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Invisible Fan
Dec 28th, 2012, 05:33 AM
Asthma problems a threat for Kvitova
Jim Morton 16:51 AEST Fri Dec 28 2012 Facebook


Queenslanders aren't alone wishing for an end to their hotter and more humid summer. Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is also desperate for a cool change.

Looking for a return to the heights of 2011 when she was the WTA player of the year, the lanky Czech's springboard into 2013 is being threatened by her asthma problems.

The world No.8, who started her amazing 2011 run with a surprise victory at the Brisbane International, is struggling with the high humidity this week in south-east Queensland.

Two years ago, the Brisbane weather was unseasonally cool and she claimed the title a day before the heavens opened and Pat Rafter Arena was swamped by the city's disastrous flood 48 hours later.

"I have some nice memories from 2011 when my career was going up," Kvitova said on Friday.

"It really started with this title in Brisbane so I'll aim to play similar tennis to then."

The humidity topped 80 per cent on a sweltering Brisbane afternoon as the 22-year-old cuddled koalas at the Lone Pine Sanctuary.

Kvitova struggled badly with her well-credentialled asthma condition in the US summer this year, when she was also troubled by an ankle problem, and regularly uses her Ventolin inhaler between games.

"The humidity is not great for me as I have asthma so I'm breathing tougher but that's part of me and I have to fight with this," she said.

"2011 wasn't as bad ... it wasn't that hot.

"Otherwise I'm feeling good and healthy."

Kvitova showed she can play well through adversity, helping the Czech Republic to their second straight Fed Cup triumph last month despite being as sick as a dog with a virus.

Although she dropped out of the top five in 2012, she still rates her year as solid - winning two WTA titles and making the semi-finals at the Australian Open and French Open.

A second title in her second start in Brisbane will require her to be in peak form and fitness considering eight of the world's top 10 are in the main draw.

A likely quarter-final would match her up against Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams or German world No.5 Angelique Kerber.

"It's not easy starting at the beginning and I know it will be really tough to replay the season of 2011 but I'm happy with (my game)."

tennisbum79
Dec 28th, 2012, 05:38 AM
Has she ever sought medical help on how to minimize this in adverse weather conditions?

Sport medicine has made a great deal of progress, there should be a physician who can help alleviate the effect of this on performance.

b2b
Dec 28th, 2012, 06:12 AM
didn't she prove she could do just fine in US swing this year? I thought last year was much more of a struggle.

once i feared asthma could be the achilles heel for her,but it turned out that given necessary precaution and treatment, it wouldn't affect her performance as much. perhaps her form would suffer. In history many great olympians had asthma also, in field such as swimming,marathon etc.

Pops Maellard
Dec 28th, 2012, 06:21 AM
Poor thing :hug:.

Royals.
Dec 28th, 2012, 08:59 AM
Get well soon Petra :hug:

Her team need to arrange something so her Asthma doesn't affect her during certain weather conditions.

Cindy and Kate
Dec 28th, 2012, 09:22 AM
She doesn´t sound to me very sure of herself. She seems to be certain that she is never going to play like 2011 again. I remember she said something like that at the beginning of 2012. So different to Williams, Sharapova´s or Azarenka´s attitude. No wonder she is being left behind by these three. I hope though, she will be able to do well and gain so much needed confidence.

JarkaFish
Dec 28th, 2012, 09:27 AM
She doesn´t sound to me very sure of herself. She seems to be certain that she is never going to play like 2011 again. I remember she said something like that at the beginning of 2012. So different to Williams, Sharapova´s or Azarenka´s attitude. No wonder she is being left behind by these three. I hope though, she will be able to do well and gain so much needed confidence.

I'm unconvinced she's a true champion as well. :shrug:

Royals.
Dec 28th, 2012, 09:28 AM
I'm unconvinced she's a true champion as well. :shrug:

She has a slam. Which all the other slamless girls on tour want. :lol:

JarkaFish
Dec 28th, 2012, 09:30 AM
She has a slam. Which all the other slamless girls on tour want. :lol:

Winning a slam doesn't automatically make you a true champion, well in the literal sense it does (:lol:) but I'm talking figuratively. She doesn't seem to have the drive to truly work her ass off and dominate. :o

claypova
Dec 28th, 2012, 09:41 AM
That simile 'as sick as a dog' :hysteric:

Hope the asthma won't affect Petra too much :hug:

Melange
Dec 28th, 2012, 10:03 AM
Get well soon Petra :hug:

Her team need to arrange something so her Asthma doesn't affect her during certain weather conditions.

