed Cup captain and playing the Czech Republic a couple of years ago, the coach put in the lower ranked player. Fernandez thought that was odd in such a fierce competition, and after the tournament she went to the coach and asked, "why'd you put that young lady in?". Fernandez said the coach replied "That girl, will be our best Player, She's got a great future".

Fernandez ended by saying "so they knew even back then, as Petra Kvitova shows us today, by being in the Wimbledon championship".

True story. If you're in America, you can catch it (the final) on ESPN 3, along with her other 6 Wimby matches.


This was my first time seeing Petra and I was shocked how poorly she played. It's been great to see her grow into the player she is today.

Excelscior
Jul 6th, 2011, 04:49 AM
This was my first time seeing Petra and I was shocked how poorly she played. It's been great to see her grow into the player she is today.

Mmmhh. Interesting.

She may of had a ankle injury also Solitaire. Though I'm not sure on the exact time (did it happen before or after you saw her), but they may had something to do with it as well? :) Lol

But, yeah; what development? Right? Lol.

Solitaire
Jul 6th, 2011, 05:09 AM
Mmmhh. Interesting.

She may of had a ankle injury also Solitaire. Though I'm not sure on the exact time (did it happen before or after you saw her), but they may had something to do with it as well? :) Lol

But, yeah; what development? Right? Lol.

It was against Glatch and I really don't remember if her ankle was hurt during the match, it was awhile ago. Two totally different players from the Fed Cup match to Petra beating Glatch at Wimbledon.

Corswandt
Jul 6th, 2011, 11:07 AM
Punditry jumping on the bandwagon (apud Arctic Moose):

Kvitova: the next big boss

Sun Jul 03 10:45AM

by Patrick Mouratoglou

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/patrick-mouratoglou/article/2211/

[You can also find this at the Busted Racquet blog in Yahoo! Tennis]

Petra Kvitova clinched the first Grand Slam of her career after dominating Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-4.

Despite the experimented opponent she was facing, it's no big surprise that Kvitova won. I think she is the big champion women tennis has been waiting for.

As I've said in the past, the new generation didn't have enough time to come to maturity at the time when former stars were retiring in the middle of their career (Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Martina Hingis) and when the Williams sisters weren't able to be on the Tour all season long.

What I call a big champion is a pretty rare player, winning consistently on Tour for four, five or even 10 years.

This 2011 Wimbledon winner has everything it takes to be one and should become the next boss of the women tennis.

She's mastering all the shots required by the modern game and has the perfect game in order to win Grand Slams, contrary to Caroline Wozniacki, who hasn't developped enough offensive weapons on order to win a major. Kvitova's weapons are obvious: a powerful, accurate and regular serve, a huge forehand, a backhand getting better and better with every passing season (it has even become another weapon) and outstanding timing which allows her to fire such heavy shots.

A bit like Juan Martin Del Potro on the ATP Tour, she's making up for her lack of speed by sticking to the baseline, playing deep and with power when attacked.

She also reminds me of Lindsay Davenport, who won her first Grand Slam in Wimbledon (in 1999). Of course she's still has big room for improving physically; she has already lost a lot of weight those last 18 months but her high risk kind of game will ask for a constant work on her fitness on the long run.

It's not that surprising to see her triumph because of the amount of confidence she built during recent months by winning a lot of matches with three victories on different surfaces - Brisbane (hard outdoor), Paris (indoor) and Madrid (clay) - and against top 10 players - Clijsters, Li Na, Sam Stosur, Victoria Azarenka and Vera Zvonareva. All of this helped her to change her status and to reinforce a confidence that comes naturally to her and never leaves.

I have a very revealing story about her: she played twice against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the end of 2008 and start of 2009 at a time where I was training the Russian. First time Nastya won after saving two match points in Bratislava with a very high level and amazing mental strength from both.

They then played each other in Hobart: Pavlyuchenkova was up 6-1 3-1 and playing brilliantly. Kvitova called her coach at this moment and raised her level in a very astonishing way, without doubting herself for a single second and being very calm. She ended by winning the match 1-6 7-5 6-3 and Pavlyuchenkova couldn't be mad at herself for anything. Kvitova then won the tournament. During this match she was already playing at a top 10 level.

And here is one of the secrets of Petra's success: she knows her abilities and how strong she is so when she's feeling good she just feels like nothing can stop her.

--------------------------

2011 Wimbledon Recap

by Nick Bollettieri on July 5, 2011.

http://nickstennispicks.com/2011/07/05/2011-wimbledon-recap/

[snip]
Petra Kvitova is for real! This girl has the talent to win numerous Grand Slam titles and she just blew Sharapova off the court. She can hit from anywhere and when she strikes the ball (and it goes in) she is very tough to beat. I am looking for big things from this lefty in the future.

Speaking of lefties, people have also talked about whether or not lefties have an advantage and I certainly think they do. You see Nadal on the men’s side and Kvitova on the women’s side and because they are left-handed they are able to serve out wide on the deuce side and into the body on the ad side and it really opens up the court. In today’s game, lefties definitely have a slight advantage.
[snip]

Excelscior
Jul 6th, 2011, 12:09 PM
This Tennis.com/ESPN writer, actually wrote a very detailed, surprisingly correct analysis of Petra's game right before Wimbledon (he profiled the top 8 seeds), and he got everything write except the outcome. Let's give him some credit though, for actually seeing her play.

Viewpoint: Women to Watch at Wimbledon
By Richard Pagliaro - Friday, June 17, 2011


No. 8 Petra Kvitova

Strengths: The only left-hander in the top 20 can impose her game on almost any woman when she's playing well. The 21-year-old Czech owns a crackling serve, crunching groundstrokes and fine feel in the front court, and is adept at playing creative combinations.

Weaknesses: Inexperience. Kvitova had never won a Wimbledon match before surging to the semis last year as a 62nd-ranked dark horse sporting braces.

Question marks: She arrives at SW19 carrying a career-high ranking and the burden of high expectations; how will she respond?

Outlook: Kvitova has the game to win Wimbledon one day, and although she might need a bit more maturity to do it, a semifinal return is possible.


How could this guy say/know all that, and still not pick her to win or make it to the finals (I know; experience)? Smh. Lol

Excelscior
Jul 6th, 2011, 12:23 PM
Kudos to Sam Smith of the BBC, Martina Navratilova Of the Tennis Channel, Ravi Ubha and Brad Gilbert of ESPN, and Shane Lambert of Crunch Sports Betting Service for picking Petra early to win the 2011 Wimbledon women's title.

Honorable Mention for John McEnroe, of NBC Sports, Tennis Channel and the BBC, for picking Petra to make the final vs Sharapova (though he picked Sharapova to win, and claimed he wanted to change his mind but stuck to his original pick). Who knows?

At least these people and their picks, gave us some semblance of order as we left our dear computers and actually had to watch TV and hear a bunch a people talk about a women's tennis game/contenders that they knew nothing about.

Did you guys know anyone else in the media that picked Petra to win Wimbledon early, especially before it was obviously clear she could/would (though that still didn't stop most people from picking Ms. Experience-Maria Sharapova, cause it seems most of them actually never saw Petra play till the semi-finals vs Azarenka)? Lol.

Excelscior
Jul 6th, 2011, 12:38 PM
It was against Glatch and I really don't remember if her ankle was hurt during the match, it was awhile ago. Two totally different players from the Fed Cup match to Petra beating Glatch at Wimbledon.

Oh. Ok. Mary Joe said a couple of years ago (2009)? It's funny how Petra is so far and away from that performance (to you and her) now? Right? Lol

Someone on the site actually picked Glatch to upset Petra in the first round, believe it or not, based of Glatche's Fed Cup win over her back then. Dumb!!

Juanes
Jul 6th, 2011, 12:53 PM
little later, but congrats to wimby title :)

Excelscior
Jul 6th, 2011, 09:17 PM
LaRosa, from The Tennis Channel Website Write's a open plea to Ms. Kvitova in his "Dear Petra" Letter below. I think you guys will like it. Though I highlighted some areas, every inch of the article is work reading. Check it out!

July 2 - Ladies Final

Dear Petra Kvitova,

Today was the Ladies Final. This is usually the point in the blog where I let a tennis ball do the talking for me, live blogging what historically turns out to be a day that’s more pomp and less circumstance. Not today. Today I have to speak for myself, to tell you something I feel deep down in my soul.

You scare me.

You’ve always startled me. That’s nothing new. The first time you startled me was when I saw you play Serena at the 2010 Australian Open. The scoreline said you got your butt whooped, but anyone who saw that match saw your wicked lefty shot-making. Rein it in and you’d be scary. You startled me again in 2010 when you made the Wimbledon semis. Along the way you obliterated Caroline Wozniacki, handing her one of the most shocking beatdowns of the year, then played Serena like you thought you should be there. You never went beyond startling because, as evidenced by the fact that you went winless until the US Open, you and consistency went together like Tracy Morgan and a funny joke.

The future of tennis

Fast forward to the today’s Wimbledon final. You know, the one you were supposed to be overwhelmed by. Your first major final. And on the grass of Wimbledon! Maria Sharapova was the favorite. And she started competing before the match even began, electing to have you serve first. What did you do? You elected to return her serves in the warm-up.

You wasn’t playin’.

Maria hoped to climb on top of you and smother you with a pillow like she does everyone else. But she’d be the one overwhelmed by the moment. Overwhelmed by you.

You were brutal. You were stingy. You swung like it was a practice match at the local climb, and Maria wasn’t a former Wimbledon champ but the 13-year-old girl you deigned to take the court with you. When it came time to serve out the match, you not only served it out at love (just like you did the first set – steel!), you served it out with an ace.

And then came the scariest part of all. The victory celebration. No sobbing, no climbing the bleachers in shock and awe to throw your arms around your camp. You simply fell to your knees for a moment, then got up, shook Maria’s hand and waved to the crowd. It looked more like you’d just collected enough game pieces for a free Big Mac at McDonald’s than you’d just won Wimbledon. You had to be pulled back into your on-court interview because you were eager to just grab your dish and hit the showers.

It was, as if, you believed this will just be the first of many.

And I’ll tell you, it’s the people who truly truly believe who make me believe. This wasn’t a 1-and-done. You’re here to collect more than game pieces. You’re here to collect hardware. You’ve nabbed your first today, and it’s a beaut.

Six months ago, before you cracked the top 25, before you won Paris and Madrid, one woman held you up above all others (including reigning No 1 Caroline Wozniacki) as the future of tennis. That woman is Oracene Price. As the mama of Venus and Serena Williams, she knows greatness when she sees it.

And after today, so do we.

It's funny in the article he has the picture of Petra smiling with both hands in the air, after she gets up off the grass, with the words below stating "The Future Of Tennis". Cute!!

lupojohn
Jul 6th, 2011, 09:40 PM
Kudos to Sam Smith of the BBC, Martina Navratilova Of the Tennis Channel, Ravi Ubha and Brad Gilbert of ESPN, and Crunch Sports Betting Service for picking Petra early to win the 2011 Wimbledon women's title.

Honorable Mention for John McEnroe, of NBC Sports, Tennis Channel and the BBC, for picking Petra to make the final vs Sharapova (though he picked Sharapova to win, and claimed he wanted to change his mind but stuck to his original pick). Who knows?

At least these people and their picks, gave us some semblance of order as we left our dear computers and actually had to watch TV and hear a bunch a people talk about a women's tennis game/contenders that they knew nothing about.

Did you guys know anyone else in the media that picked Petra to win Wimbledon early, especially before it was obviously clear she could/would (though that still didn't stop most people from picking Ms. Experience-Maria Sharapova, cause it seems most of them actually never saw Petra play till the semi-finals vs Azarenka)? Lol.

John said last year during Petra's run to the emis that he thought she'd be Top 10 by this year's Wimbledon. Not exactly predicting her to win, but he knows what he's talking about. Brad kept throwing it up in Cahill's face about picking Petra. To Darren's credit, he made jokes about Brad annoying him with the bluster of Petra winning.

Excelscior
Jul 6th, 2011, 09:56 PM
John said last year during Petra's run to the emis that he thought she'd be Top 10 by this year's Wimbledon. Not exactly predicting her to win, but he knows what he's talking about. Brad kept throwing it up in Cahill's face about picking Petra. To Darren's credit, he made jokes about Brad annoying him with the bluster of Petra winning.

Hey John. Thanks for your response.

Yeah. McEnroe knows his stuff, and has said very good/nice things about Petra, her potential greatness and future. Agreed! He's got eyes, and was much better ones than most so called tennis experts.

When did Brad taunt Darren? I know Cahill kept stating before the final "I'll never hear the end of it from Gilbert if she wins". But I didn't see that, and would have loved to. Was that before/during the Men's final? Do I have to go on ESPN 3 and play it (or that studio time is gone already)? What did he say? Lol.

lupojohn
Jul 6th, 2011, 10:27 PM
Hey John. Thanks for your response.

Yeah. McEnroe knows his stuff, and has said very good/nice things about Petra, her potential greatness and future. Agreed! He's got eyes, and was much better ones than most so called tennis experts.

When did Brad taunt Darren? I know Cahill kept stating before the final "I'll never hear the end of it from Gilbert if she wins". But I didn't see that, and would have loved to. Was that before/during the Men's final? Do I have to go on ESPN 3 and play it (or that studio time is gone already)? What did he say? Lol.

Studio.

lupojohn
Jul 6th, 2011, 10:56 PM
ESPN Classic is replaying the final at 7PM Eastern time.

Excelscior
Jul 6th, 2011, 11:03 PM
ESPN Classic is replaying the final at 7PM Eastern time.

Thanks. I had saw that.

The Tennis Channel, will be replaying it at 10:30pm Eastern as well.

That should be a BBC team with totally new people from NBC (since Johnnie Mac jumps around between the BBC and NBC many times) I'm guessing?

Matej
Jul 6th, 2011, 11:18 PM
Comprehensive article, detailing her background and early ITF career up to the day of the Wimby final, with some references to Lindsay Davenport and Petra's potential future thrown in.

Petra Kvitova: The ‘good girl next door’ aims for the stars
Saturday, 02 July 2011 00:00 By Ayo Ositelu Sport - Abroad
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But who is this “new kid on the block” from a country which has produced the likes of former world number one Ivan Lendl, another former world number one. Navratilova, and genuine champions Jana Novotna, Miroslav Mecir, Jan Kodes etc.? who is this girl whom neighbours back home in Gilovec, Czech Republic (where she was born twenty one years ago) still describe as “the good girl next door” because of her simplicity, humility and respectful disposition to everyone in spite of her career blossoming and dominating the headline?

Born in Golovec on March 8, 190, Kvitova, who had not shown signs of being very tall in the early years, but had surprised even her family by shooting towards six feet in her early years, was not exactly a [whiz kid” by today’s standards, as she started playing professionally only five years ago, in 2006 in her home nation tournament at Prostejov, where she won the qualifying tournament but lost in the first round. She then won two ITF tournaments in siege in Hungary, and Valasske Mezirici in the Czech Republic, defeating Dorottya Magas, and Radana Holusova in the finals.

Coached and managed by her father, Jiri from the beginning till now, it has been a gradual development for Kvitova, whose short career has been one of ups and downs, in equal measure. In 2007, she won four ITF (International Tennis Federation ) events in Stuttgart, Germany, and reached two other finals in Zlin, Czech Republic, losing to established pros, Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 6-1, and in Bratislava, in the Slovak Republic, lost to Tatjana Malek 6-2, 7-6 (7). It was in this same year, she played her first Grand Slam Qualifying draw at the 2007 ECM Prague Open, and her first Grand Slam Qualifying draw in the 2007 US Open, losing in the second round in both, but also earned her first win over a top 100 player, Pauline Parmentier.

In 2008, Kvitova qualified for her first WTA Tour main draw in the 2008 Gaz de France Open, where she upset the world number 30, Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-2, 6-3, thus earning her first win over a top 50 player, before losing to the now retired Elena Dementieva of Russia in the second round.

At the 2008 Cellular South Cup, as a qualifier, Kvitova earned one of the biggest wins of her career by upsetting former world number one Venus Williams 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, thus earning her first victory over a top 10 player, before losing in the following round. To underscore her inconsistency, she lost in the first rounds of the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open at Indian Wells, California, and the ECM Prague Open, and in the second round of the Internationaux de Strasbourg.

At the 2008 French Open, playing in her first-ever Grand Slam tournament, she defeated Akiko Morigami of Japan in the first round, Samantha Stosur of Australia in the second, and 12th seeded Agnes Szavay of Hungary in the third, before losing to Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the fourth round. She then lost in the first round of Wimbledon 2008 and the 2008 US Open. But in between those two Grand Slam events she was able to reach her first WTA Tour quarter-finals in the 2008 Buda pest Grand Prix, losing to Andreja Klepac 7-6 (2), 6-0.

When, still as a qualifier, she reached the quarter-finals of the 2008 Zurich Open, losing to then world number one Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, it was the first time she was ranked inside the top 50. She ended the year by winning in Monzon, Spain, defeating Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in the final.

After beginning 2009 with a first round loss at the Brisbane International, she however won her first career title at the highest level, defeating Alona Bondarenko, Anastasia Pavlychenkova, Virginia Razzano and Iveta Benesova along the way. In a year in which she was dogged by injuries and had to withdraw from the French Open, and lost in the first round of Wimbledon, only to come back strong to defeat then world number one Dinara Safina of Russia in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round at the US Open. Then ranked world number 72, Kvitova was 71 places lower than Safina at the time. She then reached her second final in the year at the Generali ladies, in Linz where she defeated Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-4, 5th seeded Iveta Benesova 6-4, 7-5, 4th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-5, 6-4 in the quarter-final, 2nd seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-2, before losing 6-3, 6-4 to Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in the final.

It was the following year that she seemed to make it a habit to lose to the eventual champion in Tier-one WTA tournaments. At last year’s Australian Open, Kvitova lost to eventual champion Serena Williams. Also at the 2010 Cellular South Cup, she reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3. At Wimbledon, she defeated Sorana Cirstea in the first round, and then upset China’s 23rd Zheng Jie 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 14th seeded Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-0, before also upsetting 3rd seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Demark 6-2, 6-0 in the fourth round to advance to her first Grand Slam Quarter-final, where she beat Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 7-6, 8-6 after saving five match points to rally back from two breaks in the third set (trailing 0-4) to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final, where again, she lost to world number one defending champion and eventual champon, Serena Williams. After that run, she made it to the top 30 in world rankings for the first time.

Kvitova gaining in confidence, began this year by winning her second career WTA tour title at the 2011 Brisbane International Open, by defeating Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-3 in the final, after having earned impressive wins over 3rd seed Nadia Petrova of Russia, and 5th seed Anastasia Pavlychenkova also of Russia. With that second title, she achieved a career-high world number 28 ranking.

After reaching and losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open, her strong run earned her the number 8 in world ranking, to become only the fourth Czech female to be ranked among the top 10. She then celebrated her new status by defeating newly-crowned Australian Open champion and world number one, Kim Clijsters 6-4, 6-3 to win her second career title.

Earlier this year, she also led her country’s Fed Cup team to the final round, with semi-final wins over Wickmayer and Flipkens, winnng all of her matches in the earlier rounds.

At the pre-Wimbledon WTA warm-up tournament in Eastbourne, Kvitova, who was seeded eighth, lost in the final to Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli.

And so, it may not have surprised too many that Kvitova has gone all the way to tomorrow’s final, to face Russia’s former world number one and the 2004 Wimbledon champion, Maria Sharapova, who has literally been on fire throughout this tournament, having not conceded a single set.

Whatever happens in today’s final, it is sure that the tennis world will be seeing much more of this gifted clean-hitter of the ball. If even the Russian will go into the match as a heavy favourite to win, who says another upset cannot occur today?

Well, it´s an interesting article, but there are numerous errors there. Miloslav Mečír comes from Slovakia, not from Czech Republic. Petra was born in Bílovec, not "Gilovec". :) Petra didn´t end up the year 2008 "by winning in Monzon, Spain, defeating Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in the final"; she won in Monzon in April 2008. :)

She didn´t defeat Dinara Safina 4:6, 6:4, 7:5, but 6:4, 2:6, 7:6(5). It was Yanina Wickmayer who defeated Petra 4:6, 6:4, 7:5.

She didn´t get in the top 10 after her run at AO, but after her victory in Madrid.

and so on.

lupojohn
Jul 6th, 2011, 11:35 PM
The French Open match against Kanepi was when I first discovered how good Petra could be(i'm not privy to ITF's and Juniors and all that). If you remember that match, it was held over to the next day because of either rain or darkness, so they had to come back the next day to play the 3rd set. Also, she's had a couple of nice matches in Slams with Kanepi.

lupojohn
Jul 6th, 2011, 11:50 PM
Thanks. I had saw that.

The Tennis Channel, will be replaying it at 10:30pm Eastern as well.

That should be a BBC team with totally new people from NBC (since Johnnie Mac jumps around between the BBC and NBC many times) I'm guessing?

I would think Dick and Mary Joe would do the ESPN Classic broadcast. I don't get the Tennis Channel, so I don't know what feed they'd be using.

TimeyWimey
Jul 7th, 2011, 12:07 AM
Also, she's had a couple of nice matches in Slams with Kanepi.

You're right, in fact, according to the record, all of their matches (GS or not) end with three-setter, 3 tiebreaks, 3 (7-5) and 1 (8-6)

I didn't watch their match in FO 08 (I didn't know her at that time), but the quarter final in Wimby last year is just extraordinary for Petra

lupojohn
Jul 7th, 2011, 01:02 AM
You're right, in fact, according to the record, all of their matches (GS or not) end with three-setter, 3 tiebreaks, 3 (7-5) and 1 (8-6)

I didn't watch their match in FO 08 (I didn't know her at that time), but the quarter final in Wimby last year is just extraordinary for Petra

Yep. NBC even went to it, which, for them, at that time, was extraordainary in it's own right. Maybe Kanepi doesn't feel so bad about losing that match after seeing what Petra has done since.

Excelscior
Jul 7th, 2011, 02:19 AM
Well, it´s an interesting article, but there are numerous errors there. Miloslav Mečír comes from Slovakia, not from Czech Republic. Petra was born in Bílovec, not "Gilovec". :) Petra didn´t end up the year 2008 "by winning in Monzon, Spain, defeating Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in the final"; she won in Monzon in April 2008. :)

She didn´t defeat Dinara Safina 4:6, 6:4, 7:5, but 6:4, 2:6, 7:6(5). It was Yanina Wickmayer who defeated Petra 4:6, 6:4, 7:5.

She didn´t get in the top 10 after her run at AO, but after her victory in Madrid.

and so on.

You know how long that article was (and I think that was the 5th one in a row I put in to)? ;):D Lol. Yeah. But some of those things you pointed out were pretty clear (Madrid-Top 10, Petra born in Bilovec). I should of saw those.

But on balance, there was lots of info many articles don't cover.

Thanks

Excelscior
Jul 7th, 2011, 02:36 AM
I would think Dick and Mary Joe would do the ESPN Classic broadcast. I don't get the Tennis Channel, so I don't know what feed they'd be using.

ESPN Classic used the NBC feed with Carillo and Ted Robbins.

We'll see what the Tennis Channel does; probably Davenport?

It's funny how much of the subtlety of the game you miss on computer (even after seeing it first on television).

ESPN 3 is great and I love it, but unless you pipe it to your TV you miss things like the trajectory of the serve, and how it pulls away, etc. from the returner.

Petra served quite well in this game. She just got broken twice in the 2nd set, cause of those 3 bone head errors she made with the three sitters she missed at the net.

Though I've seen her serve better, she had a lot of action on her serve and handcuffed Maria most of the night. She had a lot of movement, and served a bunch of nonreturnables or received sitters for Petra to easily crush (the Ole 1, 2). Lol

Corswandt
Jul 7th, 2011, 01:45 PM
Atrocious pun in the title, but no howlers and gets the fundamentals right:

Uma checa com cobertura

Na final feminina da 125Ş ediçăo de Wimbledon, a checa Petra Kvitova derrotou Maria Sharapova em circunstâncias muito semelhantes ao do triunfo da russa em 2004 – e recebeu um cheque de 1,2 milhőes de euros. É a primeira campeă de um torneio do Grand Slam nascida na década de 90.

02 Julho 2011

Por: Miguel Seabra, em Londres

http://www.cmjornal.xl.pt/detalhe/noticias/ultima-hora/tenis-uma-checa-com-cobertura

Ŕ partida para a final individual feminina da 125Ş de Wimbledon colocava-se uma questăo: seria o peso da experięncia a determinar a vencedora ou prevaleceria a inconscięncia de quem năo tem nada a perder? Petra Kvitova, de 21 anos, respondeu ŕ pergunta em apenas 88 minutos ao derrotar Maria Sharapova, de 24, por concludentes 6-3 e 6-4 - selando o triunfo com um jogo de serviço em branco coroado com um ás no match-point. Mais do que o cheque de 1,2 milhőes de euros, o triunfo na Catedral do Ténis permite ŕ jovem checa saltar para o estrelato.

E nem precisou de sofrer muito. Com os prognósticos a penderem para o lado de Sharapova devido ao seu superior currículo e gradual regresso ao melhor nível após uma complicada operaçăo ao ombro, Kvitova surgiu no mais mítico de todos os palcos da modalidade particularmente relaxada - mostrando-se ainda mais ofensiva do que a sua agressiva adversária e năo tremendo perante a solenidade da ocasiăo. Com as suas pancadas chapadas e profundas alternadas com ocasionais bolas em slice mais delicadas, a checa conseguiu sobretudo servir melhor e tirar o máximo partido do facto de ser esquerdina.

PATINHO FEIO TRANSFORMADO EM CISNE
A vitória da filha do vice-presidente da junta de Bilovec foi tăo concludente que năo sofre contestaçăo. Até pode parecer que surgiu do nada para os mais incautos, mas os mais atentos constatarăo que Petra Kvitova já apareceu em Wimbledon como número 8 do ranking (sai como número 7) e sobretudo com tręs títulos conquistados em 2011 graças a um elevado nível de jogo apresentado nos hardcourts de Brisbane, no recinto coberto de Paris e na terra batida de Madrid.

O triunfo alcançado na relva do Centre Court constitui o quarto troféu em quatro diferentes superfícies em 2011 e faz com que ultrapasse em importância de palmarés as suas até agora mais credenciadas colegas de geraçăo - como a dinamarquesa Caroline Wozniacki (a contestada número um mundial por ainda năo ter logrado vencer um Grand Slam), a bielorrussa Victoria Azarenka (a quem derrotou nas meias-finais) ou a polaca Agnieszka Radwanska (também com credenciais de top 10).

Kvitova desde cedo revelou uma notável capacidade de aceleraçăo, mas até há dois anos apresentava excesso de peso, até mesmo quando ganhou o primeiro título da sua carreira em Hobart. Mas afinou a dieta, apurou a condiçăo física e no ano passado deu claros evidentes de ser talhada para jogar em rápidos pisos relvados ao atingir as meias-finais de Wimbledon. Este ano, para além dos tręs títulos, chegou ŕ final do evento de relva de Eastbourne na semana imediatamente anterior a Wimbledon.

CHORO DE FELICIDADE
Acompanhada no camarote real pelas suas compatriotas Martina Navratilova (última esquerdina antes dela a ganhar Wimbledon em 1990) e Jana Novotna (última checa a ganhar Wimbledon, em 1998), Petra Kvitova ajoelhou-se no momento da vitória e sobretudo emocionou-se quando viu todo o galarim de campeőes a aplaudi-la enquanto estava a ser entrevistada. O choro veio depois.

"Encontrei-me com a Martina e a Jana. Elas estavam tăo contentes por mim. E chorei depois de falar com elas". Năo foi a única: "O meu pai também chorou e ainda deve estar a chorar; ele chora sempre depois dos meus encontros".

Mas, durante a final, geriu muito melhor as emoçőes do que os entusiasmados membros da sua família e equipa técnica que saltavam de contentamento no correspondente camarote: "Combinei com os meus treinadores encarar esta final como se fosse um embate dos oitavos-de-final. Acho que foi o melhor encontro que joguei. Fiquei surpreendida com a minha concentraçăo, porque estava focalizada em jogar ponto a ponto e năo pensei no título", confessou. "O encontro ficaria decidido sobretudo no serviço e na resposta ao serviço. E eu, mesmo que năo tenha servido tăo bem, respondi muito bem".

MARIA DE REGRESSO
Quanto a Maria Sharapova, năo logrou aperfeiçoar um currículo global de 23 títulos (mais 18 do que a sua algoz deste sábado) e tręs Grand Slams. Ganhou Wimbledon em 2004, o US Open em 2006 e o Open da Austrália em 2008. Como perdeu a final do Open da Austrália em 2007 e agora a de Wimbledon em 2011, parece que os anos ímpares năo querem nada com ela. Mas o seu trajecto desde Março indica que a ‘Sereia da Sibéria' está a recuperar o seu nível de jogo perdido com uma nefasta lesăo no ombro que necessitou de cirurgia em 2008: foi semifinalista em Indian Wells, finalista em Miami, campeă em Roma, semifinalista em Roland Garros e finalista em Wimbledon.

Será seguramente uma das protagonistas na temporada americana em hardcourts que irá desembocar no US Open, em Setembro. E poderá melhorar significattivamente o quinto lugar na hierarquia que passa a ocupar - tal como Petra Kvitova, que tem poucos pontos a defender até ao final do ano. "Ela jogou de maneira incrível, conseguindo pontos ganhantes de todos os pontos do court; foi mais agressiva do que eu", admitiu a russa; "jogou como se năo tivesse nada a perder e aproveitou muito bem o facto de ser esquerdina, mas considero que já foi um passo importante para mim estar na final e saio com muita confiança para o resto do ano".

Petra Kvitova tornou-se, aos 21 anos, a mais jovem campeă de Wimbledon desde que Maria Sharapova bateu, entăo com 17 anos, Serena Williams na final de 2004. A russa conheceu hoje o reverso da medalha -e a checa tornou-se na primeira jogadora nascida na década de 90 a ganhar um título do Grand Slam.

ArcticMoose
Jul 7th, 2011, 05:39 PM
Czechs scramble to air Kvitová’s Wimbledon final

Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová’s battle to win Wimbledon will be screened live in her home country after last-minute schedule changes

| 01.07.2011 - 13:23

http://www.ceskapozice.cz/en/news/society/czechs-scamble-air-kvitova%E2%80%99s-wimbledon-final
http://www.ceskapozice.cz/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_size_content_image/kvitova.jpg © ČTK
Petra Kvitová has rocketed up the rankings, but her opponent in Saturday's final is looking to get back where she believes she belongs



Czechs will be given a chance to see home tennis player Petra Kvitová compete for her first Grand Slam and Wimbledon singles crown on television with the country’s main commercial broadcaster, TV Nova, scrapping its planned broadcasts to screen Saturday’s match live.

Powerful left-hander Kvitová is attempting to be the first Czech to win the women’s singles title since Jana Novotná triumphed on Wimbledon’s grass 13 years ago.


The six-foot-tall Czech, currently ranked eighth in the world, faces fifth seed Maria Sharapova; the 24-year-old Russian is probably the slight favorite going into the match because of her experience in grand slam finals, including a Wimbledown singles win in 2004. Kvitová was also on the losing end the only time she played Sharapova

Kvitová was also on the losing end the only time she played Sharapova, but that was on a hard court in the US and the Czech 21-year-old is looking good on grass after already getting to the final of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Eastbourne. Kvitová has been on a great run this year, beginning 2011 with only her second career title at the Brisbane International

Kvitová has been on a great run this year, beginning 2011 with only her second career title at the Brisbane International and going on to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open. With 36 matches won against eight losses, she had rocketed up the rankings in 2011 after being placed in thirty-fourth position at the end of 2010. She turned professional in 2006.

Model performance?

Unlike Sharapova, whose modeling and sponsorship career has sometimes appeared to overshadow her on court performances, Kvitová has largely kept out of the public spotlight, even in her home country.

Like many tennis players, the Czech believes in sticking with off-court customs that apparently bring her luck and stave off defeat. Her parents deliberately stayed away from Thursday’s three-set semi-final match against Victoria Azarenka from Belarus.

They travelled last year to Wimbledon from their small home town of Fulnek, around 6,000 inhabitants in the far east of the Czech Republic, only to see their daughter lose in the semifinal against Serena Williams.‘My wife said we should stay at home so we wouldn’t change her luck. But to see your daughter with your own eyes at Wimbledon ...’

“We agreed beforehand with Petra that we would not go to Wimbledon for the semi-finals,” father Jiří Kvita told Friday’s edition of the daily Sport. “When she was a youngster, we used to keep to the same rituals. When everything went well and she won, we’d keep to the same clothes and that sort of thing,” he added.

But Kvitová’s parents are on the way to Wimbledom for Saturday’s final. “My wife said we should stay at home so we wouldn’t change her luck. But to see your daughter with your own eyes in a Wimbledon final ...” commented Kvita.

More courageous

Besides luck, Kvitová puts her fast progress this year up the rankings to her confidence to go all out and attempt to hit winners on big crucial points, even when she faces a break-point. Before, she says, she played too cautiously. With her heavy ground strokes well honed and picking out the corners, that strategy has paid off so far.

Kvitová’ parents, two brothers, and hundreds of thousands of Czech will be watching to see if her fairytale Wimbledon will be crowned with success on Saturday.

ArcticMoose
Jul 7th, 2011, 05:39 PM
Wimbledon winner Kvitová honored by home town

Czech Wimbledon women's singles winner Petra Kvitová has been made an honorary citizen of her home town

06.07.2011 - 09:41

http://www.ceskapozice.cz/en/news/society/wimbledon-winner-kvitova-honored-home-town
http://www.ceskapozice.cz/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_size_content_image/f201107020213701kvitova.jpg © ČTK



Czech Wimbledon women’s singles winner Petra Kvitová has been named an honorary citizen by her home town of Fulnek in the far east of the country.

The 21-year-old becomes the second Czech to be so honored by the town of just under 6,000, following in the footsteps of the seventeenth century teacher and writer Jan Amos Komenský (John Amos Comenius).

Town mayor Jana Mocová said councillors voted unanimously for the move, regardless of their political affiliations, at a special session.

"This is a phenomenal victory, Petra deserves a fantastic welcome"

Left-handed Kvitová won in straight sets against the favorite, Russia’s Maria Sharapova, on Saturday with a powerful of display of serving and ground strokes which her opponent could not handle. She became the first Czech woman to take the women’s singles title since Jana Novotná triumphed 13 years ago.

Citizens of Fulnek have been invited to welcome their Wimbledon champion home on Friday afternoon at special celebrations being staged in the town square. "This is a phenomenal victory, Petra deserves a fantastic welcome," the town council said on its website.

Presidential invitation

Kvitová has also been invited by Czech President and keen tennis player Václav Klaus to his official seat, Prague Castle, on Thursday so that he can personally congratulate her. He said on his official website that he followed Saturday’s match live and willed her to win from his heart.

ArcticMoose
Jul 7th, 2011, 05:40 PM
Wimbledon’s Kvitová to add zero to marketing earnings

Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová has boosted her marketing earnings potential from tens to hundreds of millions of crowns, manager says

| 07.07.2011 - 11:54


http://www.ceskapozice.cz/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_size_content_image/kvitova.jpg © ČTK
Ready to make a bit hit on the marketing scene

http://www.ceskapozice.cz/en/business/companies/wimbledon%E2%80%99s-kvitova-add-zero-marketing-earnings

Wimbledon women’s singles winner Petra Kvitová has boosted her earning potential from sponsorship and marketing from tens of millions to hundreds of millions of crowns thanks to her Grand Slam victory, according to her manager.

“Before, Petra’s marketing potential was in the range of seven zeros but it is now in the range of eight,” her marketing manager Miroslav Černošek told the news server iDnes.cz. “Companies are fighting to get Petra, and every day I am getting phone calls. Wimbledon is the icon of the tennis world, and unlike a lot of other sports where there are exceptional Czech sportswomen, it is a global sport with lots of successful companies.”‘Companies are fighting to get Petra, and every day I am getting phone calls.’


Černošek added that the 21-year-old’s winning smile — displayed to fill effect during Saturday’s straight sets win against Maria Sharapova, was attractive to companies and that the Wimbledon triumph could bring Kvitová’s personality to the fore for a worldwide audience.

European appeal

Winning one of the two European Grand Slam tournaments, the other being the French Open, was a plus since it was better for tapping European companies and sponsors, he added. “Australia and the US are for them a bit too far away,” he added.

At the moment, however, Kvitová has a recently renewed contract with US sports company Nike and cooperation deal with US tennis racket maker Wilson. Černošek said that he has a gentleman’s agreement with Nike that the recently signed three-year deal would be renewed on better terms if Kvitová won a Grand Slam tournament. The new deal should be signed and sealed at the US Open at the end of August, start of September, he added.

Existing sponsorship and marketing deals include one with Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin and Romanian-based clothes company Steilmann.

On her small home market of 10.5 million people, Kvitová’s chances to cash in on her new fame are more limited. Nevertheless, a new deal has already been sealed with one of the country’s biggest companies, state-controlled energy giant ČEZ, already one of the main sponsors of Czech sporting personalities and events.

Energy deal

“She [Kvitová] will be the face of one of ČEZ’s products. It’s apparent that one of the strongest Czech firms can see her potential,” Černošek told iDnes.cz. The deal with ČEZ director Martin Roman was signed on the spot in London, he added.

Černošek is already dreaming of Kvitová’s soaring earning potential, if, for example, she could successfully defend her Wimbledon title next year and all win the Olympics title, also taking place in London.

His young marketing asset should also get more of the spotlight in Czech team competitions, for example the mouthwatering Fed Cup final against Russia on November 5 and 6 in Moscow. Whether that match will pitch Kvitová again against her Wimbledon final opponent Sharapova is unclear. Sharapova did not play in the Russian semifinal 5-0 whitewash of defending Fed Cup winner Italy in April, with Vera Zvonareva leading the Russians to victory.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 7th, 2011, 09:58 PM
The people at the Mercury Insurance Tournament in Carlsbad, CA (part of my hometown San Diego,CA) must be crying. Petra will not be playing there as had been announced. She told me today at an autograph signing here in Prague that her next tournament will be in Toronto, Canada instead. She's going to use it as a tune up for the US Open. This news broke my heart because I had written for her a list of the 5 best places to go in my beautiful San Diego. When I showed her my list and told her why I had made it (for her) she just giggled and hid her face. That's okay. I still love her.

itzhak
Jul 8th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Fulnek Welcome local hero

http://ostrava.idnes.cz/fulnek-vita-wimbledonskou-vitezku-kvitova-prijela-sportakem-p6g-/ostrava-zpravy.aspx?c=A110708_115549_ostrava-zpravy_jog

http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/3350/sot3c54611.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/715/sot3c54611.jpg/)

TimeyWimey
Jul 8th, 2011, 04:10 PM
Fulnek Welcome local hero

http://ostrava.idnes.cz/fulnek-vita-wimbledonskou-vitezku-kvitova-prijela-sportakem-p6g-/ostrava-zpravy.aspx?c=A110708_115549_ostrava-zpravy_jog

http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/3350/sot3c54611.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/715/sot3c54611.jpg/)

Czech Republic is such an amazing country, so many wonderful people from there, Katerina Emmons, Marketa Irglova, now Petra
Ordinary like your neighbor, but shines through the world

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 9th, 2011, 07:00 AM
Czech Republic is such an amazing country, so many wonderful people from there, Katerina Emmons, Marketa Irglova, now Petra
Ordinary like your neighbor, but shines through the world

My Czech friends would appreciate your kind words.

Currently, our greatest athlete is Martina Sablikova the Olympic multi-medal winning speed skater from Nové Město na Moravě. In Vancouver she won two Golds and a Silver!!! She is also from a small city and extremely humble despite her many accomplishments.

Please read her story on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martina_Sablikova

TimeyWimey
Jul 9th, 2011, 03:51 PM
My Czech friends would appreciate your kind words.

Currently, our greatest athlete is Martina Sablikova the Olympic multi-medal winning speed skater from Nové Město na Moravě. In Vancouver she won two Golds and a Silver!!! She is also from a small city and extremely humble despite her many accomplishments.

Please read her story on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martina_Sablikova

i missed her last spring, but i blame the stupid NBC for that:(

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 10th, 2011, 08:19 PM
i missed her last spring, but i blame the stupid NBC for that:(

That's a shame. Every athlete or sportsfan should learn about Martina. Considering her training methods and opportunities for training, it's a miracle she's even a world's top ten skater let alone THE BEST in the world. But that's just how awesome she is. God bless her. And god bless her for not defecting to Holland although noboby could blame her for doing so. In CZ, we don't even have a proper skating rink for her to practice in. Sad but true. QPF

Corswandt
Jul 10th, 2011, 11:34 PM
After looking at that slideshow, I found out that there's a lot of stuff at the Blesk website. The least bad/sensational articles were a few interviews that can be sort of decyphered through an automated translator.

I) With Jiri Kvita. He talks about Kvitty starting to work at Prostejov with Matej Liptar, about her personality as a teen, etc.

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/107503/otec-kvitove-kdyz-mi-petru-brali-bolelo-to.html

II) With Kvitty during the day in which she met the President and did her publicity tour:

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/107508/kvitova-klaus-si-pamatuje-me-spatne-udery.html

III) With Kvitty after the Fulnek celebration:

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/107565/kvitovou-vitaly-davy-musime-zvetsit-mesto.html

Excelscior
Jul 11th, 2011, 02:04 AM
After looking at that slideshow, I found out that there's a lot of stuff at the Blesk website. The least bad/sensational articles were a few interviews that can be sort of decyphered through an automated translator.

I) With Jiri Kvita. He talks about Kvitty starting to work at Prostejov with Matej Liptar, about her personality as a teen, etc.

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/107503/otec-kvitove-kdyz-mi-petru-brali-bolelo-to.html

II) With Kvitty during the day in which she met the President and did her publicity tour:

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/107508/kvitova-klaus-si-pamatuje-me-spatne-udery.html

III) With Kvitty after the Fulnek celebration:

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/107565/kvitovou-vitaly-davy-musime-zvetsit-mesto.html

That's probably the same article I read.

What's your opinion (and the deal) with Petra's father and her original coach before Koytza? I forgot his name. I'm tired/multi-tasking. You may of mentioned him already.

Unless, I missed something in the translation, it seems that her father Jiri, wasn't to fond of of Petra's first coach, and takes his own tennis coaching ability very highly, as well. Lol. But despite this, he seems to have (at least visibly) left Petra and Koytza alone. You barely see him at her events.

What's interesting though, is, how good would Petra be (or how much faster) if she would of hooked up with Koytza earlier? You can't argue with the results; right? Lol

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 14th, 2011, 05:54 AM
Something from this morning's news:

http://aktualne.centrum.cz/sportplus/ostatni-sporty/tenis/clanek.phtml?id=707248

In original Czech:

Kvitová může na US Open získat rekordních 31 milionů

New York - Pokud by se Petře Kvitové podařilo triumfovat i na americkém US Open, který se hraje ve Flushing Meadows v New Yorku od 29. srpna do 11. září, vydělala by si v přepočtu ještě o milion korun více než za triumf na Wimbledonu.

Na posledním grandslamovém turnaji roku se totiž zvedly odměny pro vítěze mužské i ženské dvouhry z 1,7 na 1,8 milionu dolarů (přes 31 milionů korun), takže US Open vytvořil na úkor Wimbledonu opět rekord Kvitová stejně jako vítěz mužské dvouhry Srb Novak Djokovič brali za vítězství ve Wimbledonu 1,1 milionu liber (30,2 mil. korun). S 3,2 miliony dolarů (asi 55 mil. korun) pak jednadvacetiletá česká tenistka vévodí finančnímu žebříčku hráček za letošní rok.

Oproti loňsku byla na US Open navýšena i celková dotace. Mezi všechny účastníky bude rozděleno 23,7 milionu dolarů (408 milionů korun), což je o 1,1 milionu více než loni.

Google translation:

Kvitova can get at the U.S. Open record 31 million

New York - If Petra Kvitova managed to triumph at the American U.S. Open which is played in Flushing Meadows, New York from 29 August to 11 September, she would earn a million Czech crowns (58,824 USD) more than for her triumph at Wimbledon.

At the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, had raised the reward for the winner of male and female singles from 1.7 to 1.8 million (over 31 million), so created the U.S. Open at the expense of Wimbledon again Kvitova record as winner of the men's singles Serb Novak Djokovic took a victory at Wimbledon 1.1 million pounds (30.2 million dollars). With $ 3.2 million (about 55 million crowns), then jednadvacetiletá Czech tennis player rankings is dominated by financial players for this year.

Compared to last year was the U.S. Open and increased the total grant. Among all the participants will split $ 23.7 million (408 million), which is 1.1 million more than last year.

(Good luck understanding those last two parts! It's safe to say the US Open has upped the prize pool for this year's tournament. I think.) QPF

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 14th, 2011, 06:06 AM
Now the German tabloids are jumping on the young boyfriend story bandwagon:

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/107598/kvitova-chodi-s-mladickem-divi-se-nemci.html

I hope this crap doesn't mess with her head at some point. Petra seems fine but the boyfriend looks quite nervous from the attention.

See you guys later. I'm off to work. QPF

TimeyWimey
Jul 14th, 2011, 06:14 AM
Now the German tabloids are jumping on the young boyfriend story bandwagon:

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/107598/kvitova-chodi-s-mladickem-divi-se-nemci.html

I hope this crap doesn't mess with her head at some point. Petra seems fine but the boyfriend looks quite nervous from the attention.

See you guys later. I'm off to work. QPF

little tired of this kind of boyfriend speculation, I just miss her tennis, still 3 weeks to go before the Rogers Cup, horrible summer:(

TimeyWimey
Jul 14th, 2011, 06:18 AM
Something from this morning's news:

http://aktualne.centrum.cz/sportplus/ostatni-sporty/tenis/clanek.phtml?id=707248

In original Czech:

Kvitová může na US Open získat rekordních 31 milionů

New York - Pokud by se Petře Kvitové podařilo triumfovat i na americkém US Open, který se hraje ve Flushing Meadows v New Yorku od 29. srpna do 11. září, vydělala by si v přepočtu ještě o milion korun více než za triumf na Wimbledonu.

Na posledním grandslamovém turnaji roku se totiž zvedly odměny pro vítěze mužské i ženské dvouhry z 1,7 na 1,8 milionu dolarů (přes 31 milionů korun), takže US Open vytvořil na úkor Wimbledonu opět rekord Kvitová stejně jako vítěz mužské dvouhry Srb Novak Djokovič brali za vítězství ve Wimbledonu 1,1 milionu liber (30,2 mil. korun). S 3,2 miliony dolarů (asi 55 mil. korun) pak jednadvacetiletá česká tenistka vévodí finančnímu žebříčku hráček za letošní rok.

Oproti loňsku byla na US Open navýšena i celková dotace. Mezi všechny účastníky bude rozděleno 23,7 milionu dolarů (408 milionů korun), což je o 1,1 milionu více než loni.

Google translation:

Kvitova can get at the U.S. Open record 31 million

New York - If Petra Kvitova managed to triumph at the American U.S. Open which is played in Flushing Meadows, New York from 29 August to 11 September, she would earn a million Czech crowns (58,824 USD) more than for her triumph at Wimbledon.

At the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, had raised the reward for the winner of male and female singles from 1.7 to 1.8 million (over 31 million), so created the U.S. Open at the expense of Wimbledon again Kvitova record as winner of the men's singles Serb Novak Djokovic took a victory at Wimbledon 1.1 million pounds (30.2 million dollars). With $ 3.2 million (about 55 million crowns), then jednadvacetiletá Czech tennis player rankings is dominated by financial players for this year.

Compared to last year was the U.S. Open and increased the total grant. Among all the participants will split $ 23.7 million (408 million), which is 1.1 million more than last year.

(Good luck understanding those last two parts! It's safe to say the US Open has upped the prize pool for this year's tournament. I think.) QPF

the US open series also awards the top player in the whole series an additional prize up to 1 million dollars

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 14th, 2011, 06:22 AM
little tired of this kind of boyfriend speculation, I just miss her tennis, still 3 weeks to go before the Rogers Cup, horrible summer:(

I agree! I can't wait to see her play again!!!

Excelscior
Jul 14th, 2011, 02:13 PM
Originally Posted by reyeszjj View Post
little tired of this kind of boyfriend speculation, I just miss her tennis, still 3 weeks to go before the Rogers Cup, horrible summer

I agree! I can't wait to see her play again!!!

True!! We need tennis. But she can also just ditch the 16yr old bunny boyfriend all together (or modify their "said" relationship)!!! :wavey: :help: :fiery:

bruce goose
Jul 14th, 2011, 02:50 PM
In a way,I both agree and disagree with some of you....Agree in the sense that Petra's tennis is far more important....Disagree in that,if the papers didn't ever mention ANYthing about her current bf,it would mean that Petra had gone into a huge slump and become irrelevant to many readers:eek:

Excelscior
Jul 14th, 2011, 03:24 PM
In a way,I both agree and disagree with some of you....Agree in the sense that Petra's tennis is far more important....Disagree in that,if the papers didn't ever mention ANYthing about her current bf,it would mean that Petra had gone into a huge slump and become irrelevant to many readers:eek:

I hear ya Bruce Goose!

I think with everything going on in Petra's life now (Top 10 ranking and climbing, Wimby championship, New fans/coverage,upcoming US Open, etc.), the last thing she needs is the Press digging around continually asking questions about her adolescent boyfriend; or going behind her back writing stories about them. I don't know her, and how sensitive she is, but it seems like a unnecessary distraction.

I don't care what Petra says. We all know, no 21 yr old women is in love with a 16 yr old boy normally. She may say that, or think that; but only time will tell. I think it's ridiculous myself! But hey, it's her life!

If she wasn't a Tennis player (and I wasn't a fan of hers), I couldn't care less. Knock herself out! She could do what she wants. But the reality is; she is a TENNIS PLAYER (and a very good one at that, who's just being noticed/touted by general fans and media), and she doesn't need the added distraction of some pubescent love toy boy affecting her focus!! :bounce: :help: :confused:

To me, it also potentially clouds her likeability/marketability to new fans (the confusion factor, once they find out), as well. It's not that they won't like her. They'll just be confused (in other words, why does she need to be introduced to the larger tennis/sports world with such unnecessary baggage). Remember, this is not her weird brother or a member of her family. You can't change that (and shouldn't). It's a kid she says she's dating. Who Cares!

Maybe I'm wrong/too harsh. My two cents! Yeah! Bring on the Tennis!! Lol.

bruce goose
Jul 14th, 2011, 05:41 PM
You're right about unnecessary distractions yet it's pointless to wish them away because they're inevitable.I'm not saying that Petra DESERVES the distractions but they're a natural by-product of her success...and dealing with them effectively is actually a large part of being a champion.

As for Adam,I fully understand why people jump to conclusions but,I'll say again,it'd be different if Petra had earned a reputation as a party girl or some easy girl to bed down.Since there's no solid evidence of that,she gets at least SOME benefit of the doubt at first.Her bf isn't considered tremendously attractive,and Petra is seen by most as a fairly stable,well-grounded gal,so maybe they got to know each other in a very mature way.I'll repeat that it's not common for 16-year-old guys to act maturely;however,it's FAR from a zero-sum total.Perhaps Adam is an intelligent,well-rounded fellow who behaves much better than some of the older,childish playboys in the ATP.....

Anyway,we're gonna see a lot about Petra by how she plays in the hard-court season;if she does even half-decently,she will have outperformed recent 1st-time Slam winners Schiavone and Li--won't mention a fist-pumping third:angel:--who bombed out early in their subsequent Slams.If Petra plays well,then that'll show us that she can handle the pressure of expectations better than many others can

Excelscior
Jul 14th, 2011, 07:00 PM
You're right about unnecessary distractions yet it's pointless to wish them away because they're inevitable.I'm not saying that Petra DESERVES the distractions but they're a natural by-product of her success...and dealing with them effectively is actually a large part of being a champion.

As for Adam,I fully understand why people jump to conclusions but,I'll say again,it'd be different if Petra had earned a reputation as a party girl or some easy girl to bed down.Since there's no solid evidence of that,she gets at least SOME benefit of the doubt at first.Her bf isn't considered tremendously attractive,and Petra is seen by most as a fairly stable,well-grounded gal,so maybe they got to know each other in a very mature way.I'll repeat that it's not common for 16-year-old guys to act maturely;however,it's FAR from a zero-sum total.Perhaps Adam is an intelligent,well-rounded fellow who behaves much better than some of the older,childish playboys in the ATP.....

Anyway,we're gonna see a lot about Petra by how she plays in the hard-court season;if she does even half-decently,she will have outperformed recent 1st-time Slam winners Schiavone and Li--won't mention a fist-pumping third:angel:--who bombed out early in their subsequent Slams.If Petra plays well,then that'll show us that she can handle the pressure of expectations better than many others can

All true, and well said Bruce. Kudos!

As far as the Open; yeah, even Roger Federer got knocked out early after his first slam win (or Wimby). We'll see?

What should help Petra, is her seeding (knock on wood). She made the Australian Open quarter final, as a 25 seed? She lost in the US open, last year to Clijsters in the third round, as a 30+ seed? Right? Now she's going in as a top 8 seed. That should help?

Hopefully, she can take her new found confidence, heal the thigh injury, get back in shape/better shape, and play/prep well in Toronto and Cincy for a great US Open run (knock on wood)? :wavey: :bounce: :)

ArcticMoose
Jul 14th, 2011, 07:03 PM
I hear ya Bruce Goose!

I think with everything going on in Petra's life now (Top 10 ranking and climbing, Wimby championship, New fans/coverage,upcoming US Open, etc.), the last thing she needs is the Press digging around continually asking questions about her adolescent boyfriend; or going behind her back writing stories about them. I don't know her, and how sensitive she is, but it seems like a unnecessary distraction.

I don't care what Petra says. We all know, no 21 yr old women is in love with a 16 yr old boy normally. She may say that, or think that; but only time will tell. I think it's ridiculous myself! But hey, it's her life!

If she wasn't a Tennis player (and I wasn't a fan of hers), I couldn't care less. Knock herself out! She could do what she wants. But the reality is; she is a TENNIS PLAYER (and a very good one at that, who's just being noticed/touted by general fans and media), and she doesn't need the added distraction of some pubescent love toy boy affecting her focus!! :bounce: :help: :confused:

To me, it also potentially clouds her likeability/marketability to new fans (the confusion factor, once they find out), as well. It's not that they won't like her. They'll just be confused (in other words, why does she need to be introduced to the larger tennis/sports world with such unnecessary baggage). Remember, this is not her weird brother or a member of her family. You can't change that (and shouldn't). It's a kid she says she's dating. Who Cares!

Maybe I'm wrong/too harsh. My two cents! Yeah! Bring on the Tennis!! Lol.

:cool:Really a 5yr age gap is nothing to be alarmed about, those Kvitty’s fans who have been seduced by older women:angel: should be able to vouch that it is quite a refreshing experience ;) that hardly receives any complaints IMO :lick:

Below some examples of names you may recognize :D that show Kvitty ain’t bad at all in her choice of Adam.:lol:

Gabriel Aubry and Halle Berry – 10 year age difference.
Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon – 10 year age difference.
Yanni and Linda Evans in 1989 – was a 12 year age difference.
Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon – 12 year age difference.
Mira Sorvino and her husband Chris Backus – 14 year age difference.
Ashton Kutcher and his wife Demi Moore – 15 year age difference.
Geena Davis and her husband Dr. Reya Jarrahy – 15 year age difference.
Cher and Rob Camilletti in 1991 – was a 17 year age difference.
Mary Tyler Moore and her husband Dr. Robert Levine in 1987 – was an 18 year age difference.
Maxwell Caulfield and his wife Juliette Mills – 18 year age difference.
John Travolta and Diana Hyland – there was an 18 year age difference. (remember boy in the bubble, that is when they met)
Elizabeth Taylor and her then seventh husband (eighth marriage) Larry Fortensky in 1994 – was 20 year age difference.
Barbara Hershey and Naveen Andrews – 21 year age difference.
Ivana Trump and husband Rossano Rubicondi – 24 year age difference.
Rocky Parker and her then husband Patrick Dempsey in 1991 – 27 year age difference
Kim Cattrall and Alan Wyse – 28 year age difference.
Percy Gibson and Joan Collins – 32 year age difference.


:oh:Having the stability in her emotional life albeit with a teenager should only be seen as plus as it allows her to focus on her tennis & not worry about being a trophy to an ATP hound on tour. :smoke:Case in point – Brucy’s publicly declared ex-fave of TF fame :p did not suffer commercially nor did her fan base decrease despite her ‘open all hours’ :o life-style. :tape:

Excelscior
Jul 14th, 2011, 07:10 PM
:cool:Really a 5yr age gap is nothing to be alarmed about, those Kvitty’s fans who have been seduced by older women:angel: should be able to vouch that it is quite a refreshing experience ;) that hardly receives any complaints IMO :lick:

Below some examples of names you may recognize :D that show Kvitty ain’t bad at all in her choice of Adam.:lol:

Gabriel Aubry and Halle Berry – 10 year age difference.
Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon – 10 year age difference.
Yanni and Linda Evans in 1989 – was a 12 year age difference.
Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon – 12 year age difference.
Mira Sorvino and her husband Chris Backus – 14 year age difference.
Ashton Kutcher and his wife Demi Moore – 15 year age difference.
Geena Davis and her husband Dr. Reya Jarrahy – 15 year age difference.
Cher and Rob Camilletti in 1991 – was a 17 year age difference.
Mary Tyler Moore and her husband Dr. Robert Levine in 1987 – was an 18 year age difference.
Maxwell Caulfield and his wife Juliette Mills – 18 year age difference.
John Travolta and Diana Hyland – there was an 18 year age difference. (remember boy in the bubble, that is when they met)
Elizabeth Taylor and her then seventh husband (eighth marriage) Larry Fortensky in 1994 – was 20 year age difference.
Barbara Hershey and Naveen Andrews – 21 year age difference.
Ivana Trump and husband Rossano Rubicondi – 24 year age difference.
Rocky Parker and her then husband Patrick Dempsey in 1991 – 27 year age difference
Kim Cattrall and Alan Wyse – 28 year age difference.
Percy Gibson and Joan Collins – 32 year age difference.


:oh:Having the stability in her emotional life albeit with a teenager should only be seen as plus as it allows her to focus on her tennis & not worry about being a trophy to an ATP hound on tour. :smoke:Case in point – Brucy’s publicly declared ex-fave of TF fame :p did not suffer commercially nor did her fan base decrease despite her ‘open all hours’ :o life-style. :tape:

Hey Moose!

Everything you said made sense, and I appreciate your examples and comfort. But if I can say only one thing, that's Adam is 16 (as compared to your examples)!!! Lol. Also; Petra is not a known, endearing quantity (like the others) to many new fans; so their opinions of her are not totally formed yet.

I'm not predicting doom per se. Quite the contrary. My point, is just eliminate the potential right off the bat, with her career just starting to blossom.

Obviously, you can see, I don't respect or appreciate the relationships preservation, as much as many others do here. Remember, he's 16! Lol.

I hear ya though.

Thx. Lol.

bruce goose
Jul 14th, 2011, 07:12 PM
Moose,I'm glad that you agree with me on the relationship not being a source of shame,but I'm not sure if citing unstable Hollywood couples is the best back-up for you to use:lol:

Back to the matter at hand,I'm pretty sure that,if Adam WERE a negative distraction,we would've already seen some signs of that by now.There are even some gals who have been strong enough to have bad off-court relationships while maintaining their success on court...but the bottom line is that Petra has been impressively stable in pressure-packed situations in recent months:cool:

Excelscior
Jul 14th, 2011, 07:19 PM
Moose,I'm glad that you agree with me on the relationship not being a source of shame,but I'm not sure if citing unstable Hollywood couples is the best back-up for you to use:lol:

Back to the matter at hand,I'm pretty sure that,if Adam WERE a negative distraction,we would've already seen some signs of that by now.There are even some gals who have been strong enough to have bad off-court relationships while maintaining their success on court...but the bottom line is that Petra has been impressively stable in pressure-packed situations in recent months:cool:

Great points again Bruce. You're right. She has done well!

Remember, my issue with this relationship, is not Petra's interaction with Adam per se; but the interaction she may with the media, him, her and her Tennis, if this becomes a nagging distraction. That hasn't really happened yet, so we'll see how/when its handled if/when it comes up?

But you're correct. So far at this point, it's had no visible effect on her Tennis, and hopefully it won't!!

PS: After saying all that, we keep mentioning he's not a distraction. But how we don't know her post Wimby slump last year had to do with the fact, that she was HOME and seeing him, than her being tired or trying to live up to expectations? I just had to throw that in there! Lol.

Yeah. I guess we'll learn a lot this second half of the year, post Wimby?

Good Luck Petra!!

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 14th, 2011, 08:32 PM
:cool:Really a 5yr age gap is nothing to be alarmed about, those Kvitty’s fans who have been seduced by older women:angel: should be able to vouch that it is quite a refreshing experience ;) that hardly receives any complaints IMO :lick:

Below some examples of names you may recognize :D that show Kvitty ain’t bad at all in her choice of Adam.:lol:

Gabriel Aubry and Halle Berry – 10 year age difference.
Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon – 10 year age difference.
Yanni and Linda Evans in 1989 – was a 12 year age difference.
Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon – 12 year age difference.
Mira Sorvino and her husband Chris Backus – 14 year age difference.
Ashton Kutcher and his wife Demi Moore – 15 year age difference.
Geena Davis and her husband Dr. Reya Jarrahy – 15 year age difference.
Cher and Rob Camilletti in 1991 – was a 17 year age difference.
Mary Tyler Moore and her husband Dr. Robert Levine in 1987 – was an 18 year age difference.
Maxwell Caulfield and his wife Juliette Mills – 18 year age difference.
John Travolta and Diana Hyland – there was an 18 year age difference. (remember boy in the bubble, that is when they met)
Elizabeth Taylor and her then seventh husband (eighth marriage) Larry Fortensky in 1994 – was 20 year age difference.
Barbara Hershey and Naveen Andrews – 21 year age difference.
Ivana Trump and husband Rossano Rubicondi – 24 year age difference.
Rocky Parker and her then husband Patrick Dempsey in 1991 – 27 year age difference
Kim Cattrall and Alan Wyse – 28 year age difference.
Percy Gibson and Joan Collins – 32 year age difference.


:oh:Having the stability in her emotional life albeit with a teenager should only be seen as plus as it allows her to focus on her tennis & not worry about being a trophy to an ATP hound on tour. :smoke:Case in point – Brucy’s publicly declared ex-fave of TF fame :p did not suffer commercially nor did her fan base decrease despite her ‘open all hours’ :o life-style. :tape:

As a fellow confirmed cradle snatcher (my wife is 10 years younger) I can only say "Whatever makes her happy". Just keep winning and making us proud baby!