Her team :smash: :haha:

MercuriePL
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:21 AM
Well, she can contact Marit Bjoergen. With asthma drugs, she could be world no.1 who can win marathon matches and be full rest after.

Royals.
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:24 AM
Her team :smash: :haha:

What? :confused::confused:

Her team, meaning her coach,trainers,family, friends etc.

Cindy and Kate
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:26 AM
Her team :smash: :haha:

That sums it all up. :lol:
For anyone interested see Excelsior´s great posts about this topic.

Royals.
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:27 AM
That sums it all up. :lol:
For anyone interested see Excelsior´s great posts about this topic.

What are you talking about?

Melange
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:38 AM
Her manager is more interested in grabbing money, her coach is more interested in grabbing cheeseburgers

Cindy and Kate
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:40 AM
What are you talking about?

It seems that Petra´s management and training methods are far from ideal: no fitness coach, no male hitting partner, more than poor season planning, between many other things. In a recent thread a couple of weeks ago about Petra´s loosing to some two hundred something player in a Czech interclub league match, you can see what I am talking about(look for Excelsior´s posts)
My conclusion from what he said is that she is managed as an amateur club player instead of a contender for a number 1 spot or any GS.

Jimmie48
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:43 AM
The thing is, if she already has this enormous disadvantage with the asthma that other players don't have, why does she add to it by being in less than prime physical condition? Or does the asthma actually prevent her from training? That would explain it..

Melange
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:46 AM
What are you talking about?

its been neatly summarised for you :haha::haha::haha:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=471509

Jan_S
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:54 AM
What are you talking about?

It's OK. Excelsior has simply got too much time to think about and imagine things. Last year he almost succeeded in convincing most of Petra's fans that she is faking her stay in a hospital (before IW). :rolleyes: I respect him. His long texts are usually well written and make sense. However, he does not speak czech, and as such he is missing some sources. Also, as most of fans do, he often succumbs to an impression that he knows better than the player herself (and her team), what is going wrong... So far, he is spreading this (sort of) conspiracy theory, that Petra is (if I exaggerate it a little) held captive by her manager and far-too-ordinary coach; that her opinion is omitted when members of her team are picked etc... I understand why he sees it this way, and I hope he will be proven wrong.

Mynarco
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:57 AM
As much as I like Petra, seriously, she NEEDS to find a way to deal with it.

Cindy and Kate
Dec 28th, 2012, 12:13 PM
It's OK. Excelsior has simply got too much time to think about and imagine things. Last year he almost succeeded in convincing most of Petra's fans that she is faking her stay in a hospital (before IW). :rolleyes: I respect him. His long texts are usually well written and make sense. However, he does not speak czech, and as such he is missing some sources. Also, as most of fans do, he often succumbs to an impression that he knows better than the player herself (and her team), what is going wrong... So far, he is spreading this (sort of) conspiracy theory, that Petra is (if I exaggerate it a little) held captive by her manager and far-too-ordinary coach; that her opinion is omitted when members of her team are picked etc... I understand why he sees it this way, and I hope he will be proven wrong.

I think Excelscior´s is just one person´s opinion, but in my case it was not the first time that I had heard something about it from different sources, but never as well explained as Excelscior did in his posts.
To me his explanations seem plausible and well constructed, it doesn´t mean that they need to be 100% true, but they certainly explain a lot of things, that anyway, look obvious even for someone seeing things from the outside.

StoneRose
Dec 28th, 2012, 12:16 PM
What are you talking about?

its been neatly summarised for you :haha::haha::haha:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=471509Do yourself a favor, don't open that link :rolls:

Royals.
Dec 28th, 2012, 12:16 PM
It's OK. Excelsior has simply got too much time to think about and imagine things. Last year he almost succeeded in convincing most of Petra's fans that she is faking her stay in a hospital (before IW). :rolleyes: I respect him. His long texts are usually well written and make sense. However, he does not speak czech, and as such he is missing some sources. Also, as most of fans do, he often succumbs to an impression that he knows better than the player herself (and her team), what is going wrong... So far, he is spreading this (sort of) conspiracy theory, that Petra is (if I exaggerate it a little) held captive by her manager and far-too-ordinary coach; that her opinion is omitted when members of her team are picked etc... I understand why he sees it this way, and I hope he will be proven wrong.