Excelscior
Jul 14th, 2011, 08:40 PM
:cool:Really a 5yr age gap is nothing to be alarmed about, those Kvitty’s fans who have been seduced by older women:angel: should be able to vouch that it is quite a refreshing experience ;) that hardly receives any complaints IMO :lick:

Below some examples of names you may recognize :D that show Kvitty ain’t bad at all in her choice of Adam.:lol:

Gabriel Aubry and Halle Berry – 10 year age difference.
Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon – 10 year age difference.
Yanni and Linda Evans in 1989 – was a 12 year age difference.
Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon – 12 year age difference.
Mira Sorvino and her husband Chris Backus – 14 year age difference.
Ashton Kutcher and his wife Demi Moore – 15 year age difference.
Geena Davis and her husband Dr. Reya Jarrahy – 15 year age difference.
Cher and Rob Camilletti in 1991 – was a 17 year age difference.
Mary Tyler Moore and her husband Dr. Robert Levine in 1987 – was an 18 year age difference.
Maxwell Caulfield and his wife Juliette Mills – 18 year age difference.
John Travolta and Diana Hyland – there was an 18 year age difference. (remember boy in the bubble, that is when they met)
Elizabeth Taylor and her then seventh husband (eighth marriage) Larry Fortensky in 1994 – was 20 year age difference.
Barbara Hershey and Naveen Andrews – 21 year age difference.
Ivana Trump and husband Rossano Rubicondi – 24 year age difference.
Rocky Parker and her then husband Patrick Dempsey in 1991 – 27 year age difference
Kim Cattrall and Alan Wyse – 28 year age difference.
Percy Gibson and Joan Collins – 32 year age difference.


:oh:Having the stability in her emotional life albeit with a teenager should only be seen as plus as it allows her to focus on her tennis & not worry about being a trophy to an ATP hound on tour. :smoke:Case in point – Brucy’s publicly declared ex-fave of TF fame :p did not suffer commercially nor did her fan base decrease despite her ‘open all hours’ :o life-style. :tape:

Who's Bruce's fave again, Moose (I got a lot on my mind at the moment)? :D :help: ;) I forgot.

So her leg's were a ATM machine, huh? Lol.

Thanks.

bruce goose
Jul 14th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Who's Bruce's fave again, Moose (I got a lot on my mind at the moment)? :D :help: ;) I forgot.Wouldn't it be easier to ask me directly?:lol:

She doesn't deserve open mention in Petra's forum,so I'll give you the fairly simple hint that she's one of the massive fluke Slam champions in tennis history,but spotty results had nothing at all to do with my change of heart as I'm a Dinara fan who's plenty experienced with such nightmares.Where I finally drew the line was when she showed a complete lack of class by firing the coach,Gunthardt,and the trainer,Marija Lojanica,who pulled her career out of the toilet.I can't cheer for someone who doesn't have any semblance of integrity or moral character,regardless of how successful she is or isn't.In the end,no respected leaders in the sport will ever think of her as a champion;she'll be viewed as a lucky fraud who benefitted from Henin's 1st retirement...and was eventually exposed

On the bright side,this mini-drama motivated me to join the Petra forum in 2010 as I wanted to cheer for a gal I respected...and one who didn't gain her fame by taking her clothes off for the camera or sleeping around with ATP guys and other sleazy playboys.Petra first earned my respect back in 2008 at Memphis when she left defending champ Venus dumbfounded after knocking her out in the 1st Round.That planted the seeds for my fanship of Petra that has grown over these last few years:)

paulmara
Jul 14th, 2011, 09:33 PM
I´ m posting the rest of the interview but it is only czech transcript with no corrections, not totally completed, just one listening
I will have absolutely no time tomorrow
If anybody wants to make corrections i would be glad
I d be happier if anybody wants to translete a part or two
Also there is an americanh teacher from San Diego in Prague (i would guess) with a bunch of poor students trying to learn english hmmm


Part 1 introduction

Výborná : blabal
Kvitova Dobrý den
Stihnete si vůbec uvědomit co se děje

Ješte stále tedˇnemohu uvěřit a že sjsem opravdu talíř vyhrála když ho držíte nad hlavou tak vnímáte jenom ty fotografovi jak se musíte všude pohnout aby vás dobře vyfotili
Výborná Takže ještě to nedošlo
No ono je to možná dobý já mám tu sezonu furt pokračuju nemám konec, takže není to čím bych mohla skončit sezonu
Znovu naběhnu na trninjkový pogram a po jedu dál

Part 2
Blabla

To si pamatuji ,když jsem to říkala ,po finále přišla jedna paní z niku a říkala ted se t izmění život sji na to připravená a já říkma já si nemyslím že to bude zase tak hrozné nedokázal jsem si předstvit co se všechno bude dít kolme mě a vypadá to že je t ohodně médiií ale jáí sjem to měla skchvýálěn napěchované všechno na jeden den abych to všechno měla za sebou a nemusela pak jsezdíit do prahy co druhýde nv týdnu ale abyc h to všech no stihla
Určitě ten den kdyžž jsem byxla u prana prezidenta v Karvlých varech a potou Ct a niky tak byl náročný
V : Já si střeba nemumím představit že bych letěla poprvé soukromých letedelm do kaprových varů abch ušetřila čad jaké to je když člověk tahle seedí v soukromém tryskáči a říká siZdá se mi to nebo dto berete úplně normálně potřebujete se tam rychel dostat
K Je t ozvláštní ,ale přesdně tak brala jsem to tak že tam potřebuji být co nejdřív a autem by se t onedal ostihnout a navíc ten čas byl hrozně cenný takže t obyla pomoc
V balba pocity jiných předchozích vítězů
K pamatuji se že když říkala martina navratilová , že nejtěžší je první Grand slam a potom už te to dobrý ,. To zatím nevím, to vám řeknu pa k , ale jinka že to je t o nejvíc pro tenistu co mlže vyhrát a ještě k tomu wimlbedono si myslím už trošku poznvámám , ale spší si to uvědomím až když skončím s karierou
To je ještrě hdoně předčasné
Doufejme
Balbal Co vnímá tenista nejvíc z turjan (na rozdíl od díváků)
My is to mo neužijem je to všude stejně na turnajích treinii
Ono je to všeude stejný ,v tom wimbledonu byla výhoda v tom že jsem měli pornajatý baráček takže jsem se cítili jako doma, mohli jsme tam vařit , jednou jsem tam měli barbeque,ale jinka to bylo více měné stejné tenis fitnes všechno jídlo
Takže vy si to moc neužívíte
Vvícemené ne
Jak to máte s letenkou blaba
My to nevíme má me na to agenta , který když muza voláme le

Do londýna jsem měli jenom jednostrmětrnouleternku že si pak tu druhou dokoupíme tam to nebyl problém
Já jsem nikdy nebyla na slavnostním plese pro winmbeldonskou vítěze ,jak to vypada
Abych byl upřímná tak jsem se moc netěšila
Fakt Vy jste se báal že bude tancovat
To ne už poto m,ale spí to byl opozdě a bylajsem unavená a nejradši bych si lehla a musím říct ,ž když jsem tam byla .. dají vám tam najevo že vy jste ten vítěz , že vy jste vyhrál ten wimbledon , všichni si vás tam váží a tleskajíá byl to krásný zážitek
A člověk se hrnd probudí
Člověk se hend další den probudí , když už enmá ty šatry
Ty šaty vám tam půjčí , takže si je nemůžete nechat
Ne … No nbvevím to jsem se ani tak neptala ale myslím si že ne
A jak to ta m funguje to vám řeknou
Do šatny vewimbeldno dovezli pár šatů s panía mnoha vizážistakami nevím jak bych tp nazvala potom jsem vybarli 4 šaty třeba které jsem si zkusila a potom jsme usoudili že tyvhle modré byli nejhezčí
a nebylo tataké kvůli tomui že to byla k modrému laku který vým přinesl štestí
to en kfydž jsem pak jeli v autě s tren=ram tak sje mříkala ty jo on mi ten lak ladí is šatama byl jsem tak překvapená určitě jsem to tak nezamýšlela
Vyjste určitě dostal spoust udátrků trofej peníze to je neodiskutvalteln
Od ostatních co cám tak udělalo největší radosts
Květiny nejvíce, pa k jsem od tetey jsem dostala hrozně krásné špetrky ale psše ručně vyráběné to se mi hrozně líbí , dostal jsem řetízek od pana černočka panana managera mého manažera z prostejova
a občanství města fulneka
a občanství města fulneka a člsnství v klubu PK prostějov

patr 3

blabla
tnissové dětsví
nečetal jste agasihoi ho knížku open
No
Balal
Že nmel Tvrdého otce jste slyšla
To jsem slyšela
Zažila jsete tenisové rodiče
Ano to si pamatuji
A může popdsat naším posluchačům jak taková instituce vypadá nebudte dioiplomatka řekněte co jste viděla
Tak samozřejměm někteří rodiče to prožívají víc než ty druzí a mylím si že zbytečně trstají dítě když zkazí nějaký míč nebo když prohraje když je to jenom sport . Evčina rodičů sy myslí že vychovajvíjí nějaké ho grandlasmové vítěze a že to bude podle jejich not a neuvědomují si ,že je to přece jenom sport a každý tam chce vyhrát a že to ty děti tak úplně nežerou .
Váš tatínke vás zlom
To nevím kdy to bylo , ale určitě mě nevyhvocvál s stím že bych měla hrát profesilonálen tenis a když jse mpoto m odešla do postřehová 16 17 když mi bylo tak jo dobrý budeme pikat možná někdy nevco vyhrajem nějaký ten zápas ,ael kdy si přesně mohl uvědomit kdy bych mohla vyhrát nějaký grandslam to netučším a nevím jetsli ho to vůbec nekdy předtím napadlo
A máte nekdy nejakou jasdnou tenisovou vzpomínku natéká tenis
Určitě fulnek kurt č 1 když jsem začínala pinkat s tatkou
A vaše první raketa
No jýí mylsím že to byla failvoa wilsonak
Byla už palstikovoa
Ale samozřejmě jsem začínal s dedkou na krájením masa s tím sej mměal t učest s zahrát než jsem dostala tuhel raketra
Mysem tomu říkali žeznické prkýnko
Jaké byly treninkay jako žák
Vždycky po skole škola byla vždychly priorita pro tatkau , pro rodiče, pak sejm šli na hodnku hodku apůl si zahrát , bylo to spíš pořád stejný tatka se hodně soustřeďoval na tu techniku a pilovali jsem ty údery postupně ne že byyhc začal hned já nevím hrát nějka strašné rallye pořád na sebe takle jsem tam pinkali
Výhoda trenkuu s klukam než s holkama
Tak já jsem hrála hlavně tatkou a sem tam sbrachama ale málo a jinka jsem nehrála vůbec s nikým do 16 17 když jxsem přišla do protstěova takže moc to nemůžu porovnat
Vy máte petro astma, je to pboleém
Byl to velký problém 2 roky Na us open tour nemohla jsem dýchat . S trenérem jsem to hodně poržívalia pak sejm šli na testy a zjistili proč se to děje byl to dobrá zpráva
A musím říct že sstamatech se d ávšechn o v pohodě dělat mám výborného dokrtoara tady v Praze a jsem hrozně vděčná

Part 4

Co se změnilo v 16 lzech prostějov
Byla to určitě změna bála jsem se trošku, protože jsem nevědeedal co tam budu muset všechno dělat a co se tam budše dít, protože ve flulneku jsem nedělala skotro nic tam jsem neměla žádný dohled nejakých trenérů a pověst všechno řídil tatka ,ale bylo to příjemné vrstevnice a mohla sejm tam viděl Berdycha asafarovaou jak tam treniují 1142
Říkala jsem si oni tady hrají tak dobře , řed sejsem tady jáí a nevím co tady předvedu
A říká si kolegové
Postupem času když mě pan kodet vzal na fed cup jako sparinpantreka tak se to postupně prohracoválvao a pak jsem s lucko u normálně povídali na turnajích chodili na večere tak asi jo
Jak se vstupuje do tenisového světa ,když člověk hrajk žakovské dorsotenceko ale pak nástup
Atk ájá měla to štěstí že jsem ty junioryk do 18 let úplně přeskočila do 16 sjem hráal všechno v česuk hrál jsem parduvbuckou juniorku a pak jsem dostal volně karty na tuejanej v čeku ženské, kde jsem hned spěla a nemusel ajsem se tam trápit , hmnerd sejm měla body a mohhla jsem vyjet na ženské turnaje do zahranicší
O to větší to susí bý š ok v idět Serun wiliams já chyb byl úplěn v šoku
Tak zas etak úplně tyrrchle to nebylo musela jsem di projít nwjaké ty neúsěochyý ale nejak sej mt opěchazela nevím a njeak to tak plynula a nejednou tady s vámi sefdím a povídám sio o vítězství ve winmbeldum
Pořád mám pocit že tomu stále nevěříte
Máta správný pocit
Já bych se na ten talíř chodila
Dívat
Měla jsem to tak měla jsem ho vystavenýdoma ,ale ted je u rodičů
Team
Kouč David koryta
Josef ivanko
To je tým a přes media a černoček
Family
Trerneři určitě nevím setli rina ale vyletni dobří kamarádii

Tenis Osamělý sport
Máte přáletel ve světe tenisu
Rozumíme si s holkama z 4ekasa ,chodíme na večeti sem tam, fed cup nád s hrozně utužuej , máme výbornou partu , co se týká zrahniřních mám kamarádku ze svycystak, když chvete tak si je tam najdet
Somalěost
Samozřejmě také se měl týká, nekdy na pokoji nemám c odělat a pustím si nějaké filym a nejradši bych byl a někde s někým sedela a povídala si takže je to tak i tak
Ale zase tak moc to neřešíte
Já to beru tajk jak to je nic s ít m neduálzere , jako s cestováním , nebaví mě jen na to leitšrě 2 h apak z hodiny ,ale to k tomu patří
No home ?
Ne nebojím já mám od malička doma ve fulneku a ted už mám druhý domov v prostějove takže nemám to tak

ArcticMoose
Jul 14th, 2011, 09:33 PM
Who's Bruce's fave again, Moose (I got a lot on my mind at the moment)? :D :help: ;) I forgot.

So her leg's were a ATM machine, huh? Lol.

Thanks.
:secret:
http://imgusr.celebscentral.net/images/users/5754/201010/Ana_Ivanovic%7Cana-ivanovic-20-6.jpg

bruce goose
Jul 14th, 2011, 09:47 PM
:secret:If only she had some inner character to accompany that physically-lovely outer shell.She would've been the re-incarnation of the idolized Chris Evert if she had chosen to address her psychological frailty...but she's too spoiled and selfish to hold herself accountable for anything....

Seriously,it's not even a tough decision for me to choose which woman is more appealing;though Petra might not be as dazzling to the naked eye,she has an honest likability that probably originates,in part,from her small-town upbringing.Petra doesn't exaggerate or concoct injuries to make excuses for losses,nor does she ridiculously embellish stories about her childhood to make herself a sympathetic figure.As I've said before,I'll stay loyal to Petra regardless of her W/L as long as she remains true to basic principles of right and wrong and gives a sincere effort:)

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 14th, 2011, 09:57 PM
Wouldn't it be easier to ask me directly?:lol:

She doesn't deserve open mention in Petra's forum,so I'll give you the fairly simple hint that she's one of the massive fluke Slam champions in tennis history,but spotty results had nothing at all to do with my change of heart as I'm a Dinara fan who's plenty experienced with such nightmares.Where I finally drew the line was when she showed a complete lack of class by firing the coach,Gunthardt,and the trainer,Marija Lojanica,who pulled her career out of the toilet.I can't cheer for someone who doesn't have any semblance of integrity or moral character,regardless of how successful she is or isn't.In the end,no respected leaders in the sport will ever think of her as a champion;she'll be viewed as a lucky fraud who benefitted from Henin's 1st retirement...and was eventually exposed

On the bright side,this mini-drama motivated me to join the Petra forum in 2010 as I wanted to cheer for a gal I respected...and one who didn't gain her fame by taking her clothes off for the camera or sleeping around with ATP guys and other sleazy playboys.Petra first earned my respect back in 2008 at Memphis when she left defending champ Venus dumbfounded after knocking her out in the 1st Round.That planted the seeds for my fanship of Petra that has grown over these last few years:)

I have to respect a man with integrity. As for Petra, I wish I had discovered her sooner. Good on you.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 14th, 2011, 10:07 PM
[QUOTE=paulmara;19892789]

Also there is an americanh teacher from San Diego in Prague (i would guess) with a bunch of poor students trying to learn english hmmm

If you mean me sir, I do my best to make it educational and enjoyable for them. I actually truly enjoy my job and feel very fortunate to be able to say that.

Excelscior
Jul 14th, 2011, 10:25 PM
Wouldn't it be easier to ask me directly?:lol:

She doesn't deserve open mention in Petra's forum,so I'll give you the fairly simple hint that she's one of the massive fluke Slam champions in tennis history,but spotty results had nothing at all to do with my change of heart as I'm a Dinara fan who's plenty experienced with such nightmares.Where I finally drew the line was when she showed a complete lack of class by firing the coach,Gunthardt,and the trainer,Marija Lojanica,who pulled her career out of the toilet.I can't cheer for someone who doesn't have any semblance of integrity or moral character,regardless of how successful she is or isn't.In the end,no respected leaders in the sport will ever think of her as a champion;she'll be viewed as a lucky fraud who benefitted from Henin's 1st retirement...and was eventually exposed

On the bright side,this mini-drama motivated me to join the Petra forum in 2010 as I wanted to cheer for a gal I respected...and one who didn't gain her fame by taking her clothes off for the camera or sleeping around with ATP guys and other sleazy playboys.Petra first earned my respect back in 2008 at Memphis when she left defending champ Venus dumbfounded after knocking her out in the 1st Round.That planted the seeds for my fanship of Petra that has grown over these last few years:)

Ahh/Thanks Bruce. I think I know who you're talking about? :tape: :tape: :tape:

Yeah. What a train wreck! Lol. :help:

Glad you noticed Petra in 2008 and found her in 2010 (like I did).

Kudos!

Excelscior
Jul 14th, 2011, 10:29 PM
:secret:
http://imgusr.celebscentral.net/images/users/5754/201010/Ana_Ivanovic%7Cana-ivanovic-20-6.jpg

Funny!! I just saw this pic, after I read Bruce's response, with out her name being mentioned. Lol.

She would of been a good fave to have (young, beautiful and talented).

It's just too bad she went off the deep end, so soon. Lol.

bruce goose
Jul 14th, 2011, 11:25 PM
I have to respect a man with integrity. As for Petra, I wish I had discovered her sooner. Good on you.Well,I certainly respect your love for teaching:),though sometimes it gets frustrating when corporate execs wanna buy some cheap-ass,mediocre program like Rosetta Stone just to save money...then they stick their chests out to brag as if they were offering their employees some great benefit:rolleyes:.Also,you've hooked up with some nice people.We don't meet many Czechs down here except in our big cities but I ran into one in our Sierra Tarahumara while he was hiking with his Slovak friend.Their English was very good...their Spanish...not so good:lol:

Back on track,I actually earned my Petra fan credentials somewhat when I insulted my buddy for calling her 'ugly'.He eventually forgave me and I had apologized,of course,but the new,fitter Petra is now on his personal list of Top 20 hottest WTA gals:lol:.Even back in 2008,I saw her as a diamond in the rough,looks-wise,and I was especially impressed by Venus' post-match reaction in Memphis.Quite often,the WS claim that they beat themselves with UEs...or that the opponent played the match of her life,but Venus was at a loss for words as if to say,"WTF just happened there?"...as if she KNEW that she had just faced a young lady who might pose a serious threat in the future.You'll notice how often younger players such as Caroline Garcia will take a set from a fave,go up 1 or 2 breaks again...and then lose........yet Petra finished the job:),and that really got my attention

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 15th, 2011, 05:52 AM
Well,I certainly respect your love for teaching:),though sometimes it gets frustrating when corporate execs wanna buy some cheap-ass,mediocre program like Rosetta Stone just to save money...then they stick their chests out to brag as if they were offering their employees some great benefit:rolleyes:.Also,you've hooked up with some nice people.We don't meet many Czechs down here except in our big cities but I ran into one in our Sierra Tarahumara while he was hiking with his Slovak friend.Their English was very good...their Spanish...not so good:lol:

Back on track,I actually earned my Petra fan credentials somewhat when I insulted my buddy for calling her 'ugly'.He eventually forgave me and I had apologized,of course,but the new,fitter Petra is now on his personal list of Top 20 hottest WTA gals:lol:.Even back in 2008,I saw her as a diamond in the rough,looks-wise,and I was especially impressed by Venus' post-match reaction in Memphis.Quite often,the WS claim that they beat themselves with UEs...or that the opponent played the match of her life,but Venus was at a loss for words as if to say,"WTF just happened there?"...as if she KNEW that she had just faced a young lady who might pose a serious threat in the future.You'll notice how often younger players such as Caroline Garcia will take a set from a fave,go up 1 or 2 breaks again...and then lose........yet Petra finished the job:),and that really got my attention

Very cool information. I know of at least two good looking Czech girls who speak Spanish fluently. And the wife of one of my students leads tour groups from Spain around Prague. Should I send them your way? My student would probably be hugely grateful. Going to Mexico from CZ costs a fortune. BTW: My grandfather on my dad's side was born in Ensenada but his family today are mainly congregated around San Telmo in BC. Our family name is Basque in origin. Unfortunately, my Spanish also sucks. :sad:

I can't believe you called Petra 'ugly'. She's not a beauty queen but c'mon she's not scary! I thought she looked fantastic at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner and when she returned to Fulnek. In time she'll become even more polished and lovely. It turns out she likes that girly stuff. She's not butch at all, thank god. Let's hope she never loses that charming personality also.

That's a great story about Venus. I would loved to have seen that interview. As for discovering Petra, I haven't been this excited about following a player since I was a hardcore Ivan Lendl fan back in the day. What a strange coincidence that I should be living in his home country now and that my wife comes from his hometown.

bruce goose
Jul 15th, 2011, 06:50 AM
I can't believe you called Petra 'ugly'. She's not a beauty queen but c'mon she's not scary! I thought she looked fantastic at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner and when she returned to Fulnek. In time she'll become even more polished and lovely. It turns out she likes that girly stuff. She's not butch at all, thank god. Let's hope she never loses that charming personality also.You need to re-read part of my post again b/c you got a bit turned around;it was my FRIEND who called Petra 'ugly' upon which I insulted him in return since he's not a tremendously attractive fellow...but,as I said,we smoothed things over and my friend has changed his tune now that Petra has lost weight,toned up and gotten her braces off

On to more important stuff---Steffi Graf definitely wasn't at all charismatic in her younger days as a champion,but she maintained favor with the WTA community simply by comporting herself well and winning impressively.Petra doesn't have to match that same level of success;if she just carries herself in a similar,dignified fashion then people will accept her even if she doesn't charm folks' socks off.Most true tennis fans won't demand that Petra be a glamour queen as long as she's sincere and true to herself,and they'll give her the credit she deserves for her triumphs

ArcticMoose
Jul 15th, 2011, 11:22 AM
:drool:Very cool information. I know of at least two good looking Czech girls who speak Spanish fluently. And the wife of one of my students leads tour groups from Spain around Prague. Should I send them your way? My student would probably be hugely grateful.

:drool:I can't believe you called Petra 'ugly'. She's not a beauty queen but c'mon she's not scary! I thought she looked fantastic at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner and when she returned to Fulnek. In time she'll become even more polished and lovely. It turns out she likes that girly stuff. She's not butch at all, thank god. Let's hope she never loses that charming personality also.

:pThat's a great story about Venus. I would loved to have seen that interview. As for discovering Petra, I haven't been this excited about following a player since I was a hardcore Ivan Lendl fan back in the day. What a strange coincidence that I should be living in his home country now and that my wife comes from his hometown.
:oh:.....stalking .. :help:....stalking...:tape:....... I can't.:hysteric:

18majors
Jul 15th, 2011, 01:48 PM
Petra will be a charming and diginified champion like Graf or Maria.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 15th, 2011, 03:19 PM
You need to re-read part of my post again b/c you got a bit turned around;it was my FRIEND who called Petra 'ugly' upon which I insulted him in return since he's not a tremendously attractive fellow...but,as I said,we smoothed things over and my friend has changed his tune now that Petra has lost weight,toned up and gotten her braces off

On to more important stuff---Steffi Graf definitely wasn't at all charismatic in her younger days as a champion,but she maintained favor with the WTA community simply by comporting herself well and winning impressively.Petra doesn't have to match that same level of success;if she just carries herself in a similar,dignified fashion then people will accept her even if she doesn't charm folks' socks off.Most true tennis fans won't demand that Petra be a glamour queen as long as she's sincere and true to herself,and they'll give her the credit she deserves for her triumphs

Sorry BM. My bad. That's what I get for posting at five in the morning before my coffee's kicked in. QPF

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 15th, 2011, 03:23 PM
:oh:.....stalking .. :help:....stalking...:tape:....... I can't.:hysteric:

It's a bloody coincidence I'm telling ya'! lol

BTW: I used to have and wear the same Adidas shirt he's wearing in my avatar. 1985 US Open. I hope it gives Petra good karma :D

Redhead
Jul 16th, 2011, 08:11 PM
Apologies if this has already been posted:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2010467/WIMBLEDON-2011-Its-secret-Petra-Kvitova--womens-singles-finalist.html

:)

Excelscior
Jul 16th, 2011, 08:16 PM
Apologies if this has already been posted:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2010467/WIMBLEDON-2011-Its-secret-Petra-Kvitova--womens-singles-finalist.html

:)

I've read it before. But I don't think it's been posted here (and it still hasn't, cause it's a link). Lol.

Thx

Redhead
Jul 16th, 2011, 08:34 PM
Ok next time I will copy and paste ;)

BikezAreForever!
Jul 17th, 2011, 03:43 AM
I´ m posting the rest of the interview but it is only czech transcript with no corrections, not totally completed, just one listening
I will have absolutely no time tomorrow
If anybody wants to make corrections i would be glad


First half of interview in a 'digital' format . Thanks Paulmara for the link. It is not a bad interview. I translated first part because the other one half has already been posted.

In English:


MOD: You are listening to morning Radiozurnal (Czech radio, mainly talk and interview show), which hosts a woman, a young woman, that 13 years after Jana Novotna raised the Wimbledon plate. Our guest today is Petra Kvitova, Hello! Petro ...
PC: Hello!
MOD: What's it like when you hold that plate above your head? Do you manage to realize what's going on?
PK: I haven’t realized it yet. I have been like completely in a dream. I still do, I could not ... I still cannot hardly believe it, what’s happened and that I really won that plate. When you are holding it over your head, you only sense those photographers, how you have to move so that they may take nice photographs…
MOD: So it has not sunk in yet as it says?
PK: Well, it's maybe OK (it hasn’t), as I am all the time somehow…. I am still continuing the season, it’s not finished yet completely… so it (Winning Wimby) is not exactly thing what … how I might end up the season. So I shall start the training program again and carry on.
MOD: Will we see some more grandslam titles yet ... ?
PK: Hopefully yes. (laughs)
MOD: Ha ha.
MOD: Petra Kvitova said after Wimbledon: "It will soon pass. So far I cannot imagine what will happen. “. You said that still in London, now you are already through a media circus and before your departure to the Tatra Mountains. Can you now imagine what happens when someone wins Wimbledon?
PK: I remember when I said that. And I remember when, after the finals, a lady from Nike came to me, and said: 'Your life will change. Are you ready for what’s coming at you at home? "Well, I said: 'Well, I think, it will not be that bad’. I did not imagine at all what I will have to go through, and what will happen around me, and, and, of course, all those media. But I had everything packed deliberately into that one day, so I had everything behind me and did not have to go to Prague perhaps on the second day of the week. However, I managed to do it all on the day I went to mister president, to Karlovy Vary (PK visited festival there), Czech Television, and Nike. The day was demanding but certainly it was better to handle it this way.
MOD: So now you can imagine it then. I cannot imagine at all that I would fly by a private plane to Karlovy Vary to save time. What's it like when someone sits in a private jet, and says ‘Am I dreaming?’ or do you consider it normal, you just need to get there quickly?
PK: Well, it's strange but it is exactly that way. I just took it, that I just need to be there as soon as possible. By car it would be impossible to get there on time. And also, the time was so valuable then! So certainly it was a help.
MOD: You've certainly read or heard from Wimbledon Winners about their feelings after the win, after they held the trophy, or the plate in the case of women. Does it correspond to at least with something you have experienced?
PK: I remember when Martina Navratilova says that the hardest is the first grandslam and after that it is easier, I do not know that yet. It will tell you then ... but otherwise ... for a tennis pro, it's the most one can win and furthermore it is Wimbledon. I think I am starting to find out (what it means), however I may not realize it fully until I finish my career.
MOD: And but that’s probably still a bit premature.
PK: Lets hope so.
MOD: What from the Wimbledon, with all the places, the tournament venue and the tournament itself actually a tennis player actually experiences? Because we spectators, we have all this fun, all these things from strawberries to tennis and cream. What about you?
PK: We do not have that much fun. We do know everything there, it's the same everywhere on all tournaments: training, hotel, food, sleep, full stop. So it's the same everywhere. With the Wimbledon, the advantage was that we had rented a house so we felt like at home. We could cook there, we had a little BBQ there once so it was definitely pleasant. But otherwise it was more or less the same. Simply tennis, fitness, everything.
MOD: So we all enjoy it but you do not much really ..?
PK: Perhaps we dont much. Well, it's our job.
MOD: How do you handle your own airline tickets? When I fly, I know when I fly back but you do not know that really or ...?
PK: We do not know, it's true. We ..,. we have an agent, which when you call him: I can not fly tonight, I won, could you try to move it? " So he makes a reservation, but .. he is not issuing a ticket, as he is still waiting for when we call him again whether we fly or nor.
MOD: So the agent made it work at Wimbledon too?
PK: Agent ..., yes, but we had only one way ticket, knowing that we would be buying the ticket back later on. So there was not a problem.
MOD: I've never been to a gala ball for the winner for Wimbledon. What is it like?
PK: To be honest, I was not looking forward to it.
MOD: Really? Were you afraid you will have to dance?
PK: No, not really .. but rather it was very late And I was somewhat tired and I did not want do anything and I'd rather lie down and rest. But I must say, when I was there so that they really let you appreciate that you are the winner, that it was you who 've won Wimbledon and everyone appreciates you and applauds you. So as it was, it was a wonderful experience.
MOD; One wakes up, probably after.
PK: Oneself then wakes up the next day when he does not have the dress.
MOD: You can’t keep these dresses? These are dresses which are borrowed for the occasion(?).
PK: Yes
MOD: .. So you cannot keep them if you somehow liked them a lot?
PK: I do not know, I did not ask, but I don’t think so.
MOD: And how it works? Will they tell you Dear Miss Kvitova, here you have a lady looking after your dress and choose a dress? And bring them to you?
PK: Yes, that’s exactly how it was. They brought in a batch of dresses into the locker rooms at Wimbledon together with the lady, with many make-up artists, or as I would call them. And we chose dresses, four pairs, then I tried them on, and we found the blue ones to be the prettiest.
MOD: Wasnt it was also due to the blue nail colour that brought you a bit of luck at Wimbledon?
PK: Oh, no, then when we were in a car with coaches, I said to myself 'Wow, that nail polish really tunes in with the dress’, so I was a little bit surprised. I definitely did not intend it that way.
MOD: You've definitely got a lot of beautiful gifts for the victory. The plate, it is indisputable, finance reward too, but .. those gifts you got from the others? What did they give you? Or what one can get (as a present)?
PK: They gave me flowers, of course, the most. So, from my aunt I got an awesomely beautiful jewelry, more like handmade.. So I was so pleased, I absolutely love it. I got a lovely necklace from Mr. Cernosek, my manager from Prostejov ...
MOD: .. and citizenship of the city of Fulnek ...
PK: Fulnek citizenship of and membership in the club TK Prostejov.
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MOD: Petro, I'm also a tennis child. But I wonder a lot how you had it with your tennis childhood? Have you read the book Andre Agassi Open?
PK: No.
MOD: So you don’t know what he went through?
PK: No.
MOD: However, that as a child he had quite a tough tennis dad .. have you ever heard about it?
PK: I've heard about it, but I do not know much about it.
MOD: Have you experienced at girls or junior tennis tournaments tennis parents?
PK: Yes, I remember that.
MOD: And can you describe to our listeners what such institution looks like?
PK: Ahh ..
MOD: Do not mince your words, describe what you had seen.
PK: Well, of course, some parents live through it more than others. And I think that unnecessarily punish their child when they make an error on the court or if they lose. It's just a sport! And certainly the majority of those parents think that they are simply bringing up a future Grand Slam winner. And that what they want, will happen, not realizing that's only sport, and everyone there wants to win. And those children are not into it that much, not completely.
MOD: Your dad definitely did not bring you up that way at the beginning as a Grand Slam winner, but somewhere a moment came when it occurred to him that it would be a success. Do you know when that was?
PK: I do not know when it was, but he certainly did not bring me with the fact that I should be playing professional tennis. And when I came to Prostejov, 16, 17 when I was ... yeah okay, we'll hit, maybe win something here and there, a match or two. But when exactly he could realize that I could win a grandslam I have no idea, I do not even know whether it has ever crossed his mind.
MOD: And do you have any completely clear, first tennis memory? What do you remember first on a tennis theme?
PK: Well, certainly Fulnek, court number one when I was starting to hit with my dad.
MOD: And your first racket?
PK: Well, I think it was a Wilson, purple.
MOD: It was made of wood or was it a plastic one?
PK: It was already made from plastic but of course I started with that .. as you have a board for cutting meat, so I also had the honor to play, a couple of times before I got the racket.
MOD: Here we called it the butcher's plank. What were your trainings like? How did you train as a girl? Did you go hitting a tennis ball, or did you dedicate to it somewhat seriously, including physical preparation?
PK: Always after school. The school was always a priority for daddy, also for ..., that is for parents. And then we always went for an hour, hour and a half to play. And it was still the same, that dad was focused a lot on the technique and, and we have honed the strikes gradually, not that I would just started to, I do not know, play some scary rallies. And we always had hit at each other, and we played like that for about an hour.
MOD: Is it an advantage when one trains more with boys than with girls? Which was perhaps your case?
PK: Well, I played mainly with my dad and with from time to time with my bros, but not much. But otherwise I did not play at all with anyone else until 16,17 when I went over to Prostejov. So, much to that, so I cannot really compare.
MOD: You have asthma, Petra. Is it a problem to play tennis with asthma?
PK: It was a very big problem when I think back, two years ago when I was on the American Tour before the U.S. Open and I could not breathe at all and I could not bear any training. So it was not pleasant, with the coach, we went through that a lot, because I did not know if it's physical preparation, if I'm really that bad or what's going on. Then we went on to those tests and we found out it was the asthma which for us was good though because we finally knew why it all happened. And I have to say that it is possible normally, comfortably do everything and I have a marvelous doctor here in Prague and I am so grateful to him for how I am being treated and how it works.
MOD: What has changed when in 16 years, which is relatively late, 5 years ago you entered such, we may say, a more professional tennis club?
PK: Well, it certainly was for me a change. I was afraid of course, a bit, because I did not know what all these things I'll have to do there. And what will happen there, because I have not done in Fulnek almost anything. There I did not have any oversight of coaches and it just everything was managed by dad. But it was for me really good because there were girls of my age, so we played there together. And of course to see there Berdych and Safarova, how they train, it was very nice and I thought 'Oh so that they are playing so well here. Now here I am, so do not know what I will come up here! ".
MOD: And one perhaps say to herself, that they might be one in the future be your tennis colleagues? Bedych, Safarova?
PK: Well, as time time went by when Mr. Kodet (Czech Fed Cup caprain at that time) took me for the first time to the Fed Cup as a sparring-partner so then, so it gradually worked its way through. And then we normally with Lucy had chats at the tournaments, went to dinners. So I thought, 'Hmm, that's probably yes, I guess. "
MOD: Petra, explain how to actually enter into the tennis world? When one plays the kids and junior tournaments here, there must be that start in senior tennis? What is it like in real life?
PK: Well, I had some good luck if I call it such, that I skipped somehow all those juniors under 18 years. I played everything in Czech Republic until I was about 16, 17, I played in Pardubice juniors, and then I got wild cards for the tournaments in the Czech Republic, for the senior ones, where I succeeded and now I did not have to worry about struggling among the seniors (in the local tournaments) at the beginning. And then I've had some points in the senior rankings straight away and I could go on to the women’ tournaments abroad.
MOD: But it's bigger shock then it must be, right? Oneself suddenly sees Serena Williams next to each other and all the big names and now .. I'd be in complete shock over it.
PK: Well, again it was not completely that fast. Of course I had occasionally had to go through something, some of those failures and that but... But I somehow overcame that. And do not know, somehow everything was coming through and suddenly I'm sitting here with you and talk about victory at Wimbledon!
MOD: Petra I have a feeling of it that you still do not believe it.
PK: Well. You have the correct feeling!
MOD: If it was me, I would keep checking up on the plate, as if it is really there. Does it happen to you too?
PK: I did happen to me too. I had it displayed at home but now it is at my parents already.
MOD: So I think it is where rightly belongs.

:yeah::yeah::yeah:

bruce goose
Jul 17th, 2011, 05:50 AM
Nice translation work,'Bikez',and this was a much more detailed interview than most of the crap that comes from the tennis media.Welcome to the Petra forum:wavey:

Redhead
Jul 17th, 2011, 07:13 AM
Welcome Bikez! I am new too.

I really enjoyed the article, I think Petra is in shock lol.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 17th, 2011, 09:36 AM
Petra will be a charming and diginified champion like Graf or Maria.

She already is and the best is yet to come!

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 17th, 2011, 10:15 AM
Thank you BikezAreForever!! I really enjoyed reading that. I really respect her dad for not ramming the tennis down her throat and allowing her to enjoy it naturally without the insults and pressure. It's probably why she's still so positive and calm about it after so many years of playing. Her parents seem like excellent people.

paulmara
Jul 17th, 2011, 12:03 PM
To BikezAreForever

I´m embarrased. It´s too excellent.

(note It seems like 3 minutes are missing. I ll check it and I will post the second part at 8PM local time)

18majors
Jul 17th, 2011, 01:25 PM
Petra's parents are low key and very well liked.

Excelscior
Jul 17th, 2011, 04:26 PM
Excellent work BikezAreForever

Most of us know the recent sports stuff coming out of her Wimby interviews. But you gave us a more detailed interview with a guy that obviously knew tennis, and Czech tennis. Good work.

Hopefully we'll see more interviews like this, but more with people reciting/analyzing/asking her about situations, circumstance, weather, court dynamics, change of strategy etc., coming out of tournaments like Brisbane, Paris, Madrid, French Open and Eastbourne, and how it helped prepare her to win Wimby, and the rest of 2011.

Haven't seen anything like that yet. But this one was certainly one of the better interviews I've read.

Welcome to the Subforum and TF!!

ArcticMoose
Jul 17th, 2011, 05:30 PM
I translated first part because the other one half has already been posted.:yeah::yeah::yeah:

:cool:Great Work Bikez, & welcome to the Forum. Lots if new information came to light form this interview thanks to your translation skills.

:worship:To hear Petra say :"I got a lovely necklace from Mr. Cernosek, my manager from Prostejov ... ", was the missing piece in the jigsaw that I had been searching.

:)I recollected an interview that Petra did when she played at the Sparta Prague open 2011 where Dr. Miroslav Cernosek , Chairman of Česká sportovní, a.s. was a board member of the tournament.

:angel:Petra said "I have always trained at the TK Prostejov club, Mr. Cernosek is the owner there and he has always been good to me. He asked me to play a long time ago"

:smoke:It closes the circle of how Miroslav Cernosek became her marketing manager as he owns Česká sportovní, a.s (Czech version of IMG) and also TK Prostejov.

:pSo my initial hunches of Cernosek being a Czech oligarch seems correct given his political background, ownership of TK Prostejov & Česká sportovní, a.s. The question that remains unanswered at present is : what part did Dr. Miroslav Cernosek play in the admittance of Petra to the TK Prostejov training program when she was 16/17 years??

:oh:If she/ her father saw Miroslav Cernosek as the person who gave her the golden break at TK Prostejov when she moved from Fulnek then it is conceivable that she repaid that trust with letting him be her Manager & then let his sports marketing company Česká sportovní, a.s represent her. Naturally as its chairman, Cernosek becomes her defacto Marketing manager. This is an uncommon situation where the Manager & Marcoms Manager is the same person due to the incestuous relationships in Petra’s formative tennis career.

:bounce:At last, her Management jigsaw is solved ….

Excelscior
Jul 17th, 2011, 05:43 PM
:cool:Great Work Bikez, & welcome to the Forum. Lots if new information came to light form this interview thanks to your translation skills.

:worship:To hear Petra say :"I got a lovely necklace from Mr. Cernosek, my manager from Prostejov ... ", was the missing piece in the jigsaw that I had been searching.

:)I recollected an interview that Petra did when she played at the Sparta Prague open 2011 where Dr. Miroslav Cernosek , Chairman of Česká sportovní, a.s. was a board member of the tournament.

:angel:Petra said "I have always trained at the TK Prostejov club, Mr. Cernosek is the owner there and he has always been good to me. He asked me to play a long time ago"

:smoke:It closes the circle of how Miroslav Cernosek became her marketing manager as he owns Česká sportovní, a.s (Czech version of IMG) and also TK Prostejov.

:pSo my initial hunches of Cernosek being a Czech oligarch seems correct given his political background, ownership of TK Prostejov & Česká sportovní, a.s. The question that remains unanswered at present is : what part did Dr. Miroslav Cernosek play in the admittance of Petra to the TK Prostejov training program when she was 16/17 years??

:oh:If she/ her father saw Miroslav Cernosek as the person who gave her the golden break at TK Prostejov when she moved from Fulnek then it is conceivable that she repaid that trust with letting him be her Manager & then let his sports marketing company Česká sportovní, a.s represent her. Naturally as its chairman, Cernosek becomes her defacto Marketing manager. This is an uncommon situation where the Manager & Marcoms Manager is the same person due to the incestuous relationships in Petra’s formative tennis career.

:bounce:At last, her Management jigsaw is solved ….

Hey Moose.

It all depends on how loyal she feels to Cersonek, Czech Repub/Slovakia, local ties, potential outside partners and her contract????

Right now she's winning, so she's probably not thinking of it, unless she's getting robbed (compared to other agreements of her peers), cause of the apparent national loyalty she has.

The other question is, how long will she stay in Czech Republic? If she left that country (and him), even if he sued her, the reparations would be negligible (due to the country of income being some where else, her leaving him earlier-before she's really raking it in, and lack of political ties for Cersonek outside of Czech Republic/Slovakia, reducing judgment/litigation awards,if any).

But that's all neither here nor there, cause we don't know the intimate relationships, her loyalty to him and the country (which seems strong for now), and competing interest that will come her way.

Her father seems like a strong, righteous guys, but we don't know his political ties, debts or loyalties. I guess that's for the Czech's in the group to relate to us. But I'm not that sure if I want to get that deep into her career/management (unless she's being robbed of course). I'm a fan. But I'm not obsessed.

One can argue, that her playing that Cersonak backed challenger tournament in Prague was not conducive to her career goals (WTA points). But on the other hand, it was probably a needed break for her, considering she had won Madrid already, with the French Open coming up.

I used to be in the Sports Management/Entertainment business myself, and I've found that every individual beginning of a career, and country dynamics has it's particulars, loyalties, political ties, good guys, bad guys, contracts and skullduggery. In the beginning, it can be a mess and very complicated; unless you got the right people. She may already have that though!? I don't know. Czech Tennis players would know (Like Li Na knowing and challenging the Chinese system). Why you think so many players leave their home countries for Monaco, the US etc.? It's not just taxes many times? Lol.

I never dealt with the Czech Republic, so I guess we'll find out and see (or maybe not)?

Don't worry Moose, she's not the first person with interconnecting agreements like this (quite common to have these type of arrangements in the beginning of one's individual sports or entertainment career, especially when one is very talented, irregardless of the country of origin), later to be left behind, if it's not a good one to athlete/entertainer. It happens all the time. Hell! Petra's can even have a good one?

Enjoy The Tennis!!!!! Oh yeah. There's no Tennis now! Lol.

bruce goose
Jul 17th, 2011, 05:50 PM
:bounce:At last, her Management jigsaw is solved ….Had to highlight this last part of your post;)

Let me first say that I never had,and still don't have,any animosity towards Big Masha,but I'm a little surprised that some Petra fans continue harping on the skepticism that preceded the Wimby final.My thinking is,"Forget About It;It's Over!"...it might not be a great analogy,but imagine people in Heaven complaining about the nasty folks who tormented them on earth...and are probably burning in hell right now:lol:.The thing is,Petra PROVED herself so why worry over FORMER obstacles that she's already overcome.To my way of thinking,Petra's next hurdle is that second Slam and,when she wins THAT,she'll instantly place herself in a more elite group of confirmed champions:cool:

paulmara
Jul 17th, 2011, 06:41 PM
Missing 3 minutes

Q Tell me about Petra Kvitova´s team. How many people ?

My coach David Kotyza of course. Condition trainer Josef Ivanko. This is my team. PR team is Zdeněk Duplák and Karel Tejkal and my manager from M Sport Mr Černošek

Q Is it your family ?

I would say coaches for sure. Well I don´t know if I would say family but very good friends we can say.

Q I ´ve talked to many tennis players. I got a feeling that tennis is a lonely sport. You are cut from your family and you coaching stuff is all you have. Do you have friends in tennis circuit ?

We get along very well with girls from the Czech republic We go for dinners sometimes. Fed Cup makes our connection stronger, We have very good team spirit. About the others I have a friend from Switzeraland for exmaple. When you want you will find friends there.

Q So the loneliness is not bothering you like the others?

Of course it does. Sometimes in a hotel room I have nothing to do, I watch movies and I would like to be somewhere with someone and talk. So it is both ways.

Q But it is not an issue

No, It is a fact. You can not change it .It is the same like travelling. Sometimes you don´t like going 2 hours to the airport and from the airport.. but it si part of the deal.

Q Aren´t you afriad you will have no home ?

No I m not afraid. Since my childhood I m at home in Fulnek. Now I have my second home in Prostějov.

paulmara
Jul 17th, 2011, 06:44 PM
Part 2

Q Tell me about Petra Kvitova´s team. How many people ?

My coach David Kotyza of course. Condition trainer Josef Ivanko. This is my team. PR team is Zdeněk Duplák and Karel Tejkal and my manager from M Sport Mr Černošek

Q Is it your family ?

I would say coaches for sure. Well I don´t know if I would say family but very good friends we can say.

Q I ´ve talked to many tennis players. I got a feeling that tennis is a lonely sport. You are cut from your family and you coaching stuff is all you have. Do you have friends in tennis circuit ?

We get along very well with girls from the Czech republic We go for dinners sometimes. Fed Cup makes our connection stronger, We have very good team spirit. About the others I have a friend from Switzeraland for exmaple. When you want you will find friends there.

Q So the loneliness is not bothering you like the others?

Of course it does. Sometimes in a hotel room I have nothing to do, I watch movies and I would like to be somewhere with someone and talk. So it is both ways.

Q But it is not an issue

No, It is a fact. You can not change it .It is the same like travelling. Sometimes you don´t like going 2 hours to the airport and from the airport.. but it si part of the deal.

Q Aren´t you afriad you will have no home ?

No I m not afraid. Since my childhood I m at home in Fulnek. Now I have my second home in Prostějov.

Q This year your made 53 millions Czech crowns. You are a rich bride
I didn´t know this number

Q Have you been proposed ?

Not yet

Q Never in your life ?

No, well when I was a kid

Q It doesn´t count.

So it was like asking for having acup of coffee with me or asking for date , but no marrige.

Q I asked this question to know how much you have to spend to have good results?

You have to pay all air tickets. Business class is better for reults, we tried it before Australia.

Q You can sleep

You can sleep and it ´s 3 days for better regeneration and it s much quicker. You pay coaches, but it s not like it sometimes seems , you have to pay taxes , pay taxes everywhere and you have to pay to your managers , Is seems like big sum of money,but if you discount everything there is another sum , but to be honest right now i dont care much about moeny. I have it on my accounts but don t do anything with them.

Q Also you don ´t have time to spend it . but you have some girls dreams ?

I bought a flat last year , my car is from a sponsor (note i guess the famous skoda suberb) so i don t need anything to buy . I have no girls dream . Maybe after I will finish my career I will buy a house ( note she uses diminutive for house not Dům - domeček so i guess not wiiliams´ mansion ) I really Don t know.

Q Maybe somethin for your parents, you know something like a garden for your mother or a car for your father

Well i was thinking about it too, but my parents alwas said we liked this flat , we wanted stay here and who would take care about a house my mother would say. My parents are not for these things.

Q Prize money for men and women are different . Would you like to change it ?

Well we got the same prize money in Grand slams. Like I said Im not concerened about money. I dont know what to answer. I think in men tennis it is much harder than in women tennis that is for sure.

Q Much harder do you mean more competion. Do they play diferent harder kind of tennis.

It is more difficult. For us it is hard from physical and mental point of view, for them the competion is very fierce. It can stay like it is . I have no opinion on that . I didn´t even think about it.

Q It is what petra kvitova says. And it´s a pity you can not look at these big eyes of this sympathetic young blonde tennis player, you would trust her. I believe you trust her even without it .


Q Lets l talk about tennis game. You played for the first time in Fed cup in July 2007 Do you rembemeber it ?

Very well, It was in Spain, I was there like replacement for Nikol Vaidišova. We lost doubles with Barbora zahalvova –Strycova, but the tie was already lost so it really didnt matter. It was a nice first game I was not playing so bad . It was quite good


Q With what kind of emotions you will play in Fed Cup in this autumm?

I´m really looking forward for it

Q Really ? It looks like you really enjoy tough matches.

Yes Exactly that is what I like, but Fed cup is special. Tennis is an invidiual sport, in Fed Cup you want to do maximum for your team and I am a team player. I m looking forward the atmosphere, first time in the final It´s a challenge I like.

Q It will be away on unfriendy soil, becasue I believe russian supporters can prepare real hell . Is this the challenge,when you are going on the court and these supports are against you.

I dont mind if they are against me. I played away ties in Fed Cup before in a hostile enviroment .Maybe this time it will be much worse. But we will try to show that we deserve it .

Q I like your nerves or maybe your no nerves . „I m looking forward for the wimbledon final. I will enjoy it,“ you said before the wimbledon final. For me enjoy the final is something unbelivable. I would be nervous just from the fact taht it is a final. But you don´t have it this way

Well I get a question before the final from a journalist „You have nothing to lose What is your attitude for this final.“ I said „I have something to lose in a Wimbledon Final. I will try enjoy it I will go there and I will try to wn it. And I mean enjoy the Centre court, the atmosphere, history of the place, the match itself, because I like tennis, I like playing matches and I am trying to stay calm with no nerves and staying positive and I enjoyed the final.

Q And This style of thinking you have from your childhoood of your father teached it ?

I think I was born with it , I think I have it from my mother. My mother is the same. She ´s like bread will not be cheaper, so what ?(Note Take it easy style) This kind of stuff I have from her , no stress. Of course when there´s a losing streak something is there, but overall I have positive thinking from my mother.

Q Last year you had a losing streak after the wimbledon semifinal , how did you cope with it ? (note 5 losses in first rounds )

It was not pleasant, when it doesnt work you´re upset . I was training and believed that it would turned around eventually. It was hard for psychic.I thought after 2010 wimbledon I must beat anybody, but it was not possileble., I lost few matches in 3 sets and it was close. It didn´t help my psychic. It was annoying and it continued. Then US open 2010 came and I was looking forward for a big tournament and it changed there.

Q Have you ever cry? From angrer or desperation

Of course I cried sometimes. When I was playing terrible or more when i didnt know what happen or during match when you don t know what´s going on wrong

Q That it s not you

That it is not me, that I m out of it , that it s not going well, you dont know why, yeah it s a mysery

Q And You are alone in this misery on court . It doesn´t help when you look to the stands. Because I do recognise you looking at your coach . It doesn´t help ?

No it doesn´t help. You have to do it youself . It s not a soccer game, when somebody else can kick it instead of you . It s only up to you to do your best or on the contrary when it does not go well it is your fault. But otherwise it helps when coach is there, when he is holding his thumbs or they are cheering. When you not alone.

Q And don´t you have some kind of signals for coaching from the stands

No

Q Now we will talk about top tennis tournaments. When you start believing in youself as tennis player against the big guns? When you defeat Venus williams ( note Memphis 2008 ) or with your psychic strenght you go there and you will try it

For me personally last year in Wimbledon, when I beated few very good players in a row (note wozniacki demolition) , because sometimes you can beat a very good player once, but to beat them often you have to work hard and it is not so easy how it can appears. So the first time I started believing was last year semifinal.

Q You talked about tennis very nice, you like it . Is there anything you don´t like it ?

When i was a child i don t like training every day . I would prefered going to the swimmni pool with others kids and had some fun. But If you aked me today I would say losing matches, like last year for example. That was not pleasant. Nobody likes it and of course injuries

Q Last month I was discussing this subject with Andre Agassi . He told me he didn´t like, that players were overworked, there were too many tournaments and demands for physic condition were high. What about you ?

For me this year I don t know if it is good luck or bad luck but I have a very long season There is a possibility. that I can play at WTA Championship and then the Fed Cup final.: So its a good luck, but it´s definitely a long season. You have to combine a lot of factors very well, not to overwork youself. I have a longer pause after Wimbledon . I want to relax. ATP Tour had even longer season . Three or Four weeks more, so it is very tough. You don t have quiet and time to relax, you are rolling and always there is a time when you lose you energy.

Q During the Christmas holiday you lost 2 kilograms of weight. Was is due to a hard training or someone told you 2 kilograms less would be super ?

It was a longer time frame than 1 month. The only thing I did was changing diet habits. To eat like an athlete.Nourish my musles. To have the good energy not the bad one. All thing came together. Of course we made physical training, a lot of runnig and it showed good results

Q And now you are going to relax . How will your timetable in Vysoke tatry look like? Resting ? Walking ? ( Vysoke tatry in slovakia , The High tatras; I think she will stay in Štrbské pleso like in this winter )

I really don t think so. My condition trainer Ivanko warned me . It won´t be any fun (note she used slang „vegetace“ it is tough one to translete ) So it will be hard uphill (running) and time in the gym for strengthing my legs and only little bit of tennis. It will be a pleasant change, relax from tennis. Im looking forward i like it.

Q Your boyfreind will go with you?

No he have his own tournamnets, he will go for his schedule.

Q And you see each other often?

Well no not really , no we don´t see each other very often. When there´s a time , a day maybe and then someone have to go for a tournament.

Q And is it good eventually for the future a tennis marraige like aggasi and graff ?

I wanted to say it. It got pluses and minuses, When you re not dating a tennis player, he is at home when you ´re at home on the other side the athlete undestand that you travel , that you gave everything and he understand it .

Q Can you beat him ?

No I can not

Q You Can not beat him ? When was the list time you tried ?

Last time it was before Fed cup in belgium . It was april ( note condition camp in Antalya 3 yeas in a row )

Q You re writing a diary or at least I read it . From when is the last chapter?

Not sure , After the wimbledon final ? Definitely after the wimbledon semifinal.

Q Will you have time to write new chapters in Vysoke Tatry? Or you don´t have it like this. You write only when you want to write ?

I write about tennis matches and tennis trainings

Q Have you slapped somebody in the face ?

Maybe in school

Žety tenistky vyhrajet velmi ofensivní krsáná trvdý tenisa že mají yvternovanou ruku

Q I asked this question because women tennis players are playing ofensive beautiful hard tennis and their hands are strong.

Yeah we can say that . It would be a big slap . But I don´t know I don´t think I ever slapped somebody.

Q You are not a type who fights ?

No, I m the teasing type but not the fighting type of person.

Q How Do you like the women stuff around it . You know all the beutiful dresses, photographers, posing, the glamour and the headlines.?

It is absoltely delightful for women. It s clear, but too much can be harmful. Absolutely I enjoy it. The Wimbledon Champions Dinner was beutiful , when I could choose whatever dress I wanted. And I really liked how I looked like that night. So it is quite comfortable. Or when you go shopping . Every women like it . Another thing is posing for photograps, when it is long it is not so comfortbale or you not in a mood you´ re tired. So everything has pluses and minuses.

Q So Dear Petra kvitova I thank you for this interview and I wish you would soon choose another beatiful dress for another champions dinner as a champion . Thank You

Thank you

Excelscior
Jul 17th, 2011, 07:02 PM
Thank You Paulmara (though Part II was posted her before).

Now for the more Denser, reactionary and outspoken members of our wonderful Subforum. Here's a quote from Petra's interview, when speaking/reflects about paying her coaches & $$$$:

You pay coaches, but it s not like it sometimes seems , you have to pay taxes , pay taxes everywhere and you have to pay to your managers , Is seems like big sum of money,but if you discount everything there is another sum , but to be honest right now i dont care much about moeny. I have it on my accounts but don t do anything with them.

Note: When she says "I don't care much about money". She's speaking about the money spent on herself. It's obvious that she's aware, signs off on, or is involved in the transaction end of the business for her coaches, airline tickets, hotels, taxes, managers, etc. Just listen to/read her. She knows!

Nuff Said!!

Excelscior
Jul 17th, 2011, 07:20 PM
PS: To all Subforum Members

I see from the is interview, that Petra liked staying in a house during Wimbledon. Maybe this is the secret? Lol.

Ok. If anyone knows Petra, or any of her people, etc. and she would like a nice House, in a nice neighborhood that she can rent (and walk to shopping, restaurants, etc.), close by to the US Open (5-30 min by car) in August. Please let me know. I can point her to some real estate agents that may be able to provide her with house or Condo rentals (with pool, golf, shopping and Tennis Courts on premises for the Condo's), while here at the Open.

Last year, there were some nice close by rentals in the area available, and I'm not sure if any US Open players took advantage of that (Though I know Novak stayed at a house in Long Island, farther away).

I know all the neighborhoods in the area very well that fit the combination she's seeking. I'm not a real estate agent or affiliated with one. But I do know area real estate and neighborhoods very well, as I said. If it's not that important (or no one knows her), than she can just stay in a Manhattan Hotel.

I wish her luck!!!

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 17th, 2011, 08:51 PM
Thank You Paulmara (though Part II was posted her before).

Now for the more Denser, reactionary and outspoken members of our wonderful Subforum. Here's a quote from Petra's interview, when speaking/reflects about paying her coaches & $$$$:



Note: When she says "I don't care much about money". She's speaking about the money spent on herself. It's obvious that she's aware, signs off on, or is involved in the transaction end of the business for her coaches, airline tickets, hotels, taxes, managers, etc. Just listen to/read her. She knows!

Nuff Said!!

I would also add to your note above that it sounds like she is trying to infer that the take home pay after all the expenses isn't nearly as great as the public would assume. It also sounds like because of her conservative small town upbringing she's not caught up in worrying about how much she has in the bank and what it can buy. If you read her words you find out the parents haven't really let her buy them anything yet and she hasn't really spoiled herself either. I feel she's totally focused on improving her game (it's always been a big issue to her-talks about it a lot) and winning and knows the glories and rewards will all come in time after the improvement she seeks. Her feet are nailed solidly on the ground. I just hope she never gets taken advantage of because of trusting people too much.

You pay coaches, but it s not like it sometimes seems , you have to pay taxes , pay taxes everywhere and you have to pay to your managers , Is seems like big sum of money,but if you discount everything there is another sum , but to be honest right now i dont care much about moeny. I have it on my accounts but don t do anything with them.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 17th, 2011, 09:33 PM
Hey Moose.

It all depends on how loyal she feels to Cersonek, Czech Repub/Slovakia, local ties, potential outside partners and her contract????

Right now she's winning, so she's probably not thinking of it, unless she's getting robbed (compared to other agreements of her peers), cause of the apparent national loyalty she has.

The other question is, how long will she stay in Czech Republic? If she left that country (and him), even if he sued her, the reparations would be negligible (due to the country of income being some where else, her leaving him earlier-before she's really raking it in, and lack of political ties for Cersonek outside of Czech Republic/Slovakia, reducing judgment/litigation awards,if any).

But that's all neither here nor there, cause we don't know the intimate relationships, her loyalty to him and the country (which seems strong for now), and competing interest that will come her way.

Her father seems like a strong, righteous guys, but we don't know his political ties, debts or loyalties. I guess that's for the Czech's in the group to relate to us. But I'm not that sure if I want to get that deep into her career/management (unless she's being robbed of course). I'm a fan. But I'm not obsessed.

One can argue, that her playing that Cersonak backed challenger tournament in Prague was not conducive to her career goals (WTA points). But on the other hand, it was probably a needed break for her, considering she had won Madrid already, with the French Open coming up.

I used to be in the Sports Management/Entertainment business myself, and I've found that every individual beginning of a career, and country dynamics has it's particulars, loyalties, political ties, good guys, bad guys, contracts and skullduggery. In the beginning, it can be a mess and very complicated; unless you got the right people. She may already have that though!? I don't know. Czech Tennis players would know (Like Li Na knowing and challenging the Chinese system). Why you think so many players leave their home countries for Monaco, the US etc.? It's not just taxes many times? Lol.

I never dealt with the Czech Republic, so I guess we'll find out and see (or maybe not)?

Don't worry Moose, she's not the first person with interconnecting agreements like this (quite common to have these type of arrangements in the beginning of one's individual sports or entertainment career, especially when one is very talented, irregardless of the country of origin), later to be left behind, if it's not a good one to athlete/entertainer. It happens all the time. Hell! Petra's can even have a good one?

Enjoy The Tennis!!!!! Oh yeah. There's no Tennis now! Lol.

Hi Ex. I'd posted these thoughts in another thread but felt they related well to your questions:

Obviously, at some point, she may get too big for Černošek and require a more internationally known representative to maximize her opportunities globally. But in the mean time, I can confidently tell you Czechs trust only their families and tight friends around them and as long as Černošek doesn't do anything stupid or crooked, Petra and her team will most probably continue to rely on his inputs. Just because he doesn't speak English doesn't mean he isn't a top notch negotiator. That's what translators and lawyers are for. However, if she becomes a world superstar at some point her affairs and negotiations might become too complex for even her trusted ally Mr. Černošek. We'll see (Petra's favorite phrase in interviews it seems, lol).

As for her moving to another country, I could only see that for tax purposes and even then only as a vacation home. Czechs in general love living in their little country and aren't crazy about moving, especially away from family. I believe Tomas Berdych legally resides in Monaco (on paper) but still spends quite a bit of time in CZ. He would be a typical example. It's not like the old days of Communism when people had strong reasons to flee the country. All in all, it's a very calm, peaceful, attractive place to live. Czechs love the four seasons, thier national customs, traditions and holidays, their local cuisine and the green, beautiful woodlands which seem to be everywhere around their country. I've heard more than a few say if their country had a sea, it would be paradise. Home is home for them and there is no place like home. Another thing that makes CZ comfy for its national stars is that Czechs aren't crazy celebrity hounds. I've seen Karel Gott (their most famous singer ever) and many stars from TV, music, sports and the movies on the streets of Prague and have never seen anyone bother them for a photo or autograph although for sure it has to happen sometimes. It's just not that big a thing for them, plus they tend to respect a person's privacy a little more than others. Petra seems like a true blue, traditional Czech. I don't see her going anywhere real soon.

Excelscior
Jul 17th, 2011, 09:37 PM
I would also add to your note above that it sounds like she is trying to infer that the take home pay after all the expenses isn't nearly as great as the public would assume. It also sounds like because of her conservative small town upbringing she's not caught up in worrying about how much she has in the bank and what it can buy. If you read her words you find out the parents haven't really let her buy them anything yet and she hasn't really spoiled herself either. I feel she's totally focused on improving her game (it's always been a big issue to her-talks about it a lot) and winning and knows the glories and rewards will all come in time after the improvement she seeks. Her feet are nailed solidly on the ground. I just hope she never gets taken advantage of because of trusting people too much.