Thank you for this post, i'm not going to accuse her team of anything unless there is sufficient proof. All there is going on right now is just speculation and ridiculous assumptions that she's not being coached properly. I hope she has a good season in 2013 and this coaching issue can be put to a close.

Melange
Dec 28th, 2012, 12:26 PM
she went through the whole season with nagging injuries. thats caused by lack of fitness problems because her team is not keeping her in proper shape

C. Drone
Dec 28th, 2012, 12:36 PM
It's OK. Excelsior has simply got too much time to think about and imagine things. Last year he almost succeeded in convincing most of Petra's fans that she is faking her stay in a hospital (before IW). :rolleyes: I respect him. His long texts are usually well written and make sense. However, he does not speak czech, and as such he is missing some sources. Also, as most of fans do, he often succumbs to an impression that he knows better than the player herself (and her team), what is going wrong... So far, he is spreading this (sort of) conspiracy theory, that Petra is (if I exaggerate it a little) held captive by her manager and far-too-ordinary coach; that her opinion is omitted when members of her team are picked etc... I understand why he sees it this way, and I hope he will be proven wrong.
I like you.

Cindy and Kate
Dec 28th, 2012, 01:05 PM
Thank you for this post, i'm not going to accuse her team of anything unless there is sufficient proof. All there is going on right now is just speculation and ridiculous assumptions that she's not being coached properly. I hope she has a good season in 2013 and this coaching issue can be put to a close.

Not so ridiculous. The first time I heard about it was on Eurosport, not in this forum. But I agree with you about her having a good 2013 season and staying healthy injury free.

b2b
Dec 28th, 2012, 01:29 PM
It's OK. Excelsior has simply got too much time to think about and imagine things. Last year he almost succeeded in convincing most of Petra's fans that she is faking her stay in a hospital (before IW). :rolleyes: I respect him. His long texts are usually well written and make sense. However, he does not speak czech, and as such he is missing some sources. Also, as most of fans do, he often succumbs to an impression that he knows better than the player herself (and her team), what is going wrong... So far, he is spreading this (sort of) conspiracy theory, that Petra is (if I exaggerate it a little) held captive by her manager and far-too-ordinary coach; that her opinion is omitted when members of her team are picked etc... I understand why he sees it this way, and I hope he will be proven wrong.

i don‘t know why but everywhere i go petra’s fans propably the "most enthusiastic". they most likely seem to treat her as their barbie dolls or something. so much so sometimes you are under the impression that petra should fire her team and bring her fans on tour to tell her how to play tennis and manage her career.

also this Excelsior guy, he/she has such a rare talent for stating a very simple idea in a very exhausting,redundant fashion. my hat off.

Jajaloo
Dec 28th, 2012, 01:29 PM
Humidity has been good in Melbourne lately, except for the odd day or two. Confident she should have a good AO run!

vixter
Dec 28th, 2012, 01:50 PM
she went through the whole season with nagging injuries. thats caused by lack of fitness problems because her team is not keeping her in proper shape

Her team not "keeping her in shape"? Like she is a car? What happened to one's own responsibility. Only Petra can walk herself to the gym, run, eat the right food etc... The team is very important of course, I understand that, but she needs to take charge of her own fitness.

Cindy and Kate
Dec 28th, 2012, 01:59 PM
i don‘t know why but everywhere i go petra’s fans propably the "most enthusiastic". they most likely seem to treat her as their barbie dolls or something. so much so sometimes you are under the impression that petra should fire her team and bring her fans on tour to tell her how to play tennis and manage her career.

also this Excelsior guy, he/she has such a rare talent for stating a very simple idea in a very exhausting,redundant fashion. my hat off.

I assure that as far as i am concerned she could fire tomorrow her coach and hire whoever she pleases, and I couldn´t care less.

Cindy and Kate
Dec 28th, 2012, 02:03 PM
Her team not "keeping her in shape"? Like she is a car? What happened to one's own responsibility. Only Petra can walk herself to the gym, run, eat the right food etc... The team is very important of course, I understand that, but she needs to take charge of her own fitness.

Exactly my point the first time i discussed this already tiresome team-coaching-management topic.