You pay coaches, but it s not like it sometimes seems , you have to pay taxes , pay taxes everywhere and you have to pay to your managers , Is seems like big sum of money,but if you discount everything there is another sum , but to be honest right now i dont care much about moeny. I have it on my accounts but don t do anything with them.

I agree Queen Petra Fan whole wholeheartedly.

Unfortunately, one of our subforum members put their foot in their mouths/made unnecessary, reactionary fools of themselves the other day; so I just had to throw that quote out there, regarding who/what she pays, and is aware of. Lol. Smh.

But that's old news now (I hope)! :) ;) Lol.

Excelscior
Jul 17th, 2011, 09:51 PM
Hi Ex. I'd posted these thoughts in another thread but felt they related well to your questions:

Obviously, at some point, she may get too big for Černošek and require a more internationally known representative to maximize her opportunities globally. But in the mean time, I can confidently tell you Czechs trust only their families and tight friends around them and as long as Černošek doesn't do anything stupid or crooked, Petra and her team will most probably continue to rely on his inputs. Just because he doesn't speak English doesn't mean he isn't a top notch negotiator. That's what translators and lawyers are for. However, if she becomes a world superstar at some point her affairs and negotiations might become too complex for even her trusted ally Mr. Černošek. We'll see (Petra's favorite phrase in interviews it seems, lol).

As for her moving to another country, I could only see that for tax purposes and even then only as a vacation home. Czechs in general love living in their little country and aren't crazy about moving, especially away from family. I believe Tomas Berdych legally resides in Monaco (on paper) but still spends quite a bit of time in CZ. He would be a typical example. It's not like the old days of Communism when people had strong reasons to flee the country. All in all, it's a very calm, peaceful, attractive place to live. Czechs love the four seasons, thier national customs, traditions and holidays, their local cuisine and the green, beautiful woodlands which seem to be everywhere around their country. I've heard more than a few say if their country had a sea, it would be paradise. Home is home for them and there is no place like home. Another thing that makes CZ comfy for its national stars is that Czechs aren't crazy celebrity hounds. I've seen Karel Gott (their most famous singer ever) and many stars from TV, music, sports and the movies on the streets of Prague and have never seen anyone bother them for a photo or autograph although for sure it has to happen sometimes. It's just not that big a thing for them, plus they tend to respect a person's privacy a little more than others. Petra seems like a true blue, traditional Czech. I don't see her going anywhere real soon.

You know Queen Petra Fan. You are a brilliant man. You read my mind in so many aspects of your response.

Yeah. Based off of what I hear, I don't expect Petra to move either. She seems to love it. That speculation part (everything), was more for my discussion with Moose, and being fair/calming any fears he may of had about Cersonek.

Yes! I'm quite aware that the Czech Republic is high on the UN Human Development index. I'm also aware, it's a clean, safe, prosperous, lovely little country.

Thanks for letting me know about Berdych's status/living arrangements and their Celebrity culture (or lack of it). Remember, Yannik Noah claimed he had to leave France due to his one, lonely Roland Garros Trophy. Lol. Did I spell "Garros" right? Lol. Yeah. He claimed they wouldn't leave him alone, so he had to leave. So, if true, with Czech privacy/respect, that's good to hear.

Good stuff. Thanks for your input, insight and contributions.

bruce goose
Jul 18th, 2011, 01:55 AM
Insecurity;a sad,pathetic affliction--fortunately,Petra doesn't seem to suffer from it much;)

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 18th, 2011, 04:51 AM
You know Queen Petra Fan. You are a brilliant man. You read my mind in so many aspects of your response.

Yeah. Based off of what I hear, I don't expect Petra to move either. She seems to love it. That speculation part (everything), was more for my discussion with Moose, and being fair/calming any fears he may of had about Cersonek.

Yes! I'm quite aware that the Czech Republic is high on the UN Human Development index. I'm also aware, it's a clean, safe, prosperous, lovely little country.

Thanks for letting me know about Berdych's status/living arrangements and their Celebrity culture (or lack of it). Remember, Yannik Noah claimed he had to leave France due to his one, lonely Roland Garros Trophy. Lol. Did I spell "Garros" right? Lol. Yeah. He claimed they wouldn't leave him alone, so he had to leave. So, if true, with Czech privacy/respect, that's good to hear.

Good stuff. Thanks for your input, insight and contributions.

Thanks Ex. I'm not so brilliant. I've just been fortunate enough to live among her people for almost eight years now so, after thousands of conversations with her countrymen, I feel I've learned a little bit about how they operate. It takes a while to get a Czech to open up and trust you, but once they do, you find out they are very sincere, frank people (Sounds like Petra, right?). Since I teach mainly business clients, I luckily get to communicate with some of the sharper knives in the drawer. It's been very enjoyable learning about their history and culture. I truly enjoy living here.

As for the celebrity fandom culture point, all you have to do is look at Petra's reception coming home from Wimbledon and Djokovic's. After winning Wimbledon a Nike representative asked Petra if she was prepared for what might be awaiting her when she arrived back home in CZ (Your life is going to change forever, yada yada yada) and Petra wasn't really too worried about it at all. She knows her people. Compare that with poor Djokovic being mobbed by over 100,000 people when he reached Belgrade. With all due respect, compared to Serbia, the Czechs have a veritable pantheon of sports heroes and many, many championships. They've seen it before. They've been there before. They've done it before. Prostejov and Fulnek are both modest sized cities but I bet Petra will still be able to walk around the streets and dine and shop and nobody will bother her much except for a couple of goofy, lucky, camera snapping tourists now and then.

Excelscior
Jul 18th, 2011, 05:54 PM
Thanks Ex. I'm not so brilliant. I've just been fortunate enough to live among her people for almost eight years now so, after thousands of conversations with her countrymen, I feel I've learned a little bit about how they operate. It takes a while to get a Czech to open up and trust you, but once they do, you find out they are very sincere, frank people (Sounds like Petra, right?). Since I teach mainly business clients, I luckily get to communicate with some of the sharper knives in the drawer. It's been very enjoyable learning about their history and culture. I truly enjoy living here.

As for the celebrity fandom culture point, all you have to do is look at Petra's reception coming home from Wimbledon and Djokovic's. After winning Wimbledon a Nike representative asked Petra if she was prepared for what might be awaiting her when she arrived back home in CZ (Your life is going to change forever, yada yada yada) and Petra wasn't really too worried about it at all. She knows her people. Compare that with poor Djokovic being mobbed by over 100,000 people when he reached Belgrade. With all due respect, compared to Serbia, the Czechs have a veritable pantheon of sports heroes and many, many championships. They've seen it before. They've been there before. They've done it before. Prostejov and Fulnek are both modest sized cities but I bet Petra will still be able to walk around the streets and dine and shop and nobody will bother her much except for a couple of goofy, lucky, camera snapping tourists now and then.

Yeah. You noticed that to, with Novak, huh? 100,000 people. Damn! And that wasn't even his first major. Lol.

Good point, on all the great Czech sports heroes in the past, compared to Serbia (relatively speaking).

Yeah. I do hope Petra has a relatively quiet, private life there.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 18th, 2011, 07:47 PM
Check out this post from the Tennis.com forums (Pretty fiery considering it was posted at 4:32 am!):

Posted by Danny Donnelly 07/14/2011 at 04:32 AM

You barely touched on the best development in tennis. Petra Kvitova. If you were all doing your jobs, you would have spotted her three years ago, when as a seventeen-year old, she beat an in-form Venus Williams. Well, now she's beaten twenty-three of the top twenty-six or so, and everyone in the top ten save Schiavone, whom she has never played. She reduces everyone to retriever status, and usually is tougher at the business end of a set than anybody else. She can win on all surfaces, and has this year. She has fantasically soft hands at net (see YouTube) and spends 49% of her time INSIDE the baseline (true statistic). She's still getting better. Her serve, deadly though it is, is not as fluid as it was a few years ago. She simply has no weaknesses. Now, and you read it here: she may be the greatest ball striker ever seen in the women's game. If you paid attention to the juniors and what happens to them afterward, you would have seen her coming. A tip: of all of the really young juniors, you should pay attention to Laura Robson, whose game is strikingly similar to Kvitova's. Note that although several top writers (!) made the claim that Sharapova was not broken until the final, where she was broken five times in two sets, they were imagining it. Robson broke Sharapova three times in the second round. Robson had not played a single WTA match since her big injury at the Hopman Cup in January, and she was at least 15 pounds overweight. An in-shape Robson would clobber Sharapova. In fact, she led 4-1 in the first set when she began to run out of gas. Robson is only seventeen. I know, neither Robson nor Kvitova are 'hotties' by WTA, USTA, and ITF standards, but y'all have to start looking for the real talent, regardless of what the media and the powers-that-be expect. The decison to make tennis 'sexy' has destroyed careers. Yep, I'm annoyed. Y'all have to think for yourselves, and not go along with the pressroom faves. Learn about stroke production.

Any comments? So, what do y'all think?

Excelscior
Jul 18th, 2011, 08:05 PM
I had had read that Queen Petra Fan.

I thought it was interesting to. You had to go through a lot of ATP talk to get to that quote. Lol.

I also felt immediately after watching Laura Robson give Masha trouble in that first set, that Petra could to, being a left hander and all (even before I saw/was convinced Petra was ready from winning her various matches up to the semi-final).

To that poster; I don't think the press was saying Masha had never been broken. What they were saying was, "she hadn't lost a set". But I know what this poster means; he's trying to say "just cause she hadn't lost a set, it doesn't mean she was playing well, or didn't have any embarrassing ones". Which is true. Lol. Wasn't she down 4-1 in that 1st set? Lol.

Thanks QPF

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 19th, 2011, 06:52 AM
I had had read that Queen Petra Fan.

I thought it was interesting to. You had to go through a lot of ATP talk to get to that quote. Lol.

I also felt immediately after watching Laura Robson give Masha trouble in that first set, that Petra could to, being a left hander and all (even before I saw/was convinced Petra was ready from winning her various matches up to the semi-final).

To that poster; I don't think the press was saying Masha had never been broken. What they were saying was, "she hadn't lost a set". But I know what this poster means; he's trying to say "just cause she hadn't lost a set, it doesn't mean she was playing well, or didn't have any embarrassing ones". Which is true. Lol. Wasn't she down 4-1 in that 1st set? Lol.

Thanks QPF

Wading through that ATP talk to get to the Petra tidbits was brutal. So happy I'm not a true fan, only a respectful admirer of the talents of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. I would never want to belong to a group with any of those brainwarped, narrow minded, obsessed idiots. I'm embarrassed for all of them. Blugh ATP!!! They can have it.

Slutiana
Jul 19th, 2011, 09:52 AM
Every player who can afford it stays in a house during Wimbledon because it's a resedential area and the tournament coordinate with the residents to have players lodge in them for 2/3 weeks.

Doubt it's the same at the US Open.

18majors
Jul 19th, 2011, 01:02 PM
^It isn't the same at US Open. Most players stay at Manhattan hotels. They traveled to Flushing Meadows either by subways or by private car..

paulmara
Jul 19th, 2011, 02:07 PM
From an interview with Petra´s condition trainer Josef Ivanko

http://denniksport.sk/article/181265/trenera-ivanka-chce-aj-wozniacka

(In 2009) Petra got injured during our first training. It was not even a training. We were jogging in a park It was just fun for our training group. Petra was jumping over a bench . It was just 50 centimeters. She sprained her ankle.She was not in a good condition but I had no idea you could get injured in this simple move. It was before Fed cup semifinal against The United States and she missed Rolland Garros.There was some pressure from the media. After one training it could be over.

The offer from Carolina Wozniacki is still open. My relationship with her family is very good and during tournament we often go out for dinner. It was almost done deal but Piotr wanted me to train her in Denmark, Monte Carlo and The United States and spent a lot of time with her. But I was tired and wanted something more quiet.

After Wimbledon 2011 Piotr sent me a text message, because he knows my contract is ending at the end of the year. He got ready a fantastic project. It would be global Carolina wozniacki Academy, He wants me to be part of it . Main donor would be Roman Abramovich and an arab sheikh. From every continent they would take talents from 14-18 years. The Academy would be situated 3 month in Europe, 3 months in Dubai and 3 months in China . The main goal is to make a champion for Rio de Janiero in 2016.
In 2012 I want to train Petra. I can not exclude Wozniakci´s offer in the future.

Excelscior
Jul 19th, 2011, 05:05 PM
Wading through that ATP talk to get to the Petra tidbits was brutal. So happy I'm not a true fan, only a respectful admirer of the talents of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. I would never want to belong to a group with any of those brainwarped, narrow minded, obsessed idiots. I'm embarrassed for all of them. Blugh ATP!!! They can have it.

I hear ya!!

I like the ATP, and WTA. Petra just made me Pay much more attention to the WTA, cause I found a new person (last Wimby) with a style, and skills that I really loved.

But you're right. Only if you were a Djoker fan (or a chronic Fed or Nadal/ATP defender), could you want to wade/read through 400 comments of Fed, Nadal, Murray and Djoker at Wimby, to get to 10 Petra related comments. I agree! Lol.

Excelscior
Jul 19th, 2011, 05:21 PM
Every player who can afford it stays in a house during Wimbledon because it's a resedential area and the tournament coordinate with the residents to have players lodge in them for 2/3 weeks.

Doubt it's the same at the US Open.

Yeah. 18 Majors is right (as well as yourself Slutiana). The players can walk to Wimby from those private homes. They're no neighborhoods that are within easy walking distance to Flushing Meadow (especially in that heat), cause it's in a big Park, manufacturing, highway, waterfront area. The Park is surrounded by highways.

But there are neighborhoods (very nice ones), that are within 5-30 minutes car drive, or subway ride, where they can walk to local shopping, if they need anything.

The subway is not as much a big deal, cause usually the car sponsors pick them up from there Manhattan hotels or locations.

I think the US OPEN (if they don't do already) should have a program to, that hooks players up with homes that are close by. They don't have to worry about getting there; cause that's what the car sponsors are for. They drive the players. But like Wimby, they can rent a house, have a back yard, plus walk to shopping if they need anything.

I'm sure guys like Federer, with young kids, or players that just wanna focus on winning (like Petra; heard her say on a interview "we never see London. We just focus on playing"), don't need to deal with all the traffic and hassles, from getting from Manhattan to Queens (though I know players usually get there hours before their scheduled times anyway).

There are also some nice, interesting restaurants in that area that they can go to, right after a match, or near the neighborhoods they can stay.

Just my two cents/idea's for Petra Dominance. ;) :) :D Lol.

Thanks guys.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 19th, 2011, 05:30 PM
I call this article 'Coffee with Mr. Cernosek'. I have done my quick best to clean up the Google translation. Hopefully, I haven't changed any meanings too much. I think his messages come through loud and clear though. Enjoy!

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/107907/petra-neni-umela-reklamni-barbina-rika-cernosek.html

Petra is not artificial advertising Barbie doll, says Cernosek
Yesterday 18:40

In his own club Miroslav Cernosek nurtured a treasure. In Prostejov he invested in the development of young Petra Kvitova, and today it sells on the market as the marketing of a Wimbledon champion. "In Petra's interest," says the middle man of key negotiations.

What is the price for Petra Kvitova after her Wimbledon triumph?
"It's definitely specific. I do not state the number 28 million. After winning Wimbledon her marketing value has increased considerably. She came from seven-eight-digit numbers. "

Is it real, can it get to the amount of 30 million in marketing resources for the year?
"It's a question. I see it as very real. We are at a stage where we are completing the adjustments of certain contracts and others are imminent. This question I can answer just sometime after the U.S. Open, when we have finished additions in contracts with Nike and Wilson. Contracts with these companies to make clothes and it rockets around stars such as Federer, Djokovic, Nadal or Sharapova, it is considerable amounts of money. "

Are you still developing negotiations with new partners, among them energy giant CEZ? "The newspapers wrote a lot of things. Petra won the first weekend in July, we are now working intensively on it, that contracts are signed. From me it would be incorrect to talk about something that is approved by the Board and the Supervisory Board. I believe that Petra will come with at least four new partners. "

They are only from the Czech Republic, or even the world?
"It's not just the Czech partners, it is half and half. These two Czech and two large multinational corporations. Contracts have been formulated into final form, but are not yet signed. "

Besides the results, does her modest personality help Kvitova , which in the tennis world is largely unusual?
"Tennis is a highly individual sport, the question of the personality of the players dominates. Petra came up with something new from what has recently been in world tennis. With a face and personality. It's nice, natural. It is not artificially created by for some advertising Barbie doll. Her appearances at Wimbledon have won great favor and response. Even the media boom after Wimbledon was a significant supporting argument. Firms perceived to be of interest in Petra. Her face is captivating and sympaticka (In Czech sympaticky means 'pleasant, likable, nice), it radiates positive thinking. "

Can Kvitova approach the advertising earnings of footballer Petr Cech?
"It's hard to grasp things. Petr Cech is one of the athletes, which is part of the income that is associated with the advertising team. In tennis you can accurately calculate the prize money, everything else is a matter of commercial contracts. I think the potential to be a female leader she certainly has, even now it exists. "

Might Kvitova become a global advertising icon type like Sharapova?
"I would say that it has potential. But we consider that it comes from a country which has a population of ten million inhabitants and a corresponding economic potential. Russian and American athletes have always received more lucrative contracts. Olympic javelin gold medalist Jan Zelezny had a contract with Mizuno worse than a Japanese hammer thrower, who worked on the domestic market. Nike will always perceive that sales in the Czech Republic are not like America and Russia. "

Kvitova, in the event of success, can earn above the appearance and prize money; could all of this get her total earnings to the level of a hundred million dollars?
"Absolutely. The prize money this year can earn seventy million, so this year so its value could be one hundred million. "

THE ORIGINAL CZECH

Petra není umělá reklamní barbína, říká Černošek

Včera 18:40

Ve vlastním klubu si Miroslav Černošek vypiplal poklad. V Prostějově investoval do vývoje mladé Petry Kvitové a dnes ji prodává na marketingovém trhu jako wimbledonskou šampionku. „O Petru je zájem,“ říká uprostřed klíčových vyjednávání.

Jaká je cena Petry Kvitové po wimbledonském triumfu?
„Nebudu vysloveně konkrétní. Nechci uvádět číslo 28 milionů. Po vítězství ve Wimbledonu její marketingová hodnota výrazně stoupla. Dostala se ze sedmimístných čísel na osmimístné.“

Je reálné, že se dostane na hranici 30 milionů korun z marketingových zdrojů za rok?
„Je to otázka. Já to vidím jako velice reálné. Jsme ve fázi, kdy dokončujeme úpravy některých smluv a další jsou na spadnutí. Tuto otázku budu schopen zodpovědět přesně někdy po US Open, kdy budeme mít hotové dodatky ve smlouvách s Nike a Wilsonem. Kontrakty s těmito firmami na oblečení a rakety dělají u hvězd, jakými jsou Federer, Djokovič, Nadal nebo Šarapovová, nemalé finanční částky.“

Jak se vyvíjí vyjednávání s novými partnery, patří mezi ně stále energetický gigant ČEZ?
„V novinách se napsala spousta věcí. Petra vyhrála první víkend v červenci, my teď intenzivně pracujeme na tom, aby smlouvy byly podepsány. Ode mě by bylo nekorektní hovořit o něčem, co zatím neschválila představenstva a dozorčí rady. Domnívám se, že Petra přijde minimálně se čtyřmi novými partnery.“

Jsou jen z Česka, nebo i ze světa?
„Nejsou to jen čeští partneři, je to půl na půl. Jde o dvě české a dvě velké nadnárodní korporace. Smlouvy jsou formulovány do konečné podoby, ještě nejsou podepsány.“

Pomáhá Kvitové kromě výsledků i její skromná osobnost, která je v tenisovém světě velkých eg neobvyklá?
„Tenis je výrazně individuální sport, otázka osobnosti hráče v něm dominuje. Petra přišla s něčím novým, co v poslední době ve světovém tenise nebylo. S tváří a osobností. Je milá, přirozená. Není to uměle vytvořená reklamní barbína. Svým vystupováním ve Wimbledonu si získala velikou přízeň a odezvu. I mediální boom po Wimbledonu byl výrazným podpůrným argumentem. Firmy vnímaly, že je o Petru zájem. Její tvář je podmanivá, sympatická, vyzařuje z ní pozitivní myšlení.“

Může se Kvitová jednou přiblížit reklamním výdělkům fotbalisty Petra Čecha?
„Jsou to těžko uchopitelné věci. Petr Čech patří ke sportovcům, je jichž část příjmů je spojená s reklamou týmu. U tenisu lze přesně spočítat prize money, vše ostatní je otázkou obchodních smluv. Já si myslím, že potenciál být ženskou jedničkou určitě má, dokonce jí dnes už je.“

Může se z Kvitové stát globální reklamní ikona typu Šarapovové?
„Já bych řekl, že potenciál má. Musíme ale vzít v úvahu, že pochází ze země, která má kapacitu deset milionů obyvatel a tomu odpovídající ekonomický potenciál. Ruští a američtí sportovci mají vždycky lukrativnější smlouvy. Oštěpař Honza Železný měl také u Mizuna horší smlouvu než japonský kladivář, který působil na domácím trhu. Nike bude vždycky vnímat, že v Česku nemá tržby jako v Americe a Rusku.“

Kvitová si v případě úspěchů může vydělat především na startovném a na prize money, můžou se její celkové výdělky dostat na úroveň sta milionů korun?
„Absolutně. Na prize money si letos může vydělat sedmdesát milionů, takže její letošní hodnota může být sto milionů.“

Excelscior
Jul 19th, 2011, 05:31 PM
From an interview with Petra´s condition trainer Josef Ivanko

http://denniksport.sk/article/181265/trenera-ivanka-chce-aj-wozniacka

(In 2009) Petra got injured during our first training. It was not even a training. We were jogging in a park It was just fun for our training group. Petra was jumping over a bench . It was just 50 centimeters. She sprained her ankle.She was not in a good condition but I had no idea you could get injured in this simple move. It was before Fed cup semifinal against The United States and she missed Rolland Garros.There was some pressure from the media. After one training it could be over.

The offer from Carolina Wozniacki is still open. My relationship with her family is very good and during tournament we often go out for dinner. It was almost done deal but Piotr wanted me to train her in Denmark, Monte Carlo and The United States and spent a lot of time with her. But I was tired and wanted something more quiet.

After Wimbledon 2011 Piotr sent me a text message, because he knows my contract is ending at the end of the year. He got ready a fantastic project. It would be global Carolina wozniacki Academy, He wants me to be part of it . Main donor would be Roman Abramovich and an arab sheikh. From every continent they would take talents from 14-18 years. The Academy would be situated 3 month in Europe, 3 months in Dubai and 3 months in China . The main goal is to make a champion for Rio de Janiero in 2016.
In 2012 I want to train Petra. I can not exclude Wozniakci´s offer in the future.

Do you guys see Caroline's reprehensible/Lying father (sorry for the language)??

He's trying to Bribe Petra's Fitness Coach, by offering him and opportunity to make $$$, outside of conditioning his daughter. WTF? Isn't he still under contract? How unsavory/unethical.

Plus, you know he's lying!! Why would Roman Abramovich (I know he has a lot of Russian money, but he ain't stupid either), and some unknown Arab Sheik (does that sound like a Cliche guys), start a chain of tennis academies in Caroline Wozniaki's name?

C'mon! Piotr is trying to big time Petra and Koytza by telling Ivanko "We're not just going to offer you a ordinary fitness contract, we wan't you to open a chain of Tennis centers with my daughter and I , and be rich" WTF again!!! How desperate!!

Where's his ethics; texting this idea right after Petra won Wimby? In team sports this would be tampering, and he would be fined!

Is her father that pitiful and deceitful in holding on to coaching his daughter?

Ivanko is not even a tennis coach, so why would he be paid so much money in this dumb, fantasy driven idea/academy Wozzy's father is texting/proposing to him? I don't believe it!

Who the hell would join (or back) a Global Caroline Wozniaki Tennis Academy, anyway? The slamless #1? Give me a Freakin Break. Her father is a con artist, if this story is true. I know Ivanko can't be that gullible? I don't think he is (note: he says he want to coach Petra in 2012).

Yeah. Tell me all this isn't true, and Ivanko is just trying to hard bargain/remind Petra and Koytza (though he says he wants to be with Petra in 2012) to "retain/pay me!?"

Mmhhhh?....... SMH.......Ok. Exhale now.

Excelscior
Jul 19th, 2011, 05:37 PM
Hey Queen Petra Fan. Great!

I've read articles from him before, right after Wimbledon on this stuff.

Keep in mind the money that Cersonek is speaking, is Czech money. I think it's called crowns. It's not dollars, pounds, or Euro's (I know you know this, but I'm not sure that's mentioned in your lead in). Lol.

See this answer below:

"Absolutely. The prize money this year can earn seventy million, so this year so its value could be one hundred million. "

Currently, Petra's YTD earning are a little over $3million.

Ok. Now I'm going to finish reading the article.


Thx

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 19th, 2011, 05:50 PM
Every player who can afford it stays in a house during Wimbledon because it's a resedential area and the tournament coordinate with the residents to have players lodge in them for 2/3 weeks.

Doubt it's the same at the US Open.

That's great news to hear. Would you want our favorite player staying in the home of some potential nutcase, serial killer or other form of whacko? I love my home country but it has millions of dangerous people running around and that's a fact.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 19th, 2011, 06:08 PM
Hey Queen Petra Fan. Great!

I've read articles from him before, right after Wimbledon, on this stuff.

Keep in mind, the money that Cersonek is speaking, is Czech money. I think it's called crowns. It's not dollars, pounds, or Euro's (I know you know this, but I'm not sure that's mentioned in your lead in). Lol.

See this answer below:



Currently, Petra's YTD earning are a little over $3million.

Ok. Now I'm going to finish reading the article.


Thx

Hi Ex. Actually, the interview was a little strange. I got the feeling they were talking in terms of Czech korunas (CZK,crowns) at the beginning of the story and then they went and mentioned dollars at the end. Huh?

BTW, your YTD number is really close. It's been widely mentioned in the media over here (CZ) that she has earned over 50 million CZK so far. At 17 kc per dollar times 3,000,000 that would be just about right.

I thought the interesting part was learning about how Nike operates. Theoretically, a second rate but popular Russian, American or Chinese player could earn even more than Petra just because of the mass national appeal factor they could potentially have. Translation: Petra will never receive Masha numbers because she comes from a small market country. More incentive for Petra to focus on those Grand Slam paydays to compensate.

Excelscior
Jul 19th, 2011, 06:13 PM
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That's great news to hear. Would you want our favorite player staying in the home of some potential nutcase, serial killer or other form of whacko? I love my home country but it has millions of dangerous people running around and that's a fact.

Hey QPF

I was talking about empty home, professional rentals, not staying with people.

C'mon! Lol.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 19th, 2011, 06:39 PM
Hey QPF

I was talking about empty home, professional rentals, not staying with people.

C'mon! Lol.

I would still check up in the attic or down in the cellar if they exist before getting comfy! Never underestimate a New Yorker. Confuscious say: "Crazy, twin brother of genius".lol ;)

Excelscior
Jul 19th, 2011, 07:12 PM
Queen Petra Fan Hi Ex. Actually, the interview was a little strange. I got the feeling they were talking in terms of Czech korunas (CZK,crowns) at the beginning of the story and then they went and mentioned dollars at the end. Huh?

BTW, your YTD number is really close. It's been widely mentioned in the media over here (CZ) that she has earned over 50 million CZK so far. At 17 kc per dollar times 3,000,000 that would be just about right.

I thought the interesting part was learning about how Nike operates. Theoretically, a second rate but popular Russian, American or Chinese player could earn even more than Petra just because of the mass national appeal factor they could potentially have. Translation: Petra will never receive Masha numbers because she comes from a small market country. More incentive for Petra to focus on those Grand Slam paydays to compensate.[/QUOTE

Well said.

Yes! She'd have to be a big winner (which we know she can be), improve her English, and connect with fans to open up world wide endorsements Like Federer and Nadal, to make up for her small country origins like they do. And if she win's majors (as you keenly suggested), she'll not only make big prize money, but she may pick up a few endorsements along the way. We'll see?

But the article is correct. That's how it works in promotion and marketing. It starts from the base of operations (unless YOU are, or create something special for people to bond with/relate to). It's about your natural constituency, and it's $$ potential.

So marketer's look at your home country, that natural constituency (a language or area), or people that can easily relate. If it's a wealthy, large country or area, then GREAT, the athlete can make a bundle quite easily (relatively speaking). ;) :D ;) But let's just start/focus on her winning The US Open.

Go Petra!!!

Slutiana
Jul 19th, 2011, 07:56 PM
Piotr. :lol: So predictable. What an idiot.

bruce goose
Jul 19th, 2011, 08:37 PM
If all of the background details mentioned are true,then it's a form of flattery for both the conditioning coach AND Petra.Most people would agree that Petra was a bit chunkier not too long ago,and her natural on-court speed will never be at the top.....and yet everyone can see the improvements she made to impressively get Slam-ready,so now she's serving as a sort of standard for some others to follow:)

Excelscior
Jul 19th, 2011, 09:10 PM
If all of the background details mentioned are true,then it's a form of flattery for both the conditioning coach AND Petra.Most people would agree that Petra was a bit chunkier not too long ago,and her natural on-court speed will never be at the top.....and yet everyone can see the improvements she made to impressively get Slam-ready,so now she's serving as a sort of standard for some others to follow:)

Bruce! I agree with you, and well said. But the guy is still a unethical, Sleaze Bucket/liar! Don't ya think? Lol. :lol: :lol: :rolleyes:

"Global Caroline Wozniaki Tennis Academy's" Yeah Right (roll eyes)! Lol.

bruce goose
Jul 19th, 2011, 09:22 PM
Bruce! I agree with you, and well said. But the guy is still a unethical, Sleaze Bucket/liar! Don't ya think? Lol. :lol: :lol: :rolleyes:

"Global Caroline Wozniaki Tennis Academies" Yeah Right (roll eyes)! Lol.Okay,I'll answer that---perhaps he IS sleazy as you said,but I strive not to be overly judgmental cuz that's been a fault of mine sometimes.

Bottom line,Caroline still needs to prove herself at Slams while Petra has virtually cemented that issue.All she has to do is follow up with reasonably-good results in the next few Slams--even if she doesn't go all the way--and then she'll have completely separated herself from some of the infamous flukes of recent years;ATP:Hewitt,Gaudio...won't mention the WTA textbook example:angel:

Excelscior
Jul 19th, 2011, 09:40 PM
Okay,I'll answer that---perhaps he IS sleazy as you said,but I strive not to be overly judgmental cuz that's been a fault of mine sometimes.

Bottom line,Caroline still needs to prove herself at Slams while Petra has virtually cemented that issue.All she has to do is follow up with reasonably-good results in the next few Slams--even if she doesn't go all the way--and then she'll have completely separated herself from some of the infamous flukes of recent years;ATP:Hewitt,Gaudio...won't mention the WTA textbook example:angel:

All True Bruce Goose!

You know what? I think we're on to something here? :) ;)

Think about it? Rory McIlroy-Talented, young player, who choked in majors, then won his first, after choking at his worst/last B4 (The Master's).

Ivanko-took a chubby, underachieving, but promising Petra, and help made her a streamlined Slam Champion 2+ years later.

It looks like Piotr getting desperate and trying to surround Caroline, or himself around Major/Slam champion material that was where Caroline is now (talented failure), and already got to where she wants to go (Talented New Slam Champion)?