ZeroSumGame
Dec 28th, 2012, 02:17 PM
She should act like a pro & stop disclosing her health issues, the media & fans will consider it as looking for an excuse in case she flops. She should just seek medical help, train hard, stfu, & voila the results will show!

sweetadri06
Dec 28th, 2012, 02:38 PM
Her team not "keeping her in shape"? Like she is a car? What happened to one's own responsibility. Only Petra can walk herself to the gym, run, eat the right food etc... The team is very important of course, I understand that, but she needs to take charge of her own fitness.

This.
Her team is only one part of the problem, she has to be motivated to improve her fitness too. After all it's her career that's affected by it. Coaches can always get other clients.

The Dawntreader
Dec 28th, 2012, 02:40 PM
This repetitive asthma headline is just masking her own ineptitude at being in her best possible shape for elite level tennis.

Melange
Dec 28th, 2012, 09:23 PM
Her team not "keeping her in shape"? Like she is a car? What happened to one's own responsibility. Only Petra can walk herself to the gym, run, eat the right food etc... The team is very important of course, I understand that, but she needs to take charge of her own fitness.

her coach is so fat that he feels he cant tell her that she is also too fat

Patrick345
Dec 28th, 2012, 09:35 PM
her coach is so fat that he feels he cant tell her that she is also too fat

His job is to coach. He can tell her she is too fat till he´s too fat to coach. If he can´t get to her in time for on court coaching during the changeover he needs to shut up or send her textmessage from the stands. :lol:

Excelscior
Dec 28th, 2012, 10:21 PM
It's OK. Excelsior has simply got too much time to think about and imagine things. Last year he almost succeeded in convincing most of Petra's fans that she is faking her stay in a hospital (before IW). :rolleyes: I respect him. His long texts are usually well written and make sense. However, he does not speak czech, and as such he is missing some sources. Also, as most of fans do, he often succumbs to an impression that he knows better than the player herself (and her team), what is going wrong... So far, he is spreading this (sort of) conspiracy theory, that Petra is (if I exaggerate it a little) held captive by her manager and far-too-ordinary coach; that her opinion is omitted when members of her team are picked etc... I understand why he sees it this way, and I hope he will be proven wrong.

Hey Jan S.

Come on now. What you're talking about (Petra actually being sick at a certain point last season), was speculation on my and other peoples part, based off of a 50/50 assumption, during the heat of the event (of course caused/precipitated by two Petra team blunders, mind you). And I identified it as such at the time. :lol: You can't compare the two, and appear to be grasping.

Her team situation is much different. The 'speculation' about her team, is based off an assortment of facts, events, noted blunders, admissions, interviews, articles, repeated circumstances--accumulated over the past two years (which Petra or her team has admitted to or offer no answers), as well as any 'speculation' to summarize. They're too many FACTS (alone) to list. That cannot be avoided. I think I listed some (reluctantly so, mind you) in a very systematic, well balanced non-emotional, considerate fashion to UncleSilas as well.

Many of the sources involved (actually), CAME FROM Czech MEDIA interviews and the direct people involved. So they were used and cited (and posted and reposted by some of our Czech members for authenticity). You should know.

I think it's fair to say, the recent facts, events and quotes alone are quite damning to Petra's team. But shit happens. We know that. Hopefully, she can overcome all this for a better 2013. She certainly has the talent to. Hopefully, Kotyza (her coach), her new fitness instructor, her current doctor (asthma), sports psychologist, etc. adapt as well? Nothing Petra does would surprise me.

StoneRose
Dec 29th, 2012, 12:17 AM
^^Watching your lengthy theories is like listening to people discussing UFO's. Always a few who believe in them too. In the meantime Petra just needs to step up, it's primarily her responsibility.

Cajka
Dec 29th, 2012, 01:06 AM
her coach is so fat that he feels he cant tell her that she is also too fat

Perhaps they prefer spending their time eating to training.

Setsuna.
Dec 29th, 2012, 01:14 AM
her coach is so fat that he feels he cant tell her that she is also too fat

:tears:

*JR*
Dec 29th, 2012, 03:57 AM
Asthma problems a threat for Kvitova
Jim Morton 16:51 AEST Fri Dec 28 2012 Facebook

Queenslanders aren't alone wishing for an end to their hotter and more humid summer. Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is also desperate for a cool change.


This great Australian group from the 70's might agree....

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