Next thing you know, he'll be trying to go after Koytza?? ;) :help:

Don't worry Bruce. You're never judgmental as long as you write with qualifiers, redemption, short memories and humor. ;) Lol.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 20th, 2011, 05:44 AM
From an interview with Petra´s condition trainer Josef Ivanko

http://denniksport.sk/article/181265/trenera-ivanka-chce-aj-wozniacka

(In 2009) Petra got injured during our first training. It was not even a training. We were jogging in a park It was just fun for our training group. Petra was jumping over a bench . It was just 50 centimeters. She sprained her ankle.She was not in a good condition but I had no idea you could get injured in this simple move. It was before Fed cup semifinal against The United States and she missed Rolland Garros.There was some pressure from the media. After one training it could be over.

The offer from Carolina Wozniacki is still open. My relationship with her family is very good and during tournament we often go out for dinner. It was almost done deal but Piotr wanted me to train her in Denmark, Monte Carlo and The United States and spent a lot of time with her. But I was tired and wanted something more quiet.

After Wimbledon 2011 Piotr sent me a text message, because he knows my contract is ending at the end of the year. He got ready a fantastic project. It would be global Carolina wozniacki Academy, He wants me to be part of it . Main donor would be Roman Abramovich and an arab sheikh. From every continent they would take talents from 14-18 years. The Academy would be situated 3 month in Europe, 3 months in Dubai and 3 months in China . The main goal is to make a champion for Rio de Janiero in 2016.
In 2012 I want to train Petra. I can not exclude Wozniakci´s offer in the future.

That was a very interesting read PaulMara. It sounds like somebody's either desperately concerned about how his cashcow daughter has been tanking lately or he would desperately like to try to derail the player he knows is going to eventually dethrone his daughter and make her insignificant as she probably won't be able to win any majors if Petra stays in top form and continues to improve; or both. Either way you can see the Woz camp is starting to reach for the panic button.

Frankly, I think they're doing a pretty good job of blowing smoke up Ivanka's you know what. It's obvious the guy feels he is underpaid and is playing for a raise using his 'very good' friends the Woz's. He may get it in the end for the sake of keeping harmony during Petra's breakout year. But I'm sure the way he's trying to pressure Mr. Cernosek publicly will not be appreciated by Petra's key decision maker. In the end, nobody is irreplaceable but the player.

18majors
Jul 20th, 2011, 02:54 PM
Petra will contend at every majors she enters from now on.

bruce goose
Jul 20th, 2011, 05:13 PM
That was a very interesting read PaulMara. It sounds like somebody's either desperately concerned about how his cashcow daughter has been tanking lately or he would desperately like to try to derail the player he knows is going to eventually dethrone his daughter and make her insignificant as she probably won't be able to win any majors if Petra stays in top form and continues to improve; or both. Either way you can see the Woz camp is starting to reach for the panic button.QPF,I don't mean this as a personal attack,but if you perceive it that way...or if you're highly offended...then just tell me and I'll go back and delete this post.

Basically,I'm saying that your premise is pretty lame here...while I agree that Petra should be considered a chief threat for any young WTA player with potential,it's not as if stealing her fitness coach would derail her career.At worst,it might throw her somewhat out of rhythm for a couple months until she found a new one...which wouldn't be extremely hard.

Further,there are LOTs of players who can beat Caro at majors...especially if she's not in top form...so singling out Petra wouldn't do a damned bit of good while there are still serious threats such as the WS,Clijsters,Zvonareva,etc.,and even Cibulkova and Dani made her look bad this year.What's next?Is Piotr gonna hire some thug to kidnap Jada for a couple days to frighten Kim into retirement?

I think you can see that some of this conspiracy stuff can get pretty asinine if we don't distinguish between fact and wild speculation.I've already seen where a couple wannabe telepathy experts have read Petra's thoughts and discerned that she's 'arrogant' and 'believes that she's better than everyone else' b/c Petra won't be playing certain MMs:rolleyes:.There's nothing wrong with disliking a player or feeling that her playing style is boring,but let's at least stay above the GM-Toilet Level where they attribute normal,everyday actions to malicious,satanic conspiracies.Trust me,what goes around comes around,and Petra will get her share of nonsense thrown her way that we won't appreciate

paulmara
Jul 20th, 2011, 07:59 PM
Latest News Petra Climbed Lomnický štít (2633m)
(note There is a cable car connection from Tatranska lomnica straight to Lomnicky stit or there is ground cable car From Strý smokovec to Hrebienk then 7 km hike to skalnate pleso and then you take cable car to the summnit or you can make some combiantions)

http://www.sport.cz/clanek/189052-velka-vyzva-pro-kvitovou-na-konci-leta-muze-byt-svetovou-dvojkou.html

paulmara
Jul 20th, 2011, 08:26 PM
I was looking for Mf Dnes magazine interview with Petra Kvitova from February 2011. Instead I´m stucked with 2 uninteresting and 3 online interviews.

Our relationship ( with Adam Pavlásek) started in December 2010. (2/24/2011) (note I really don´t care about this isssue)

The tennis raquet I gave to Vaclav Klaus was not the winning racquet But it was in my tennis bag and I had it in my hand during the final so we can say it´s a wimbledon racquet. (7/7/2011)

(For real tennis experts) What is your maximum pulse rate ? After a long rally 150. In training after hard sprinting 170.
(4 /3/ 2011)

About facebook ? I got personal facebook with friends that I know face to face. Follow www.facebook.com/czechfedcupteam you can read and watch something there. ( note little confusing ) (4 /3/ 2011)

Rafa or roger ? roger (7/13/2010)

I was just once on holiday in Tunisisa. (7/13/2010)

(For real tennis experts) 26 and 24 (string tension) Luxilon and alupower (strings) (2/5/2009)

Yesterday we were celebraiting Lucie Šafařova´s birthday in club „Havana“ (2/5/2009)

I´m studying English and Russian. (2/5/2009)

Sources

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/svet-hvezd/101953/kvitova-o-priteli-je-mu-16-ale-je-to-chlap.html
http://tn.nova.cz/sport/tenis/kvitova-prozila-nejtezsi-den-v-roli-celebrity.html
http://sport.idnes.cz/ptejte-se-pred-tenistky-petry-kvitove-dha-/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA4 2011
http://ekonomika.idnes.cz/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA3 2010
http://sport.idnes.cz/on-line-rozhovor-s-tenistkou-petrou-kvitovou-f4a-/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA 2009
http://ona.idnes.cz/rozchod-s-tatou-jsme-ustali-rika-tenistka-petra-kvitova-p2r-/spolecnost.aspx?c=A110222_181430_spolecnost_jup

bruce goose
Jul 20th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Our relationship ( with Adam Pavlásek) started in november 2010. (2/24/2011) (note I really don´t care about this isssue)Though I mostly agree with you here,I'm glad to note the TIMING of the relationship b/c it shows us that Petra's bf had nothing to do with her slump last year;i.e.,Petra's not some dizzy girl who allows a guy to sink her tennis prospects

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 20th, 2011, 09:18 PM
QPF,I don't mean this as a personal attack,but if you perceive it that way...or if you're highly offended...then just tell me and I'll go back and delete this post.

Basically,I'm saying that your premise is pretty lame here...while I agree that Petra should be considered a chief threat for any young WTA player with potential,it's not as if stealing her fitness coach would derail her career.At worst,it might throw her somewhat out of rhythm for a couple months until she found a new one...which wouldn't be extremely hard.

Further,there are LOTs of players who can beat Caro at majors...especially if she's not in top form...so singling out Petra wouldn't do a damned bit of good while there are still serious threats such as the WS,Clijsters,Zvonareva,etc.,and even Cibulkova and Dani made her look bad this year.What's next?Is Piotr gonna hire some thug to kidnap Jada for a couple days to frighten Kim into retirement?

I think you can see that some of this conspiracy stuff can get pretty asinine if we don't distinguish between fact and wild speculation.I've already seen where a couple wannabe telepathy experts have read Petra's thoughts and discerned that she's 'arrogant' and 'believes that she's better than everyone else' b/c Petra won't be playing certain MMs:rolleyes:.There's nothing wrong with disliking a player or feeling that her playing style is boring,but let's at least stay above the GM-Toilet Level where they attribute normal,everyday actions to malicious,satanic conspiracies.Trust me,what goes around comes around,and Petra will get her share of nonsense thrown her way that we won't appreciate

Hi BG. Don't worry. I'm not offended at all. Thanks for being frank with me. I like that in a discussion. Trust me, I realized the whole time I was writing my post, in the first paragraph anyway, I was probably fertilizing the fields of wild speculation. It's fun sometimes. But in this case, what else do we have? I'm not going to sit here and pretend I know exactly what Caro's dad is really up to or what game Petra's opportunistic trainer is really playing. We just don't know, but all will be revealed in good time. Then we can sit back and tell each other "Hey, that was a good guess you made." What if I end up being right? Probably not, but who knows? My guess is as good as yours.

More importantly, I think my more realistic and less dismissable point was in the second paragraph. Mr. Ivanka is definitely playing a dangerous game with his career (relationship with Petra) by negotiating and pressuring Mr. Cernosek in public. Nobody likes their hand being forced in such a public way. It may be forgiven, but probably not forgotten.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 20th, 2011, 09:29 PM
I was looking for Mf Dnes magazine interview with Petra Kvitova from February 2011. Instead I´m stucked with 2 uninteresting and 3 online interviews.

Our relationship ( with Adam Pavlásek) started in november 2010. (2/24/2011) (note I really don´t care about this isssue)

The tennis raquet I gave to Vaclav Klaus was not the winning racquet But it was in my tennis bag and I had it in my hand during the final so we can say it´s a wimbledon racquet. (7/7/2011)

(For real tennis experts) What is your maximum pulse rate ? After a long rally 150. In training after hard sprinting 170.
(4 /3/ 2011)

About facebook ? I got personal facebook with friends that I know face to face. Follow www.facebook.com/czechfedcupteam you can read and watch something there. ( note little confusing ) (4 /3/ 2011)

Rafa or roger ? roger (7/13/2010)

I was just once on holiday in Tunisisa. (7/13/2010)

(For real tennis experts) 26 and 24 (string tension) Luxilon and alupower (strings) (2/5/2009)

Yesterday we were celebraiting Lucie Šafařova´s birthday in club „Havana“ (2/5/2009)

I´m studying English and Russian. (2/5/2009)

Sources

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/svet-hvezd/101953/kvitova-o-priteli-je-mu-16-ale-je-to-chlap.html
http://tn.nova.cz/sport/tenis/kvitova-prozila-nejtezsi-den-v-roli-celebrity.html
http://sport.idnes.cz/ptejte-se-pred-tenistky-petry-kvitove-dha-/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA4 2011
http://ekonomika.idnes.cz/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA3 2010
http://sport.idnes.cz/on-line-rozhovor-s-tenistkou-petrou-kvitovou-f4a-/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA 2009
http://ona.idnes.cz/rozchod-s-tatou-jsme-ustali-rika-tenistka-petra-kvitova-p2r-/spolecnost.aspx?c=A110222_181430_spolecnost_jup

One of the nicer pictures from the FedCup Team Facebook page (Do you think our girl had a couple that night?):

bruce goose
Jul 20th, 2011, 10:00 PM
Hi BG. Don't worry. I'm not offended at all. Thanks for being frank with me. I like that in a discussion. Trust me, I realized the whole time I was writing my post, in the first paragraph anyway, I was probably fertilizing the fields of wild speculation. It's fun sometimes. But in this case, what else do we have? I'm not going to sit here and pretend I know exactly what Caro's dad is really up to or what game Petra's opportunistic trainer is really playing. We just don't know, but all will be revealed in good time. Then we can sit back and tell each other "Hey, that was a good guess you made." What if I end up being right? Probably not, but who knows? My guess is as good as yours.

More importantly, I think my more realistic and less dismissable point was in the second paragraph. Mr. Ivanka is definitely playing a dangerous game with his career (relationship with Petra) by negotiating and pressuring Mr. Cernosek in public. Nobody likes their hand being forced in such a public way. It may be forgiven, but probably not forgotten.Yeah,I didn't disagree with THAT point at all;it's pretty obvious that he's trying to play a leverage game in several ways.Perhaps he feels underappreciated and deserves more gratitude for Petra's success---or maybe it's a simple yearning for a financial windfall.If he HAS,in fact,helped Petra a lot as many folks think,then the team will likely weigh that in the balance along with the public attitude he's now displaying,and then they'll decide if he's worth keeping or if a different reputable face would be better

Excelscior
Jul 20th, 2011, 10:11 PM
I'm not so sure why Mr. Invanko is speaking so publicly and casually about his relationship with Petra? But then again, I don't know the dynamics of Czech/Slovakia media communication, and what type of guy/personality Ivanko really is??

Do any of us?

I guess we'll find out soon, or later?

Wozniaki's father on the other hand?.... Ahhhhh. I'll leave that alone. Lol.

PS Bruce: As far as a conditioning coach, Ivanko's departure shouldn't hurt Petra at all (knock on wood). She's already in shape now, and unless he had some special skills/training that got better results with Petra than anyone else, it shouldn't be a big deal. I can agree with that.

The more relevant concern may be, if they had built a close relationship/bond, would his vacancy affect her mentally on the court, or future conditioning (if the new guy was boring per se, or didn't understand or motivate her)? Probably not. Petra appears to be a professional. But why rock the boat if you don't have to, when successful?

I do agree he appears to be talking a little too much lately.

This may/can get interesting?

BikezAreForever!
Jul 21st, 2011, 12:16 AM
I was looking for Mf Dnes magazine interview with Petra Kvitova from February 2011. Instead I´m stucked with 2 uninteresting and 3 online interviews.
Sources

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/svet-hvezd/101953/kvitova-o-priteli-je-mu-16-ale-je-to-chlap.html
http://tn.nova.cz/sport/tenis/kvitova-prozila-nejtezsi-den-v-roli-celebrity.html
http://sport.idnes.cz/ptejte-se-pred-tenistky-petry-kvitove-dha-/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA4 2011
http://ekonomika.idnes.cz/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA3 2010
http://sport.idnes.cz/on-line-rozhovor-s-tenistkou-petrou-kvitovou-f4a-/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA 2009
http://ona.idnes.cz/rozchod-s-tatou-jsme-ustali-rika-tenistka-petra-kvitova-p2r-/spolecnost.aspx?c=A110222_181430_spolecnost_jup

I read quite a lot of good interviews in the past. I am posting one from iDnes after Wimbledon 2010. It is a bit of an old hat, however it was quite a good interview if you manage to get through a first boring part :) . I will also post another interview from after French Open published in local paper which I found very enjoyable.

I a enclosing transcript from the interview in July 2010, when PK was actually in Tatra mountains as well. Please note that she had a different boyfriend than, so dont get confused.


I was afraid to tell my dad about his love, admits Wimbledon semifinalist
11th July 2010 10:57, updated on 13/07 13:16
After a sensational semi-final at Wimbledon, she is ranked 29th in the world. Experts are predicting a promising career. And Petra Kvitova loves tennis. For a moment he defied (his dad) only when fifteen, but looking back she's calling it a minor teenage rebellion. Today, tennis gives her job and joy, thanks to tennis she also got to know his boyfriend.

I have not had the opportunity to ask someone if it smells by freshly mowed grass at Wimbledon. 

Yes. You do really smell it there.

What else did you find captivating?

Tradition the most. That you always play in white only. Actually, there is everything breathing with history and tennis legends.

Purely the pretty appearance may become obscure when there is Serena Williams waiting for you in the semifinals of the tournament draw. That sounds like death perhaps, right?
 I never look at a draw. The coach tells me with whom I am playing. Certainly, however, it is not the end. Sure, she is a tough player. Then the more I want to perform and defeat her.

Especially when Martina Navratilova comes into the dressing room to support you. What did she tell you before the semifinal?

She came to wish me good luck. And that I have a chance, which I should try to grab. It was very nice of her, that she came to me there. Those few sentences are sufficient (of encouragement), because they are from her.

Have you known each other before?
We just met after round 4, she congratulated me on the way to the locker room.

At the end, you lost to Williams. What do you do then (when you finish at a tournament)? I start arranging an airline ticket home, pack my things, I sort out paper work. If I am playing a tournament in a few days somewhere else, I'll wait and fly straight up there. Meanwhile I train.

No shopping? No, I am not much into browsing and shopping in the city. We spend so little time at home that we attempt to fly away as quickly as possible.

Have you had more spectators than at Wimbledon now?
 There were quite a lot at the US Open. I enjoy playing in front of so many people.

You do not have a larger stage fright?
 No, It is better to have a better atmosphere during a match. I enjoy it more.

Do you watch them (the spectators)? I look only at the opponent or the coach.

Sometimes you will hear a directly addressed shout from the audience. You must hear it. 
 Yeah, I do hear that. Sometimes the others start laughing at it, however when I am about to serve, I do not consider it to be funny.

Why do you look at the coach? Does he give you advice?
 Rather, he just supports me. When I make an error, hints to me that it does not matter and that I need to go on. He encourages me. Sometimes he is trying to yell something, but mostly just basic things that I know well. But it is nice that someone lives through it with me.

Does he travel to all the tournaments?
 Mostly yes.

Have you seen the movie Wimbledon?
 Yes, I have. For us professionals, it was very funny. The way they presented tennis, its just impossible.

What was wrong there?
 You cant play strokes or rallies like that. They hit almost anything, they reach anywhere. They are such tennis supermen.

And the story?What do you expect from a romantic comedy? They fell in love, and that was that. One was doing well, the other one was not. I would not want to be the girl who was not doing well afterwards.

I am asking about it, because you have boyfriend, a tennis player. And as it was evident from the film, some girls tennis dads do not like this. 
 That I was also afraid. Even my dad was afraid of it. But I'm lucky that I have a nice boyfriend who supports me and do not constrains me in any way. He let me have my space, we both know what we want in life. My dad got to know him and so did the coach, both are cool and they accept him.

But you were hesitant to tell him about it. 
 I was thinking it over. Father and daughter, it is such a strong bond, I was afraid, how he takes it. Then I was surprised how well he set about it. I was so glad though, it would be very hard for me, if there were any disagreements between us.

And the coach?
 He is not speaking me into it. For him it is important that I'm happy.

Nicole Vaidisova's in love with Radek Stepanek, but tennis-wise, she flamed out. You are progressing in the opposite direction. 
 I do not think it made me any different as far as tennis is concerned. I kept on hard work, went on going to training sessions...

But you went to them with such nicer feeling, right? Yeah, maybe you know that if you lose, someone is there for you. You do not always have just the tennis.

Because of tennis you dont see each other very often. 
 It's hard, I am always away. But so far we are able to meet occasionally at home. We are both tennis players players, we understand each other. If I had a normal boy who never have done any sport, he probably would carry it difficult.

I assume that you got to know each other because of tennis. 
 Yes, I was ill with my ankle, I did not play, but I went to the club in Prostejov. We have met there several times, we went to a movie couple of times, then it somehow developed.

Do you play together? Sometimes yeah, for example when a coach is not there and I need someone to play with, so Kaja willingly goes(pronounced Kaya, Czech common form of Charles) . So I do not know whether willingly, but it is.

But you prefer going to the movies, if I understand it correctly. 
 Or just hang out with few buddies. We bought in-line skates, so sometimes we set out roller-skating.

Really? I'd be afraid of falling, getting hurt and therefore tennis is off. 
 I was a little worried about it. However I was riding when little, so I learned it quite well. I also wear protectors. We can only hope that I'm not such a clumsy oaf.

I don’t obviously wish it upon you, and touch the wood, but one fall may cost you a career. 
 Sure. But again you can not live only by tennis, it would be doing my head in.

After Wimbledon semifinals You definitely received a lot of congratulations. From whom was it the most pleasing? I got a text message from Jaromir Jagr (czech ice hockey player), I was quite surprised. I did not expect it. I know what he had achieved and what is the athlete, so it was much appreciated. Otherwise I was pleased with the congratulations from Mr. Kodeš, Mrs. Suková, Martina Navratilova. Even John McEnroe sent me his best wishes.

How does it look like when you want to sign up for Wimbledon?
All year you have to climb the ladder to reach the nomination, the so-called ranking in the major tournaments, otherwise you have to play qualifying. I'm the conditions for admission to the tournament met, so there I just signed up on the internet.

How simple. 

Yes. Just fill in name and password and just sign yourself up.

And then?
You come there, they will do a draw, (you) find out with whom and when you play.

Do they pay for your airfare and hotel? We pay for our ticket, it is enough just to book a hotel. Then it depends on how you play.

Well, you played very well. How much did you earn this year at Wimbledon? At the press conference, I heard that about eight million. But I do not know exactly.

Oh. 
I am not thinking about it. I only know that I moved up in the rankings. How many more points or how much more money, I don’t know

Is there someone managing your finances?
 No, they just send it to my account.

You just give them in Wimbledon your account number and they send it you.
 Yes. So actually you do not have to worry about anything.

You then just look using online banking, how much they sent from Wimbledon this time. 
 In effect, yes.

Some of it you send to the coach?
 He gets a fixed salary. In case of great results, he also gets a percentage of the winnings.

Do you buy something you do when it have such a great result?
 No, I’ll leave it in the account. I do not know for what I would spend it on.

On jewelry, a car, a house with a swimming pool?
 Perhaps I could buy an apartment, yeah. But I do not need it. Actually I do not need anything.

Can I buy your racquet normally in a shop or do you have a special one (shop)? It is commonly sold, I do not have anything special. Its weight is maybe a little bit customized to suit me, but that kind of racket you can buy at most places.

You get it from you sponsor. Similarly with your clothes. Can you choose what you wear, or do they simply send you something? I’ve got a contract and a sponsor supply your clothes. For example, Nike sends four or five times a year clothes for tournaments. With one you play from the U.S. Open to Wimbledon, you then get the new ones.

Can choose the clothes? I mean a model or pattern. 
 No, it is up to them what they send you.

I expected that they send you perhaps a catalog and then you choose. 
 No, its up to them what they send. Maybe Maria Sharapova have such arrangements, she helps with designs too. For us, normal ones, it's not like that.

Would you enjoy it?
 Rather not. I am not an expert in it that much, as they say.

You are not ?
 I like to dress nicely, yeah. From catalogue, I would have selected stuff easily. However, I would not be able to design anything.

Are tennis players friends (among themselves)? I would say that everyone has on tour (a series of tournaments) a friend. I have all the Czech and Slovak girls as friends, I like to talk with Russian girls too ... There is no such a rivalry between us, that is sometimes described in the newspapers. For example in England, they wrote that before the matches we may cut each other rackets and we do not talk to each other. I never experienced something like this.

But surely there are tennis players who are not very friendly. 
 I do not know how it is with Maria Sharapova or Williams sisters. We do not meet them many times, but I've not seen them talking with someone that many times.

And when you play with them, are you talking with each other?
 Only at the net after the match. Wimbledon is specific in that, that the seeded players have a locker room somewhere else than those ones who are unseeded.

With whom do you train during a tournament?
 Mostly with girls who play there as well.

Can you perhaps arrange it with the Williams?
 Well, you can. But the question is whether she would like to. Particularly Williamsk sisters play mostly together, or they have permanent sparing partners.

When all was decided, that you become a tennis pro?
 I always played tennis for fun. Dad wanted me to do something, so I played tennis. Only when I was sixteen, I came to Prostejov, where I got a personal trainer. Even so, it was still just playing while studying. But over time I was getting higher and higher, then it was considered more and more.

I'm surprised you started with top tennis started so late. 
 Lucie Safarova for example was here since she was nine years old. Even myself, they wanted me in Prostejov before, but my dad with my mom did not give me away. They did not bring me up badly, tennis-wise or otherwise, and I am grateful to them for it. For a while I thought about interrupting high school due to tennis school, but dad was adamant. Today I would not change, I'm glad I finished the study.

You said that you have a personal coach, he plays with you. Do you have just him?
 I still have a fitness coach. They work together, think about what I should improve.

And where are your friends from? From the primary and high school in Fulnek, unfortunately I do not see them much. And also from tennis, for example with Lucy Safarova we'll go to dinner or just for a chat.

Leaving with your school friends for a music festival, is probably forbidden for you, isn’t it?
 Yeah, there is not time. Rather, we're going to Olomouc to the movies. And buying tickets to the concert or to the theater? Actually, I never know whether I will be at home. There is not much culture in my life, but I'm resigned to it. There will be time for it when I finish my career.

What have you seen last at the cinema?
 The third part of Twilight, Eclipse. I liked it.

Because of the handsome main character? Of course I liked the main character, and the other one was nice too. But I was happy with the content too.

What is your favorite TV show?
 Surgery in the Rose Garden (Czech soap opera; girls usually watch it ;->). It's great that they give all the parts on the Internet. I can watch it, even when I am not at home.

Do you take notebook because of that to the tournaments?
 Yeah, I got him all the time. In the hotel I am watching The Surgery, or talking to someone on Skype, sometimes I turn on Facebook. And when they do not have internet access in the hotel, I watch movies or I read. Now I finished reading two pieces of Millenium by Stieg Larsson, I have to borrow from the coach the third.

Do you watch sport on TV? My boyfriend is an athlete's body and soul, so we have it turned on all the time. I cant miss FIFA World Cup or Ice Hockey Championship.

You come across as a calm person. Is that always like that?
 I guess. I am rather phlegmatic. On the court and off.

So you never destroyed a racket in anger?
 No. I do not even remember that I saw a female tennis player, who did it. I had a rebellious period when fifteen, I did not want to train. But in the end I always went.

What decided? Dad?
 He always arranged for me. Perhaps it was the little bit like a submarine sickness, we played together since I was four, even at home we sometimes did not talk about anything else.

How often do you train these days? Twice a day and a half hour, then I have another fitness hour- mostly running or gym.

Do you watch your matches on video afterwards?
 If I have it, yes. The coach draws my attention to errors. He often says: This I tell you all the time, you should not play that way’. I think that video does help players. I often think that I do something, how it should be done, and from the video you find out that you're doing it wrong. It's a good thing.

Do you do this with your opponents too?
 No, I do know them from training or tournaments. Sometimes the coach goes to see how they play and tell me what could be their weaknesses. However, in what form my opponent is, I mostly find out during the match.

Now, you live tennis, that's for sure. You also have a plan B? Athletes must always count on the fact that anything can happen. If something happened to me, I'd probably go on to study university. But I don’t think about it now. Now I rejoice in the fact that the hobby became a great job.

Zdroj: http://sport.idnes.cz/bala-jsem-se-tatovi-rict-o-sve-lasce-priznava-wimbledonska-semifinalistka-1rn-/tenis.asp?c=A100711_105337_tenis_par




Also thanks for everyone making me feel welcome on the forum!!

Excelscior
Jul 21st, 2011, 01:09 AM
I read quite a lot of good interviews in the past. I am posting one from iDnes after Wimbledon 2010. It is a bit of an old hat, however it was quite a good interview if you manage to get through a first boring part :) . I will also post another interview from after French Open published in local paper which I found very enjoyable.

I a enclosing transcript from the interview in July 2010, when PK was actually in Tatra mountains as well. Please note that she had a different boyfriend than, so dont get confused.



Also thanks for everyone making me feel welcome on the forum!!

Another great interview, information and insight from Petra Bikezareforever.

There's so much information that many old and new Petra fans want to know. And when there's a dearth of it in English speaking media/interviews, it's articles like this that fill the void that help explain Petra's growth, views, habits, development and love in Tennis, and life in legitimate details.

Thanks again!

Your welcomed indeed!!

bruce goose
Jul 21st, 2011, 01:29 AM
If her ex-bf ended the relationship(who knows?I guess it's not that important),then he jumped ship a little too early:lol:.....He'll never do as well as he was doing when he was with Petra--that's for sure!:p

Excelscior
Jul 21st, 2011, 02:19 AM
I was looking for Mf Dnes magazine interview with Petra Kvitova from February 2011. Instead I´m stucked with 2 uninteresting and 3 online interviews.

Our relationship ( with Adam Pavlásek) started in november 2010. (2/24/2011) (note I really don´t care about this isssue)

The tennis raquet I gave to Vaclav Klaus was not the winning racquet But it was in my tennis bag and I had it in my hand during the final so we can say it´s a wimbledon racquet. (7/7/2011)

(For real tennis experts) What is your maximum pulse rate ? After a long rally 150. In training after hard sprinting 170.
(4 /3/ 2011)

About facebook ? I got personal facebook with friends that I know face to face. Follow www.facebook.com/czechfedcupteam you can read and watch something there. ( note little confusing ) (4 /3/ 2011)

Rafa or roger ? roger (7/13/2010)

I was just once on holiday in Tunisisa. (7/13/2010)

(For real tennis experts) 26 and 24 (string tension) Luxilon and alupower (strings) (2/5/2009)

Yesterday we were celebraiting Lucie Šafařova´s birthday in club „Havana“ (2/5/2009)

I´m studying English and Russian. (2/5/2009)

Sources

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/svet-hvezd/101953/kvitova-o-priteli-je-mu-16-ale-je-to-chlap.html
http://tn.nova.cz/sport/tenis/kvitova-prozila-nejtezsi-den-v-roli-celebrity.html
http://sport.idnes.cz/ptejte-se-pred-tenistky-petry-kvitove-dha-/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA4 2011
http://ekonomika.idnes.cz/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA3 2010
http://sport.idnes.cz/on-line-rozhovor-s-tenistkou-petrou-kvitovou-f4a-/odpovedi.asp?t=KVITOVA 2009
http://ona.idnes.cz/rozchod-s-tatou-jsme-ustali-rika-tenistka-petra-kvitova-p2r-/spolecnost.aspx?c=A110222_181430_spolecnost_jup

Wow! Thanks Paulmara.

Lot's of little geeky tennis stuff, or Super fan type tidbits here.

paulmara
Jul 21st, 2011, 07:08 PM
Latest news from training camp
There were on 2 tracks : first to Predne solisko (2200m Monday) Second To Rysy (wednesday with Thomas Berdych ). They were catched by thunderstorm. And had to run back, it was little dangerous.

They are staying in Strbske pleso until Sunday. ( 12 days from 13th to 24th ) Then they wil be training in Prostejov.

About the injury in abductor magnus muscle . It was a 5 mm long tear. It was not horizontal but vertical. Not getting worse by playing but neither getting better. Now it´ s about 70% healed. It can be healed completely next week.

http://www.sport.cz/clanek/189084-kvitova-zazila-v-tatrach-horor-utikala-pred-bourkou-z-kopce-stremhlav-dolu.html
http://denniksport.sk/article/181612/kvitova-je-tu-dobry-vzduch-pre-sportovcov

2 photos from Lomnicky Stit
http://isport.blesk.cz/galerie/tenis/91839/

GoofyDuck
Jul 21st, 2011, 07:30 PM
Thanks Paulmara, thats cool stuff :yeah:

mac47
Jul 22nd, 2011, 04:47 AM
The WTA website still has an interview (http://www.wtatennis.com/page/GettingToKnow/Read/0,,12781~1644048,00.html) with Petra from 2008. It includes this hilarious (in hindsight) response:

"Q: Among the current players on Tour, who would you most like the opportunity to play?
PK:*I would like to play*Maria Sharapova. We're both tall and especially for her height she is very quick around the court and she has a good serve. I admire what she has achieved in her career."

Nice to see that she respects Masha. She sure had a fun time with her "good serve" in the Wimbledon final.

bruce goose
Jul 22nd, 2011, 05:07 AM
The WTA website still has an interview (http://www.wtatennis.com/page/GettingToKnow/Read/0,,12781~1644048,00.html) with Petra from 2008. It includes this hilarious (in hindsight) response:

"Q: Among the current players on Tour, who would you most like the opportunity to play?
PK:*I would like to play*Maria Sharapova. We're both tall and especially for her height she is very quick around the court and she has a good serve. I admire what she has achieved in her career."

Nice to see that she respects Masha. She sure had a fun time with her "good serve" in the Wimbledon final.That interview too place back when Masha's serve was better---pre-shoulder injury.Even so,Petra beat one of the all-time best servers,VW,early that spring

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 06:52 AM
Hi guys,

Here's the latest Petra stuff fresh off the newsstand! SPORT magazine Special Extra. I'll post the interviews when I get home from work today. Besides the interviews they've got articles about Martina Nav, Petra's thoughts regarding her heroes and other opponents and more. There's also a list of Petra's favorite tournaments.

Here's a few preview shots. As you can see the Nike campaign is in full swing already (no pun intended).:lol:

Enjoy!

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 06:55 AM
More from SPORT Special Extra: Have a great Friday everybody!

Solitaire
Jul 22nd, 2011, 07:36 AM
"Q: Among the current players on Tour, who would you most like the opportunity to play?
PK:*I would like to play*Maria Sharapova. We're both tall and especially for her height she is very quick around the court and she has a good serve. I admire what she has achieved in her career."

Not sure if that was ever true :lol:

BikezAreForever!
Jul 22nd, 2011, 01:07 PM
QPF,I don't mean this as a personal attack,but if you perceive it that way...or if you're highly offended...then just tell me and I'll go back and delete this post.

Basically,I'm saying that your premise is pretty lame here...while I agree that Petra should be considered a chief threat for any young WTA player with potential,it's not as if stealing her fitness coach would derail her career.At worst,it might throw her somewhat out of rhythm for a couple months until she found a new one...which wouldn't be extremely hard.

Further,there are LOTs of players who can beat Caro at majors...especially if she's not in top form...so singling out Petra wouldn't do a damned bit of good while there are still serious threats such as the WS,Clijsters,Zvonareva,etc.,and even Cibulkova and Dani made her look bad this year.What's next?Is Piotr gonna hire some thug to kidnap Jada for a couple days to frighten Kim into retirement?

I think you can see that some of this conspiracy stuff can get pretty asinine if we don't distinguish between fact and wild speculation.

Bruce, I would give Ivanko more credit to Petra development than you seems to suggest. His role is not a purely fitness coach. In the past, he may be with PK at some tournaments while Kotyza was not, and vice versa. Overall, he did pretty good job considering how long he's been working with Petra. PK's main improvements are in my opinion her movement and fitness level. No one is suggesting that his departure would derail PK's career but it certainly has potential to disrupt preparation and team for quite sometimes. And no one knows for how long. It does take a while to build a trust and new relationships in the team. Ivanko sounds a bit more cocky in the interview that I would like him to. However, he probably feels that he's got a lot to offer. I think they should look at giving him more money or percentage of winning.

Regarding Piotr....He is a pretty astute customer and I have no reservation to say that he will not leave a stone unturned in quest for Caro's success. I am not saying that he is doing it for that reason, but such offers may have added benefits to his daughter. Timing is what in my opinion is suspicious. Just after PK won the Wimby, her coach is getting all those offers to work for someone else.

BikezAreForever!
Jul 22nd, 2011, 01:14 PM
More from SPORT Special Extra: Have a great Friday everybody! Thanks for scanning those in!! Enjoed it. :)

cosmoose
Jul 22nd, 2011, 02:45 PM
Why does she rate IW as her third favorite tournament?
her results there hasn't been that good.

BikezAreForever!
Jul 22nd, 2011, 03:06 PM
Why does she rate IW as her third favorite tournament?
her results there hasn't been that good.

She says: "Its beautiful there! You see mountains in the desert, it (the tournament) has breathtaking ambience (atmosphere)."

Well, I have to say that I cant remember ANY outdoor hard tournaments where PK did that well. I do not count her results with roof closed as outdoor though!! :eek:

Corswandt
Jul 22nd, 2011, 03:20 PM
The WTA website still has an interview (http://www.wtatennis.com/page/GettingToKnow/Read/0,,12781~1644048,00.html) with Petra from 2008. It includes this hilarious (in hindsight) response:

"Q: Among the current players on Tour, who would you most like the opportunity to play?
PK:*I would like to play*Maria Sharapova. We're both tall and especially for her height she is very quick around the court and she has a good serve. I admire what she has achieved in her career."

Nice to see that she respects Masha. She sure had a fun time with her "good serve" in the Wimbledon final.

Petra clearly looked up to Martha in her formative years. I also used to think that she had modelled her oncourt demeanour after Martha's Ice Queen act, but now I feel that it just came naturally to her.

BikezAreForever!
Jul 22nd, 2011, 03:32 PM
I also used to think that she had modelled her oncourt demeanour after Martha's Ice Queen act, but now I feel that it just came naturally to her.

I dont think so, dont expect any ridiculous shrieks from PK!! ;)

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 04:43 PM
Translation: 'It's only a beginning'. Or, 'It's only the beginning'. Take your pick.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 04:45 PM
Translation:'There exists only one great title. The next one.'

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 05:08 PM
Regarding Caro (paraphrasing my wife's translation): On friendly terms with her. Caro's dad is friends with her conditioning coach. Admires her conditioning. Admits Caro's style is defensive but still feels Caro will win a Slam sooner or later.

Disclaimer: I don't have photo memory and my wife only told me once. If something's misstated, feel free to correct me. It's Friday and I'm having beers.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 05:17 PM
Regarding Kim (paraphrasing my wife's translation): Regards her as a legend. Says she plays nice, fast tennis. says she has excellent conditioning. Off the court is on professional terms with Kim. The talk is polite but not warm and deep. Kim is a mom and has different concerns from Petra.

Disclaimer: I don't have photo memory and my wife only told me once. If something's misstated, feel free to correct me. It's Friday and I'm having beers.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 05:26 PM
Regarding Venus Williams (paraphrasing my wife's translation): Has an excellent serve but if you can return it you can beat her. Forgot the next part - sorry. Says the Williams sisters don't really talk to the other players but that Serena talks to Caro. Also says everybody respects them but nobody fears them anymore.

Disclaimer: I don't have photo memory and my wife only told me once. If something's misstated, feel free to correct me. It's Friday and I'm having beers.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 05:34 PM
Regarding Masha (paraphrasing my wife's translation): I don't talk to her in the locker room. She keeps to herself. She's in her own little world. Petra doesn't worry about it. It's just how Masha is. She plays a very similar style to Petra, so Petra likes it. She had a really good serve before the surgery, but now it's not as good. But, it was enough to take Masha to the Finals.

Disclaimer: I don't have photo memory and my wife only told me once. If something's misstated, feel free to correct me. It's Friday and I'm having beers.

Corswandt
Jul 22nd, 2011, 05:56 PM
Chances of some of those generic descriptions being read as "throwing shade" by the tards at GM: c. 99%.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 06:00 PM
Petra's favorite tournaments (Translations by my beautiful wife Marketa) Diky Zlato!:

(1) Wimbledon. "After the last win, I don't need to explain this one (LOL)."

(2) Melbourne. "Melbourne has beautiful surroundings and Australians are very nice people."

(3) Indian Wells. "It's a beautiful place. You see mountains in the desert and it has a unique ambience."

(4) US Open. "It's a Grand Slam with night sessions, plus it's in New York which I really like."

(5) Praha Sparta. "I'm always happy there because it's in the Czech Republic, at home. And, everything is perfectly organized."

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 06:08 PM
Chances of some of those generic descriptions being read as "throwing shade" by the tards at GM: c. 99%.

Screw'em. :devil:

TimeyWimey
Jul 22nd, 2011, 06:11 PM
Petra's favorite tournaments (Translations by my beautiful wife Marketa) Diky Zlato!:

(1) Wimbledon. "After the last win, I don't need to explain this one (LOL)."

(2) Melbourne. "Melbourne has beautiful surroundings and Australians are very nice people."

(3) Indian Wells. "It's a beautiful place. You see mountains in the desert and it has a unique ambience."

(4) US Open. "It's a Grand Slam with night sessions, plus it's in New York which I really like."

(5) Praha Sparta. "I'm always happy there because it's in the Czech Republic, at home. And, everything is perfectly organized."

oh, no, she doesn't like Roland Garros? She played quite well this year at RG and her run at Madrid is just amazing

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 07:06 PM
If somebody could translate or pass on the main points from this interview that would be great:

(Sorry I have to pass on the interview in these little chunks. At the moment I don't have scanning capability. Everything must be photographed, resized and then transfered here. Please forgive me. Sorry.) QPF

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 07:08 PM
continued:

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 07:15 PM
continued:

Excelscior
Jul 22nd, 2011, 07:29 PM
Hey Queen Petra.

What's the website link?

I can use Google translate to read it then (until someone gives us a better translation)?

Thx

Redhead
Jul 22nd, 2011, 07:54 PM
An article about Petra's chances at the US Open:

U.S. Open Betting: Petra primed for hardcourt assault

by Guy McRea

Petra Kvitova's stunning Wimbledon triumph sealed a maiden Grand Slam title for the talented Czech. Guy McCrea asks if Kvitova can continue to contend in the American hard court season ...

Regular readers will be fully aware that I had been talking up Petra Kvitova's chances of winning a maiden Grand Slam title in 2011 for some time before the Czech blitzed the women's draw to win Wimbledon earlier this month. For me, Kvitova could have won her maiden major at the French Open. But an under-par serving effort proved the primary reason for her demise at Roland Garros against eventual champion Li Na.

At Wimbledon though, everything that always impressed me about Kvitova came to the fore in scintillating fashion - most notably her wicked lefty serve and cannonball groundstrokes. Kvitova's forehand was clocked at an incredible 81 mph during her Wimbledon run - faster than both men's finalists Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Of course, tennis is about much more than simply how hard you can smack the ball - but that statistic does illustrate how much raw power Kvitova possesses. The Czech's weapons are bigger than anything else on the WTA right now. No other woman can consistently nail the huge numbers of outright winners that Kvitova can.

On top of that though, Kvitova demonstrated at Wimbledon how much she has improved in other key areas. Clearly, the Czech was more consistent off the ground and on her serve than at times in the past. The fact that she is fitter than ever before also helped. But perhaps most importantly of all, Kvitova was so composed - not least during her final victory over 2004 champion Maria Sharapova.

By virtue of that Wimbledon win, Kvitova became the first woman aged 21 or under to win a Slam in over three years - the first of the much-discussed younger crop on the WTA to breakt hrough and snare a Grand Slam singles crown. In contrast to many of her contemporaries, the Czech seems to enjoy playing at the majors. Kvitova has also proven now that she can deliver on the big stage - something which others, such as Caroline Wozniacki (10.5 on ******* to win the 2011 U.S. Open) and Victoria Azarenka (14.5 to win) have yet to do.

Can Kvitova keep it going during the American hardcourt swing - most importantly at the U.S. Open (6.2 to win) in September? For me, the brief answer is yes - although I don't see her as such an obvious contender as she was at Wimbledon. Grass is undoubtedly the best surface for Kvitova's breathtaking brand of first-strike tennis - so much so that she could win multiple Wimbledon titles in the future.

But she hasn't enjoyed that much success on cement before and will have to demonstrate more defensive, rallying qualities if she is to prosper over the next couple of months. Kvitova will still be able to crush plenty of winners - she is capable of doing that on any surface - but even the Czech won't win points so quickly, so often, on medium-paced hardcourts.

Serena Williams (6.2 to win) will likely be back to full match fitness in New York, while double defending champion Kim Clijsters (9.6 to win) will probably also be there too. Both are proven performers on hardcourts and Clijsters is arguably the best of her generation on the surface. I think Kvitova is capable of upending them - but it will be tougher for her to do than it would be on grass, or a quick indoor court.

History wouldn't seem to favour Kvitova's chances of adding another Slam straight away in New York. Since the dawn of the Open era, only four women have won their second major title at the first time of asking. Evonne Goolagong (1971) and Chris Evert (1974) managed it. More recently, both Venus Williams (2000) and Jennifer Capriati (2001) won their first two major titles back-to-back.

Venus' success is the most relevant to Kvitova because the American won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open - but the fact remains that these instances are few and far between. That is surely due to the increased burden of expectation that a first-time Grand Slam champion has to bear in the immediate aftermath of their triumph. And the glare of the media spotlight is no greater than in New York! Kvitova handled everything superbly at Wimbledon - but the demands on her will be even greater now that she is a Grand Slam champion. Just remember Ana Ivanovic, who patently folded in the weight of expectation after winning her first - and to date only - major crown at Roland Garros four years ago.

More than any concerns about how her game will fare on hardcourts - this is the biggest question surrounding Kvitova's chances at the U.S. Open. If the Czech can handle all the expectation surrounding her status as the newest major champion in the women's game - then she has every chance of tasting more Grand Slam glory in September.

http://betting.*******.com/tennis/us-open/us-open-betting-petra-primed-for-hardcourt-assault-200711.html

paulmara
Jul 22nd, 2011, 07:59 PM
I´m sorry to say it but this interview in Sport has poor quality.It is about nothing. How do you feel ? etc
About Vogue interview : We talked about tennis, about Us open, only few questions about fashion. Who is my favourite designer.
About English journalists : They asked me about Fulnek. About Farming. They think we are a village.
91 text messages after wimbledon final , questions about Vaidišová, questions about her boyfriend
I don´t want to translate it. Sorry (Really nothing new )

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 08:00 PM
Hey Queen Petra.

What's the website link?

I can use Google translate to read it then (until someone gives us a better translation)?

Thx


Thanks, but it's from a printed magazine, fresh off the newsstand. I'll keep an eye on their website. Usually these things pop up online a bit later.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 22nd, 2011, 08:14 PM
I´m sorry to say it but this interview in Sport has poor quality.It is about nothing. How do you feel ? etc
About Vogue interview : We talked about tennis, about Us open, only few questions about fashion. Who is my favourite designer.
About English journalists : They asked me about Fulnek. About Farming. They think we are a village.
91 text messages after wimbledon final , questions about Vaidišová, questions about her boyfriend
I don´t want to translate it. Sorry (Really nothing new )

That's okay Paul. I had no idea it was about such manure. That's nice. Brits pissing on Fulnek and CZ when their own country is a such crumbling,failing mess and 90% of its population has or wants to move to sunny Spain,Greece or anywhere to get away from it all. Typical British snarkiness. No wonder the French hate them. At least the French have something to be proud of when they're being arrogant. :rolleyes:

TimeyWimey
Jul 22nd, 2011, 08:20 PM
An article about Petra's chances at the US Open:

U.S. Open Betting: Petra primed for hardcourt assault

by Guy McRea

Petra Kvitova's stunning Wimbledon triumph sealed a maiden Grand Slam title for the talented Czech. Guy McCrea asks if Kvitova can continue to contend in the American hard court season ...

Regular readers will be fully aware that I had been talking up Petra Kvitova's chances of winning a maiden Grand Slam title in 2011 for some time before the Czech blitzed the women's draw to win Wimbledon earlier this month. For me, Kvitova could have won her maiden major at the French Open. But an under-par serving effort proved the primary reason for her demise at Roland Garros against eventual champion Li Na.

At Wimbledon though, everything that always impressed me about Kvitova came to the fore in scintillating fashion - most notably her wicked lefty serve and cannonball groundstrokes. Kvitova's forehand was clocked at an incredible 81 mph during her Wimbledon run - faster than both men's finalists Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Of course, tennis is about much more than simply how hard you can smack the ball - but that statistic does illustrate how much raw power Kvitova possesses. The Czech's weapons are bigger than anything else on the WTA right now. No other woman can consistently nail the huge numbers of outright winners that Kvitova can.

On top of that though, Kvitova demonstrated at Wimbledon how much she has improved in other key areas. Clearly, the Czech was more consistent off the ground and on her serve than at times in the past. The fact that she is fitter than ever before also helped. But perhaps most importantly of all, Kvitova was so composed - not least during her final victory over 2004 champion Maria Sharapova.

By virtue of that Wimbledon win, Kvitova became the first woman aged 21 or under to win a Slam in over three years - the first of the much-discussed younger crop on the WTA to breakt hrough and snare a Grand Slam singles crown. In contrast to many of her contemporaries, the Czech seems to enjoy playing at the majors. Kvitova has also proven now that she can deliver on the big stage - something which others, such as Caroline Wozniacki (10.5 on ******* to win the 2011 U.S. Open) and Victoria Azarenka (14.5 to win) have yet to do.

Can Kvitova keep it going during the American hardcourt swing - most importantly at the U.S. Open (6.2 to win) in September? For me, the brief answer is yes - although I don't see her as such an obvious contender as she was at Wimbledon. Grass is undoubtedly the best surface for Kvitova's breathtaking brand of first-strike tennis - so much so that she could win multiple Wimbledon titles in the future.

But she hasn't enjoyed that much success on cement before and will have to demonstrate more defensive, rallying qualities if she is to prosper over the next couple of months. Kvitova will still be able to crush plenty of winners - she is capable of doing that on any surface - but even the Czech won't win points so quickly, so often, on medium-paced hardcourts.

Serena Williams (6.2 to win) will likely be back to full match fitness in New York, while double defending champion Kim Clijsters (9.6 to win) will probably also be there too. Both are proven performers on hardcourts and Clijsters is arguably the best of her generation on the surface. I think Kvitova is capable of upending them - but it will be tougher for her to do than it would be on grass, or a quick indoor court.

History wouldn't seem to favour Kvitova's chances of adding another Slam straight away in New York. Since the dawn of the Open era, only four women have won their second major title at the first time of asking. Evonne Goolagong (1971) and Chris Evert (1974) managed it. More recently, both Venus Williams (2000) and Jennifer Capriati (2001) won their first two major titles back-to-back.

Venus' success is the most relevant to Kvitova because the American won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open - but the fact remains that these instances are few and far between. That is surely due to the increased burden of expectation that a first-time Grand Slam champion has to bear in the immediate aftermath of their triumph. And the glare of the media spotlight is no greater than in New York! Kvitova handled everything superbly at Wimbledon - but the demands on her will be even greater now that she is a Grand Slam champion. Just remember Ana Ivanovic, who patently folded in the weight of expectation after winning her first - and to date only - major crown at Roland Garros four years ago.

More than any concerns about how her game will fare on hardcourts - this is the biggest question surrounding Kvitova's chances at the U.S. Open. If the Czech can handle all the expectation surrounding her status as the newest major champion in the women's game - then she has every chance of tasting more Grand Slam glory in September.

http://betting.*******.com/tennis/us-open/us-open-betting-petra-primed-for-hardcourt-assault-200711.html

Maybe her mysterious run last year will unburden Petra during this year's hardcourt season, no need to worry, she will be fine, champion or not

paulmara
Jul 22nd, 2011, 09:03 PM
Part 2 interview with Petra´s father Jiří Kvita ( magazín dnes 7/14/2011 )

Q What did you learn, when you was coaching your sons ?

It was very amateurish. We went to tournaments by train or bus. For example we went to Ostrava , got back at 11 30 PM ,at 4 AM we went again. We travelled in various ways. Sometimes we left bikes on stations to catch next connections. With Petra it was different. When she was 7 we bought an old skoda and we started travelled the Czech republic

Q Do you recognize during a prematch warm up how will Petra perform?

I regognize it from her movement and her face expression. When she is nervous , I see it in her face and her legs aren´t moving. On the other hand when her service is not working in a warmup, in a match it is good.

Q What about her losing games ?

She cried every time it´s still the same. When she lose she cry.

Q If you came to her, that you wouldn´t want to live in your flat

I would never do that.She bought a bracelet for my wife, for me a T-shirt with Roger Federer´s inicials. That´s enough.. Sometimes she bought us these small things we don´t need anything more.
Mother : For what ? Our children are healthy, granchildren are growing.
We never had any ambitions. We were not expecting, that she would play excellent. Just to do something in her spare time.
When Petra was 8 they wanted her in prostějov. But she was attracted to us , so she stayed at home.

Q But you saw ambitiuos parents around you ?

I did . Some gilrls had no talent at all, but were pushed by their parents. They bought them free entrance card for tournaments. That we never did. I would not pay 500 crowns or whatever. Petra earned it or stayed at home. I remember one family that did terrible things.they were shouting on their rivals. When Petra made a doublefall were applauding like crazy.

Q What was the firts advice you gave her ?

From the beginning i told her she had to win it by herself. She was playing offensive. From her childhood it was seen she had the passion fr the game. She hit the ball ad was running to the net. She hated the girls who played the ball 5 metres above the net.

Q it was from her head or you advised her „You will be tall, hit it hard.“

Tall ? If you could see her as a child. In 15 she was still skinny. She was never tall. Suddenly one year she grew up 20 centimetres. We were at a tournament. It was 6:1 5:0 and then her bach started hurting. She lost the second set 6:7 and I told her to retired. It showed up she had not enough calcium and there were some worries that her spine could broke. Six weeks we gave her calcium. She didn´t know what to do. She had forbidden to even run.

Q How many centrimetres did she grow up in that year?

It could be 20 centimetres, the same like by my son. He grew up even quicker and now he has 2 metres. Plus Petra doesn´t have cartilage in a joint of her hand. An operation would be too complicated so doctors told her she had to get used to it. It was a shock for us when they found her asthma 2 years ago. She called that she was not able to train, because after 30 minutes she couldn´t breathe. We were worried.

Excelscior
Jul 22nd, 2011, 10:18 PM
For Artic Moose, rest of the board.

I know you've had interest in Petra's admission to Prostejov/Cersonek, etc., and what it means. But from this comment from her father (in the most recent interview Posted by Paulmara), if true, Petra had legitimate talent to get in the club since she was eight years old. What was also picked up from this interview (besides Petra's growth spurt/back cartilage in her wrist issues), was Petra hated to lose, and played a naturally aggressive game from a young age (wonder if that came from her father-hailing Martina), according to him?

Enjoy the article above.

When Petra was 8 they wanted her in prostějov. But she was attracted to us , so she stayed at home.

Q But you saw ambitiuos parents around you ?

I did . Some gilrls had no talent at all, but were pushed by their parents. They bought them free entrance card for tournaments. That we never did. I would not pay 500 crowns or whatever. Petra earned it or stayed at home. I remember one family that did terrible things.they were shouting on their rivals. When Petra made a doublefall were applauding like crazy.

For what's it's worth.

bruce goose
Jul 23rd, 2011, 02:26 AM
Bruce, I would give Ivanko more credit to Petra development than you seems to suggest. His role is not a purely fitness coach. In the past, he may be with PK at some tournaments while Kotyza was not, and vice versa. Overall, he did pretty good job considering how long he's been working with Petra. PK's main improvements are in my opinion her movement and fitness level. No one is suggesting that his departure would derail PK's career but it certainly has potential to disrupt preparation and team for quite sometimes. And no one knows for how long. It does take a while to build a trust and new relationships in the team. Ivanko sounds a bit more cocky in the interview that I would like him to. However, he probably feels that he's got a lot to offer. I think they should look at giving him more money or percentage of winning.

Regarding Piotr....He is a pretty astute customer and I have no reservation to say that he will not leave a stone unturned in quest for Caro's success. I am not saying that he is doing it for that reason, but such offers may have added benefits to his daughter. Timing is what in my opinion is suspicious. Just after PK won the Wimby, her coach is getting all those offers to work for someone else.Bikez,I don't deny that Ivanko's impact may have been greater than you'd find with most fitness coaches,and I'll admit that I'm largely ignorant on the specifics....I only meant to say that it would be a futile endeavor to scheme against Petra that way--and pretty stupid,too,when there are plenty of other threats out there.Once Petra found another effective fitness coach,the conspirators would be back at zero again;you're better off trying to improve YOUR player instead of working to sabotage another player with petty maneuvering

Embittered
Jul 23rd, 2011, 10:05 AM
About English journalists : They asked me about Fulnek. About Farming. They think we are a village.

We (English, not necessarily the less densely populated constituent countries of the UK) would call a standalone settlement the size of Fulnek a village, and we would naturally imagine that an inland village of this size would have a significant, if not dominant, agricultural component to its economy. No doubt we're wrong about our own country (though perhaps not so wrong since we essentially lost our mining industry) and more wrong to apply it to other cultures, but there's no insult here. Evidently our prejudices about farming folk are more nuanced, and much less unpleasant, than those of our American friend. It would not have occurred to the journalists in this context that being able to write that Petra grew up on a farm (and her best friend was a working farm cat called Ginger) would have done anything but add romance to the story.

Actually, though I don't think of myself that way, and I only ever had the most fleeting glimpse of the long lost family farm, I come in part from farming stock myself. So I guess QPF insulted me twice. If only I had French ancestry, I could have got the hat trick. (Poor French. Why does QPF insult them? They weren't even mentioned in your post.)

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 23rd, 2011, 11:37 AM
We (English, not necessarily the less densely populated constituent countries of the UK) would call a standalone settlement the size of Fulnek a village, and we would naturally imagine that an inland village of this size would have a significant, if not dominant, agricultural component to its economy. No doubt we're wrong about our own country (though perhaps not so wrong since we essentially lost our mining industry) and more wrong to apply it to other cultures, but there's no insult here. Evidently our prejudices about farming folk are more nuanced, and much less unpleasant, than those of our American friend. It would not have occurred to the journalists in this context that being able to write that Petra grew up on a farm (and her best friend was a working farm cat called Ginger) would have done anything but add romance to the story.

Actually, though I don't think of myself that way, and I only ever had the most fleeting glimpse of the long lost family farm, I come in part from farming stock myself. So I guess QPF insulted me twice. If only I had French ancestry, I could have got the hat trick. (Poor French. Why does QPF insult them? They weren't even mentioned in your post.)

First of all, I'd like to deeply apologize to all of our English friends for my blatantly unfair, thoughtless post. Stereotypes can be a wicked thing. It's always wrong to paint a group of people with the same brush, even if experience has shown you that some of them match the picture. It still doesn't make it right. For that I apologize.

The reason for my loose cannon response is that for a long time my Czech friends and family have been painted with equally inane comments by people who know nothing about them and couldn't even find the place on a map; idiots who still think the country is called Czechoslovakia; idiots who don't realize the Czech Republic is the most modern of the new EU member countries, belongs to Central not Eastern Europe, and has very little in common socially with the less developed, less stable countries of the east. The Czechs are a civilized modern people who don't 'live in trees' (to borrow one of their phrases) like some people think. They even have modern highways and shopping centers and people don't use horse drawn carts anymore like in some parts of the east. They even have flushing toilets! Surprise! Lastly, sorry but farming doesn't have a romantic reputation here. For centuries people did farming under the whip of the aristocracy and later under the whip of the Nazis and Soviet Russia. Czechs are tired of idiots implying without local knowledge that they are some backwards little country. Maybe Petra felt the same a little. I don't know and I don't want to speak for her, but I can tell you many Czechs have this feeling somewhere inside.

None of the above excuses my rude comments. I just wanted to shed some light on where my anger came from. Once again, I apologize for my stupid post. It was totally inappropriate. In the future I will slow down and think a little more before clicking the 'Submit Reply' button.

Sincerely,

QPF

Corswandt
Jul 23rd, 2011, 12:10 PM
She was playing offensive. From her childhood it was seen she had the passion for the game. She hit the ball and was running to the net. She hated the girls who played the ball 5 metres above the net.

:hearts:

The right attitude from the very beginning.

And now she's kicking ass and making millions while they're still moonballing away in 10k qualies at best.

Corswandt
Jul 23rd, 2011, 12:13 PM
questions about Vaidišová

:bigcry:

What did Petra say about Nikki?

18majors
Jul 23rd, 2011, 02:33 PM
Petra is the next queen of tennis.

paulmara
Jul 24th, 2011, 10:01 AM
Latest news from training camp

In the morning I was runnig then we moved to the fitness centre and to the gym

Ivanko : There were some restrictions . It was training twice a day. At the beginning for strength and stamina and then strength and speed

(about staying in Štrbské pleso)We came here for the first time 4 years ago. We found here excellent conditions. We have all we need: a gym , a fitness centre, beautiful nature. In our hotel they will do whatever we want. The air (for asthmatic) is much better than in New York or Cincinnatti.

(about Naming some vices) I like buying earrings. I´m not the handbag type of person.

(abour relationship with Slovak players ) No problems. The best with Magdalena Rybarikova ,also with Dominika Cibulkova. With her i played doubles, that says something.

Today she is moving to Prostějov to start tennis training.

http://sport.pravda.sk/na-turu-na-rysy-tak-lahko-nezabudnem-vravi-petra-kvitova-pk8-/sk_stenis.asp?c=A110721_200253_sk_stenis_p43


(note special for Corswandt
Did Nicole sent you a text message?
No
Does it bother you?
But we were not closed friends. When I started I didn´t know anybody. We started greet and talk normally during some Fed cup match. I passed her by.
You were compared to each other?
It is true.
Are you satisfied there will be no more „new Vaidišová“ when there is champion Kvitova ?
You know I never thought about this. Really. I read an arcticle about us , but that is all. I don´t care. )

BikezAreForever!
Jul 24th, 2011, 11:07 AM
There were three little interviews I read today:

http://sport.ihned.cz/?p=054000_d&article[id]=52364350
http://sport.ihned.cz/tenis/c1-52361840-pesi-tury-a-tatransky-caj-podivejte-se-jak-kvitova-na-slovensku-nabira-silu
http://sport.ihned.cz/tenis/c1-52368020-museli-jsme-zmenit-zivotospravu-a-upravili-jsme-trenink-rika-kondicni-kouc-kvitove

Fairly routine, not very interesting interviews to be honest though.

Unfortunately they both (PK and Ivanko) were saying that muscle injury is healing much slower than they expected. Even to the extent that the training regime had to be modified or discountinued as it happened for one day. Now they said that she will be 100% healthy for american hardcourt season.

Q; Arent you nervous due to the fact that you are still not 100% healthy? PK: I am concerned a bit obviously, but I managed to play with it since R3 of Wimbledon, so it may be done (playing with it). It is improving all the time, but I can still feel it and it restricts me during the training. However, according to the fitness coach, we are running according to schedule.

..

HN: Q:It is being said that you can win US Open as well and become second ranked woman in the world...PK: I am not concerned by it. I dont know, how many points I am still lacking or how many I am defending.
Q: You started the year as 34th ranked, now you are in top 10. Where do you want to get by the end of the year? PK: It was a huge leap for me this year. I feel myself that my game has improved but I do not have any immediate goals. Main thing is to be healthy, play good tennis and improve.


Also, in interview with Ivanko, he dissmised any suggestions about working for Wozniacki saying: ..It (working for Woz) would not be possible now. I am now looking after Petra.

Which is positive. Also I am attaching couple of photos.
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18majors
Jul 24th, 2011, 02:14 PM
Injuries are part of the games but what a bad timing!

bruce goose
Jul 24th, 2011, 03:43 PM
Did Nicole sent you a text message?
No
Does it bother you?
But we were not closed friends. When I started I didn´t know anybody. We started greet and talk normally during some Fed cup match. I passed her by.
You were compared to each other?
It is true.
Are you satisfied there will be no more „new Vaidišová“ when there is champion Kvitova ?
You know I never thought about this. Really. I read an arcticle about us , but that is all. I don´t care. )A little odd for the press to compare those two;if she even cares or pays attention to tennis,then Vaidisova should be HIGHLY flattered if anyone on the planet compares her to Petra:lol:.

Corswandt
Jul 25th, 2011, 01:05 AM
Unfortunately they both (PK and Ivanko) were saying that muscle injury is healing much slower than they expected. Even to the extent that the training regime had to be modified or discountinued as it happened for one day. Now they said that she will be 100% healthy for american hardcourt season.

Again, they can't go around saying that she's 100% fine or she'd have no excuse to w/d from San Diego.

bruce goose
Jul 25th, 2011, 01:55 AM
Yep,that's a logical conclusion.While I don't want Petra to get out of rhythm by being out of action for too long,I don't really care what kind of misleading crap her team members tell the press about her injuries as long as they don't rush her back too fast and cause something serious to get worse:eek:

zhukov97
Jul 26th, 2011, 03:06 AM
Just find this blog and it's comments are interesting and well said.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/758527-why-no-one-watches-womens-tennis

I love the way Petra plays.

Zhu

BikezAreForever!
Jul 26th, 2011, 02:57 PM
I just read an interview with Azarenka on tennis.com (http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/features.aspx?articleid=13428&zoneid=9).
She got asked a question about PK:
Q:You reached the Wimbledon semis. It felt like a big deal for us. Did it feel like that for you?
Yeah, of course. It was one of the biggest stages of my career so far now. I was really looking forward to play that semifinal. I think I did a pretty good job. Of course, I’m not completely satisfied. But it was another step, another learning experience. It was important to really play out there on those big stages. Maybe sometimes you can learn actually more with a loss than with a win.

Q:Do you see Petra Kvitova as someone you’ll compete with and have a rivalry with, say, in five years?
Yeah, definitely. I think she’s a great player. I didn’t see her being very consistent on a regular basis, but it always can change. She’s been playing great this year. We’ll see how it’s going, but any day she can come out and play a hell of a match, as you can see. PK is inconsistent a bit, but at least not totally, considering how consistently she was beating Vika lately. :bounce:

Also, rivalry in 'say five years' ??? What they were smoking??

Excelscior
Jul 26th, 2011, 04:28 PM
I just read an interview with Azarenka on tennis.com (http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/features.aspx?articleid=13428&zoneid=9).
She got asked a question about PK:
PK is inconsistent a bit, but at least not totally, considering how consistently she was beating Vika lately. :bounce:

Also, rivalry in 'say five years' ??? What they were smoking??

Well, she's actually admitting that Petra has been consistent/more consistent than she expected by her comments Bikez (that's why she said "I didn't see her being consistent on a regular basis"), cause she is now. Lol.

This comes from last years Wimbledon, when Petra bageled Azarenka in the 2nd set (in a straight set victory), and Vika's explanation was "my opponent must of played the match of her life" etc. Fast forward to Madrid this year, and Petra beat her in straight sets again, and Vika cried during the award Ceremony. Wimbledon made 3 in a row (and running). The tables/fortunes have turned.

So after a 1-2 year head start (and a lot of Azarenka hype and expectations, after beating Serena in Indian Wells), Vika had slowly, and now rapidly come to grips that Petra is a better player than her!!

Oh well!

Excelscior
Jul 26th, 2011, 04:46 PM
As a matter of fact, her only hope/wish is consistency at this point (ala Wozniaki). Cause Azarenka knows that she doesn't have the power, weapons and skill to challenge Petra, even when Vika's ON HER GAME. She would need PETRA to be OFF HER GAME (i.e. making mistakes) in order to win their important matches and tournaments.

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 26th, 2011, 08:09 PM
Latest news from training camp

In the morning I was runnig then we moved to the fitness centre and to the gym

Ivanko : There were some restrictions . It was training twice a day. At the beginning for strength and stamina and then strength and speed

(about staying in Štrbské pleso)We came here for the first time 4 years ago. We found here excellent conditions. We have all we need: a gym , a fitness centre, beautiful nature. In our hotel they will do whatever we want. The air (for asthmatic) is much better than in New York or Cincinnatti.

(about Naming some vices) I like buying earrings. I´m not the handbag type of person.

(abour relationship with Slovak players ) No problems. The best with Magdalena Rybarikova ,also with Dominika Cibulkova. With her i played doubles, that says something.

Today she is moving to Prostějov to start tennis training.

http://sport.pravda.sk/na-turu-na-rysy-tak-lahko-nezabudnem-vravi-petra-kvitova-pk8-/sk_stenis.asp?c=A110721_200253_sk_stenis_p43


(note special for Corswandt
Did Nicole sent you a text message?
No
Does it bother you?
But we were not closed friends. When I started I didn´t know anybody. We started greet and talk normally during some Fed cup match. I passed her by.
You were compared to each other?
It is true.
Are you satisfied there will be no more „new Vaidišová“ when there is champion Kvitova ?
You know I never thought about this. Really. I read an arcticle about us , but that is all. I don´t care. )

The Czechs and Slovaks have a lot of interesting, unusual and sometimes funny surnames. For example Magdalena Rybarikova means something related to fish or fishing; such as Magdalena Fisherman. And Dominika Cibulkova means Dominika Onion. LOL. :lol: My old neighbor at our last place was named Marek Klokan. That translates to Mark Kangaroo! You've got to love it! I think their names are much funner than ours.

bruce goose
Jul 26th, 2011, 09:13 PM
The Czechs and Slovaks have a lot of interesting, unusual and sometimes funny surnames. For example Magdalena Rybarikova means something related to fish or fishing; such as Magdalena Fisherman. And Dominika Cibulkova means Dominika Onion. LOL. :lol: My old neighbor at our last place was named Marek Klokan. That translates to Mark Kangaroo! You've got to love it! I think their names are much funner than ours.Haven't heard any comments on which languages contained the silliest translations,but my first student upon returning to Mexico was named Panduro,which means 'hard bread',and then you have the Spanish-named city that Chris Evert called home,Boca Raton,or "mouse mouth"

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 26th, 2011, 09:19 PM
Haven't heard any comments on which languages contained the silliest translations,but my first student upon returning to Mexico was named Panduro,which means 'hard bread',and then you have the Spanish-named city that Chris Evert called home,Boca Raton,or "mouse mouth"

Hey BG, do you suppose Wozniacki means 'underachiever' in Polish? :lol:

bruce goose
Jul 26th, 2011, 09:29 PM
Hey BG, do you suppose Wozniacki means 'underachiever' in Polish? :lol:Well,I sort of doubt it,but you're giving her a backhanded compliment when you say that;),cuz she's basically accomplished everything except a Slam title so,if you accuse her of "underachieving",you're saying that she's talented enough and SHOULD win a Slam:p

I'll let you ponder your hastily-thought post...along with whether or not you/we should clutter Petra's staple threads with something better reserved for Off-Topic;)

zhukov97
Jul 26th, 2011, 11:14 PM
Link: http://www.10sballs.com/2011/07/26/are-na-kvitova-schiavone-and-ivanovic-one-hit-wonders/

Title: Are Na, Kvitova, Schiavone and Ivanovic One-Hit Wonders?

Quote:

Petra Kvitova:

Petra Kvitova shocked the tennis world by defeating Maria Sharapova in the 2011 Wimbledon final. It was Kvitova’s first appearance in a Grand Slam final, but you would never know that watching her play as she played with fearless aggression. After the victory, Kvitova reached a career-high ranking as the world No. 7.

Is Petra Kvitova a One-Hit Wonder?

Most definitely not. Kvitova is the youngest player on this list at 21 years of age, meaning she should have several years ahead of her to win at least one more Grand Slam title. Kvitova has a heavy forehand and fluid backhand to go with an impeccable sense of timing on the court. Her biggest weakness is that she is simply not that fast, meaning that she must rely on solid baseline play and heavy hitting to avoid being exploited for her lack of speed. But if Kvitova can continue to improve her game, I don’t see why she wouldn’t be a multiple Grand Slam winner.


Zhu

bruce goose
Jul 27th, 2011, 03:17 AM
Link: http://www.10sballs.com/2011/07/26/are-na-kvitova-schiavone-and-ivanovic-one-hit-wonders/

Title: Are Na, Kvitova, Schiavone and Ivanovic One-Hit Wonders?

Quote:

Petra Kvitova:

Petra Kvitova shocked the tennis world by defeating Maria Sharapova in the 2011 Wimbledon final. It was Kvitova’s first appearance in a Grand Slam final, but you would never know that watching her play as she played with fearless aggression. After the victory, Kvitova reached a career-high ranking as the world No. 7.

Is Petra Kvitova a One-Hit Wonder?

Most definitely not. Kvitova is the youngest player on this list at 21 years of age, meaning she should have several years ahead of her to win at least one more Grand Slam title. Kvitova has a heavy forehand and fluid backhand to go with an impeccable sense of timing on the court. Her biggest weakness is that she is simply not that fast, meaning that she must rely on solid baseline play and heavy hitting to avoid being exploited for her lack of speed. But if Kvitova can continue to improve her game, I don’t see why she wouldn’t be a multiple Grand Slam winner.


ZhuThe question isn't as fair to the two older gals because they're past their athletic primes,but Fran did her part to dispel the bad label,IMO,by reaching back-to-back RG finals.We'll see what level the talented Li can maintain now that she has greater pressure of expectations.If Petra even reaches Slam QFs within the next 12 months...and is consistently competitive,then she won't need to win her 2nd Slam immediately to validate the first...regular,deep runs at Slams would be enough to silence any intelligent skeptics(which excludes a majority of GM trolls:lol:)....I'll be nice:angel: by NOT commenting on the 4th gal whose name was mentioned;)

Graftard
Jul 27th, 2011, 07:56 AM
Link: http://www.10sballs.com/2011/07/26/are-na-kvitova-schiavone-and-ivanovic-one-hit-wonders/

Title: Are Na, Kvitova, Schiavone and Ivanovic One-Hit Wonders?

Quote:

Petra Kvitova:

Petra Kvitova shocked the tennis world by defeating Maria Sharapova in the 2011 Wimbledon final. It was Kvitova’s first appearance in a Grand Slam final, but you would never know that watching her play as she played with fearless aggression. After the victory, Kvitova reached a career-high ranking as the world No. 7.

Is Petra Kvitova a One-Hit Wonder?

Most definitely not. Kvitova is the youngest player on this list at 21 years of age, meaning she should have several years ahead of her to win at least one more Grand Slam title. Kvitova has a heavy forehand and fluid backhand to go with an impeccable sense of timing on the court. Her biggest weakness is that she is simply not that fast, meaning that she must rely on solid baseline play and heavy hitting to avoid being exploited for her lack of speed. But if Kvitova can continue to improve her game, I don’t see why she wouldn’t be a multiple Grand Slam winner.


Zhu

:lol:

She wins her first slam less than a month ago and they already group her with the flukes like Ivanovic and Schiavone as "one slam wonder".

Anyway, she is no one slam wonder, she'll dominate USO/Wimbledon in the future (5-6 Wimbledons, 4-5 USO) and win AO 1-2 times, maybe even sneak in RG somewhere along the line.

The main thing is not to get injured, manage schedule well and be willing to work hard. All the tools are there.

She moves deceptively quickly for someone her height. She has a wicked lefty serve, monstrous forehand which she can direct at will down the line and cross court. Great backhand as well. Her strokes can hurt ANYONE on the tour she is one of the few that can bully around every offensive player on the tour and hit through Wozniacki. She's also has mental toughness as shown by winning a slam on her first attempt against Sharapova, something most mugs in top 10 lack.

Petra does not need for other players to play bad in order to win. She takes the match into her hands, that's what makes her a winner. She is a HUGE threat at the upcoming USO at worst and one of the favorites at best.

Corswandt
Jul 27th, 2011, 11:49 AM
Kvitty gets her own star in the Slovak Walk of Fame at the Tatralandia park:

http://www.super.cz/3531-petra-kvitova-je-jako-hollywoodska-star-podivejte-jaky-skvely-darek-dostala.html

18majors
Jul 27th, 2011, 01:49 PM
Petra isn't an one-hit wonder, she will win many slam titles.

zhukov97
Jul 27th, 2011, 04:14 PM
Petra isn't an one-hit wonder, she will win many slam titles.

I know, I know, all of us know that. She will be a great champion with multiple GS titles. Thats why we are here to support her. :)

Zhu

bruce goose
Jul 27th, 2011, 04:42 PM
Wanna clarify something from before--- Though I don't envision Fran winning any more Slam titles,she at least got close to another one after getting her first,so she's not an embarrassing fluke along the lines of Gaston Gaudio or his WTA counterpart whom you all know w/o her name being mentioned;).I don't mean this as a slap at her or any of you who might be fans,but I'd say that Fran had a lot less raw talent than Petra does,so she has to scrap and claw for everything she gets.For HER,winning a single Slam and making the final of another is a career that she can and should be proud of......whereas we can all see that Petra is capable of much more.Therefore,for PETRA,an isolated Slam title would not be satisfactory....nor do we envision 1 as her final total...quite the contrary:cool:

Queen Petra Fan
Jul 30th, 2011, 12:42 PM
:lol:

She wins her first slam less than a month ago and they already group her with the flukes like Ivanovic and Schiavone as "one slam wonder".

Anyway, she is no one slam wonder, she'll dominate USO/Wimbledon in the future (5-6 Wimbledons, 4-5 USO) and win AO 1-2 times, maybe even sneak in RG somewhere along the line.

The main thing is not to get injured, manage schedule well and be willing to work hard. All the tools are there.

She moves deceptively quickly for someone her height. She has a wicked lefty serve, monstrous forehand which she can direct at will down the line and cross court. Great backhand as well. Her strokes can hurt ANYONE on the tour she is one of the few that can bully around every offensive player on the tour and hit through Wozniacki. She's also has mental toughness as shown by winning a slam on her first attempt against Sharapova, something most mugs in top 10 lack.

Petra does not need for other players to play bad in order to win. She takes the match into her hands, that's what makes her a winner. She is a HUGE threat at the upcoming USO at worst and one of the favorites at best.

I think you and Zhu make really good points and her support team sees many of the same factors. The big push to improve her conditioning is a very welcome development. Her trainer is wise to focus on increasing her agility. I like their approach: Minimize the weaknesses and maximize the advantages. And, you've got to love Petra's approach: Always strive to improve your game and keep a book on each opponent and use it to your advantage.

18majors
Jul 30th, 2011, 03:32 PM
Get well, Petra.

BikezAreForever!
Aug 1st, 2011, 12:02 AM
Couple of articles from Czech papers:

http://www.novinky.cz/zena/styl/240002-petra-kvitova-tenis-je-individualni-a-osamely-sport.html

http://alik.idnes.cz/s-petou-kvitovou-se-da-pokecat-o-cemkoliv-fpv-/alik-alikoviny.asp?c=A110726_113053_alik-alikoviny_jtr

You cant find much revealing info there. It is more or less magazine stuff. Petra is taking part in opening World Youth (U14) Tennis Teams Championship in Prostejov on Monday, 1st of August. I did not read anywhere when she is flying over to Toronto or what are her exact plans in Toronto.

Good luck for Toronto, Petra!!

Excelscior
Aug 1st, 2011, 01:05 AM
Hey Bikez

I don't know when she's leaving either. But she had planned to practice at Prostejov first (if she hasn't been already), before she went to Toronto .

Yeah. The plan was to condition in the Tatra mountains, then resume tennis at Prostejov, then go to Canada. She's got 7-9 days, I think. You may, or may not know these things already. If so, sorry for the redundancy.

When will she leave???

I guess it depends on how much Tennis practice she got in at Prostejov, with Koytza, already?

Note: The courts at Prostejov are much faster, than in Toronto/Rogers Cup.

We'll see?

Excelscior
Aug 1st, 2011, 02:55 AM
PS: You know they're used to the travel, but you would hope that Petra gets in Toronto early enough to get acclimated to the time zone, her surroundings, feel rested and eliminate any jet lag? ;);) :) :D

Since she's not going to San Diego, she'll basically be using the big tournament in Toronto (on the slow hard court) as her first warm up tournament, before Cincy and NY.

For what it's worth, the New Haven Director, did indicate, in a local article/interview, that he has a open slot for Petra, in case she doesn't get enough work in Toronto and Cincy. He claimed that was already communicated between both parties. Let's hope that's unnecessary. Lol.

This should be interesting? Lol.;)

Corswandt
Aug 1st, 2011, 11:58 AM
Since she's not going to San Diego, she'll basically be using the big tournament in Toronto (on the slow hard court) as her first warm up tournament, before Cincy and NY.

For what it's worth, the New Haven Director, did indicate, in a local article/interview, that he has a open slot for Petra, in case she doesn't get enough work in Toronto and Cincy. He claimed that was already communicated between both parties.

As expected:

Yup. The bounce in Canada is ridiculously high - almost at IW levels. I don't expect anything from Petra there.

Cincinnati is fast enough, but the conditions (heat, humidity) are very difficult.

Petra may have to ask for a late WC into New Haven to get enough match practice before the USO.

So basically her team is taking for granted she won't do a thing in that slow ass court at Toronto, and they're keeping the New Haven door open in case she gets a bad draw in Cincinatti. This implies that objectives for the Olympus US Open Series™ are modest.

Excelscior
Aug 1st, 2011, 01:03 PM
As expected:



So basically her team is taking for granted she won't do a thing in that slow ass court at Toronto, and they're keeping the New Haven door open in case she gets a bad draw in Cincinatti. This implies that objectives for the Olympus US Open Series™ are modest.

Mmmhhhh. Maybe/Maybe not Corswandt?

I think it's mainly an outgrowth of her not going to Carlsbad/San Diego, and Toronto being her first tournament/tennis in a while.

Remember, that article I read from the New Haven Tournament Director was from several weeks ago (and the agreement, could of been at least a week before that). They don't know/didn't know how she's gonna play back then (plus injury)!? Lol.

Oh well. San Diego would of been a nice first tournament, for several reasons.

Hopefully, she'll get enough tennis practice in a Prostejov, CZ, and fly to Toronto early enough, and acclimate herself to it's courts and it's weather, quite nicely.

We'll see? A lot of it has to do with her tennis level, of course.

If she maintains her Wimbledon confidence/level of serving, returning, ground strokes and volleying (may have to do it more on hardcourts, with higher bounce), I think she can do well in Toronto, and go deep in Cincy and the US Open. Why not?

18majors
Aug 1st, 2011, 02:03 PM
Petra is an all court player, she has won in many different surfaces.

paulmara
Aug 2nd, 2011, 09:44 AM
Soon I´m expecting an announcement about some kind of press conference with Petra.
There is no direct flight so it takes at least 11 hours to get to toronto. First day announcement, second day press conference and third day flight. It seems like Friday.

(note Bojana Jovanovski goes to wrong town 900 miles away from match
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/14369086.stm )

TimeyWimey
Aug 2nd, 2011, 01:25 PM
(note Bojana Jovanovski goes to wrong town 900 miles away from match
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/14369086.stm )

OMG, this is really a horrible day for bojana

18majors
Aug 2nd, 2011, 01:27 PM
It would be nice to see Petra for a change.

TimeyWimey
Aug 2nd, 2011, 01:59 PM
Mmmhhhh. Maybe/Maybe not Corswandt?

I think it's mainly an outgrowth of her not going to Carlsbad/San Diego, and Toronto being her first tournament/tennis in a while.

Remember, that article I read from the New Haven Tournament Director was from several weeks ago (and the agreement, could of been at least a week before that). They don't know/didn't know how she's gonna play back then (plus injury)!? Lol.

Oh well. San Diego would of been a nice first tournament, for several reasons.

Hopefully, she'll get enough tennis practice in a Prostejov, CZ, and fly to Toronto early enough, and acclimate herself to it's courts and it's weather, quite nicely.

We'll see? A lot of it has to do with her tennis level, of course.

If she maintains her Wimbledon confidence/level of serving, returning, ground strokes and volleying (may have to do it more on hardcourts, with higher bounce), I think she can do well in Toronto, and go deep in Cincy and the US Open. Why not?

considering that she is world No 7, it's unlikely she will meet annoying opponent in the early rounds, it's all about how she can eliminate her unforced errors (maybe less aggressive, more spin) to get herself into the tournament after month-long break, beyond that, it's all about how she really feels in the hardcourt, let's see

paulmara
Aug 2nd, 2011, 07:43 PM
Dadouch : There is an article in "Euro" magazine about Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych buying some sort of shares in travel service company allowing them to travel to tournaments using private jets. http://www.euro.cz/detail.jsp?id=101681

Excelscior
Aug 2nd, 2011, 09:03 PM
Dadouch : There is an article in "Euro" magazine about Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych buying some sort of shares in travel service company allowing them to travel to tournaments using private jets. http://www.euro.cz/detail.jsp?id=101681

I didn't read the article yet Paulmara, but great, good for her/Petra, if it makes her traveling easier, and more flexible?

Hopefully, this will inspire her to win more of that big Grand slam and Premier Mandatory prize money? Lol.

BikezAreForever!
Aug 2nd, 2011, 10:24 PM
Dadouch : There is an article in "Euro" magazine about Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych buying some sort of shares in travel service company allowing them to travel to tournaments using private jets. http://www.euro.cz/detail.jsp?id=101681

Lets hope this is the only thing she will have in common with Tomas. :p Nothing against Tomas, but ... why does he have to lose so many matches he should be winning?? :rolleyes:

Excelscior
Aug 3rd, 2011, 12:07 AM
Soon I´m expecting an announcement about some kind of press conference with Petra.
There is no direct flight so it takes at least 11 hours to get to toronto. First day announcement, second day press conference and third day flight. It seems like Friday.

(note Bojana Jovanovski goes to wrong town 900 miles away from match
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/14369086.stm )

Mmmhhh.

Would like to hear that!

I know the tournament starts next week? I'm assuming she gets a bye?

So does this mean if she arrived on Friday, she'd have 4-6 days to acclimate herself to the new time zone, courts and weather (if she started Mon-Weds next week)?

bruce goose
Aug 3rd, 2011, 03:10 AM
Dadouch : There is an article in "Euro" magazine about Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych buying some sort of shares in travel service company allowing them to travel to tournaments using private jets. http://www.euro.cz/detail.jsp?id=101681Some of the sports teams whose owners have private planes have commented on how much easier it makes the hassle of travel....I'd be surprised if Petra didn't benefit from this,too

Corswandt
Aug 3rd, 2011, 03:02 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2408481,00.html

Scroll down to read Petkorazzi comparing herself to Petra.

Corswandt
Aug 3rd, 2011, 03:41 PM
Dadouch : There is an article in "Euro" magazine about Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych buying some sort of shares in travel service company allowing them to travel to tournaments using private jets. http://www.euro.cz/detail.jsp?id=101681

Automated English translation suggests that they bought the right to use jets from that company during a given number of hours each year, presumably on a reduced fee on account of the promotional value of this deal for the company. The company calls it "fractional aircraft ownership". The logic seems to be the same as that of timeshare:

http://www.netjetseurope.com/en/How-does-it-work/

bruce goose
Aug 3rd, 2011, 04:09 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2408481,00.html

Scroll down to read Petkorazzi comparing herself to Petra.Read this yesterday in her WTA webpage blog.It's worth noting that an older player--slightly older--with championship dreams would mention Petra as a standard for others to copy

paulmara
Aug 4th, 2011, 09:15 AM
Petra´s manager Miroslav Černošek commenting on the world´s top 10 earning female in sports in paper version of www.idnes.cz

Income for top tennis players 50% prize money and 50% from sponsors.
There will be no modelling without sport results for Petra. He mentioned London 2012 as important for marketing

Corswandt
Aug 4th, 2011, 01:13 PM
Petra´s manager Miroslav Černošek commenting on the world´s top 10 earning female in sports in paper version of www.idnes.cz

Income for top tennis players 50% prize money and 50% from sponsors.
There will be no modelling without sport results for Petra. He mentioned London 2012 as important for marketing

So Cernosek is, along with Elena Dementieva, one of the 2 people in the world who believe the Olympic tennis tournament is in any way relevant.

And "modelling"?

18majors
Aug 4th, 2011, 02:07 PM
Petra will be one of the highest earning female athletes as long as she keeps on winning.

paulmara
Aug 4th, 2011, 03:54 PM
Petra is flying to Toronto on Friday

http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/kvitova-pred-odletem-do-usa-s-berdychem-si-zahraju-hopman-cup-8516/

Corswandt
Aug 4th, 2011, 04:41 PM
Petra is flying to Toronto on Friday

http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/kvitova-pred-odletem-do-usa-s-berdychem-si-zahraju-hopman-cup-8516/

That article is indirect confirmation that Berdych and Safarova have broken up.

Anyways, Hopman Cup sux. Useless exho. I'd much rather have Petra playing an actual WTA tournament before the AO. Plus having the meaningless mixed doubles at the Olympics as an objective strikes me as unrealistic, if not downright misguided.

TimeyWimey
Aug 4th, 2011, 06:18 PM
That article is indirect confirmation that Berdych and Safarova have broken up.

oh, no

paulmara
Aug 4th, 2011, 06:36 PM
http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/kvitova-pred-odletem-do-usa-s-berdychem-si-zahraju-hopman-cup-8516/

http://www.rozhlas.cz/zpravy/tenis/_zprava/kvitovou-ceka-po-triumfu-v-all-england-clubu-tezke-us-open--930537

She will be playing in Hopman Cup plus mix double in London 2012.

I played mix double just once, but I like it. I´m hoping it won´t change

About possibilty of Top 2 finish at the end of the season : I would have to win it all. I have no goals. I would like to play like in Wimbledon. Even though it will be tough to play at the same level, because I was plying very well there.

I would like to repeat last year result from Us open (3rd round) I cannot say I m going to win there.

I wanna play my best tennis and get as far as possible.

I´m not injured I´m tired from training

Court in prostejov is in my opinion as quick as in Us open. ( Lucie Safarova was mostly her sparingpartner )

She won´t be more nervous before matches.

Us open is not my favourite tournament. The climate is not good for me like astmatic. We will see how I will brethe there, how well acclimatized I will be. Otherwise it is a nice tournament.

(Older interview with Petra´s manager Miroslav černošek )

We talked about possibillity to build a grass court in Prostějov. We have a special hard court which is the same as in Us Open. Petra and Tomáš asked me to remove the roof (inflatable tent construction) so they could better simulate outdoor conditions. (Note So they used a crane )

http://www.tkplus.cz/tenisovy-areal.php facility

Berdych cost us 8 or 10 millions czech crowns. Petra came later at 16 so it was not so high sum. From money of Petra and Tomáš we pay juniors like Jiří Veselý and Adam Pavlásek.

I don´t want to talk about exact percentage from prize money , but from sponsors money it is 25 percent

http://www.ahaonline.cz/clanek/sport/60841/miroslav-cernosek-manazer-kvitove-prodavam-hvezdu.html

(Quote of the day : For now the big cats are gathering. They're trickling into Montreal (and Toronto), even as I write this—coming in under cover of night, with little fanfare, as they always do.)

GoofyDuck
Aug 4th, 2011, 06:45 PM
I don't mind that Berdych and Kvitova are going to Hopman cup together..

But I hope the rumours of a romance between them are not true :lol:

That would ruin the mood in the fedcup team for sure .

Excelscior
Aug 4th, 2011, 07:38 PM
I don't mind that Berdych and Kvitova are going to Hopman cup together..

But I hope the rumours of a romance between them are not true :lol:

That would ruin the mood in the fedcup team for sure .

Where'd you hear about a romance rumor (or were you joking like me; though it would make a lot of/more sense than the pubescent, pimpled tennis boy wonder Adam)? :) :confused: Lol.

bruce goose
Aug 4th, 2011, 10:37 PM
So Cernosek is, along with Elena Dementieva, one of the 2 people in the world who believe the Olympic tennis tournament is in any way relevant.Would hate to think that you've been getting high with Radek and Nicole:lol:....The WTA/ATP restructure their entire season schedule to accommodate the Olympics.Serena,who's won every other important tournament there is,was HIGHLY pissed off when she got eliminated in Beijing...and I'm pretty darned sure that the Czechs would have a serious-ass celebration if Petra won Singles Gold.If there are any pureblooded Czechs here who disagree,then I'll stand corrected...but I,personally,would be very proud of Petra cuz the Olympic draw is virtually always MUCH harder than any Slam draw...only the best of the best from each country

Excelscior
Aug 4th, 2011, 11:38 PM
Would hate to think that you've been getting high with Radek and Nicole:lol:....The WTA/ATP restructure their entire season schedule to accommodate the Olympics.Serena,who's won every other important tournament there is,was HIGHLY pissed off when she got eliminated in Beijing...and I'm pretty darned sure that the Czechs would have a serious-ass celebration if Petra won Singles Gold.If there are any pureblooded Czechs here who disagree,then I'll stand corrected...but I,personally,would be very proud of Petra cuz the Olympic draw is virtually always MUCH harder than any Slam draw...only the best of the best from each country

Agreed!!

Plus! The 2012 Olympics are at The All England Tennis Lawn & Croquet Club. Win or lose Wimbledon in 2012, why wouldn't Petra wanna try to win a Olympic Gold medal there? That's sounds like a fair deal!

She'd be crazy not to (try/Want)!!

BikezAreForever!
Aug 5th, 2011, 12:09 AM
http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/kvitova-pred-odletem-do-usa-s-berdychem-si-zahraju-hopman-cup-8516/

http://www.rozhlas.cz/zpravy/tenis/_zprava/kvitovou-ceka-po-triumfu-v-all-england-clubu-tezke-us-open--930537

Us open is not my favourite tournament. The climate is not good for me like astmatic. We will see how I will brethe there, how well acclimatized I will be. Otherwise it is a nice tournament.


Thanks for those links I was just wondering what PK was up to lately. Its worrying about her asthma going bad at US hardcourt season, its worrying and perhaps partly explains her lack of good results in North America.

Like her playing Hopman. I may be able to watch it live!! However sad about Lucie and Tomas splitting. Tomas is a mug!!

I do not like idea her playing mix. She used to play doubles back at juniors and since then she was next to useless. :confused: She should concentrate on trying to win singles. I was hoping Iveta will play mix, maybe with Radek.

bruce goose
Aug 5th, 2011, 12:18 AM
Thanks for those links I was just wondering what PK was up to lately. Its worrying about her asthma going bad at US hardcourt season, its worrying and perhaps partly explains her lack of good results in North America.Am not trying to put words in your mouth,but are you saying that all the industrial pollution and bad air in the U.S. affect Petra's asthma?If that's true,then the problem will only worsen as she plays tournaments there over the years

TimeyWimey
Aug 5th, 2011, 01:43 AM
Would hate to think that you've been getting high with Radek and Nicole:lol:....The WTA/ATP restructure their entire season schedule to accommodate the Olympics.Serena,who's won every other important tournament there is,was HIGHLY pissed off when she got eliminated in Beijing...and I'm pretty darned sure that the Czechs would have a serious-ass celebration if Petra won Singles Gold.If there are any pureblooded Czechs here who disagree,then I'll stand corrected...but I,personally,would be very proud of Petra cuz the Olympic draw is virtually always MUCH harder than any Slam draw...only the best of the best from each country

I agree with the importance of Olympics although it's definitely not, by any means, 'virtually always MUCH harder than any Slam draw'
they are just different kind of tournaments, that's it
but why bother mixed double? Couldn't Czech just let others do the mixed double and let Petra play what she is good at?

Excelscior
Aug 5th, 2011, 01:45 AM
Ironically, Petra had the US Open as one of her 5 favorite tournaments for "night matches" and because she "likes/loves" NY (forgot which word she exactly used), despite the fact she discovered her asthma there 2 years ago. So who really knows what she thinks?

Nonetheless, I hope we have clear, drier, not so hot and humid weather, in Petra's North American run, and particularly at the US Open in NY. I want another major!

TimeyWimey
Aug 5th, 2011, 01:59 AM
Am not trying to put words in your mouth,but are you saying that all the industrial pollution and bad air in the U.S. affect Petra's asthma?If that's true,then the problem will only worsen as she plays tournaments there over the years


This is ridiculous, how could the air quality in places like Montreal and New Haven last year be worse than those big Euro cities (Madrid, Paris, London), and her mysterious post-Wimby run last year covered more than just North America, let's see, she lost in Portoroz, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Montreal and New Haven, three of them are in Europe!

bruce goose
Aug 5th, 2011, 02:23 AM
This is ridiculous, how could the air quality in places like Montreal and New Haven last year be worse than those big Euro cities (Madrid, Paris, London), and her mysterious post-Wimby run last year covered more than just North America, let's see, she lost in Portoroz, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Montreal and New Haven, three of them are in Europe!If you say so---I've never visited those cities so I can't comment on which one would affect Petra the worst....that's why I asked the question...b/c I didn't know the answer:shrug: