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Excelscior
Aug 5th, 2011, 02:25 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!

Good Points

Knowing Petra and her team/hopefully they're just being cautious in their expectations, and brought up the Asthma in NY just to keep things in perspective.

Actually, I think the draw last year in the US Open is what affected her more; facing Clijsters in the third round, before she could build up her game, consistency and confidence. That was a tough draw for her.

Earlier this year in the Australian, she actually made it to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Vera Z in a disappointing loss. But you can tell from her previous matches she wasn't playing consistent enough (though well), but not well enough to beat a then inform Bepa.

Hopefully (knock on wood, keyboard and monitor), at the US Open this late summer/fall she can improve on those Australian Open results. We'll see?

BikezAreForever!
Aug 5th, 2011, 03:28 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!
I think PK was referring to combination of hot and high humidity and smog polution being less of a contribution. I think she does not mind hot weather as such, considering her good results Down Under. I am glad Excelsior is onto it and will fix the weather for us!! :worship:

Last year (Portoroz, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Montreal and New Haven) was affected by Wimbledon. However, if you have a look at outdoor US results throughout her career, you cant see many successes unfortunately. :sad:

bruce goose
Aug 5th, 2011, 04:11 AM
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 .Since I purposely avoid the ATP most of the time,I don't have much knowledge on Berdych so I can't comment on what kind of guy he is.However,from a purely practical standpoint at least,I hope that Petra avoids situations where it could be reasonably deduced that she 'stole' another player's bf.You Czechs can correct me if I'm wrong,but I had the perception that Lucie was fairly-well liked,so there could be an almost poisonous atmosphere in Czech FC if it were perceived that Petra welcomed Tomas' advances while he was still with Lucie

Yeah,I know it's Petra's life and she can do what she wants,blah,blah,blah...it's just that there are millions of guys available to her and I'd rather not see her choose a situation that could lead to long-term repercussions

Excelscior
Aug 5th, 2011, 04:25 AM
I think PK was referring to combination of hot and high humidity and smog polution being less of a contribution. I think she does not mind hot weather as such, considering her good results Down Under. I am glad Excelsior is onto it and will fix the weather for us!! :worship:

Last year (Portoroz, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Montreal and New Haven) was affected by Wimbledon. However, if you have a look at outdoor US results throughout her career, you cant see many successes unfortunately. :sad:

Yeah bikez

I'm on it!! :wavey::wavey: ;) :D

paulmara
Aug 5th, 2011, 10:02 AM
Peter Bodo
No. 7 Petra Kvitova: Montreal will be her first tournament since the big win in London, and given that she flamed out in the first round in the two big summer events last year (and got just three games off Clijsters in the third round of last year's U.S Open), I'm guessing she'll still be high on her Wimbledon victory and not entirely focused. And this is a pretty erratic and easily distracted player to begin with.

http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2011/08/the-big-cats-part-ii.html

GoofyDuck
Aug 5th, 2011, 10:29 AM
Peter Bodo
No. 7 Petra Kvitova: Montreal will be her first tournament since the big win in London, and given that she flamed out in the first round in the two big summer events last year (and got just three games off Clijsters in the third round of last year's U.S Open), I'm guessing she'll still be high on her Wimbledon victory and not entirely focused. And this is a pretty erratic and easily distracted player to begin with.

http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2011/08/the-big-cats-part-ii.html

:spit:

As if last year fall Kvitova is even comparable to this year 4 title winning Kvitova :haha:

18majors
Aug 5th, 2011, 01:51 PM
Has Petra arrived in Toronto?

Excelscior
Aug 5th, 2011, 02:04 PM
Peter Bodo
No. 7 Petra Kvitova: Montreal will be her first tournament since the big win in London, and given that she flamed out in the first round in the two big summer events last year (and got just three games off Clijsters in the third round of last year's U.S Open), I'm guessing she'll still be high on her Wimbledon victory and not entirely focused. And this is a pretty erratic and easily distracted player to begin with.

http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2011/08/the-big-cats-part-ii.html


I saw his article (and responded to it), and it sounds like the typical, knee jerk, un-researched, lazy reaction from a reporter who obviously hasn't closely followed Kvitova, or even bothered to take the time track her progression, or mental framework.

It doesn't mean that Petra won't have a bad US Hard court season (anything is possible), but based off of her improved form, consistency, confidence, rankings and recent earnings, I don't see how Bodo can make such a Flippant remark. But I'm not surprised!

I guess he had too many people to write about, and felt "hey Petra already got her obligatory Grandslam, She's happy now, so I'll focus on some others?" Lol.

The reality is, there are very few women that can beat Petra when she's on her form, and lets hope it translate to this US Hard court season, and in particular the US Open?

Queen Petra Fan
Aug 5th, 2011, 03:05 PM
Since I purposely avoid the ATP most of the time,I don't have much knowledge on Berdych so I can't comment on what kind of guy he is.However,from a purely practical standpoint at least,I hope that Petra avoids situations where it could be reasonably deduced that she 'stole' another player's bf.You Czechs can correct me if I'm wrong,but I had the perception that Lucie was fairly-well liked,so there could be an almost poisonous atmosphere in Czech FC if it were perceived that Petra welcomed Tomas' advances while he was still with Lucie

Yeah,I know it's Petra's life and she can do what she wants,blah,blah,blah...it's just that there are millions of guys available to her and I'd rather not see her choose a situation that could lead to long-term repercussions

Since when did you guys become soap opera addicts? I haven't read one word confirming anything romantic between Petra and TB. That doesn't mean it might not be true, but why are you guys perpetuating these trashy rumours if there's no evidence? Let's not judge her if there's no proof. Let's not even speculate. I'm shuddering in disgust just at the thought of it. I don't think she's that type of girl. I think she's got much more important things on her mind; like GSs.

Our girl is focused and in it to win it. TB is a logical choice as a doubles partner just because of their long friendship/relationship and skill levels. They could become quite a deadly tandem on the court. Why shouldn't they team up and expand their careers?

Excelscior
Aug 5th, 2011, 03:23 PM
Funny!

I agree Queen Petra Fan.

I cracked a innocent joke about it, next thing you know, folks are hearing rumors, etc. I was like Whoooaaaa? Lol. Now it's the old Telephone game, or like a chain letter. Lol.

But don't get too heated. It will all die and dissipate, I'm sure (especially when the Tennis starts). I don't think they're together either; not at all for that matter. How queasy would that be for Petra, at Fed Cup indeed, as has been stated? Lol.

Maybe some folks just felt her playing with Berdych, after his supposed Safarova break up (un-announced, un-offical break up, mind you), that Petra shouldn't be playing with Tomas (or is it cause some people just feel he's a mug now)? Lol. Oh well.

Now back on tennis. Someone on GM reminded us that, earlier this year, two participants in the Hoffman Cup actually made the Australian Open finals (Djoker & Murray). So maybe it wasn't such a bad/strange idea in the first place?

Go Petra. Hope you get a good draw today to (knock on Keyboard, Wood desk, and Plastic Monitor) in Toronto!

mdx
Aug 5th, 2011, 04:34 PM
Can't wait for monday. Or is she going to play first match on Tuesday? When do they usually publish the draw sheet for these bigger tournaments like Rogerscup? I check rogerscup.com every day for almost a week now and still nothing. Only wildcards have been announced.

Excelscior
Aug 5th, 2011, 05:45 PM
Can't wait for monday. Or is she going to play first match on Tuesday? When do they usually publish the draw sheet for these bigger tournaments like Rogerscup? I check rogerscup.com every day for almost a week now and still nothing. Only wildcards have been announced.

It's supposed to be today at 5pm Eastern Time (North America).

You can watch it on their website supposedly.

There are some good links her on TF (upcoming tournaments, Rogers Cup) to their website; better than when I went on my own to find any relevant results/info. Lol.

Not sure when she starts? I guess we'll find that out this evening? Nonetheless, I hope it's on Tuesday. The more time she gets to acclimate herself to the conditions, courts and time zone the better.

Meelis
Aug 5th, 2011, 06:36 PM
Not Monday for sure, as she has a bye in R1.

bruce goose
Aug 5th, 2011, 07:01 PM
Since when did you guys become soap opera addicts? I haven't read one word confirming anything romantic between Petra and TB. That doesn't mean it might not be true, but why are you guys perpetuating these trashy rumours if there's no evidence? Let's not judge her if there's no proof. Let's not even speculate. I'm shuddering in disgust just at the thought of it. I don't think she's that type of girl. I think she's got much more important things on her mind; like GSs.

Our girl is focused and in it to win it. TB is a logical choice as a doubles partner just because of their long friendship/relationship and skill levels. They could become quite a deadly tandem on the court. Why shouldn't they team up and expand their careers?Excelsior covers it pretty well above;commenting on speculation doesn't automatically equal gossip and,if there's no legit fuel for the fire,a rumor will eventually burn out

Tambien,Peter Bodo es un mamador muy hambriente

Queen Petra Fan
Aug 5th, 2011, 07:18 PM
Excelsior covers it pretty well above;commenting on speculation doesn't automatically equal gossip and,if there's no legit fuel for the fire,a rumor will eventually burn out

Tambien,Peter Bodo es un mamador muy hambriente

For sure. I was just kidding you guys. It's all BS I'm sure.

Tambien, Peter Bodo es un muy grande stupido puta madre! lol :lol: Not to mention, quite possibly a 'maricon'. Oh wait! that's that other hack writer.

Queen Petra Fan
Aug 5th, 2011, 07:20 PM
Not Monday for sure, as she has a bye in R1.

Woo hoo! Let the action begin!! :bounce:

Excelscior
Aug 5th, 2011, 07:45 PM
Oh Yeah.

Forgot about the bye. I hope she starts Weds (though that may be too long for some of us), for my earlier stated reasons.

bruce goose
Aug 5th, 2011, 08:23 PM
For sure. I was just kidding you guys. It's all BS I'm sure.

Tambien, Peter Bodo es un muy grande stupido puta madre! lol :lol: Not to mention, quite possibly a 'maricon'. Oh wait! that's that other hack writer.Have some additional comments for you in the off-topic thread,but it's fair to say that Bodo is as Americanized as Sharapova(though from different origins)and,like many American media,demands that he be titillated with flash and glamour as opposed to actual talent and greatness.Poorly-bred losers like Bodo are the ones who made a worthless,mindless show such as 'Friends' a hit for over a decade.Petra will have to dominate for quite a few years before the Gringos show her the respect she deserves....Not that it matters much since the rest of the world can see the obvious,excellent Petra-ness;)

TimeyWimey
Aug 5th, 2011, 08:29 PM
Tambien, Peter Bodo es un muy grande stupido puta madre! lol :lol: Not to mention, quite possibly a 'maricon'. Oh wait! that's that other hack writer.

i feel uncomfortable with the word you used
a mí me chocan las palabras

paulmara
Aug 5th, 2011, 08:58 PM
4:30 is the women's draw

http://twitter.com/#!/rogerscupto

Excelscior
Aug 6th, 2011, 11:15 AM
New Nicely Informative Petra (The Lioness) Kvitova Interview B4 Toronto

Here is an interview by Petra, from AFP via the Asia Times. This was probably taken from her recent press conference in the Czech Republic. Hopefully, we'll see others before she starts play in Toronto.

There is a reasonable mixture of personal and professional anecdotes here, with some good tidbits to nibble on. Petra says, she likes the name "The Lioness" the Czech Press has dubbed her, mentions how she's "going there to win" at the US Open, and adds "I want to keep improving or play as well as Wimbledon", when asked about upcoming goals. Petra doesn't fail to address tabloids digging for dirt on her boyfriend-post Wimby, stated her recent thigh injury is cured, Koytza talks about dealing with success and added expectations, along with other morsels from Petra and her coach.

Enjoy!


Life unchanged by Wimbledon win: Kvitova
AFP | Aug 6, 2011, 07.08AM IST

PROSTEJOV: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova takes her new status as a Czech sports superstar in her stride, insisting it has not changed her life much despite busy weeks of celebrations.

Having recovered from a thigh muscle injury, the 21-year-old world number seven is bracing for an overseas campaign starting in Toronto next week and topped by the US Open at the turn of August.

"The only change is that people recognise me in the street, they want an autograph or a picture. But I'm still the same," Kvitova told AFP in an interview in Prostejov, the eastern Czech town where her club is based.

The picture of a smiling Kvitova with Wimbledon's Venus Rosewater Dish has been a permanent fixture on the front pages of Czech sports magazines since she beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 in the final on July 2.

"No success can change her positive and modest character. It's rather a stimulus for her to work even harder," said her coach David Kotyza.

Kvitova enjoyed a triumphant return to her country which she criss-crossed on board a private jet lent by a local tycoon to manage a hectic agenda, including a meeting with President Vaclav Klaus, a keen tennis player.

"I spent about half an hour with Mr Klaus, talking about tennis and sports," Kvitova said.

The plane also took her to the Karlovy Vary film festival, where she met "actors, people quite different from athletes, they are funny and relaxed," she added.

And, finally, she came to face a huge crowd of fans in her home town of Fulnek in the east of the country, with population of some 6,000.

Kvitova became only the second honorary citizen of the town after Jan Amos Komensky, or Comenius (1592-1670), a philosopher, theologian and founder of modern pedagogics, who spent three years there.

Incidentally, Kvitova herself once considered being a teacher, following the example of her father Jiri Kvita, who is now deputy mayor of Fulnek.

"But it's no longer true," said the player who has earned more than three million dollars (2.12 million euros) this year alone.

"I don't play tennis for the money. I deposit it in my account and that's it," said Kvitova, who started her tennis career at the age of three under the watchful eye of her father.

The stardom of the blue-eyed blonde has brought about a less enviable aspect -- the interest of tabloids, which have been digging tirelessly in her private life, finally revealing the identity of her boyfriend.

"I was sad, astonished," she says.

After Wimbledon and before Toronto, Cincinnati and the US Open, Kvitova rested and recovered from her injury at Strbske Pleso, a magnet for tourists in the High Tatras mountains in neighbouring Slovakia.

"It's good to take a break from time to time," said Kvitova, who hurt her thigh muscle in the third-round Wimbledon clash with Italy's Roberta Vinci.

"The injury has been cured. We have focused on her physical shape, because Petra played as many matches in the first half of this season as in the full season last year," said her coach Kotyza.

"I think she has not exhausted her potential yet," he added.

Facing the American campaign, Kvitova refused to speak about goals.

"I can't tell you I'm going there to win, but I want to go as far as possible. I want to keep improving or at least play as well as in Wimbledon," said the player dubbed "Lioness" by the Czech press.

"I hear the nickname quite often, it's quite pleasant. After all, when I enter the court, I want to fight and win," she said.

theFutureisNow
Aug 6th, 2011, 01:44 PM
Too soon to change the forum name to something like "Lioness Lair"?

I don't want to be changing the forum name all the time. On the other hand I don't want the forum name to be permanent, especially since the current name is clearly one that many of the regular posters here do not like.

There should be a reasonable way to make changes if enough people want it.

Corswandt
Aug 6th, 2011, 01:49 PM
Too soon to change the forum name to something like "Lioness Lair"?

I don't want to be changing the forum name all the time. On the other hand I don't want the forum name to be permanent, especially since the current name is clearly one that many of the regular posters here do not like.

There should be a reasonable way to make changes if enough people want it.

Speak for yourself.

Excelscior
Aug 6th, 2011, 05:39 PM
Since Petra likes the name The Lioness, I'll simply call her Big Kitty (a combo of Big Cat and Kvitty)!!

The Lioness Lair, Big Cat, Big Kvitty, Queen Of The Harcourt (or tennis jungle)-slaying her Petrified opponents on tour, Big Game Hunter, etc., can all wait for later. Lol. :) :lol: ;)

paulmara
Aug 6th, 2011, 08:27 PM
Vikapower made complete stats for Petra Kvitova

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?p=20000796#post20000796

Excelscior
Aug 9th, 2011, 01:00 AM
Hey Guys.

Just saw the Petra Kvitova Bag Check on Tennis Channel (The real Tennis Channel broadcast, not the web version) at 7:42pm Eastern time, North America.

They finally broadcast it (as far as I know). It was so cute, vibrant and just soooo much better, to see/hear her on my big TV screen in all her glory, than my big computer monitor. She was so bubbly and vibrant.

Good for her, tennis and us! Go Petra!

PS: I love how she introduces/pronounces her name, "Hi I'm Petra Ka-vee-to-vaaaa". Lol. Just like how Navratilova, Hingis, and the other Czech's and Slovak's pronounces it, if we were paying attention.

Cool/Cute!

Queen Petra Fan
Aug 9th, 2011, 04:48 PM
Hey Guys.

Just saw the Petra Kvitova Bag Check on Tennis Channel (The real Tennis Channel broadcast, not the web version) at 7:42pm Eastern time, North America.

They finally broadcast it (as far as I know). It was so cute, vibrant and just soooo much better, to see/hear her on my big TV screen in all her glory, than my big computer monitor. She was so bubbly and vibrant.

Good for her, tennis and us! Go Petra!

PS: I love how she introduces/pronounces her name, "Hi I'm Petra Ka-vee-to-vaaaa". Lol. Just like how Navratilova, Hingis, and the other Czech's and Slovak's pronounces it, if we were paying attention.

Cool/Cute!

Lucky you!! Nice of you to almost notice correctly Petra's pronunciation of her name Ex. It's pronounced: Kvit-o-vaaa. (Kvitová). The diacritic mark above the 'a' (á) at the end makes the final sound a long 'a' (aaa). Petra Kvitová. Also, I like your description of her. I hope she never loses that bubbly vibrancy you described. It's very endearing.

Excelscior
Aug 9th, 2011, 04:55 PM
Lucky you!! Nice of you to almost notice correctly Petra's pronunciation of her name Ex. It's pronounced: Kvit-o-vaaa. (Kvitová). The diacritic mark above the 'a' (á) at the end makes the final sound a long 'a' (aaa). Petra Kvitová. Also, I like your description of her. I hope she never loses that bubbly vibrancy you described. It's very endearing.

Hey Queen Petra Fan.

Don't worry, it still comes out sounding the same, with my breakdown. :D Lol. It's just how I phonetically broke it down. I know you teach language though, and gotta give me the correct one, or better looking one. No problem.

Thanks for the nice shout out, as well. Lol. :) :D :)

Yeah. It sounded and looked good! :bounce:

Queen Petra Fan
Aug 9th, 2011, 05:02 PM
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!

True, true, and true. To attribute those losses to asthma is nonsense. I've had asthma my whole life and I can tell you, convincingly, with modern treatment (and I bet Petra can afford a better doctor than me), asthma is no longer a hindrance to any modern athlete. In San Diego I breathed fresh sea air and suffered. In Prague, where penny pinching idiots still burn dirty coal to save money I suffer even more. But, nevertheless, with modern treatment options, I easily still survive and play all my favorite sports year round.

Queen Petra Fan
Aug 9th, 2011, 05:08 PM
Hey Queen Petra Fan.

Don't worry, it still comes out sounding the same, with my breakdown. :D Lol. It's just how I phonetically broke it down. I know you teach language though, and gotta give me the correct one, or better looking one. No problem.

Thanks for the nice shout out, as well. Lol. :) :D :)

Yeah. It sounded and looked good! :bounce:

You're welcome Ex. Here's a nice tribute to our Czech lioness: Unfortunately, I cannot give due credit to the original creator. Be that as it may, enjoy!

The image is Petra represented in the form of the classic two-tailed lion of old Bohemia (the western and central part of the present Czech Republic).

However! Petra is technically from Moravia-Silesia (Moravskosleský) in the northeastern portion of the country. In that corner of the country a double-tailed eagle with various backgrounds represents the area symbolically. So, is she a Moravian-Silesian eagress or a Czech lioness? To avoid being anal, I suggest we just go with the latter. Apparently, Petra's okay with it so why shouldn't we be. QPF

Excelscior
Aug 9th, 2011, 05:10 PM
New Petra Article From Toronto

Since we have a rain delay today in Toronto, and this may or may not affect Petra's schedule tomorrow, I'm posting another rare English post Wimbledon article on Petra to nibble on.

Thank God, this reporter saw the importance to do a separate article on Petra, and report her progression, on the heels of The Rogers Cup.

It's from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and it's taken from the Top 8 seeds press conference yesterday, where they interviewed each player separately. If you guys are cramming for anything Petra-Toronto, maybe I'll post that quirky article to (on the Press Conference, what happened, Petra and the other 7 ladies). It's kind of amusing/interesting.

The article is relatively standard, but the reporter lays out Petra's year in more detail than we're used to seeing with newspaper/online sport reporters. They're also some interesting tidbits, and insights we've heard and maybe not have heard in the article, as well. I repeat. It's not an interview, but an article, written through the reporters eyes, but there are several quotes, reflections, stats and analysis from, and about Petra.

PS: The Lioness made North America. The Canadian Reporter referenced the term in the article. Enjoy!

Petra Kvitova: Seizing the moment
CBC Sports
Last Updated: Aug 9, 2011 11:18 AM ET
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Petra Kvitova overpowered Maria Sharapova and kept the unforced errors to a minimum to win her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. Petra Kvitova overpowered Maria Sharapova and kept the unforced errors to a minimum to win her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

Petra Kvitova’s Wimbledon victory earlier this summer, in addition to being her first Grand Slam, was notable for any number of other reasons.

The 21-year-old became the third woman from the Czech Republic to win at Wimbledon, joining her idol Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna. She was also the first lefty to capture the women’s tournament in over two decades, since Martina herself.

Then there’s something to make most of us feel just a little bit old: She became the first tennis player born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam event.

Yes, the future definitely appears to be now for the six-foot Kvitova.

"What is different after Wimbledon is that the people recognize me on the street or somewhere but I still feel [the same as] before Wimbledon," she said at the Rogers Cup media day for top players in Toronto.

But don’t expect any diva-like behaviour now that she’s accomplished something only a select number of players can claim.
The anti-diva

Kvitova, while very warm in person, seems naturally self-effacing even aside from the fact she’s still fully grasping English.

The best she can muster about the newfound attention is that it’s "nice" and "quite different." She laughs when recounting how other former champions have counselled her to just focus on her game and not the increased attention or endorsements, as if there was any other possibility. Her Wimbledon trophy is back at her parents’ house, but has no special resting place among her other many other accolades, and she famously told reporters in London after her big victory that she wasn't going to ditch her practical sedan for a luxury ride.

Kvitova is also not likely a candidate for burnout either, as she only started putting in several hours per day on the courts at the age of 16. At that point she moved from her small hometown of Bilovec to Prostejov, whose tennis academy has helped produce the likes of Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek.

Kvitova headed into the year with some solid accomplishments, including an ATP title in 2009 and wins over the likes of Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Sam Stosur.

The most seasoned tennis of observers saw the potential, but few probably would have expected this kind of emergence in 2011 after she lost about as many matches as she won last year.

All she’s done this year is put together a 36-6 mark heading into the Rogers Cup while winning at Brisbane, Paris, Madrid and Wimbledon. Her tournament victories have come on hard courts, clay and, of course, the grass at All England Club.

As a result, her ranking has shot up from 34th to seventh, and she leads all women this year at just under $3.2 million in prize money.

"It’s tough to keep this level, for sure, but hopefully I can keep this standard," she said.

Opponents have had trouble tracking her serve, and at her best she puts relentless pressure on opponents by playing fast and hitting a flat, deep ball. She's been dubbed "The Lioness" by reporters in her home country.

It’s no small feat to overpower Maria Sharapova, but that’s just what Kvitova did at Wimbledon, winning in straight sets in 85 minutes.

After getting broken in the first game against Sharapova, she was more composed than her more experienced foe the rest of the way. She hit nearly twice as many winners as Sharapova to put her career mark in finals to 5-2.

While she admits that her performance during the fortnight in London exceeded even her own expectations, she also feels there’s room for improvement in her game.

"My movement on the court is better than two years ago, for example, but I have a lot of work left," she said.

There’s also the fresh memory for Kvitova of what happened around this time last year.

After reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon, her best finish at a Grand Slam up until that point of her career, she lost five consecutive matches, including a first rounder to Aravane Rezai at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Kvitova said she was unable to put difficult losses behind her in 2010, leading to a snowball effect.

"It was a good experience for me [even though] it went badly," said Kvitova. "Hopefully it won’t be like last year and hopefully my mentality is better than last year."
Room for new stars

It also stands to reason she’ll have to prove her mettle against the biggest names in the game over the final few months of this year, highlighted by the U.S. Open next month. Heading into the Wimbledon final she had a combined 2-8 career mark against the quartet of Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams.

The women’s game certainly could use another dynamic force on the court.

Williams and Clijsters are coming back from injuries. The likes of Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and Marion Bartoli — all still fairly young — have fallen victim to nerves on the big stage and have been unable to grab the proverbial brass ring.

Recent first-time Grand Slam champions Li Na and Francesca Schiavone are very engaging personalities, but are 29 and 31, respectively.

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, it has been said.

It doesn’t appear that description will suit Kvitova judging by her attitude and abundant talent, but she’ll have to go out and prove it, beginning this week in Toronto.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/moresports/story/2011/08/09/spf-kvitova-toronto.html#ixzz1UXzUwBmn

Queen Petra Fan
Aug 9th, 2011, 08:01 PM
Thanks Ex. I enjoyed that. QPF

The Lioness. It suits her well. Typically Czech girls are called 'kocky' (koach-kee). It means 'cats or kitties'. It's an aptly deserved title. Pretty Czech girls tend to walk about like strutting cats. In Petra's case though, she's a predator. Most definitely a lioness. Get in her way and you become lunch.

Hail Queen Petra. Czech lioness.

Excelscior
Aug 9th, 2011, 08:17 PM
The Fulnek (or Bilovec) Lioness!?

That's short, sweet and a near phonetic match.

Right? Lol.

PS: Thanks for the info on Czech women culture.

ArcticMoose
Aug 10th, 2011, 03:27 AM
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 .

:smoke:

http://img.blesk.cz/static/images/1/promobox/1/7/3/17334.jpg?63083 (http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/svet-hvezd/108628/co-stoji-za-rozchodem-tenisoveho-paru-berdych-safarova.html):rolleyes:
Its true ...No more Lucie and Tomas

Lucie:We broke up like adults. We feel no hatred for each other. We stay friends” Safarova
:p

:unsure:http://img.blesk.cz/img/2/full/962166_.jpg:tape:

HeySafZvoneRenka
Aug 10th, 2011, 03:38 AM
^Not only that how are they gonna compete against the russians but they might HATE each other

Excelscior
Aug 10th, 2011, 03:58 AM
You're welcome Ex. Here's a nice tribute to our Czech lioness: Unfortunately, I cannot give due credit to the original creator. Be that as it may, enjoy!

The image is Petra represented in the form of the classic two-tailed lion of old Bohemia (the western and central part of the present Czech Republic).

However! Petra is technically from Moravia-Silesia (Moravskosleský) in the northeastern portion of the country. In that corner of the country a double-tailed eagle with various backgrounds represents the area symbolically. So, is she a Moravian-Silesian eagress or a Czech lioness? To avoid being anal, I suggest we just go with the latter. Apparently, Petra's okay with it so why shouldn't we be. QPF

Hey Queen Petra Fan.

Petra's for country/Czech unity. Lol.

Thanks. I missed this (must of happened when I posted that article earlier), cause I was busy.

As always thanks for the Geography lesson, and that Lioness Pic. You know I had seen it a few weeks ago, and was wondering, "why in hell did they put Petra in that Ugly Ass symbol". Lol. She had claws and everything. But now I know,and it makes sense. She's the Czech Lioness. Got it!

Thanks Again.

Excelscior
Aug 10th, 2011, 04:01 AM
:smoke:

http://img.blesk.cz/static/images/1/promobox/1/7/3/17334.jpg?63083 (http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/svet-hvezd/108628/co-stoji-za-rozchodem-tenisoveho-paru-berdych-safarova.html):rolleyes:

:p

:unsure:http://img.blesk.cz/img/2/full/962166_.jpg:tape:

How tough can the hiking be if the old ass coach is hiking with them?

PS: That's a terrible picture of both Berdych and Safarova on top. Lol.

HeySafZvoneRenka
Aug 10th, 2011, 05:38 AM
:smoke:

http://img.blesk.cz/static/images/1/promobox/1/7/3/17334.jpg?63083

I LOVE WHEN BERDYCH HAD LONG HAIR:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

Excelscior
Aug 15th, 2011, 09:39 AM
Congratulations Petra Kvitova (and Vikapower for calling it) on your current #6 WTA ranking, with 5561 ranking points.

Petra is only 110 points behind LI NA for the #5 spot, and can pass her if she does well in Cincy, and/or Li Na gets knocked out early.

Petra is still currently #2 in the Race To Istanbul, with 5162 points; less than 700 points behind leader Caroline Wozniaki, and 77 points in front 3rd place race leader, Maria Sharapova.

Let's Hope that Kvitty can Slay them all this time/this week, making Cincinnati her new Lions Den, and go Big Game Hunting while playing there!?

She has a decent draw, so hopefully she'll be in good form, so she can feast on all her competitor's?

Good Luck in Cincinnati Petra!!!

Vikapower
Aug 15th, 2011, 12:06 PM
Congratulations Petra Kvitova (and Vikapower for calling it) on your current #6 WTA ranking, with 5561 ranking points.

Petra is only 110 points behind LI NA for the #5 spot, and can pass her if she does well in Cincy, and/or Li Na gets knocked out early.

Petra is still currently #2 in the Race To Istanbul, with 5162 points; less than 700 points behind leader Caroline Wozniaki, and 77 points in front 3rd place race leader, Maria Sharapova.

Let's Hope that Kvitty can Slay them all this time/this week, making Cincinnati her new Lions Den, and go Big Game Hunting while playing there!?

She has a decent draw, so hopefully she'll be in good form, so she can feast on all her competitor's?

Good Luck in Cincinnati Petra!!!

:bounce: Yes, I was going to write about it in the stats thread but nonetheless, she's 110 points from Li Na so the only thing Petra needs to do right now is to just make it 1 round better than the chinese or at least make the QFs and she'll clinch a new career high at #5... and as you noted out, if Li does not cover her 125 points by getting knocked out early for example Petra might not even need to win a round but let's to not diffuse such thoughts. :p

Yes, good luck Petra. :yeah:

18majors
Aug 15th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Petra is destined to be No. 1 someday.

paulmara
Aug 17th, 2011, 06:35 PM
Quotable Quotes... Cincinnati's All-Access

Petra Kvitova

On her father's reaction to her winning Wimbledon...
"He cried. He was my coach until I was 16 and we worked so hard for so long. He still sees me as his little baby! But even though people recognize me more and are asking for autographs and pictures, me, I'm the same girl."

On her favorite surface...
"Before my favorite surface was hard, but now it's grass! Also, before this year I didn't think I could really do well on clay, but after I won Madrid I think I like it better. I like all surfaces, but my favorite is grass now."

On the Open...
"I like the US Open for sure, especially the night sessions with the crowds. In French Open and Wimbledon there aren't any night sessions. And it's in New York City - it's probably the most famous city in the world. And the surface is a little bit faster than other hardcourt tournaments, like Toronto, for example. I prefer indoor hardcourts, but I like that it's a faster outdoor hardcourt."

On when she thought to herself she could win a Slam...
"After I won Wimbledon! When I went to Wimbledon I didn't think I would win.

http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2423627,00.html

ArcticMoose
Aug 17th, 2011, 11:06 PM
Book on Petra Kvitova!

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Book Description

Publication Date: July 14, 2011
Née le 8 mars 1990 ŕ Bilovec, en Tchécoslovaquie, Petra Kvitova devient professionelle en 2006. Classée dans le Top 100 mondial, elle remporte son premier titre WTA ŕ Hobart, mais la révélation se fera lors du tournoi de Wimbledon 2010 quand elle atteint les demi-finales ou elle s'inclinera face ŕ Serena Williams. Elle obtiendra męme le tire de Révélation de l'année aux WTA Awards. A force de travail elle revient en 2011 encore plus forte. En mai 2011, elle remporte l'Open de Madrid, classé Premier Mandatory. Elle s'imposera aussi au tournoi de Brisbane et celui de l'Open Gaz de France avant de remporter son premier Grand Chelem ŕ Wimbledon en 2011.


Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: FastBook Publishing (July 14, 2011)
Language: French
ISBN-10: 613019613X
ISBN-13: 978-6130196134
Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches

TimeyWimey
Aug 17th, 2011, 11:59 PM
Book on Petra Kvitova!

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Petra Kvitova: La relčve du tennis (French Edition) [Paperback] Chrystčle Poirier (http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%2Fref%3Dn tt_athr_dp_sr_1%3F_encoding%3DUTF8%26sort%3Dreleva ncerank%26search-alias%3Dbooks%26field-author%3DChryst%25C3%25A8le%2520Poirier&tag=5336105959-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325) (Editor)

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Book Description

Publication Date: July 14, 2011
Née le 8 mars 1990 ŕ Bilovec, en Tchécoslovaquie, Petra Kvitova devient professionelle en 2006. Classée dans le Top 100 mondial, elle remporte son premier titre WTA ŕ Hobart, mais la révélation se fera lors du tournoi de Wimbledon 2010 quand elle atteint les demi-finales ou elle s'inclinera face ŕ Serena Williams. Elle obtiendra męme le tire de Révélation de l'année aux WTA Awards. A force de travail elle revient en 2011 encore plus forte. En mai 2011, elle remporte l'Open de Madrid, classé Premier Mandatory. Elle s'imposera aussi au tournoi de Brisbane et celui de l'Open Gaz de France avant de remporter son premier Grand Chelem ŕ Wimbledon en 2011.


Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: FastBook Publishing (July 14, 2011)
Language: French
ISBN-10: 613019613X
ISBN-13: 978-6130196134
Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches

toute l'actualité par wikipedia

but too expensive, otherwise i would like to have a check

Vikapower
Aug 19th, 2011, 03:17 PM
It was posted on GM.

Kvitova talked about not being 100%. "I played badly, made many mistakes, but she played well," she said. "In the second set I was a little dizzy and had cramping in my stomach. I may have been a little tired or something... I don't know what's wrong. I have a week off now, I hope I'll be better for the US Open."

"I've said it before - Petra and I are good friends. We always talk," Petkovic said. "She has asthma or something, I'm not sure, but she struggles when it's really hot and humid. I told her afterwards I hope she'll be fine for the US Open.

"She's a great girl. She stayed the same after all her success. I respect that."

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20110818/petrova-petkovic-to-square-off-in-qfs_2256076_2425223

ArcticMoose
Aug 19th, 2011, 09:31 PM
New Haven Open at Yale tournament director Anne Worcester (http://www.greenwichtime.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=sports&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Anne+Worcester%22) handed out her last two wild cards Thursday afternoon, giving them to French Open (http://www.greenwichtime.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=sports&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22French+Open%22) champion Li Na (http://www.greenwichtime.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=sports&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Li+Na%22), ranked No. 5 in the world and No. 9 Marion Bartoli (http://www.greenwichtime.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=sports&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Marion+Bartoli%22). That means the NHO at Yale will have four of the Top 10 players and seven of the Top 15 players in the world when the tournament starts this weekend.

I had been in close contact with both players and it was clear that the only way they would consider a wild card (to New Haven) would be if they did not win their round of 16 matches (in Cincinnati)," Worcester said. "Not that we ever want anyone to lose, but ¦" They both did.

"When we started hearing that Kim Cljsters wouldn't be able to play (abdominal tear) and that Venus (Williams) wasn't planning on playing and that (Petra) Kvitova wouldn't be able to play, we felt the luckiest we could get would be to get (Jelena) Jankovic, Bartoli and Li Na," said Worcester. "We exceeded our expectations by getting all three. It's all good."

"She never asked us to hold her a wild card," Worcester said of Williams. "But the logical assumption would be that she would consider a wild card because she needed matches but her agent told me the other day that she is still recovering and that she wasn't going to play before the Open."

Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/French-Open-champ-Na-No-9-Bartoli-to-play-in-2113677.php#ixzz1VVXzNKl8

paulmara
Aug 23rd, 2011, 07:26 PM
QPF was active and dug something out. For Excelsior to rest little bit.

And how is Petra exceptional from human perspective?

Kotyza : I must say that with Petra it is precious combination I don´t wanna say ordinary but so warmhearted, open and nice character. It makes her successful in sport , in which it used to be said that player must be a little bastard to win. To suceed a player must have quality that are not popular. I personally don´ t think so and this lady proves it. When she is off the court she is very relaxed, a good person. But when she is on the court, she changed. I believe she is a pure sportwoman, that we talk about but they are vanishing. She looks that way and it is very likeable.

http://www.magazintenis.cz/

mac47
Aug 24th, 2011, 02:29 AM
What Kotyza said in that quote is exactly why I'm a fan. Wimbledon or no Wimbledon, she is just great because of that attitude on the court without the prima donna crap and celebrity-seeking off the court. But the biggest reason I'm a fan is that she hits WINNERS, which the rest of the tour have forgotten how to do.

bruce goose
Aug 24th, 2011, 04:46 AM
Nice contributions by 'Mac' and 'Paulmara':hatoff:...there are players who'll go unnamed here that are very good at fabricating--with the help of their p.r. teams--a phony,contrived Virgin Mary image...yet Petra is charmingly clumsy with how she presents herself,so it's almost as if she weren't 'sophisticated' enough to create such a facade.It's just about unanimous: I've heard only positive things said about Petra by other players and tennis insiders;either they don't know her well and can't comment or they're delighted by her character.....a REALLY easy gal to get behind:)

18majors
Aug 24th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Wish Petra the best of everything.

mac47
Aug 25th, 2011, 01:42 AM
I agree that's she's very easy to like. What's amazing to me is how manny TF members dislike her. GM has a thread asking people to list the top 10 players they'd like to see win the USO, and then list the three they most hope will NOT win it. I was astonished to see that Petra was named in the "anyone but these three" lists more than any other player. What gives? Not doing enough swimsuit shoots or pitching fits on court? Not enough moon balls for GM crowd to love her?

She's tall, blonde, good-looking, hits the hardest ball, can make winners from anywhere, and is a really nice and unassuming person. How can so many people want her not to win?

Excelscior
Aug 25th, 2011, 01:52 AM
I agree that's she's very easy to like. What's amazing to me is how manny TF members dislike her. GM has a thread asking people to list the top 10 players they'd like to see win the USO, and then list the three they most hope will NOT win it. I was astonished to see that Petra was named in the "anyone but these three" lists more than any other player. What gives? Not doing enough swimsuit shoots or pitching fits on court? Not enough moon balls for GM crowd to love her?

She's tall, blonde, good-looking, hits the hardest ball, can make winners from anywhere, and is a really nice and unassuming person. How can so many people want her not to win?

Nice comments Mac47

I'll take a stab at it. Cause there afraid she's going to beat their faves. Lol. I wouldn't think about it much.

It's probably also a lot of Sharapova and Serena fans (there are a lot of them out there,you know. But it doesn't mean all Serena/Sharapova fans dislike her, but enough who want to see her lose to affect that poll), who gripe that Petra beat their fave at Wimby, or fear her as legitimate competition for majors/in the future.

Simple as that.

But I don't think it's that bad. You definitely see her in a lot of peoples sigs, after winning Wimbledon. Don't you? And you're right, people who have seen her interviewed on GM, almost always seem to like her after. Lol

mac47
Aug 25th, 2011, 01:58 AM
Oh, there are lots of people who listed her as one of the ones they most want to win the USO. So it isn't that she isn't well liked. It's just that I'm really surprised to see that she's so well hated too, because I just don't see much to hate.

You must be right: they're afraid she'll beat their faves. That's about all I can see.

I like Serena too, but I can understand how people could hate her. I liked Justine, but I can understand why some people hate her. But Petra? She hasn't done anything hateable. Maybe some people can't stand her little bark after she wins points? Or judge her for dating a teenager? I'm just grasping at straws to understand what's not to like.

Excelscior
Aug 25th, 2011, 02:06 AM
I hear Ya Mac.

Good Points Again (On Serena, Justine, etc., and "grasping at relative straws", regarding the Bark and the Boy). Lol.

Excelscior
Aug 25th, 2011, 02:15 AM
PS: Many Maria fans were not happy that Petra beat her at Wimby. My guess, is because many of them didn't follow her through out the year, or at Wimbledon, and believed some of the Masha hype for victory over her.

Just to give you an example, I had read someone on ESPN's website recently describe Petra as a "inferior player" that beat her, along with Zvonareva by a disillusioned Maria fan. And I had to chuckle to no end on the ignorance of that poster. "Boy, if they only knew", I thought to myself. Lol.

Now I'm sure the more informed, sophisticated Maria fan, wouldn't of made that comment, but some of the more reactionary, less informed, or bitters ones, would. They could be some of those voters? Lol.

mac47
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:10 AM
It really seems to me that Petra's serve and devastating ground game ought to translate well to hard courts. But apart from Brisbane and the Paris indoors, she hasn't really had much success on that surface. I wonder if it's because the wind and outdoor conditions mess with her low-margin game, and give her opponents a better chance of reaching her shots.

Excelscior
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:28 AM
It really seems to me that Petra's serve and devastating ground game ought to translate well to hard courts. But apart from Brisbane and the Paris indoors, she hasn't really had much success on that surface. I wonder if it's because the wind and outdoor conditions mess with her low-margin game, and give her opponents a better chance of reaching her shots.

Well, she did make the 4th round of the US Open 2yrs ago (beating Safina). She lost to Clijsters in the third round last year. How would she had done, if she didn't run into her? And she lost in the 1/4 finals of the Australian Open, on Hard Court, to Zvonareva this year. I think that's progress. I know your talking more about championships Lol. But I'm optimistic on her continued improvement and development on hard courts this year. Right now, it seems like she's got other factors going on? But that's Petra/Tennis. Lol

Remember, up until last year, she hadn't won on grass either (even though her coach would tell you she was injured, or didn't get a chance to really play on it). So we have to be optimistic, and wait and see?

And I agree with you. Her serve, return, and ground strokes should translate to fast hard courts. And I'm sure she'll make the appropriate adjustments and win The US or Australian Open in the future. Maybe this year? :confused: I think her chances are good as any!

Let's see what happens, starting tomorrow?

TimeyWimey
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:41 AM
Well she did make the 4th round of the US Open 2yrs ago (beating Safina), she lost to Clijsters in the third round last year (How would she had done, if she didn't run into her), and she lost in the 1/4 finals of the Australian this year. I think that's progress. I know your talking more about championships Lol. But I'm optimistic on her continued improvement and development on hard courts this year. Right now, it seems like she's got other factors going on? Lol

Remember, up until last year, she hadn't had a won on grass either( even though her coach would tell you she was injured, or didn't get a chance to really play on it). So we have to be optimistic, and wait and see?

And I agree with you. Her serve, return, and ground strokes should translate to fast hard courts. And I'm sure she'll make the appropriate adjustments and win The US or Australian Open in the future. Maybe this year? :confused:

Let's see what happens, starting tomorrow?

i actually think that her run this year at melbourne is pretty good, except for the QF defeat, i watched all her games broadcasted (1st vs Sally Peers, 3rd vs Sam Stosur, 4th vs Flavia Pennetta, QF vs Vera Zvonareva), her backhand cross-court is just ridiculously good (first time i've been truly wowed by a player since Justine Henin, much better than 2010), her forehand is amazingly accurate, her serve saves her lot of times when she is in trouble, and she is patient, uses slice a lot for constructing points

which, makes me more confused that all her weapons are gone in toronto and cincy:confused:

if i need vote for her top game at GS this year, i vote R4 against Flavia Pennetta at Melbourne

BikezAreForever!
Aug 25th, 2011, 04:38 AM
There is an article in Sportovni Noviny about PK's preparation and thoughts on US Open form (http://www.sportovninoviny.cz/tenis/zpravy/kvitova-pred-us-open-trochu-jsem-se-trapila-ale-jsem-v-pohode/678835).

Overall, she seems to be quite positive. There is a reference that she was dealing with some issues outside tennis (??) as well, which got me worried. I do not know what she was referring to.

Kvitova before the U.S. Open: I was a little bit troubled, but I'm cool now
New York / Prague – Even though prior to the U.S. Open Petra Kvitova, Czech tennis player, won just two matches on overseas HCs, it hasn’t added any wrinkles on her forehead. Health issues that plagued the Wimbledon winner are receding. "I hope I can show the best here" said prior to NYC grandslam.
“The transition to the HCs for me was not quite simple," she said Kvitova on her official Facebook. "It's (was) such a sequence (of events), when I had been fighting health issues. I suffered a bit, it was not very pleasant, but it is behind me now. I hope that I wont have to go through it again and that it will be better here (NYC) than in Toronto and Cincinnati," said sixth player of the world rankings, which will be, due to the absence of Belgian title defender Kim Clijsters, seeded five in the last Grand Slam of the season.

After Wimbledon Kvitova was nursing injured thigh muscle, subsequently when going out in the third round of the tournament in Cincinnati, she complained of nausea and abdominal cramps resulting from fatigue. In preparation just before the U.S. Open, she was stopped by German Andrea Petkovic in the second match, just the same as before in Toronto. Twenty-one year old Fulnek tennis player thus only slightly improved from last year's record after Wimbledon, when after the participation in the semifinal on the London’s grass had lost five in a row.

"It's definitely different, I won two matches in America before the U.S. Open, so this is great," Kvitova said while laughing it off. "I said it cannot be worse than last year, which was not. I am not making big deal out of it. For me it's obviously a little different (than last year), I am struggling with other things, not just with tennis. I'm totally cool, I am not losing sleep over it," she said.

As a Wimbledon winner she had more sponsorships and media events during the tournaments. "It's a nice diversion. Nothing that would interfere too much with my program," she said. At the tournament in Toronto, she was even preparing a breakfast pancakes for CNN filming crew. "It was pretty funny. I've never done pancakes, so I learned a new recipe," Kvitova said. She did not get any feedback on presented culinary skills though.

She has been training in New York, where the U.S. Open starts on Monday, for a week. "I love this tournament because of the atmosphere, which is really a Grand Slam one, but I haven’t sensed it yet," said Kvitova, who was away at Flushing Meadows in the fourth round in 2009.

TimeyWimey
Aug 25th, 2011, 05:04 AM
There is an article in Sportovni Noviny about PK's preparation and thoughts on US Open form (http://www.sportovninoviny.cz/tenis/zpravy/kvitova-pred-us-open-trochu-jsem-se-trapila-ale-jsem-v-pohode/678835).

Overall, she seems to be quite positive. There is a reference that she was dealing with some issues outside tennis (??) as well, which got me worried. I do not know what she was referring to.

:confused::confused::confused:

TimeyWimey
Aug 25th, 2011, 05:21 AM
http://www.facebook.com/petrakvitovaofficial
her official facebook?

paulmara
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:08 AM
Petra´s official facebook

http://www.facebook.com/petrakvitovaofficial?sk=wall

7 minutes interview from yesterday

I love google translation "The transition to the concrete for me was quite simple," she said „ was not easy „
„ My form is slowly getting better … New York for 3 weeks is enough … We are in New York from Sunday. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday regular training. Thursday free day, Friday photoshooting for Wilson plus training, Saturday kids day plus training „

On Friday official cameraman and photograph of Czech Fed Cup Pavel Lebeda is flying to New York, so we can expect photos and videos on facebook.

Facebook official launching 7/21/2011 Welcoming from the High Tatras

1 photo with Li Na and 7 photos from CNN interview

zhukov97
Aug 25th, 2011, 12:46 PM
i actually think that her run this year at melbourne is pretty good, except for the QF defeat, i watched all her games broadcasted (1st vs Sally Peers, 3rd vs Sam Stosur, 4th vs Flavia Pennetta, QF vs Vera Zvonareva), her backhand cross-court is just ridiculously good (first time i've been truly wowed by a player since Justine Henin, much better than 2010), her forehand is amazingly accurate, her serve saves her lot of times when she is in trouble, and she is patient, uses slice a lot for constructing points

which, makes me more confused that all her weapons are gone in toronto and cincy:confused:

if i need vote for her top game at GS this year, i vote R4 against Flavia Pennetta at Melbourne

If you look at men's tennis. The trend is so obvious now. Tennis now is not a sport of "hitting the balls", but is a sport of "movement". That's why a good trainer and keeping fit are so important these days. Thus, I am not surprise all her weapons are gone in Toronto and cincy, although I was still a little bit disappoint. But, I think she will be fine in USO, since she is gradually backing to the game now and keeping regular practice. Only concern is she did not play enough matches before USO. I guess if she can pass 3rd round, she will be fine.

Excelscior
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:11 PM
i actually think that her run this year at melbourne is pretty good, except for the QF defeat, i watched all her games broadcasted (1st vs Sally Peers, 3rd vs Sam Stosur, 4th vs Flavia Pennetta, QF vs Vera Zvonareva), her backhand cross-court is just ridiculously good (first time i've been truly wowed by a player since Justine Henin, much better than 2010), her forehand is amazingly accurate, her serve saves her lot of times when she is in trouble, and she is patient, uses slice a lot for constructing points

which, makes me more confused that all her weapons are gone in toronto and cincy:confused:

if i need vote for her top game at GS this year, i vote R4 against Flavia Pennetta at Melbourne

Agreed. I was actually very proud of her Australian run as well, minus her Zvonareva loss. But we can't really be surprised by that loss, cause as good as you said Petra was in that tournament, she wasn't consistent. If I remember correctly she was down in that Penetta match, and fought back, and also made a decent amount of unforced errors at untimely moments. Now that's not a big deal overall/Per se, but when Petra is in Goat Mode (as we all know) she just steam rolls opponents, and leaves very few things to question. And that lack of confidence, experience, execution or consistency came to bite her back against Zvonareva in the 1/4 finals (and Li Na eventually in the French, as well).

She didn't play like that during Wimbledon, and hopefully she'll be the same (with a decent draw to get her feet wet) in The US Open, minus a Hurricane! :)

As far as her weapons being gone. Just think of Madrid? Didn't she perform terribly the stretch before (getting knocked out in the first round about 3 tournaments in a row), but she came back to win a Premier Mandatory on Clay, later (with no legitimate match play)? I'm hoping for the same type of performance/resurrection here. Lol.

Excelscior
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:22 PM
There is an article in Sportovni Noviny about PK's preparation and thoughts on US Open form (http://www.sportovninoviny.cz/tenis/zpravy/kvitova-pred-us-open-trochu-jsem-se-trapila-ale-jsem-v-pohode/678835).

Overall, she seems to be quite positive. There is a reference that she was dealing with some issues outside tennis (??) as well, which got me worried. I do not know what she was referring to.

It appears to me, she's speaking mainly about her illness, nausea/weakness, that she recently experienced (plus the wind in Toronto, rustiness, and Asthma, thrown in for good measure).


Now/Hopefully, those things are behind her, and that's why she appears so upbeat (besides getting the hell out of those towns, and to her beloved Grand Slam events). Lol.

Excelscior
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:27 PM
Petra´s official facebook

http://www.facebook.com/petrakvitovaofficial?sk=wall

7 minutes interview from yesterday

I love google translation "The transition to the concrete for me was quite simple," she said „ was not easy „
„ My form is slowly getting better … New York for 3 weeks is enough … We are in New York from Sunday. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday regular training. Thursday free day, Friday photoshooting for Wilson plus training, Saturday kids day plus training „

On Friday official cameraman and photograph of Czech Fed Cup Pavel Lebeda is flying to New York, so we can expect photos and videos on facebook.

Facebook official launching 7/21/2011 Welcoming from the High Tatras

1 photo with Li Na and 7 photos from CNN interview

I love Google Translation as well. I posted the same/similar article elsewhere on the Sub-forum, and it translated the first line/paragraph slightly differently, maybe changing the meaning? Oh well.

Lol.

TimeyWimey
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:34 PM
I love Google Translation as well. I posted the same/similar article elsewhere on the Sub-forum, and it translated the first line/paragraph slightly differently, maybe changing the meaning? Oh well.

Lol.

Ex, can you tell me how to use google translation to translate that audio interview? or am i missing something here?:(

paulmara
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:35 PM
"There is a reference that she was dealing with some issues outside tennis " She was talking about interviews and publicity

Her interview was source for the article.

Excelscior
Aug 25th, 2011, 03:44 PM
Ex, can you tell me how to use google translation to translate that audio interview? or am i missing something here?:(

Yeah. You/we maybe missing something. Cause I haven't attempted to translate any audio through Google. I'm not sure/been to lazy to find out. Lol.

It may be possible, though?

Vikapower
Aug 25th, 2011, 04:35 PM
The facebook pictures are really awesome, great stuff.

Ex, can you tell me how to use google translation to translate that audio interview? or am i missing something here?:(

Well it's not possible to translate audio through google trans, sorry. :lol: - perhaps there are programs who could do that but I pretty much doubt...

TimeyWimey
Aug 29th, 2011, 03:02 AM
very well written article from Bobby

Petra Kvitova flashes firepower on court, shy smiles off it


If you didn't know better, you might think Petra Kvitova came out of nowhere.

Before the 21-year-old won Wimbledon last month, she wasn’t a player everyone talked about, like Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki or Maria Sharapova. The 6-foot-tall, blue-eyed blonde still isn’t in a million ads for upscale watches, handbags and sportswear. But many who follow the game closely — coaches, sportswriters, fans and especially other players — saw her coming and now see her going places for years to come.

Some wonder if Kvitova is the one we’ve been waiting for, a player with the weapons and fortitude to eventually lead a women’s tour that’s in transition, whose young stars haven’t been able to win the big ones and whose biggest names are aging.

“I think she’s one who can break out from the pack,” says commentator Bud Collins, who was “enthralled” when he first watched Kvitova, the highest-ranked left-handed woman and one of just seven in the top 100. “I really have a lot of faith in her game. I just love that she plays as a left-hander and can hit all the shots.”

By winning that Wimbledon final against Sharapova, whose win over Williams in the final seven years earlier propelled her to sports superstardom, Kvitova became the first player born in the 1990s to win a Slam.

The Czech Republic native enters the U.S. Open ranked No. 7 and has earned $3.2 million in prize money in 2011. That’s more than any other female player this year and more than she earned in the last five years combined.

Kvitova’s style of play is aggressive and then some.

When she won Madrid, one of her four titles this year, Kvitova hit 40 winners compared with 10 by Victoria Azarenka, a big hitter herself. At Wimbledon she hit a whopping 233 winners; nearly all are catalogued in an unmissable YouTube video Kvitova herself has seen.

“When she’s on fire, it’s so, so tough,” says No. 11 Andrea Petkovic of Germany, a rising star who considers Kvitova a good friend. “I have a lot of respect for her, not only as a player but also as a personality. She’s such a nice girl and stayed so normal after all her success.”

Kvitova’s forceful tennis is in contrast to her shy, quiet personality. Mostly that’s who she is. It might also be partly that her English is less fluent than that of some top players and her exposure to the limelight more recent.

Earlier this month in Toronto she did her first All Access Hour, where top seeds talk to news media at the start of a tournament. Her official website is still in the works, and there’s surprisingly little about her in the English press. At a post-match Wimbledon interview just last year, Kvitova was asked, “We don’t know you very well. Can you tell us a little bit who you are?”

Who she is, by all appearances, is an anti-diva, a refreshingly grounded woman who talks softly but smiles often and easily.

“Well, for me as a person, I’m not feeling different [than] before the Wimbledon,” Kvitova says. “But I know people recognize me, and everything around me is a little bit different. … I don’t like too much the attention on me, [but] it’s important for the WTA, the tournament and for everybody.”

Kvitova was raised in Fulnek, a small town that’s still home to her parents (father, Jiri, and her mother, Pavla) and her two much-older brothers (they’re 32 and 35). For several years Kvitova has lived on her own in a flat in bigger Prostejov, where she practices in the same club as fellow Czech players Tomas Berdych and Lucie Safarova.

Kvitova hit the courts early, around the age of 4, picking up balls as her self-taught father coached her brothers. Eventually he coached his daughter, too, and continued until she started training in Prostejov at 16. She idolized fellow lefty and former Czech player Martina Navratilova; Kvitova’s father would make her watch Navratilova on TV and tell her how well she was moving and volleying and playing.

During the Wimbledon final the world got to see Kvitova’s father on TV, crying joyfully and abundantly. Says Kvitova, smiling though she’s clearly been asked about this many times since, “He is always crying if I win. You know, I’m [his] baby … and girl.”

But she’s “totally opposite to other girls,” says her current coach, David Kotyza, who jumped at the chance to work with her in November 2008. He initially worked with both Kvitova and fellow Czech Iveta Benesova and then, since November 2009, with Kvitova alone. “Normally it’s very difficult to coach girls, but Petra is little bit different,” says Kotyza, a jovial guy who’s free with his words. “She has very good mentality. I think she gets from the parents very good mix — from the father ambition and from the mother cold blood in the really important situations.”

Kotyza attributes 80% of Kvitova’s success to mental strength. “If it is 5 games all in final set, I know Petra will show her best,” he says. “That’s the most important thing. She’s playing best tennis in the finals, in the team competitions, in tiebreaks.”

Kvitova works at this. She sees a sports psychologist near Prostejov and does “mental exercises” he provides; plus, she and her coach simulate tough match situations in practice. Mostly though you sense it comes naturally. As with Sharapova or, say, Venus Williams, the competitive spirit is apparent, as is a refusal to wear the score on her face.

During matches Kvitova’s quieter than those two — there’s no grunting, just the occasional high-pitched yelp out of nowhere when she’s pleased with a point. She’s not chatty in practices either.

“Petra doesn’t need a coach who speaks too much and too often,” Kotyza says. “So I have to learn also. I have to say the right words in the right moment — it’s better than to speak one hour, and then she is tired about this. But I know her very well now.”

That seems true and not just because of the hug after she won Madrid or their pictures together at the Wimbledon ball. Watching them sit next to each other during practice, even if Kvitova’s hunched over and in her own world, you sense a quiet familiarity.

The loudest thing about Kvitova may be her game. When it comes to weapons — a fashionable word in the tennis world these days — her cup runneth over. Asked about all that firepower, Kotyza laughs. He knows it’s true and points specifically to the “mix of the lefty serve, big forehand and powerful strokes from the baseline.” Coach and player both say the offensive-mindedness was always there, that it’s how her father taught her to play.

“The space between the genius and stupid guy is very, very thin,” says Kotyza, who wants Kvitova to continue hitting winners but also keep learning to hit them at the right times and from the right places. So it’s a matter of harnessing that power, learning more tactics, adding spin — and keeping the ball in.

These days she can wait around for those things owing to improved fitness. Kvitova, who works with fitness coach Jozef Ivanko, is noticeably thinner and more toned than a year or two ago. She says it’s been a big factor in her success, that she moves better and gets injured less.

It may also help her address what many consider her biggest weakness — inconsistency. Kotyza says she was sometimes unable to concentrate for long periods but that as her fitness improved, she became more confident in long rallies, made fewer mistakes and won more matches. Her form and results can still be up and down, but both feel the swings aren’t as wild.

“She improved a lot obviously since last year,” says world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva. “She’s very young, and I still think that she can improve her game much more, especially the consistency. I think this year and winning those tough tournaments will give her a lot of experience. If she uses it right, she can become one of the top players on the consistent basis.”

In some ways Kvitova is in the opposite situation as another player her age — world No. 1 Wozniacki. Kvitova has weapons aplenty but struggles with consistency, while Wozniacki’s plenty consistent but is criticized for lacking weapons. Kvitova’s strength is offense, Wozniacki’s is defense. Kvitova made it look easy to win a Slam, but hasn’t been in the Top 5. Wozniacki’s been ranked No. 1 forever, but a Slam eludes her.

“Caroline is No. 1 and nobody can say anything against her,” says Kvitova, when asked about the contrast. “That she didn’t win the Grand Slam doesn’t matter — she can win Grand Slams.”

Starting this week both will try to win the year’s last Grand Slam, the U.S. Open. Kvitova likes the atmosphere there but hasn’t had a great few weeks since Wimbledon. She won two matches and lost two, both to Petkovic. (She pointed out with good humor that last year she lost all her matches between Wimbledon and the US Open.) It’s also not clear whether Kvitova’s still dealing with an abdominal injury that caused her to pull out of Carlsbad last month; and asthma, which she’s had for a few years, can give her some trouble during this season.

Among the most popcorn-worthy match-ups tennis fans are hoping for, either at this Slam or elsewhere soon, is another one between Serena and Kvitova, who may have improved more than anyone during Serena’s nearly year-long absence.

“During Wimbledon last year against Serena, she lost but she played unbelievable,” says Kotyza. “For me Serena is the best player now. Doesn’t matter if she’s ranked 30 or 50 or 70 – if she’s ready, nobody has a chance… We try to make it for Serena little bit tougher, but I think she’s better in this moment.”

After that Kvitova will prepare for November’s Fed Cup final between the Czech Republic, which has the second most top 100 players (seven) and Russia, which has the most (15). Kvitova, who’s 4-0 this year, can’t wait to compete with the “great, great girls in the team” — they’re good friends off court — and hopes for a “happy end.”

If Navratilova, Collins and others say it’s just the beginning, that Kvitova can go a long way, Kvitova says she has a long way to go. What can she improve?

“My serve can be better, backhand, forehand, my fitness, mentally,” she says. “Well, I mean it’s everything still.”

Excelscior
Aug 29th, 2011, 03:17 AM
Ex, can you tell me how to use google translation to translate that audio interview? or am i missing something here?:(

Hey Reyeszjj

There is a function/feature on some Youtube videos that allows your to translate (with closed caption or words). Keep in mind Google owns Youtube now; and the translation is terrible. It's much worse than the written translation. Lol.

I tried it the other day, and it must of had a 5% success/translation rate. Lol.

Excelscior
Aug 29th, 2011, 03:37 AM
Excellent article Reyeszjj!!

Where was it from?

Excelscior
Aug 29th, 2011, 04:02 AM
From the WTA website, US Open Contenders and Analysis

US Open Contender: Petra Kvitova
August 24, 2011 Average rating: 5 stars

Read



Petra Kvitova

Previous best at Flushing Meadows
R16 - 2009
Appearances
Making 4th main draw appearance in 2011
Career W-L at tournament
5-3
Best result 2011 Olympus US Open Series
R16 - Toronto, Cincinnati
Hardcourt W-L record (YTD / Summer)
21-7 / 2-2

After her stunning triumph at the All England Club, 21-year-old Petra Kvitova arrives at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center aiming to become the first woman to win Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year since Serena Williams in 2002.

Wisely, the Czech lefty took some time out post-Wimbledon, heading to Slovakia's High Tatras mountains for fresh air and fitness training. The break became longer than planned when an adductor injury forced her withdrawal from the Mercury Insurance Open. Though not ideal, subsequent back-to-back losses to Andrea Petkovic at Toronto and Cincinnati were far from disastrous - and may even have provided helpful relief from the spotlight.

Of course, there will be nowhere to hide at Flushing Meadows, but despite her patchy preparation, Kvitova has several significant factors on her side heading into the final major of the year.

Her ability to handle big occasions - at least as the underdog - is proven. With Li Na she has enjoyed the most success against Top 10 opponents this season (seven wins). And, while her booming serve is a particular asset on grass, she has excelled on all surfaces in 2011, winning titles on hardcourts at Brisbane, indoors at Paris, and clay at Madrid.

Just two years ago, Kvitova was ranked No.72 when she upset then-world No.1 Dinara Safina in the third round at Flushing Meadows (in the round of 16 she was beaten by Yanina Wickmayer, who went on to reach the semifinals). Last year, she was the No.27 seed, but easily beaten in the third round by eventual champion Kim Clijsters, 63 60.

Her progress since then has been remarkable. While nobody would say Wimbledon was a fluke, her fortunes as this fortnight's No.5 seed could provide insight into just how great she might become.

TimeyWimey
Aug 29th, 2011, 04:05 AM
Excellent article Reyeszjj!!

Where was it from?

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/story/2011-08-28/Wimbledon-champ-Petra-Kvitova-ready-to-break-out/50165478/1

Excelscior
Aug 29th, 2011, 04:10 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/story/2011-08-28/Wimbledon-champ-Petra-Kvitova-ready-to-break-out/50165478/1

Yeah. I had found it. But thanks.

Did you see my Google audio translation response? Lol.

Check it out. I was able to get a Petra/Czech video translation on You tube.

I also posted a decent WTA US Open Petra preview article, as well.

TimeyWimey
Aug 29th, 2011, 04:15 AM
Yeah. I had found it. Did you see my Google audio translation response? Lol.

Check it out. I was able to get a Petra/Czech video translation on You tube.

I also posted a decent WTA Petra preview article.

lol, i will give it a try :lol:

Excelscior
Aug 29th, 2011, 04:28 AM
lol, i will give it a try :lol:

Yeah. It sucked (and not all videos are translatable)!

Queen Petra Fan
Aug 29th, 2011, 10:02 AM
I agree that's she's very easy to like. What's amazing to me is how manny TF members dislike her. GM has a thread asking people to list the top 10 players they'd like to see win the USO, and then list the three they most hope will NOT win it. I was astonished to see that Petra was named in the "anyone but these three" lists more than any other player. What gives? Not doing enough swimsuit shoots or pitching fits on court? Not enough moon balls for GM crowd to love her?

She's tall, blonde, good-looking, hits the hardest ball, can make winners from anywhere, and is a really nice and unassuming person. How can so many people want her not to win?

No mystery there Mac. Loads of those people voting are obviously Masha fans who despise Petra for dethroning their queen at Wimbledon. They'll never forgive her. They were so overconfident before that match. Now, they know who those future GS titles are going to go to and her name doesn't start with M. The future belongs to Queen Petra the Czech lioness. :worship:

Excelscior
Aug 29th, 2011, 04:16 PM
From WTA Petra US Open preview

Wisely, the Czech lefty took some time out post-Wimbledon, heading to Slovakia's High Tatras mountains for fresh air and fitness training. The break became longer than planned when an adductor injury forced her withdrawal from the Mercury Insurance Open. Though not ideal, subsequent back-to-back losses to Andrea Petkovic at Toronto and Cincinnati were far from disastrous - and may even have provided helpful relief from the spotlight.

Of course, there will be nowhere to hide at Flushing Meadows, but despite her patchy preparation, Kvitova has several significant factors on her side heading into the final major of the year.

Her ability to handle big occasions - at least as the underdog - is proven. With Li Na she has enjoyed the most success against Top 10 opponents this season (seven wins). And, while her booming serve is a particular asset on grass, she has excelled on all surfaces in 2011, winning titles on hardcourts at Brisbane, indoors at Paris, and clay at Madrid.


I think these are some excellent points, that you don't hear most so called experts ever mention when discussing Petra's US Open chances.

They're saying, Petra's not playing and lack of winning this summer (though not ideal), may of helped her as far being an underdog/staying out of the spotlight, and taking the pressure off of her entering the Open (compared to if she had won the other tournaments).

That's the type of excellent, plausible, out of the box analysis, with out sounding crazy, that we need more of in sports reporting!

Hopefully Petra won't be nervous and will have a good start!!

ArcticMoose
Aug 29th, 2011, 05:11 PM
Czech Intelligence Service Tracks Down Petra Stalker via Live TV News Feed

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/273507_100002383860247_4211172_q.jpg Someting Wong Hi Petra! Welcome to Facebook. My profile picture is of me meeting you in Prague in June after you won Wimbledon. Thank you for the autographs and letting me touch your trophy! You're a sweetheart! Good luck at the US Open!!!!

LFPI4hqsprU

Stalker Suspect : Right hand corner in Blue long sleeve Shirt and Black pants, Shades pulled up on head & wearing Black 'Nerdy' Rucksack scampering away suspiciously (opening 0-1seconds)


Enhanced Photo of alleged Suspect released by Prague Police to the Media below:
http://www.tennisforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=58114&d=1310154771

ArcticMoose
Sep 3rd, 2011, 01:05 PM
The Petra Kvitova wardrobe solution (http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2011/09/02/petra-kvitova-wardrobe-solution/)

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2011/09/02/petra-kvitova-wardrobe-solution/

http://postmediamontreal.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/kvitovafine_opt.jpg?w=620

This is Petra Kvitova in her match kits.
http://postmediamontreal.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/petra_opt.png?w=450
Basically, bulges. Plus the camera adds 10 pounds. All in all, as much as she has worked on her fitness, she just looks uncomfortable and, well, bulgy.

Here is Petra Kvitova on Arthur Ashe Stadium Monday, warming up for what would turn out to be a first-round loss.
http://b.vimeocdn.com/ts/190/122/190122279_100.jpg 474. Petra Kvitova - looking fine by Stephanie (http://vimeo.com/user776613)
http://vimeo.com/28493067

Normal T-shirt and shirts. She looks fantastic. A beautiful big babe.

Dear Nike, there really is a simple solution.

Send her a shipment of stuff one size bigger. She will look amazing – and it might help your sales.

18majors
Sep 3rd, 2011, 05:05 PM
Hope to see Petra playing tennis match soon.

itzhak
Sep 5th, 2011, 11:27 AM
Petra was cheering her boyfriend:

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2011/09/05/petra-kvitovas-young-love/

ArcticMoose
Sep 5th, 2011, 12:10 PM
^ Thanks for this.

Petra looks 'smokin hot' in the vid - this 'kid' :D Adam is sooo lucky! :p

:lol: I am pretty sure both bloggers : Stephanie Myles & Bobby Chintapalli are fans of Petra - they write some cracking blogs about her :)

TimeyWimey
Sep 5th, 2011, 01:49 PM
^^thanks for this, nice to see the "real" off court Petra :)

I love Stephanie's video on Vimeo

Corswandt
Sep 5th, 2011, 02:40 PM
Petra was cheering her boyfriend:

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2011/09/05/petra-kvitovas-young-love/

Wow, she barely has any clothes on. I suppose she was trying to motivate the kid.

I better shut up now.

18majors
Sep 5th, 2011, 05:01 PM
It's quite intriquing.

Excelscior
Sep 6th, 2011, 12:45 AM
Wow!

Petra looking sexy in her short shorts, I see. Lol.

Somebody should copy this pic and post in GM. Not only will it get a lot of talk/gossip regarding Adam; most importantly it will stop knuckleheads on trying to claim she's out of shape, or unattractive.

This is the real woman here! Lol

Nice video. I see it takes a reporter in Canada, to give us good off court Petra news, than what we get here in the US.

bruce goose
Sep 6th, 2011, 05:18 AM
Wow, she barely has any clothes on. I suppose she was trying to motivate the kid.

I better shut up now.Nadal claims that his gf doesn't help him win AT ALL...maybe that's just a bit of ego...maybe he couldn't express himself well in English...or perhaps he really meant it.Anyway,I wonder if it's the same for younger guys like Adam...especially those who have a hot,older Petra-like gf....Perhaps we should do a stat-check on his W-L record:lol:

lupojohn
Sep 7th, 2011, 02:51 AM
Well, this is interesting. Petra does look hot. And what's up with that stalker guy?

bruce goose
Sep 7th, 2011, 04:13 AM
Well, this is interesting. Petra does look hot. And what's up with that stalker guy?My apologies if you were joking and already knew this,but the man with the blue shirt in the autograph session photo is our poster 'Queen Petra Fan'.He's not really a stalker,of course,but some of the other Petra fans have teased him about being her stalker b/c he hunted so diligently for that chance to meet her....To his credit,'QPF' has played along with the kidding and even encouraged it

lupojohn
Sep 7th, 2011, 11:04 AM
My apologies if you were joking and already knew this,but the man with the blue shirt in the autograph session photo is our poster 'Queen Petra Fan'.He's not really a stalker,of course,but some of the other Petra fans have teased him about being her stalker b/c he hunted so diligently for that chance to meet her....To his credit,'QPF' has played along with the kidding and even encouraged it

No, I didn't know that. My apologies to all involved.

bruce goose
Sep 7th, 2011, 01:08 PM
No, I didn't know that. My apologies to all involved.You didn't need to apologize;it's good that you were concerned for Petra's welfare.This is simply a case where you walked into the room after the joke was told and you didn't know why everyone was laughing;)

Corswandt
Sep 7th, 2011, 02:52 PM
Nadal claims that his gf doesn't help him win AT ALL...maybe that's just a bit of ego...maybe he couldn't express himself well in English...or perhaps he really meant it.Anyway,I wonder if it's the same for younger guys like Adam...especially those who have a hot,older Petra-like gf....Perhaps we should do a stat-check on his W-L record:lol:

To be fair, "Xisca" wouldn't motivate a bunch of starving hobos to attack a pot of hot soup.

18majors
Sep 7th, 2011, 03:14 PM
Is Tokyo Petra's next tournament?

bruce goose
Sep 7th, 2011, 04:20 PM
Unfortunately,18 Majors,it appears that Godzilla has gone crazy and destroyed much of Tokyo again:eek:,so Petra won't be going there for a few years,at least

18majors
Sep 7th, 2011, 05:30 PM
Unfortunately,18 Majors,it appears that Godzilla has gone crazy and destroyed much of Tokyo again:eek:,so Petra won't be going there for a few years,at least

That's a pity. I's hopeful because Petra is still on their website.

http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/en/player/

paulmara
Sep 8th, 2011, 08:03 AM
Nick Bollettieri : Your crazy lefty have to slow down

What did you say that Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost her first round in Us Open ?

She was in a great form in Wimbledon. Everybody expected the same here. But she is still young. How old is she exactly?

21

You see. Most top women players are older, from 23 to 30 including Williams sisters. Atp it is the same. Now it is much tougher for younger players to get to the top than 15 years ago.

So you think Petra can improve?

When your Miss is hot she is unbeatable. Her service is hard to return. Nobody knows its direction. For sure it can not last forever, but she mustn´t have extreme ups and downs.

What would you advice her now ?

She showed us she can win Grand slam. That she is able to do that. Now from my opinion she should slow down little bit. Her team should analyze what happened and get ready a plan.

She need to change her style?

It´s fact she made a lot of errors here. She will never only try to keep the ball in the court. On the other side she can not try to hit a homerun everytime. Because there are days when you not hitting lines. She should realize that. She need stability to be dangerous evreytime she is playing.

You think she can retain more big titles or was it a fluke ?

Until Serena will finished her career it will be very difficult for anybody else. But Serena will play for 2 years maybe and then. Kvitova is very talented and she is lefty. You know lefties are little crazy.

Really ?

Yes. That´s why they are so good. The most talented player I´ve worked with was Marcelo Rios. She could be one of the best but his head was not able to work with his talent. Kvitova should understand, that she could not play bombs every time. She need a plan B.

Interview continues about Berdych, Vaidišová, tennis parents and personal

MF Dnes paper version of www.idnes.cz

Another source
http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/109821/slavny-tenisovy-kouc-bollettieri-vaidisova-zjisti-ze-udelala-chybu.html

bruce goose
Sep 8th, 2011, 10:41 AM
Nick Bollettieri : Your crazy lefty have to slow down

What did you say that Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost her first round in Us Open ?

She was in a great form in Wimbledon. Everybody expected the same here. But she is still young. How old is she exactly?

21

You see. Most top women players are older, from 23 to 30 including Williams sisters. Atp it is the same. Now it is much tougher for younger players to get to the top than 15 years ago.

So you think Petra can improve?

When your Miss is hot she is unbeatable. Her service is hard to return. Nobody knows its direction. For sure it can not last forever, but she mustn´t have extreme ups and downs.

What would you advice her now ?

She showed us she can win Grand slam. That she is able to do that. Now from my opinion she should slow down little bit. Her team should analyze what happened and get ready a plan.

She need to change her style?

It´s fact she made a lot of errors here. She will never only try to keep the ball in the court. On the other side she can not try to hit a homerun everytime. Because there are days when you not hitting lines. She should realize that. She need stability to be dangerous evreytime she is playing.

You think she can retain more big titles or was it a fluke ?

Until Serena will finished her career it will be very difficult for anybody else. But Serena will play for 2 years maybe and then. Kvitova is very talented and she is lefty. You know lefties are little crazy.

Really ?

Yes. That´s why they are so good. The most talented player I´ve worked with was Marcelo Rios. She could be one of the best but his head was not able to work with his talent. Kvitova should understand, that she could not play bombs every time. She need a plan B.

Interview continues about Berdych, Vaidišová, tennis parents and personal

MF Dnes paper version of www.idnes.czThe grammar's a little choppy but the translation is fairly clear(which makes me think it WASN'T google translator:lol:).Thanks for the decent,insightful article!

18majors
Sep 8th, 2011, 02:25 PM
Petra will give Serena a run for her money if they meet at the final of a big event.

Coconut91
Sep 8th, 2011, 06:14 PM
Petra will give Serena a run for her money if they meet at the final of a big event.
I think she's one of the very few players who can beat Serena. If she's really on, no doubt she can do it.

I miss her so much :tears: Can't wait for one of those "domination-mode" tournaments of hers where her opponents are helpless and beats Petkovic 61 63 :drool:

Queen Petra Fan
Sep 8th, 2011, 07:59 PM
Czech Intelligence Service Tracks Down Petra Stalker via Live TV News Feed



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Stalker Suspect : Right hand corner in Blue long sleeve Shirt and Black pants, Shades pulled up on head & wearing Black 'Nerdy' Rucksack scampering away suspiciously (opening 0-1seconds)


Enhanced Photo of alleged Suspect released by Prague Police to the Media below:
http://www.tennisforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=58114&d=1310154771


Damn you have good eyes Moose. I almost didn't even notice myself in that clip. With your keen powers of observation you have excellent stalker potential also. Currently, I'm being patient and waiting for Petra to return to the next Prague Open.

Excelscior
Sep 8th, 2011, 11:16 PM
I'm not exactly sure what match Bolleteri was watching (though he indicated he didn't really see it, by asking questions), but Petra didn't make errors cause she was going for the lines; Petra made errors, cause she was in terrible form and couldn't keep ANY shot in bounds it seemed. Lol.

Couple that with the fact that her opponent sucked up the joint hitting errors as herself, and Petra didn't go to the net (off of a good serve or rare decent approach shot), press the issue to force an error, and there you have it. Petra loses to a nobody in the first round.

Better luck next time and in the future, for our Czech Lioness!

Comeback to us Petra!! ;) ;)

TimeyWimey
Sep 22nd, 2011, 03:13 PM
Kvitova returns. Champions Tournament is a nice threat, says coach Kotyza

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=cs&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsport.idnes.cz%2Fkvitova-se-vraci-turnaj-mistryn-je-prijemna-hrozba-rika-trener-kotyza-1z3-%2Ftenis.aspx%3Fc%3DA110922_132419_tenis_ma

paulmara
Sep 22nd, 2011, 06:43 PM
Are you satisfied with google translation ?

TimeyWimey
Sep 22nd, 2011, 06:53 PM
Are you satisfied with google translation ?

if i just posted the original website, most of us will still go to google translation, so, doesn't matter a lot i guess

paulmara
Sep 22nd, 2011, 07:14 PM
So I don´t have to bother.


TENNIS.com: Young players like Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska have cited you as an influence on them. When you look at the top young players, including Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka, whose game excites you most and who's best built for long-term success?

Martina Hingis: Oh definitely Kvitova. I love her game. She reminds me a little bit of Petr Korda as a lefty; the same fluid strokes like him. Even if she is in danger, Kvitova can still come out with great shots because she knows what she’s doing. It’s exciting to me to see someone so young with such a knowledge of the game. I miss that in today’s game in a lot of the girls.

http://blogs.tennis.com/the_pro_shop/2011/09/gear-talk-martina-hingis-qa.html

http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/hingisove-se-libi-hra-kvitove-8803/

Excelscior
Sep 22nd, 2011, 08:19 PM
Yeah. Translation is horrible sometimes, but it's better than nothing, and I appreciate you (Reyeszjj) connecting us to the link, so we don't have to do it ourselves. Lol

bruce goose
Sep 23rd, 2011, 05:33 AM
So I don´t have to bother.


TENNIS.com: Young players like Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska have cited you as an influence on them. When you look at the top young players, including Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka, whose game excites you most and who's best built for long-term success?

Martina Hingis: Oh definitely Kvitova. I love her game. She reminds me a little bit of Petr Korda as a lefty; the same fluid strokes like him. Even if she is in danger, Kvitova can still come out with great shots because she knows what she’s doing. It’s exciting to me to see someone so young with such a knowledge of the game. I miss that in today’s game in a lot of the girls.

http://blogs.tennis.com/the_pro_shop/2011/09/gear-talk-martina-hingis-qa.html

http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/hingisove-se-libi-hra-kvitove-8803/Hingis picked Petra as her current fave just like her Czech namesake apparently has done

TimeyWimey
Oct 6th, 2011, 01:29 AM
Recent Slam Champions Find Encores a Challenge
By BEN ROTHENBERG

For the scrutiny and criticism that contenders like Caroline Wozniacki and Andy Murray have received for not yet capturing their first Grand Slam titles, it is the recent first-time Slam champions who have struggled most mightily to live up to their rankings.

This week at the China Open in Beijing, a W.T.A. Premier Mandatory tournament, the three most recent first-time Slam champions (all women) combined to win only one match.

After winning her opening-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova, U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur fell in three sets to 24th-ranked Russian Maria Kirilenko 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 in the second round, her third elongated battle against Kirilenko in the last four weeks. Stosur lost to Kirilenko 6-4 in the third in Tokyo last week, but beat her in a fourth-round match in New York en route to her U.S. Open title, a match that featured the longest women’s tiebreak in women’s Grand Slam history.

Stosur has only had two losses since breaking through just over three weeks ago with an emphatic victory over Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final, both to a player in Kirilenko who is playing some of the the best tennis of her career. Given that small sample set, it’s likely too soon to draw any conclusions about how Stosur’s career may be negatively affected by her big win in New York in the near future.

Between her first and second-round matches in Beijing, Stosur spoke with Courtney Nguyen of Sports Illustrated about life as a newly crowned Slam champ. Unlike players before her who have downplayed the seismic change that winning a Grand Slam title brings, Stosur seemed to realize the enormity of her accomplishment quickly.

“The most overwhelming experience was probably the next day” after the U.S. Open final, “going into Times Square and holding the trophy. It just kind of really hit me. That was the most crazy moment,” Stosur said.

“But then getting back home off the plane and going straight into a press conference and a bunch of interviews after the flight and all that, it was definitely an eye-opener to what some of the players have gone through in the past.”

“I don’t know if it was what I expected or not expected because I never really thought about it, but however it ended, it was fantastic,” she said.

And when the wins didn’t immediately continue for Stosur in Asia, she was quick to draw the correct conclusions about her condition.

“I came here and wanted this perfect feeling, I wanted it to be just like it was in New York. And when it’s not like that, it’s disappointing because you know how good you can play and how badly you want it to keep going,” Stosur admitted.

“I think I struggled last week with wanting everything to be perfect and the same as it was in New York. I didn’t get that feeling and I probably was overreacting a little too much.”

“That’s why we’ve seen players in my position have these great results and win a Slam and then struggle afterward.”

For reigning French Open and Wimbledon champion Li Na and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, the drop-offs after their coronations as Slam winners have been prolonged and painful. After their respective Slam titles and celebratory returns to their respective homelands, both Li and Kvitova appeared visibly out of shape upon their returns to competition in North America. Each lost in the third rounds of both Toronto and Cincinnati, and both were upset in the first round of the U.S. Open, crashing out of the year’s final Grand Slam without winning a set.

Li, who did not seem shaken after a second round loss at Wimbledon, appeared completely undone in her loss at the U.S. Open.

“I really want to do well after Roland Garros. But, you know, I mean, it’s not easy to do,” Li said.

“Always easy to say, I want to do, I would like to do, but always lose early. Now I even lose all the confidence on the court,” she said.

“I was feeling tennis just too tough for me.”

Li’s triumph at the French Open had hardly seemed like a fluke, as it was preceded by a run to the final of the Australian Open. But less than three months later, Li, who made history as the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title and had received record endorsement deals as a result, said tennis was “just too tough.”

While Li stayed away from competition between the U.S. Open and Beijing, Kvitova seemed to stop her skid last week in Tokyo, winning three matches to advance to the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. But in her semifinal match, Kvitova raced to a 5-1 lead against Vera Zvonareva, then inexplicably collapsed. The streaky Czech lefty lost 12 of the next 13 games to fall 7-6(2), 6-0, a complete derailment hardly befitting a Wimbledon champion.

In Beijing, the biggest tournament since the U.S. Open, neither Kvitova nor Li was near her best. Kvitova had received a bye into the second round of the China Open because of her deep run at Tokyo, but fell to 85th-ranked Swede Sofia Arvidsson in three sloppy sets, 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3.

“It’s very tough to be concentrated on the next matches, because you never be preparation to win Grand Slam and what will be after the Grand Slam when you won,” Kvitova said after her loss in Beijing.

“For us, it’s tough to play, because, I mean, everybody knows that we can like win every tournament what we play. So, I mean, it’s tough for us to be still on the court and play like before.”

Li’s performance in Beijing was far more disappointing. Headlining her home country’s biggest event (and the only tournament in China that the star has on her schedule), Li won only four games against 57th-ranked qualifier Monica Niculescu, getting bageled to finish an embarrassing 6-4, 6-0 defeat in front of a stunned Chinese crowd.

“This season my performance is like sitting in a roller coaster,” Li said after the loss, looking exceptionally exhausted for a player who had only played one match in the last month.

“I mean, right now I just lose all the confidence. On the court I don’t know what I can do. I was feeling even win one point is tough for me.”

“I mean, I tried to ask coach to come coach me, but, I mean, I know he speak exactly what’s right, but I couldn’t do it.”

Some players never do recover from enormous success. In her third appearance in a Grand Slam final, Ana Ivanovic won the 2008 French Open and claimed the No. 1 ranking, appearing well on her way to a long stay at or near the top of the game. But in the three-and-a-half years since that title, Ivanovic has not so much as made another Grand Slam quarterfinal.

But unlike golf, which is littered with one-time major winners, recent tennis champions have tended not to disappear from relevance quickly.

Many multiple-Slam winners (Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, Roger Federer, Justine Henin) have been able to quickly double their Slam haul from one to two, while a nascent period of a few years divides the first Slam from the rest of the haul for others.

Serena Williams, who holds a commanding lead among active players with 13 career Grand Slam titles, went nearly three years between her first (1999 U.S. Open) and second (2002 French Open). Williams quickly made up for lost time from then on, winning the next three Slams as well to complete a non-calendar sweep of the majors dubbed the “Serena Slam.”

Though he never captured the French Open as Williams did, Pete Sampras had followed a similar trajectory. After winning the 1990 U.S. Open, Sampras went almost three years without his second Slam crown, which eventually came at Wimbledon in 1993. Sampras hardly looked back from there, winning at least one Slam each of the next seven years and finishing with a total of 14.

“I wouldn’t give it back, but if I had my choice I much rather would have done it later on,” Sampras said of his first Slam title at a recent Champions Series event in Washington, D.C. “It took me a couple years to find my way around the tour, the expectations, and the media. All the stuff, I wasn’t ready for it.”

“With me, I wasn’t quite sure where I belonged, and felt a little insecure about my game,” he said.

“I was thrown into the lion’s den. It was a little tricky at first, but once you start winning, get more comfortable, winning and dealing with all you have to do with, you sort of learn the hard way.”

Most recently, current A.T.P. No. 1 Novak Djokovic went three years between his first major title at the 2008 Australian Open and his second at the same tournament in 2011. But once the second came, so did immediate dominance, and a record-setting year that included Slam titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

The parallels between their careers did not go unnoticed by Sampras.

“There’s a lot of similarities with Novak and I, with our progression. He went through a few years there where he was sort of on the cusp of doing some great things, and, boom, he just turned it around mentally,” he said.

“That’s all it takes.”

Excelscior
Oct 6th, 2011, 01:54 AM
Good article.

Very well presented and researched.

Much better than most of the crap I've seen on the subject matter.

You should post that on GM Reyeszjj (though I know it was posted for us here). Lol

Maybe they'll learn a thing or two, over there?

TimeyWimey
Oct 6th, 2011, 02:25 AM
Good article.

Very well presented and researched.

Much better than most of the crap I've seen on the subject matter.

You should post that on GM Reyeszjj (though I know it was posted for us here). Lol

Maybe they'll learn a thing or two, over there?

no, they won't

it's been 3 years since Ana's first GS, and i'm not surprised if she gets another one next year, only three player are able to post more winners than Serena in a GS match in the past three years, all of them are GS winners, Ana, Petra and Sam

what was the last time GS went to a pusher?

enough for those craps in WTA

mdx
Oct 6th, 2011, 02:15 PM
“I wouldn’t give it back, but if I had my choice I much rather would have done it later on,” Sampras said of his first Slam title at a recent Champions Series event in Washington, D.C. “It took me a couple years to find my way around the tour, the expectations, and the media. All the stuff, I wasn’t ready for it.”

This surprised me. I mean, from what I've seen this year I had a feeling the pressure after winning first grand slam must be quite big, but never realized it would be so overwhelming. Pete Sampras is Mr. tennis player in my eyes and if it was so hard for him, I cannot even imagine how hard it must be for such a young and kind lady like Petra.

Anyway, I still hope it will take Petra less than three years to "find her way around the tour" again.

rafaelkafka
Oct 16th, 2011, 06:55 PM
I think she's one of the very few players who can beat Serena. If she's really on, no doubt she can do it.

I miss her so much :tears: Can't wait for one of those "domination-mode" tournaments of hers where her opponents are helpless and beats Petkovic 61 63 :drool:

It is more easy than you think. Serena is an UE machine. Typical ballbasher. In the Golden Era she wouldn't have a chance against Navratilova, Evert, etc. Even Stosur, who lost almost all finals she faced, defeated Serena.

Excelscior
Oct 16th, 2011, 08:48 PM
Originally Posted by pasapacasa

I think she's one of the very few players who can beat Serena. If she's really on, no doubt she can do it.

I miss her so much Can't wait for one of those "domination-mode" tournaments of hers where her opponents are helpless and beats Petkovic 61 63

It is more easy than you think. Serena is an UE machine. Typical ballbasher. In the Golden Era she wouldn't have a chance against Navratilova, Evert, etc. Even Stosur, who lost almost all finals she faced, defeated Serena.

More importantly/recently, Petra got that "domination mode" tournament, pasapacasa was seeking!! :) :drool: :) Lol

paulmara
Oct 27th, 2011, 10:57 AM
Man in the shadow has easy life. „I don´t want to quench a star“said Kvitova´s coach

http://sport.idnes.cz/muz-ve-stinu-ma-jednoduchy-zivot-nechci-udusit-hvezdu-rika-trener-kvitove-1t3-/tenis.aspx?c=A111026_164156_tenis_ma

David Kotyza
He played tennis for Slavia Plzeň. He studied to become a teacher ( PE and Geography)
He coached Robin Vik, Petra Langrová, Michaela Paštiková, Michal Tabara, Petra Cetkovská, Lucie Šafářová, Barbora Strýcová and Iveta Benešová.

I would like to translate it. Sometimes

mac47
Oct 27th, 2011, 11:09 AM
Kotyza is another reason I love Petra. He's just so shrewd and clever-looking, calm and unflappable, but obviously supportive and enthusiastic about Petra. Seems like the perfect coach for her. Sort of a Mr. Miyagi or Yoda type.

Excelscior
Oct 27th, 2011, 02:49 PM
Kotyza is another reason I love Petra. He's just so shrewd and clever-looking, calm and unflappable, but obviously supportive and enthusiastic about Petra. Seems like the perfect coach for her. Sort of a Mr. Miyagi or Yoda type.

That's because he figured out or realizes, that Petra plays better when she's relaxed.

But what was he actually trying to say (was it "quech or quelch")? Was he saying he can't keep her in the shadows, or he wants to keep her in the shadows?

paulmara
Oct 27th, 2011, 03:55 PM
Man in the shadow has easy life. „I don´t want to extinguish a star“ said Kvitova´s coach

David Kotyza
He played tennis for Slavia Plzeň. He studied to become a teacher ( PE and Geography)
He coached Robin Vik, Petra Langrová, Michaela Paštiková, Michal Tabara, Petra Cetkovská, Lucie Šafářová, Barbora Strýcová and Iveta Benešová

(He coached mostly women ) You can´t say everything straight to them like to men. It is important what to say, when to say and how to say it. Even if girls have something common , everyone is little different. I called it try and fail. It is alwas fail , I only change try (he is laughing)

( Q. Do you have to bite your tongue often with Petra? )
No, Since I´m with Petra. We talk straight, I don´t have to be indirect. She is special with this.

(Q because of her background )
Of course. Nobody praised her much.She learnt it , there is not much that can distract her.On this level it is an advantage.

(Q good vibrations from the first time)
She was symphatic. With her person and her tennis style. We still build our relationship. I´m glad I work with her.

(Q What kind of coach are you? Strict? Emphatic? )
When I look back I wouldn´t like to be coached by myself.I thought I knew more than I did. Maybe it is normal you get more experiences. It was not good trying to remade somebody to your picture. Yuo have to look at ability and possibility of your players.

(Q during tournamant you spend whole days together. When your role ends ?)
I should be less coach and more mentor. Petra is high quality player, we dicsuss lot of issues together as partners. She build her picture what to do. I don´t have to be iniciator anymore, who say something and she uncover it . Maybe it was at the beginning, but now she can find what is important for her.I m here to say less and less. And when it should be intersting or importatnt. She is young , but grow up fast on court and off court.

(Q You have extraordinary relationship . Buiyng nail polish is not usual )
It was in Wimbledon and then Us open . But it was not succcessful .Bad collection (laughing)

(Q you recommened her books )
Last time it was Peter Hoeg Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow. Young generation is using computers and phones too much but she reads something. It is not a must. I will not harm her.

(Q and music)
Oh no ! I m completely out. I m rocker, oldies and rock´ n´ roll . When she heard it she would jump out of car. It is the same for me and her music.

(Q Do you watch tennis together ?)
Together not much. Petˇa knows I can not stand it and I start :Look at this and that. Ans she : No I don´t want to hear it anymore. But something different is watching her matches or when we need to prepare.

(Q What learnt from Petra?)
(thinking) She makes everything easier for me . I don´t know how t osay it.

(Q Maybe that you look bette as coach)
Definitely not. She is successful I have no hair , grey beard (laughing) Ok she learnt me to think more . I learnt that sometimes it is more important don´t do anything . It is better than figure out big things and destry everything. It is working with psychic. We both cooperate with a psychologist. Petra learnt me how to behave, how to gesticulate.Some small things, that can influence your performance more than some special excercises.

(Q Petra decided herself for a psychologist ? )
I don´t want to talk about this. It is personal. Anyway I find his work important, very successful and inspiring for both of us.

(Q You study literature about psychology ? )
Yes I read „Inner Game“. But practice change it .

(Q Do you still shout at Petra sometimess ? )
Sometimes. But it is more like a symbol . That it is important and I care. Idon´t want to build authority. It is my attitude , Im impulsive so I shout. Nothing personal.

(Q As her coach you are staying in the shadow Why? )
When you want to stick out much you slowly extinguish the player. Well she´s a star. In theatre actors are most important and director is only written somewhere.

(Q Do you fulfill your coaching dreams with Petra? )
I have no time to think about it . everyrhing came so quickly. I will tell you one think Im very happy that I can work with her.

(Q But you are famous between coaches )
I don´t believe it . There are many coaches who worked with Number 1 players . Now they are coachcing someone else and nothing happens. It only lasts for a limited period of time. I depend on the player. Peťa is so outstanding personlyity and so huge talent , that it is easier for me.

(Q next year Petra will defend lot of points . There will be pressure )
In smaller scale it was the same this year . She was defending a semifinal in Wimbeldon , this year she won. This season is again better than the last. We can not expect sheer climbing , we can expect she will be play on the same level or more steadily.

(Q Is it important to be number 1 ?)
NO . We didn´t even once discuss her ranking. We talk about her game. How to be better. We were happy that she reached top 10 position because it means a lot. When we started It was one of her wishes, that she wrote me. Next step is spontaneous. I don´t see big difference between being number 3 or 5 To be the best in the world is a big thing, but we don´t talk about it .

(Q Martina Navratilova said she is a model of future tennis player . Do you agree ?)
It is a complimanent , she has abilities. But a model of future tennis player ? I don´t use these terms.

(Q Can you imagine you will be with Petra during her whole career ?)
I really don´t know. I don´t think about it . It is distant future. We are not agreed on next season yet . But i hope we agree. (laughing)

(Q Once it will end. You will follow her in her life?)
I will not compere her with other players I coached. It is impolite. But every situation left marks and Peťa will leave deep mark.

(for relax David started collecting posts)

(note complaints after winning match only)

http://sport.idnes.cz/muz-ve-stinu-ma-jednoduchy-zivot-nechci-udusit-hvezdu-rika-trener-kvitove-1t3-/tenis.aspx?c=A111026_164156_tenis_ma

vendulkabendulka
Oct 27th, 2011, 06:55 PM
The article is actually very good. David seems to be nice and confident guy, just a perfect match for her.
Btw, hi everybody, I'm new here :)

paulmara
Oct 28th, 2011, 11:31 AM
Who is the best player in this season ?

I don´t know ,all 8 players here improved this year and played excellent . It is hard to choose.

Noone had exceptional good season ?

Yes , but I don´t want to say me. (laughing)

If you beat Aga you will ben number 2

I have to win this ? hmm so I will try hard.

http://sport.idnes.cz/krok-od-pozice-svetove-dvojky-se-kvitova-smeje-jeste-jednou-musim-vyhrat-1lz-/tenis.aspx?c=A111027_210947_tenis_ma

http://www.rozhlas.cz/zpravy/tenis/_zprava/musim-se-porad-soustredit-a-neuspokojit-se-rika-k-turnaji-mistryn-petra-kvitova--968387

http://www.rozhlas.cz/zpravy/tenis/_zprava/rada-to-zabijim-sama-takze-kolektivni-sport-neni-pro-me-rika-petra-kvitova--968453

GoofyDuck
Oct 28th, 2011, 11:47 AM
The article is actually very good. David seems to be nice and confident guy, just a perfect match for her.
Btw, hi everybody, I'm new here :)

hey and welcome :wavey:



Thanks for all the information Paulmara, really appreciate it :)

Coconut91
Oct 28th, 2011, 02:36 PM
Who is the best player in this season ?

I don´t know ,all 8 players here improved this year and played excellent . It is hard to choose.

Noone had exceptional good season ?

Yes , but I don´t want to say me. (laughing)
If you beat Aga you will ben number 2

I have to win this ? hmm so I will try hard.

http://sport.idnes.cz/krok-od-pozice-svetove-dvojky-se-kvitova-smeje-jeste-jednou-musim-vyhrat-1lz-/tenis.aspx?c=A111027_210947_tenis_ma

http://www.rozhlas.cz/zpravy/tenis/_zprava/musim-se-porad-soustredit-a-neuspokojit-se-rika-k-turnaji-mistryn-petra-kvitova--968387

http://www.rozhlas.cz/zpravy/tenis/_zprava/rada-to-zabijim-sama-takze-kolektivni-sport-neni-pro-me-rika-petra-kvitova--968453

Ohhhh she knows she's the best player of the year :worship: but she's shy and humble and doesn't want to say it out loud :lol: :awww:

Queen Petra Fan
Oct 29th, 2011, 01:19 AM
The article is actually very good. David seems to be nice and confident guy, just a perfect match for her.
Btw, hi everybody, I'm new here :)


Hi Vendulka! :wavey:

Welcome to our forum. You're among friends here so say what you like. We hope to hear from you a lot. :)


I agree with your comment. He seems like the perfect match for Petra. Very stable and emotionally grounded. Never too high or too low. His calmness and sense of humor helps balance her sensitivity. And best of all, I love the way he's not trying to change her personality. He lets Petra be Petra and that's how we like it because she's awesome and unique just the way she is!

Excelscior
Oct 29th, 2011, 01:58 AM
The article is actually very good. David seems to be nice and confident guy, just a perfect match for her.
Btw, hi everybody, I'm new here :)

Welcome Vendulkabendulka

We can tell your a Petra fan by your join date. What did you stalk the board (as so many of us did) for the past 4 months, before commenting or saying hello? :) :)

Welcome again.

I agree with you to. It's a excellent article that provides some nice/good insight (and a addition to some of the foundation articles I read previously in the Czech press) into Koytza and Petra.

Thanks for posting the article Paulmara

Queen Petra Fan
Oct 29th, 2011, 07:27 AM
Welcome Vendulkabendulka

We can tell your a Petra fan by your join date. What did you stalk the board (as so many of us did) for the past 4 months, before commenting or saying hello? :) :)

Welcome again.

I agree with you to. It's a excellent article that provides some nice/good insight (and a addition to some of the foundation articles I read previously in the Czech press) into Koytza and Petra.

Thanks for posting the article Paulmara


PaulMara is definitely one of the MVPs of this forum. Thanks for your contributions PM. :wavey:

paulmara
Oct 29th, 2011, 09:39 AM
15:40 and time for coaching Kotyza : I said „I will come but this game is not over yet.“ sometimes she had these errors , but this one was the best. She was laughing during the following rally and lost the point.
http://www.rozhlas.cz/zpravy/tenis/_zprava/takove-vypadky-obcas-ma-smeje-se-trener-kvitove-kotyza--968602

Petra: „She has great service, it is little similar to men´s tennis.“

http://www.sport.cz/clanek/193305-kvitova-ceka-od-stosurove-v-semifinale-trosku-chlapsky-tenis.html
http://sport.idnes.cz/zmatena-semifinalistka-aneb-jak-kvitove-zahrala-divci-kapela-panika-1ph-/tenis.aspx?c=A111028_200855_tenis_ma

VeraAlex
Oct 29th, 2011, 10:33 PM
Hello!

Does anybody know under which management Petra works? IMG, Octagon or something/someone else?

Excelscior
Oct 29th, 2011, 10:45 PM
@VeraAlex

A Czech named Milos Csersonak (I think that's his first name)?

He's quoted in articles we have posted here on the site.

To my knowledge, he's not with one of the major Agent, Management firms.

He's a Czech Kingpin.

Hope that helps.

paulmara
Oct 30th, 2011, 12:33 PM
Miroslav Černošek

TK PLUS

http://www.tkplus.cz/o-spolecnosti.php

TimeyWimey
Oct 31st, 2011, 08:19 PM
From Brisbane to Istanbul, We’re Still Getting to Know Petra Kvitova.


Before the WTA Championships started this week in Istanbul, a lot of attention was focused on Petra Kvitova, and not just because she was considered the pre-tourney favorite based on her impressive record playing indoors, including just winning the title in Linz, but also because simply she was back in the public eye in a big way after winning the Wimbledon title but then almost dropping out of sight completely during the rest of the summer, including an inexplicable first round loss in New York.

Kvitova proved that she deserved all of the hype as she closed out Victoria Azarenka in yesterday’s final 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in a victory that resembled many of her other wins this year – flashes of brilliant shotmaking woven in with patches of numerous errors. Kvitova ends the year at No.2 which, though truly deserved, is still stunning in a way since she started the year as a player to watch for sure, but one few would have tipped to be crowned player of the year.

Now with Kvitova only a few hundred points away from claiming No.1, something she is expected to do sometime by spring of next year, what’s even more fascinating to me is that there’s still a bit of the unknown with Kvitova. Perhaps it’s because even as a junior player, few were unsure she would ever become a factor on the pro tour which makes her sudden rise up the rankings more surprising. Or that she still has a bit of an ingénue like aura about her, despite her being a tad old for the description at age 21. At first, her rather cursory answers to questions were attributed to her being shy and still getting command of English. But now reporters that attend her pressers on a frequent basis don’t find that to be the case at all and instead view Kvitova as a charming girl who often laughs when she gives answers, though her responses are still short and sweet. No world-weary answers to the “same old questions” that we often get from other players Kvitova’s age or younger.

Calling Kvitova innocent would be naďve, but another word comes to mind when watching her reactions throughout the year to winning big titles this year, including the biggest one of them all – pure. Pure joy and pure emotion. It’s been refreshing for sure and one can hope that Kvitova doesn’t have to create too big a shell to protect her personal life from her professional one. Kvitova’s personality aside, the lanky Czech will get more scrutiny as she strives for even more glory in 2012. Probably the biggest will be for her screeching out “Podj” especially after an opponent misses a shot, something that drew the ire of plenty of fans watching and listening to yesterday’s final. “Does she really have to do that,” was a standard line on Twitter yesterday, which means Kvitova’s name will be added to the list of players involved in the growing “Grunt-gate” problem that the WTA so far has decided to acknowledge but do little about. Then there’s Kvitova’s relationship with her boyfriend who is four years her junior, something perfectly legal in her home country but still raises eyebrows for some. Kvitova said back in July in an interview with AFP that she was “sad and astonished” at the number of questions she’s received about herself and her personal life, but when you start bringing in paychecks of over a million dollars on a regular basis, as Kvitova did yesterday, you gain more attention than you wish for, something that will only increase if she becomes and stays No. 1.

Is Kvitova really ready for all that? Maybe. She can certainly get better at dealing with all the media attention being a world-class tennis player brings though she still doesn’t have Maria Sharapova’s smooth savvy that was part of her personality early on and isn’t like Caroline Wozniacki who, though relishing being No. 1, has also learned to dish out barbs (polite ones mind you) with the best of them when handling the continuing criticism from the media on her playing record. Kvitova now has the credentials Wozniacki still lacks in being considered a “legit” No.1, but she might end up trailing the Dane in terms of the number endorsement deals thrown her way. How the WTA decides to promote Kvitova if she reaches No. 1 on the tennis court but can’t break through as a bigger star in the overall sports and media marketplace as Wozniacki, Sharapova, and other former No. 1’s like Ana Ivanovic and Serena Williams have done will be interesting to watch.

When the 2011 WTA season started way back in January down in Australia, the overwhelming complaint leveled at the women’s game was, for a variety of reasons, the lack of a one dominate player for the other players to aim for and the rest of the sport to focus on as being the best of their peers. Now at the end of an unpredictable year, it’s a young girl from Fulnek who’s become, if not a dominating force on tour, then at least proved she’s a player the very elite will have to reckon with not only next year but for a long time. If Kvitova reaches the top ranking, she could be the first No. 1 in a long time to let her tennis do the talking and leave it that. No ad campaigns, no social media shoutouts, no talk show appearances, no T.V. commercials. Just tennis.

How high concept is that?

ExtremespeedX
Nov 1st, 2011, 04:11 AM
People complaining about Petra's "Pojds" :rolleyes: As if Pushniacki, Serena or Sharapova don't "come on" on errors during important points :rolleyes: At least she doesn't screech like a tortured animal during the points.

Meelis
Nov 2nd, 2011, 01:06 PM
Reputation lessons for women from Petra Kvitová (http://www.ceskapozice.cz/en/blog/cristina-muntean/reputation-lessons-women-petra-kvitova)

by Cristina Muntean

Watching tennis on a TV screen didn’t tell me much until this weekend. My home country Romania is a football passionate and except for the rarer and rarer outbursts of happiness for our gymnasts, there aren’t many sports that bring Romanians in front of the TV.
However, over the weekend I got stuck watching Petra Kvitová (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra_Kvitov%C3%A1)winning the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Championship. From a communicator’s perspective, Petra has an impressive story to tell that can embed lessons for even the most skillful female CEOs.
She is turning 22 next March. Currently, she’s No. 2 in world rankings of female tennis players. On Sunday (Oct. 30) she won a pretty tough yet well-deserved victory in Istanbul, Turkey, in the finals of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Championship.
This year, Kvitová has won six titles, the same number as No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and twice as many as her counterpart, the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. For a victory-led player, the next step would be natural: to become number one as soon as possible.
Yet Kvitová employs her usual cold blood and modesty to say that’s a matter for the future. “For the moment I don’t trouble my mind too much with it,” she said.
How can this relaxed behavior inspire the competition-driven women CEOs that take more and more seats in the Olympus of corporate management in the Czech Republic and elsewhere? There are a few things that women can learn from Kvitová the champion.
Hard work. Kvitová has been training long years, first with her father, then in a professional environment. No rewards come easily, and Petra, inspired by her model, the Czechoslovak tennis player Martina Navrátilová, pursued in her training work in order to achieve the highest ranks in her discipline.
Focus. Seeing Kvitová playing is a show in itself. Her eyes are focused on the moves of her counterpart. Her body is tensed, ready, one with the racket. This is what makes her play so powerful. She is also aware of her advantages like her left-hand service and knows how to make best use of them.
Emotion management and balance. Kvitová features emotions that she knows how to keep under control. You can’t say she’s emotionless when you hear her shouts, but she is also not totally emotion-driven. It’s easy to imagine her in a position of top control when you see her service. Emotion management is one tough lesson for many women managers who mix personal gut feelings with professional priorities in a total confusion for everyone.
Honesty. Kvitová didn’t bother to hide her relationship with a boyfriend who is several years younger than she is. “He’s a man, after all,” she replied and left the matter alone. Her “lightness of being” is refreshing and reminds of Milan Kundera, whose spirit is so dear to many Czechs.
Modesty. Kvitová accepts her victories and failures with no falsity. No big ego, she remains natural and enjoys the outcome of her hard work.“I didn't expect that I would be sitting here as a champion. It’s really a big step for me,” she said, quoted by The Guardian. According to the British daily, she attributes her achievements this year to improvements not only in her game, but also in fitness and mental strength. Staying healthy was the key, along with the support of her coach David Kotyza and the rest of her team.
Enjoyment. If you heard her shout of victory at the end of the WTA match, you know that Kvitová knows how to enjoy her achievement. It’s a part that many women entrepreneurs or CEOs forget after a long run towards success. Knowing how to enjoy a true victory is also something that we can learn from Kvitová.More than for female CEOs, Kvitová can become a true inspiration for a whole generation of young Czechs who live in a society where leading role models are rarer than hen’s teeth. What does she need to do in order to stay a role model?
Remain natural. Money has the gift to boost egos, and big egos have been a trap for many talented sportsmen so far.
Stay honest. There is nothing more beautiful that somebody who has the guts to say things the way they are.
Stay focused. In a consumerist society with no real lighthouse, being focused is a most valuable asset.
Become aware of her potential beyond the court.When Kvitová acknowledges the impact her image can make on young Czechs, she can do miracles with it.
Communicate more. In Czech and English, in media and social media, an inspired leader can face the voice of the others. In any case, Kvitová’s story that erupted this year is far from over. The direction taken by the lessons she can teach is now fully in her hands.

Excelscior
Nov 2nd, 2011, 05:48 PM
Nice read Meelis.

Thanks

Excelscior
Nov 2nd, 2011, 06:47 PM
ESPN Season Recap, Petra Kvitova Interview

When anarchy descended on the WTA
Garber By Greg Garber
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The 2011 WTA Grand Slam season began almost precisely as 2010 ended -- with Kim Clijsters winning a major title. She defeated Li Na in the final of the Australian Open.

"I finally feel like you can call me 'Aussie Kim' because I've won the title," Clijsters told the crowd afterward, referring to her brief engagement to beloved Down Under star Lleyton Hewitt.

It was Clijsters' third Grand Slam singles title in six tries since returning from a two-year sabbatical, and back in late January, it looked like The Establishment was positioning itself to dominate the rest of the year. After all, Serena Williams was due to return from a foot injury, and Maria Sharapova was making steady progress after undergoing career-threatening shoulder surgery.

And then anarchy -- as much as can be imagined in professional tennis -- descended on the WTA.

Li won the French Open, becoming the first Chinese woman to win a Grand Slam singles title. That wasn't completely off the menu, because Roland Garros has a way of serving up surprises. Wimbledon, though, was a spectacular chef's amuse bouche. Clijsters was absent after suffering an ankle injury when she was dancing at a wedding, and Serena -- who missed the French Open -- was in the draw after a dramatic series of health scares. Petra Kvitova, a long lefty from the Czech Republic, won her first major, beating the more experienced Victoria Azarenka and Sharapova in her last two matches. Samantha Stosur overcame another Serena chair umpire tantrum at the U.S. Open, and the fit Aussie won her first major.

The story of the season? With her title at the year-end TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul, it was Kvitova. For while Li is 29 and Stosur 27, Kvitova is only 21 and promises to be a major factor for many years.

"It's really surprising," Kvitova told ESPN.com of her breakthrough. "But it's very nice to have more players in the top. It's going to be more open at the Grand Slams now."

Kvitova became only the third first-time qualifier to win in her debut, following Serena (2001) and Sharapova (2004). Kvitova took home $1.75 million and saw her ranking rise to No. 2 -- a surprising surge considering she was No. 34 when the year began. Kvitova, who is 6 feet tall and plays with both power and deft touch, has a serve that should keep her at or near the top. She was 19-0 in indoor matches this year after beating Azarenka in the Istanbul final, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

The win in Turkey gave Kvitova six titles in 2011, matching No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki -- whom Kvitova beat in round-robin play. Moreover, Kvitova had a better win-loss record than Wozniacki, 58-13 (.817) versus 63-17 (.788).

It was only a little surprising that none of those three first-time major winners was named Wozniacki. The 21-year-old Dane has run her reign at No. 1 to 55 weeks -- six more than Clijsters, Sharapova and Venus Williams have combined for during their careers. They have won a total of 14 majors, and Wozniacki still is looking for that validating résumé item. The closest she has come is the final of the 2009 U.S. Open, in which she lost to Clijsters. This year Wozniacki was disappointing in the majors, losing to Li in the semifinals of the Australian Open, Daniela Hantuchova in the third round at Paris, Dominika Cibulkova in Wimbledon's fourth round and Serena in the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

Still, Wozniacki finished the season at No. 1. The previous two women to post back-to-back year-end No. 1s were Justine Henin (2006-07) and Lindsay Davenport (2004-05).

Like Kvitova, Shuai Peng, Sabine Lisicki, Julia Goerges and Roberta Vinci all made impressive leaps into the top 25. Will 2012 be their year in the Grand Slams?

Probably not. Oddly enough, it looks like there might be one more retro season of The Establishment. With the Olympics in London beginning in late July as the carrot, Clijsters and Serena are preparing for another campaign. Even at their relatively advanced ages (29 and 30 at the time of the Games), it would not be a stretch to see them winning the three majors not played in Paris. Maybe Azarenka, still only 22, will find the resolve to break through. Stosur, with the confidence gained in New York, is an early line favorite at Roland Garros, along with Francesca Schiavone.

"With Kim and Serena, you never know," Kvitova said. "When they come back, they will be strong. They want to win everything. They'll be tough to play against."
5 Questions With ...

… Petra Kvitova-Interview

Maybe we should have seen this coming. Three years ago in Memphis, Petra Kvitova became the lowest-ranked player (No. 143) to ever beat Venus Williams. Coming into this year, she had won only a single title, but in her first tournament in Brisbane, Australia, she beat four top-35 players to win, including Nadia Petrova and Andrea Petkovic. Closing out a terrific season, she finished strong in Istanbul, going 5-0 against a loaded year-end field. Kvitova spoke with ESPN.com by telephone last week after her round-robin victory over No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki.

ESPN.com: How did it feel to beat Caroline?

Petra Kvitova: Great! We are very good friends. She is very hard to play against. She gets everything back and forces me to move a lot -- too much. She had beaten me before [three of four], so this felt good today.

ESPN.com: You've gone from No. 34 in the WTA rankings to No. 2. At the beginning of the year, what goals did you set for yourself?

Kvitova: I didn't imagine that in the beginning of the year. No, really? No. 1 in the world? I wanted to go deep in the Grand Slams this year. I didn't have a goal -- or a number in front of my name. I just wanted to improve. I knew my ranking would improve if that happened.

ESPN.com: Which parts of your game improved the most?

Kvitova: I need to work on a lot of things. I have more experience now. I'm a little bit older and have been through a few seasons. I think my movement has improved a lot, but the No. 1 thing is mental. I am much better this way now.

ESPN.com: It's been nearly four months since you won at Wimbledon. How has that memory stayed with you?

Kvitova: At first, it didn't seem real. It was totally weird for me. But now, I'm OK. When I look at the pictures or videos, it comes back. It's strange to hear my name as the Wimbledon champion.

ESPN.com: How does it sound?

Kvitova: Oh … it sounds really cool, doesn't it?

Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

Excelscior
Nov 2nd, 2011, 08:46 PM
A lot of reporters have been late to the game in truly knowing all Petra's various skills, but I was happy to see John Wertheim of SI, finally did. He even admitted that commenters on his blog had pointed out some errors in his evaluation of Petra.

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After a breakthrough year that saw Wimbledon and WTA Championships titles, Petra Kvitova has the game to be a top player in 2012.
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In honor of the Tour that finished its season first, let's have Ladies Night and do an all-WTA Mailbag ...

I compare Petra Kvitova 2011 with Monica Seles 1990. I think this girl is going to dominate the next two to three years.
-- Joel Castro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

• A few people said this after her surprise semifinal showing at Wimbledon, 2010. Kvitova could barely win a match the rest of the year. Many people -- myself included -- said this after her thoroughly dominating performance at Wimbledon, 2011. Ah, yes, we finally have our next star. Kvitova then all but disappeared from the rest of the summer, losing in the first round of the U.S. Open. After a successful fall, including a tear through the WTA Championships in Istanbul, Kvitova is back in favored nation category.

Kvitova definitely has the game. We've seen ample evidence of that. She pounds the ball off of both the port and starboard sides. She moves well. Her fitness is fine. Her game translates for various surfaces. As some of you convinced me, she has much more touch than you might initially think. She isn't cowed by the big stage (see: Wimbledon final, 2011). Go through the check list of "champion traits" and you're checking off most of the boxes.

The question -- and it's not unique to her -- is one of hunger. How badly does she want it? I had the good fortune of spending a day in Florida with the great Chris Evert last week and we talked about this a bit. To her, the WTA "vacuum" (her word) isn't about ability or injuries or technology. It's simply about players having the drive to win every time out, not simply here and there. "Look at the past champions," she said. "Start with Billie Jean, me, Martina, Steffi, Monica. What's the common thread? We wanted it and committed ourselves. And there's a desire and hunger. And you don't see that anymore."

Whereas Caroline Wozniacki is an overachiever who wrings what she can from her game, Kvitova is an example of a player endowed with more weapons and, ultimately, more promise. But it's up to her now. Is she satisfied with years like 2011, when she wins one Slam, loses in the first round of the next one and takes home a boatload of cash? By most accounts, it's a dream season. Or is she willing and able to say, "Dammit, ladies, I'm filling the vacuum. Sheriff Petra is in town and she's taking names. Which of you want the runner-up trophy?" OK, maybe not quite like that. But is she ready, truly, to assert herself? We shall see.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/jon_wertheim/11/01/wta-mailbag/index.html#ixzz1cZxAAvyp

I am so proud of Wertheim seeing all Petra's gifts and potential, and not going by perceived stereotypes, like so many other dumb bloggers and reporters do.

"Sherrif Petra's in town taking names, which one of you wants the runner up trophy?". I love it (and Petra's earned it)! Lol

Let's hope she fulfills her promise in 2012.

TimeyWimey
Nov 3rd, 2011, 11:17 PM
What Came Next
by Steve Tignor


How you typically picture a certain player says a lot about them. I think of Novak Djokovic skidding for a backhand save. I think of Martina Navratilova on the full, flying run toward the net. I think of John McEnroe making contact with his serve, a grimace of effort across his face.

With Petra Kvitova, I start by trying not to think of the celebratory yelp—or is it a word in Czech?—that she has begun to make after each winning point. Instead, I begin by blocking that sound out and thinking of her leaning forward at the baseline, eyes wide, feet restless, impatiently waiting for her opponent to serve so she can knock the ball back down her throat. Kvitova has been compared to Navratilova because her lefty-ness and her nationality. She's been compared to Lindsay Davenport because of the aggressive heft of her shots. But seeing her ready to return, I think of Monica Seles, another lefty who lived for the chance to bash one more ball.

Fans of Kvitova's might wish that the 21-year-old Czech, who cemented her place as the WTA’s Player of the Year—official or unofficial—with her sixth title of the season in Istanbul on Sunday, weren’t quite so restless and impatient. They might wish that she wouldn’t always go for the first strike, or hit virtually every ball at full throttle. It would, if nothing else, probably make her matches a lot less time-consuming to watch, because the quality of her play wouldn’t swing quite so wildly, so often. But that return stance, and that impatience to batter the next ball, is what Kvitova is all about—sometimes for worse, mostly for better, soon for best.

Great champions from McEnroe to Nadal have been known as perfectionists—they don’t like to make a mistake. Kvitova so far has won with anti-perfectionism. She sacrifices consistency and point-construction for raw power and risky placement. She knows she can hit a winner with any shot when her feet are set, so that’s mostly what she tries to do. In one sense, if you think of the old advice, “play to your strengths,” this is a smart move.

Because what sets Kvitova apart from her peers, or at least the peers who made it to Turkey, is her ability to hit blatant winners, so why shouldn’t she try to maximize that? Kvitova’s ground strokes are also fairly flat and penetrating, rather than safely, smoothly spinny. In the future, developing a safer rally shot, one that allows her to be patient, to choose her spots to be aggressive rather than taking the first opportunity, may allow her to become a dominant No. 1. For now, though, I’ve never seen a great player with so little in-between game or neutral gear. Kvitova makes all of her shots, and then something snaps and she misses all of her shots. Yesterday she broke out of the gates and won the first five games from Victoria Azarenka; she lost the next five almost as quickly. Unlike Seles when she was dialed in and at her best, so far the price of Kvitova’s tremendous shot-making is an extremely low margin for error. What makes her great is what makes her awful.

But what makes Kvitova great is exactly what her opponent, Azarenka, lacks. I’ve speculated that as good as Vika is, as much as she’s improved both physically and mentally this year, and as much heart as she showed in making two major comebacks in the Istanbul final, she doesn't have the one thing that most Slam winners have in common—the ability to take the racquet out of her opponent’s hand. The ability, in other words, to win points outright, whether it’s with a serve or a forehand, and not rely on the other person to help out with a miss. Azarenka does have power, especially when she can step into a backhand, but her game is about moving the ball around and using her athleticism to eventually outplay an opponent in a rally. What she lacks is the killer punch from anywhere. Through the first two sets, Azarenka controlled many of the rallies, but often couldn’t convert them with a putaway. I won’t go so far as to say that she’ll never win a major, but it won’t be easy for her.

The start of the third set was a perfect nutshell example of what separates these two players. In the first game, Kvitova faced four break points—she had just lost the second set and the match appeared for a second to be slipping away from her. But she rallied on the strength of good serving and, more important, forehand winners. In the following game, it was Azarenka's turn to face a break point. Like Kvitova, she set up for a forehand into a wide-open court. Unlike Kvitova, when Azarenka let loose with it, she sent it 10 feet long. Kvitova had a one-break lead that she wouldn’t surrender.

These two players are 21 and 22, they’re ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the world, and they fairly dominated this tournament in the absence of Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters. We’ll see what happens when the latter two elder stateswoman return, but there's a new WTA generation shaping up at the top of the rankings. While its third member, Caroline Wozniacki, held onto her No. 1 spot this week, Istanbul felt like the moment when Kvitova, who went 5-0, passed everyone else on the outside. Her winners were obviously impressive, and she showed more touch around the net than she ever has—how about that McEnroe-esque sharp-angled backhand volley winner while turning her body in the other direction? Kvitova is adding to her list of shots that very few, if any, of her opponents can match.

What I liked most, and what seemed different, was how determined she was to battle her way through the bad patches. In the final, it wasn’t Kvitova’s return or her forehand that got her to the finish line. It was that ultimate first-strike shot, the serve. On crucial points coming down the stretch, she swung it wide in the deuce court, and Azarenka had no answer for it—the racquet was essentially out of her hand. This was a more patient and tactical Kvitova than we've seen.

Next Martina, next Lindsay, next Monica, next No. 1? Next exasperatingly inconsistent talent, or next dominant champion? After watching Kvitova light up Istanbul for a week, after seeing more finesse and a champion’s finishing grit, I’d say we just want what was next from her. I'm looking forward to whatever comes after that.

Excelscior
Nov 3rd, 2011, 11:38 PM
@Reyeszj


Steve's a good writer, who seems to want Petra to do well. But I always have some issues with Steve's Petra articles, cause I don't think he watches her much (or as much as he should), based off his circa 2009 evaluations and perceptions of her game.

Sometimes he just appears to be unnecessarily hard on her, or way, way off.

TimeyWimey
Nov 3rd, 2011, 11:53 PM
@Reyeszj


Steve's a good writer, who seems to want Petra to do well. But I always have some issues with Steve's Petra articles, cause I don't think he watches her much (or as much as he should), based off his circa 2009 evaluations and perceptions of her game.

Sometimes he just appears to be unnecessarily hard on her, or way, way off.

haha, i agree, usually i do not enjoy his article actually, but this one is ok

TimeyWimey
Nov 3rd, 2011, 11:59 PM
^the thing is i never enjoy the articles that are trying to provide boring advices to Petra, i think bruce could do a much better job :lol:

bruce goose
Nov 4th, 2011, 05:45 AM
^the thing is i never enjoy the articles that are trying to provide boring advices to Petra, i think bruce could do a much better job :lol:Gracias,pero 'advices' no es una palabra;podrias decir "piezas del consejo" o "algun consejo" si quieres indicar mas que uno;);la una no pone 's' como otros plurales

TimeyWimey
Nov 4th, 2011, 03:29 PM
Kvitova named Heart Award winner


MOSCOW, RUSSIA: The ITF today announced that Petra Kvitova has won the last Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award of 2011 in recognition of her performance during Czech Republic’s semifinal victory against Belgium in April.

Kvitova, who remains unbeaten in this year’s Fed Cup campaign, has been the driving force behind Czech Republic’s march to the Final. The reigning Wimbledon champion is 4-0 in singles play for the season, including wins in the semifinals over Kirsten Flipkens 62 76(4) and Yanina Wickmayer 57 64 62 that set up a 3-2 away victory against Belgium.

She was presented with a cheque for US$10,000, which will be donated to her chosen charity of Help The Children, by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Deputy Chairman of the Board for BNP Paribas in Russia Jean-Francois Kochanski at the draw ceremony for the 2011 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final in Moscow.

Kvitova said: “For me it’s really nice, I’m glad that I won because the people voted for me. I didn’t expect to win. I’m really happy that I can give the money to our charity in the Czech Republic.”

Kvitova was shortlisted for the award alongside Vera Zvonareva (RUS), Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE). All four players competed in the World Group semifinals in April and helped their nation reach the Final, which starts at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow tomorrow.

The players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel, consisting of ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and a mixture of former players and members of the international media. A public vote, which ran from 7-28 October, was held on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es to decide the winner.

A total of six Heart Awards have been presented in 2011. Kvitova follows in the footsteps of Andrea Petkovic (GER), Bojana Jovanovski (SRB), Bianca Botto (PER), Ayumi Morita (JPN) and Victoria Azarenka (BLR), who were honoured earlier this year.

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Petra for her outstanding performance in 2011. She has played a key role in her team’s success this season and now has the opportunity to help Czech Republic to win the Fed Cup title. The level of passion and excitement for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas has grown considerably during the last year, and this is embodied in the commitment of players such as Petra.”

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint initiative between BNP Paribas and the ITF. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team.

Petronius
Nov 4th, 2011, 03:42 PM
As paulmara mentioned, Petra was on live chat on Tuesday, responding to fans' questions through the idnes.cz website from Moscow.

It was actually quite disappointing, cause Petra left about two thirds of the questions unanswered and did not respond to some tough questions complaining about the recent increase in her "barks" or her not-so-perfect English skills.

However, there were also a few interesting/funny questions:

Q: Before serving, you usually choose from three balls. How do you choose the right one?
A: Great question. I pick the one I like most, the one which is best for the first serve, it's usually the least hairy one.:lol:

Q: Petra, once you get rid of unforced errors, no opponent will be able to beat you. Won't it be a bit boring?
A: Don't worry, tennis can never be boring!

Q: Is it difficult to remain focused when you play against grunting opponents like Sharapova or Azarenka?
A: I don't care, I don't focus on it and so I can focus on my own game!

Q: What can you improve upon?
A: I think that I can improve everything: my technical skills, my tactical skills, my fitness and mental concentration.:drool:

mac47
Nov 4th, 2011, 04:54 PM
LOL @ Petra talking about hairy balls.

Petronius
Nov 4th, 2011, 05:38 PM
LOL @ Petra talking about hairy balls.

Yeah, it sounds pretty funny in English, but in Czech it's an innocent expression, as the Czech word for "tennis ball" has nothing to do with private parts. However, the same cannot be said about snooker or shotput balls :lol:

Petronius
Nov 8th, 2011, 10:51 PM
Very nice new article on Petra:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/918690-petra-kvitova-a-look-at-her-year-and-future-is-this-the-start-of-a-new-era

I like this comment:

"Lately, I've been looking back on a memorable moment during this year's Australian Open. Someone who I didn't recognise was hitting Sam Stosur off the court with amazing power:haha:. In a later tournament soon afterward, this same player beat Kim Clijsters. I knew then that Petra Kvitova was going to have a bright future.

This woman amazes me. Rather than simply relying on her strength, she mixes in slices, drop shots, lobs, and precise shot-making. She would be a very fitting No. 1, and I hope that happens early next year."

Yellow Moon
Nov 9th, 2011, 03:02 PM
Here an article on Petra's beau. http://ona.idnes.cz/pritel-kvitove-nejradsi-mam-rizky-ale-kvuli-pete-si-dam-i-salat-p7f-/nasi-muzi.aspx?c=A111109_142709_nasi-muzi_jup
It's in czech and my silicon friend let me down a bit with digital conversion: did decipher that he's better on court only when his serve is hard, otherwise she runs him side-to-side, he tries to develop same aggressive game style as Petra, prefers schnitzel over her salads, and is ready to take a bath before the year's end with Petra :scratch: . The rest on OneDnes is lost in translation to me:shrug:.

Corswandt
Nov 9th, 2011, 03:48 PM
Miguel Seabra joins the ranks of the Kvitty stans, and pilfers this forum's name for his title:

http://tv.eurosport.pt/tennis/storynews_sto3015621.shtml

Automated English translation of the aforementioned:

http://translate.google.pt/translate?sl=pt&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=pt-PT&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Ftv.eurosport.pt%2Ftennis%2Fstorynew s_sto3015621.shtml&act=url

"Rede" (net) is rendered as "network".

TimeyWimey
Nov 9th, 2011, 04:09 PM
Here an article on Petra's beau. http://ona.idnes.cz/pritel-kvitove-nejradsi-mam-rizky-ale-kvuli-pete-si-dam-i-salat-p7f-/nasi-muzi.aspx?c=A111109_142709_nasi-muzi_jup
It's in czech and my silicon friend let me down a bit with digital conversion: did decipher that he's better on court only when his serve is hard, otherwise she runs him side-to-side, he tries to develop same aggressive game style as Petra, prefers schnitzel over her salads, and is ready to take a bath before the year's end with Petra :scratch: . The rest on OneDnes is lost in translation to me:shrug:.

interesting article, wish Paul and Petronius could help on this for a decent translation

bruce goose
Nov 9th, 2011, 06:51 PM
Here an article on Petra's beau. http://ona.idnes.cz/pritel-kvitove-nejradsi-mam-rizky-ale-kvuli-pete-si-dam-i-salat-p7f-/nasi-muzi.aspx?c=A111109_142709_nasi-muzi_jup
It's in czech and my silicon friend let me down a bit with digital conversion: did decipher that he's better on court only when his serve is hard, otherwise she runs him side-to-side, he tries to develop same aggressive game style as Petra, prefers schnitzel over her salads, and is ready to take a bath before the year's end with Petra :scratch: . The rest on OneDnes is lost in translation to me:shrug:.Am gonna take a guess here: A health spa is sometimes referred to as a 'bath';aye THINK that's probably what Adam was referring to....though the male nature within him would enjoy getting into a big bathtub with her,too....perhaps giving Petra a nice Bubble Bath after a sweaty workout;).Btw,I wouldn't be joking that way if I thought that Adam was a prick or a roadblock to Petra's career:angel:

paulmara
Nov 9th, 2011, 07:04 PM
New Nike T-shirt „Pojdˇ“

Today Petra Nike meeting fans
http://sport.idnes.cz/pojd-vitezny-pokrik-kvitove-tisknou-na-trika-mam-na-to-patent-rika-10s-/tenis.aspx?c=A111109_170407_tenis_bem

Their plan was showing 3 trophies : Wimbledon, YEC and Fed Cup. But Fed cup trophy is still in Russia and Wimbledon trophy was hard to transport from Fulnek. Next time.

I think nobody can shout „Pojď“ like me . It is my patent (laughing).

She has busy schedule. has time only to visit her dentist
" I sleep a lot"
next season new color of raquets
http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/kvitova-je-i-po-sezone-v-jednom-kole-stihla-jen-zaskocit-k-zubari-9048/

*
Adam Article is in women section
Topic: 20 Partners of famous (wifes of Forman, Fulghum,Schwarzenberg and Adam)

They are going to spa together (next week)
„Petra helped me with diet. I prefer schnitzel but for her I take salad.“

When they play against each other. Adam wins thanks to his service. But when he doesn´t hit so hard she can runs him side to side.
"We like talking about other things than tennis. About anything. Music , movies. Or soccer (slavia Prague )"

Excelscior
Nov 9th, 2011, 08:17 PM
I don't care or wanna hear what Adam thinks, to be quite honest (unless it's some insight on Petra's tennis).

Sorry. Lol

mac47
Nov 9th, 2011, 09:25 PM
I love that Nike has made "Pojd" into a slogan and put it on a Tshirt. I gotta have one now.

And people who are annoyed by it can **** off.

Corswandt
Nov 9th, 2011, 10:17 PM
slavia Prague

Odd. I thought she'd support a club from her home region like Banik Ostrava.

paulmara
Nov 11th, 2011, 07:01 PM
Tonight Celebration of 111 years of Prostejov tennis club in Prostějov´s theater . Main Guest Petra Kvitova

December 16 exhibition Kvitova versus Šafářová (before Czech tennis extraliga)

http://prostejovsky.denik.cz/ostatni_region/let-prostejovskeho-tenisu-jednicek-a-jedna.html
http://prostejovsky.denik.cz/ostatni_region/fed-cup-bude-vystaven-v-prostejove20111107.html
http://www.tkplus.cz/index.php?id=95

Petronius
Nov 11th, 2011, 09:04 PM
Wow, can't believe my eyes reading the last paragraph of that first article:

"Although Miroslav Černošek, CEO of the Prostějov tennis club,originally planned to invite celebrities such as Enrique Iglesias, Paul McCartney :worship:or Andrea Bocelli, to this gala evening, the audience of this prestigious tennis event can at least look forward to the Czech pop star Karel Gott.

I think Mr. Černošek's ambitions are seriouisly underestimated by this subforum :oh:

Excelscior
Nov 11th, 2011, 10:46 PM
@Petronius

His ambitions or his results? :oh: :tape: :oh:

Excelscior
Nov 11th, 2011, 10:55 PM
Hey Petronius, to your knowledge, does the Czech Republic have a National Tennis (or sports) center, like the USTA, where your top Tennis players can be tested under different type of fancy machines or equipment?

In other words, is your countries success over the years, basically through traditional means and disparate individual organizations (or Prostejov really is the de-facto national Tennis Center and if so, what type of state of the art equipment do they have, if any; and the type of government support your Fed/Davis Cup teams or top players get)?

You guys, have had some great players, for such a small country, over the years. I know the Czech educational system, with tennis as a Gym activity, is helpful on a school level, as well.

Thanks

Petronius
Nov 11th, 2011, 11:38 PM
Great questions, Exelscior. It's over midnight here in CZ, I'll be back tomorrow.

bruce goose
Nov 12th, 2011, 04:16 AM
As far as I'M concerned,using THIS thread for any off-season news is just fine,but some forums like to have a specific Off-season Thread.This is the first year at TF where Petra has had her own subforum that even allowed us to make such a decision,and I'm fine with either option.Comments,anyone??

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 12th, 2011, 04:42 PM
Odd. I thought she'd support a club from her home region like Banik Ostrava.

Be happy she doesn't. :lol:

Banik fans are the ones who travel to other cities starting fights and wrecking public trains along the way. And, they also have a habit of fighting the police and lighting flares and generally trashing stadiums wherever they go - even at home. Plus, Banik sucks this year. Moreover, Ostrava (which has the reputation in CZ for being an armpit) isn't exactly right next to Fulnek, so people there wouldn't automatically feel any love for Banik or Ostrava.

In Prague, the two big teams are Sparta and Slavia. Sparta fans are more like Banik fans, while Slavia fans are much more civilized. Slavia also plays in a very nice, new, modern stadium. So, you can easily see why Petra and Adam might be more attracted to Slavia.

However, it's still a mystery to me how anybody who likes a fast paced, action packed game like tennis could actually enjoy a mindnumbingly boring game like soccer/football. I don't get it. :confused:

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 12th, 2011, 05:06 PM
Wow, can't believe my eyes reading the last paragraph of that first article:

"Although Miroslav Černošek, CEO of the Prostějov tennis club,originally planned to invite celebrities such as Enrique Iglesias, Paul McCartney :worship:or Andrea Bocelli, to this gala evening, the audience of this prestigious tennis event can at least look forward to the Czech pop star Karel Gott.

I think Mr. Černošek's ambitions are seriously underestimated by this subforum :oh:

Karel Gott. Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic's iconic, Communist ass kissing, king of pop; the idol of millions who just wanted to hear happy music during the dark days of Communism. Lord have mercy! :haha:

Here are a couple of his classics:

Lady Karneval (Check out the dancemoves!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7ZmhEGFHj8

Vcelka Maja (I actually love this one from the famous children's cartoon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK5jOVXqjlA&feature=related

Trezor (Prepare to die laughing!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcf_dekZPzk&feature=related

Good lord. It should be quite a party in Prostejov. Thank god for slivovice! :haha:

bruce goose
Nov 12th, 2011, 08:33 PM
However, it's still a mystery to me how anybody who likes a fast paced, action packed game like tennis could actually enjoy a mindnumbingly boring game like soccer/football. I don't get it. :confused:In re your other comments above that I didn't include here,it amazes me how stupid the security teams are in some of these countries.Though it's FARRRR from being a soccer country,in talent OR fan support(and I'm referring to native-born Americans and not foreigners who live there),the U.S. is an excellent WC host b/c their police force is very good at handling those mega-loser soccer hooligans;IIRC,rioting was virtually non-existent when the U.S. hosted.Throwing those bums in jail for a couple hours won't do jack shit as a deterrent,but when you knock out a few of their teeth with clubs and force them to eat through a straw for 2 or 3 months,THEN they'll remember to riot somewhere ELSE;).It's unrealistic to expect even an ounce of common sense from the inbreds at FIFA,yet they could TOTALLY clean things up by declaring countries ineligible for the WC if they failed to take adequate security measures.In instances where poor nations didn't have the needed funds to make changes,the wealthier FIFA participants could all chip in a small portion for that purpose....This will all happen when hell freezes over,of course:lol:,since FIFA=Polar Opposite of Intelligent,Rational Thought

Now that you and I have wandered WAYYYY off topic,I guess we should get back on track by acknowledging that no one posted about my suggestion that we could form a separate Off-season Thread....We can interpret the silence as "NO!":lol:

Petronius
Nov 13th, 2011, 12:12 AM
Hey Petronius, to your knowledge, does the Czech Republic have a National Tennis (or sports) center, like the USTA, where your top Tennis players can be tested under different type of fancy machines or equipment?

In other words, is your countries success over the years, basically through traditional means and disparate individual organizations (or Prostejov really is the de-facto national Tennis Center and if so, what type of state of the art equipment do they have, if any; and the type of government support your Fed/Davis Cup teams or top players get)?

You guys, have had some great players, for such a small country, over the years. I know the Czech educational system, with tennis as a Gym activity, is helpful on a school level, as well.

Thanks

Hey Excelscior,

I am basically a fan and not a tennis expert who knows the ins and outs of the system but many of your questions are answered in a recent interview with Mr. Ivo Kaderka, President of the Czech tennis association.

Key points with some added thoughts:

The former Czechoslovakia had an awesome tennis system based on so-called "youth training centers" which were envied and then copied by France, Germany and many other countries.
Tenis was also one of a few ways of making big money and escaping communism (huge motivation). This system and environment produced players such as Navrátilová, Mandlíková, Lendl, Suková, Novotná and partly Hingis (daugther of two top20 Czechoslovak players and later a player of the Prostějov tenis club).

After the fall of communism in 1989, the system was destroyed.
Restoration began in late 1990s and now the Czech Rep. has 16 youth training centers, five professional tenis centres and three national tennis centers. One is in Prostějov and two in Prague. This system has so far produced players such as Berdych, Šafářová, Kvitová, etc.

Despite the growing new competition from golf (there were almost no golf courses during communism) and the traditional competition from soccer and ice hockey, tenis is booming. Today, the Czech tenis association is the 2nd largest sports association in the country.

As for the financing, Ivo Kaderka says that most money comes from sponsors. I know that the Prostějov tenis club is sponsored by a Czech billionaire who owns giant food procesing company Agrofert

Link to the Prostějov tenis club/center (photos, facilities etc.):
http://www.tkplus.cz/index-en.php
or here http://www.tkagrofert.cz/

Link to the first Prague tenis club/center (they have a photo of Mandlíková on the front page, I think she's the head coach):
http://www.tkspartapraha.cz/en

Link to the second Prague club/centre
http://www.cltk.cz/wp/?page_id=1181

Link to the interview (Google Translator should do a relatively good job):
http://zpravy.e15.cz/nazory/rozhovory/ivo-kaderka-berdychovy-uspechy-jsou-pro-dalsi-hrace-velkou-motivaci-363593


Hope this helps.

bruce goose
Nov 13th, 2011, 04:09 AM
Though we're plenty happy with the Petra that we've already got,let's hope that the CR tennis culture continues to grow back so that future Petras have a chance to develop properly

Excelscior
Nov 13th, 2011, 04:41 AM
Hey Excelscior,

I am basically a fan and not a tennis expert who knows the ins and outs of the system but many of your questions are answered in a recent interview with Mr. Ivo Kaderka, President of the Czech tennis association.

Key points with some added thoughts:

The former Czechoslovakia had an awesome tennis system based on so-called "youth training centers" which were envied and then copied by France, Germany and many other countries.
Tenis was also one of a few ways of making big money and escaping communism (huge motivation). This system and environment produced players such as Navrátilová, Mandlíková, Lendl, Suková, Novotná and partly Hingis (daugther of two top20 Czechoslovak players and later a player of the Prostějov tenis club).

After the fall of communism in 1989, the system was destroyed.
Restoration began in late 1990s and now the Czech Rep. has 16 youth training centers, five professional tenis centres and three national tennis centers. One is in Prostějov and two in Prague. This system has so far produced players such as Berdych, Šafářová, Kvitová, etc.

Despite the growing new competition from golf (there were almost no golf courses during communism) and the traditional competition from soccer and ice hockey, tenis is booming. Today, the Czech tenis association is the 2nd largest sports association in the country.

As for the financing, Ivo Kaderka says that most money comes from sponsors. I know that the Prostějov tenis club is sponsored by a Czech billionaire who owns giant food procesing company Agrofert

Link to the Prostějov tenis club/center (photos, facilities etc.):
http://www.tkplus.cz/index-en.php
or here http://www.tkagrofert.cz/

Link to the first Prague tenis club/center (they have a photo of Mandlíková on the front page, I think she's the head coach):
http://www.tkspartapraha.cz/en

Link to the second Prague club/centre
http://www.cltk.cz/wp/?page_id=1181

Link to the interview (Google Translator should do a relatively good job):
http://zpravy.e15.cz/nazory/rozhovory/ivo-kaderka-berdychovy-uspechy-jsou-pro-dalsi-hrace-velkou-motivaci-363593


Hope this helps.

Yes it does.

Thank You Petronius, for your time, research and answers.

Bluish
Nov 13th, 2011, 04:47 AM
:eek:

bruce goose
Nov 13th, 2011, 05:47 AM
I think Mr. Černošek's ambitions are seriouisly underestimated by this subforum :oh:He's not exactly a household name,in North America,for us to over- or underestimate him;he's not any real threat to Petra's career success or happiness,do you think?(if so,please explain)

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 13th, 2011, 10:16 AM
He's not exactly a household name,in North America,for us to over- or underestimate him;he's not any real threat to Petra's career success or happiness,do you think?(if so,please explain)

Bruce, I only hope Petra is wise enough to (now that she has the resources) hire her own independent advisors to check the terms of all contracts with Cernosek and others, and, a highly professional auditor or accountant to watch where her money is going.

Let's hope our girl isn't naive about how men in Cernosek's position sometimes operate. As President Reagan used to say, "Trust but verify." Frankly, I've never preferred doing business with small time operators like Cernosek. If I was her, I would talk to Martina Navratilova and get some advice on finding top professional management and on how to square her financial affairs to secure her future.

I get a bit worried when I hear her making statements like, "I just deposit the money and then I never look at it." :eek:

Petronius
Nov 13th, 2011, 01:22 PM
Though we're plenty happy with the Petra that we've already got,let's hope that the CR tennis culture continues to grow back so that future Petras have a chance to develop properly

Well, there is already one huge talent in the making (see the world junior rankings below)and he practices at the same club as Petra. Petra's bf is No. 28 but he's more than one year younger than Veselý and Petra's success should motivate him to improve huge (at least he says so).


1 VESELY, Jiri CZE 10 July 1993 1240 222.5 *1462.5
2 SAVILLE, Luke AUS 01 February 1994 1140 118.75 *1258.75
3 GOLDING, Oliver GBR 29 September 1993 1000 151.25 *1151.25
4 FRATANGELO, Bjorn USA 19 July 1993 910 73.75 *983.75
5 DELLIEN, Hugo BOL 16 June 1993 820 138.75 *958.75
6 MONTEIRO, Thiago BRA 31 May 1994 840 96.25 *936.25
7 HORANSKY, Filip SVK 07 January 1993 705 173.75 *878.75
8 MORGAN, George GBR 07 February 1993 670 191.25 *861.25
9 THIEM, Dominic AUT 03 September 1993 740 96.25 *836.25
10 BROADY, Liam GBR 04 January 1994 620 122.5 *742.5
11 UCHIDA, Kaichi JPN 23 August 1994 555 156.25 *711.25
12 KERN, Robin GER 03 October 1993 530 161.25 *691.25
13 SORGI, Joao Pedro BRA 18 October 1993 570 106.25 *676.25
14 PAVIC, Mate CRO 04 July 1993 480 177.5 *657.5
15 KRUEGER, Mitchell USA 12 January 1994 490 150 *640
16 SBOROWITZ, Matias CHI 09 July 1993 540 87.5 *627.5
17 HARRIS, Andrew AUS 07 March 1994 485 108.75 593.75
18 DE LOORE, Joris BEL 21 April 1993 510 82.5 *592.5
19 MILOJEVIC, Nikola SRB 19 June 1995 540 47.5 *587.5
20 WHITTINGTON, Andrew AUS 11 August 1993 490 93.75 *583.75
21 SANT'ANNA, Bruno BRA 12 July 1993 480 90 *570
22 GIRON, Marcos USA 24 July 1993 530 40 *570
23 HIDALGO, Diego ECU 18 April 1993 440 126.25 *566.25
24 CAGNINA, Julien BEL 04 June 1994 440 123.75 *563.75
25 OFNER, Patrick AUT 06 May 1993 515 47.5 *562.5
26 CARBALLES BAENA, Roberto ESP 23 March 1993 410 145 555
27 DUBARENCO, Maxim MDA 24 June 1993 420 131.25 *551.25
28 PAVLASEK, Adam CZE 08 October 1994 460 87.5 *547.5

Petronius
Nov 13th, 2011, 01:47 PM
Yes it does.

Thank You Petronius, for your time, research and answers.

I also forgot that one of the best "products" of the old system was the lefty Petr Korda, who was world No.2 after winning Aussie Open in 1998 and was just one match away from the No. 1 spot, but would never make it.

He was also amazing in 1993, when he pocketed $2 million in just a week by winning the GrandSlam Cup (beating Sampras in an epic semifinal). Great player.

Excelscior
Nov 13th, 2011, 04:14 PM
@Petronius

So Petra does have the support (especially being such a successful player now), if she wanted to test herself/or something on some fancy machine; that she could find something via the Czech Gov't/support system, and not have to pay for it herself?

Cause the USTA, Russia (and I'm sure other countries), have National sports and Tennis centers, where they can get tested on all types of fancy equipment, if/when they want to. I was just curious, let's say if Petra wanted to track her speed (or get faster), would she do it strictly with her coaches (and who they could hire), or is their National Support, being A Fed Cup Player, at her disposal, if she wanted?

Now that Petra's hopefully on the verge of #1, it reminds me of (and why I asked you initially Petronius), a conversation in the past, when I mentioned to someone Petra would be number one. They told me "I don't think so; cause no woman has been number one recently, who didn't come through the US Tennis system". I'm going to throw in the Russian one as well. When I thought about it, I said "Wow", He's got a point. Most of the WTA #1' (even the Central and Eastern European ones, both past and present), eventually came to or trained in the US. Today, the Soviets have their system as well, obviously.

Now if Petra could be #1, just working with her local coach and Tennis Club, and with out a interlocking National System (which I know you mentioned Petronius is present and growing), it got me to thinking, what is there/left in the great post Soviet tennis nation of the Czech Republic? Hence, my original post to you.

bruce goose
Nov 13th, 2011, 04:18 PM
Well, there is already one huge talent in the making (see the world junior rankings below)and he practices at the same club as Petra. Petra's bf is No. 28 but he's more than one year younger than Veselý and Petra's success should motivate him to improve huge (at least he says so).Yes,I'm not encouraging this sort of mocking with regard to Petra and Adam but,once he'd had the chance to establish himself,I'm sure that Adam would receive a fair amount of ribbing from the other male players if he consistently underachieved and was badly outshone by Petra...for now,the expectations aren't so high b/c Petra is...ummmm...a 'little bit' older;) and has had time to find her place somewhat in the WTA

BikezAreForever!
Nov 14th, 2011, 01:41 AM
There is an interesting article about PK's off-the court assignements:

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/112498/sampionka-petra-kvitova-kazdy-chce-byt-hvezdou.html

Champion Petra Kvitova: Everyone wants to be a star
There are stacks of invitations to a variety of media and social events laying on the table of Miroslav Cerno$ek, the manager of the perhaps the largest current sport celebrity (in the Czech Republic), Petry Kvitove. The Czech tennis player will have to decline many of them. She will not manage to attend to all of them, even though she is taking rest from tennis for three weeks. However, she does not mind to attend to at least some of them anymore. Apparently she understood that the change in attitude is required after this season ..."She hadn’t been going night-clubbing, girlfriends came to her home. She never had been into parties or similar events, "says Jiri Kvita, father of the current world number two.

Even with maturing age, his daughter has not changed in this regard. The turning point in her life happened in July of this year, when she became a Wimbledon winner. Tennis made her overnight into the first class celebrity.

"I am glad that Petra listened and took notice that her life would simply never be the same," says Miroslav Cerno$ek, Kvitova’s manager. "She thought that although she had won Wimbledon, otherwise nothing in her life would change. Today she knows that she was wrong, "continues Cerno$ek.

"We do not want to make the mistake that we overwhelm Petra with participations in similar events, tennis is still in the first place, but she has achieved awesome results. And I think it is necessary to capitalize on these achievements as much as possible, "said Cerno$ek.
The media image of Czech tennis player is changing but slowly. Still is in the public eye as a player who is not interested to be a star. "I think it's nonsense," responds a native of Bílovec.

"Everyone wants to be a star. Of course that it is agreeable to me that there is an interest in myself. And I have understood that my life after this season has really changed. I do not want to be a celebrity at any cost though. The one that wants to be seen visible everywhere, wants to keep constantly being taking pictures of and so on. I am not interested in it. Nothing must not be over the top, " she adds.

After returning from Moscow, Kvitova, where she helped the Czech team to win the Fed Cup, is looking ahead to a three-week vacation. After that she begins in the Tatras preparation for the new season. Any loss of her motivation, after sensational results of this year, is not happening.

"I know that I managed to win Wimledon and Year-End Tournament of Champions. But we still have three more Grand Slams. And I am second ranked ...," suggesting that among other things, she is thinking to conquer the world throne.

"Of course I will try. Although you can never tell if you are going to manage to make it. Caroline (Wozniacki) can of course also get points, Azarenka is not losing on me much, it is very even (at the top). Anyone may be number 1, "says Kvitova.


Also another interesting interview is here:

http://www.denik.cz/z_domova/kvitova-byt-svetovou-jednickou-na-to-nemyslim.html

PK claims that she is not very talented but rather her success is attributed to "hard work and dedication". :worship:

bruce goose
Nov 14th, 2011, 02:19 AM
PK claims that she is not very talented but rather her success is attributed to "hard work and dedication". :worship:For sure,Petra is being humble with her self-assessment,but she's somewhat unique in the sense that I can't remember the last WTA elite who hadn't already garnered serious attention during her teenage years....Petra was still relatively anonymous as a teen compare with the hype that others have gotten

Excelscior
Nov 14th, 2011, 03:26 AM
Sounds Good Bikez

"I'm liking what I'm hearing from Queen Petra".

Thanks!

bruce goose
Nov 14th, 2011, 05:36 AM
Some F-One commentators apparently made some snotty-ass remarks about the WTA today;they might be a couple of swishy punks who dream of polishing Fed,Nole or Rafa's knob...or perhaps they just need to catch one of Petra's matches

Meelis
Nov 14th, 2011, 05:55 PM
Petra was voted the WTA’s 2011 Player of the Year, as expected. She was also named Most Improved Player and was awarded the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award.

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 14th, 2011, 06:00 PM
In re your other comments above that I didn't include here,it amazes me how stupid the security teams are in some of these countries.Though it's FARRRR from being a soccer country,in talent OR fan support(and I'm referring to native-born Americans and not foreigners who live there),the U.S. is an excellent WC host b/c their police force is very good at handling those mega-loser soccer hooligans;IIRC,rioting was virtually non-existent when the U.S. hosted.Throwing those bums in jail for a couple hours won't do jack shit as a deterrent,but when you knock out a few of their teeth with clubs and force them to eat through a straw for 2 or 3 months,THEN they'll remember to riot somewhere ELSE;).It's unrealistic to expect even an ounce of common sense from the inbreds at FIFA,yet they could TOTALLY clean things up by declaring countries ineligible for the WC if they failed to take adequate security measures.In instances where poor nations didn't have the needed funds to make changes,the wealthier FIFA participants could all chip in a small portion for that purpose....This will all happen when hell freezes over,of course:lol:,since FIFA=Polar Opposite of Intelligent,Rational Thought

Now that you and I have wandered WAYYYY off topic,I guess we should get back on track by acknowledging that no one posted about my suggestion that we could form a separate Off-season Thread....We can interpret the silence as "NO!":lol:

Thankfully Bruce, at the international matches played in CZ, the crowds tend to be much better behaved. The hooligans tend to infest the Gambrinus League games, the nation's domestic league.

No need for another off-topic thread. My two cents.

ElusiveChanteuse
Nov 14th, 2011, 06:01 PM
Petra was voted the WTA’s 2011 Player of the Year, as expected. She was also named Most Improved Player and was awarded the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award.

As well as fan voted Breakthrough Player of the Year (4 awards in total!) :bowdown:

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 14th, 2011, 06:04 PM
Though we're plenty happy with the Petra that we've already got,let's hope that the CR tennis culture continues to grow back so that future Petras have a chance to develop properly

Couldn't agree more Bruce. I hope Petra inspires an army of young players to take up the sport and carry on the great tradition that is Czech tennis.

paulmara
Nov 14th, 2011, 07:08 PM
"This season has been simply a dream," Kvitova said. "It is an incredible honor to win the Player Of The Year award and join the ranks of some of the best players that have ever played the sport, especially Martina Navratilova. I will always cherish the 2011 season and look forward to building on it."

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20111114/kvitova-captures-four-wta-player-awards_2256076_2515754

Petronius
Nov 14th, 2011, 09:56 PM
He's not exactly a household name,in North America,for us to over- or underestimate him;he's not any real threat to Petra's career success or happiness,do you think?(if so,please explain)

Well, he is probably overjoyed that his investment in Petra - who was nobody when she joined the club five yrs ago - is starting to pay off. I think he has 25 percent of every dollar she earns, whether in prize money or in advertising deals. So it is in his best interests to ensure Petra is thriving, both on and off court. I've also read that he mulls the possibility of building a special indoors court in Prostějov for Petra and others to practice on.

Excelscior
Nov 14th, 2011, 10:50 PM
@Petronius

Friendly FYI

I'm sure Cersonek makes 25% of Petra's dealings outside of Tennis (as he stated). But I'm also certain, that his percentage of her on court tennis earnings are 3-7%. That's pretty standard in the business. And it's not outrageous for player agents to get a higher percentage of off the court earnings, but a much lower percentage on the court.

I don't know for sure (but based on experience), I highly doubt that he makes that high of a percentage off of her tennis earnings. Like I said, most individual and team sports, don't allow player agents to earn a percentage of more than 3-7 percent of their direct sports earnings.

Now even if the WTA didn't have those stipulations, I'm sure players could always find other player agents (or be advised/directed to) someone much cheaper, who would take those 3-7% of earnings; making anyone that would charge 25% look like an absolute crook.

So I highly doubt it!

Excelscior
Nov 14th, 2011, 10:57 PM
BBC Sports/Tennis

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova dominates WTA player awards

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Petra Kvitova beats Maria Sharapova in straight sets

Kvitova beats Sharapova in straight sets

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been named WTA player of the year.

The 21-year-old Czech began the year ranked 34 in the world before she won her maiden Grand Slam beating Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in July.

She also won the Fed Cup and the end-of-season WTA Tour Championships, finishing the year ranked two in the world, behind only Caroline Wozniacki.

Germany's Sabine Lisicki won Comeback player of the year after she reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

"This season has been simply a dream," Kvitova said.
KVITOVA'S DREAM YEAR

Wins first Grand Slam at Wimbledon plus titles in Brisbane, Paris, Madrid and Linz
Wins both singles matches in Fed Cup final as Czech Republic beat Russia 3-2
Beats Victoria Azarenka to win end-of-season Tour Championships in Istanbul
Ends year at career high ranking of two

"It is an incredible honour to win the player of the year award and join the ranks of some of the best players that have ever played the sport, especially Martina Navratilova.

"I will always cherish the 2011 season and look forward to building on it."

Kvitova was also named most improved player and was further honoured with the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, which acknowledges a player's professionalism, attitude and sense of fair play.

Her fourth prize was the fans' award for favourite breakthrough player.

Lisicki's award for comeback player of the year was due to her run to the last four at Wimbledon, winning titles in Birmingham and Dallas, and reaching a career high 15 in the world rankings.

Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik won the award for doubles team of the year after they won six tour titles, including their first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu won newcomer of the year after a season that saw her rise from 214 in the world to a high of 38.

I know most of us are aware of this, but I posted this article, cause it properly mentions Petra won 4 awards and not 3, as many people mistakenly think.

Excelscior
Nov 14th, 2011, 11:16 PM
From Tennis X

Right Or Wrong? Kvitova Bumps No. 1 Wozniacki For WTA Player Of Year Award
by Staff

The WTA announced its 2011 year-end awards and the big winner was Petra Kvitova. The young Czech walked away with three awards including Player of the Year, beating out world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki for the honor.

The second ranked Kvitova finished with six WTA titles including Wimbledon and the year-end WTA championships.

“This season has been simply a dream,” Kvitova said. “It is an incredible honor to win the Player Of The Year award and join the ranks of some of the best players that have ever played the sport, especially Martina Navratilova. I will always cherish the 2011 season and look forward to building on it.”

The award often goes to the No. 1 player but Wozniacki failed to reach a Grand Slam final opening the door for the lefty to take the honor.

Kvitova was also named Most Improved Player and she won the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award.

The top ranked doubles pairing of Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik won Doubles Team Of The Year.

Irina-Camelia Begu grabbed Newcomer Of The Year honors after a breakthrough season that saw her rise from No. 214 to No. 38.

Big serving Sabine Lisicki won Comeback Player Of The Year honors. The German won two titles and was a semifinalist at Wimbledon.

Likable Italian Francesca Schiavone won the Player Service Award, which recognizes the player who has done the most to support her fellow players through the WTA Players’ Council and other initiatives.

In the fan vote, Agnieszka Radwanska won Favorite Singles Player. Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko won Favorite Doubles Team and Kvitova was named Breakthrough player.

The WTA players also voted on Tournaments Of The Year, with the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart retaining its crown as favorite Premier event. The Abierto Mexicano TELCEL in Acapulco was named favorite International event.

The winners of the annual player awards for Player of the Year, Doubles Team of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year are determined by the global tennis media, with WTA players themselves selecting Tournaments Of The Year, Sportsmanship and Player Service awards.

PLAYER AWARDS (media vote)
Player Of The Year: Petra Kvitova
Doubles Team Of The Year: Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik
Comeback Player Of The Year: Sabine Lisicki
Most Improved Player Of The Year: Petra Kvitova
Newcomer Of The Year: Irina-Camelia Begu

PLAYER AWARDS (player vote)
Player Service: Francesca Schiavone
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship: Petra Kvitova
Favorite Premier Tournament: Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart)
Favorite International Tournament: Abierto Mexicano TELCEL (Acapulco)

FAN FAVORITES (public vote)
Fan Favorite Singles Player: Agnieszka Radwanska
Fan Favorite Doubles Team: Victoria Azarenka & Maria Kirilenko
Fan Favorite Breakthrough Player: Petra Kvitova

I added this one, cause they included all the different WTA and fan awards.

TimeyWimey
Nov 14th, 2011, 11:39 PM
I still remember how Chris Bradnam introduced Petra before the Madrid final on Eurosport, he said "yes, she won Brisbane, yes, she won Paris, but THIS IS the Premier Maaaaaandatory, prize money 4.5M Dollars or 3.5M Euros", and I was like, what an unbelievable achievement if Petra could win Madrid!!! Kinda interesting :)

And Chris never mentioned her Madrid triumph again later this year, instead, the Wimbledon Champion, plus something like "and you can forget her other wins"

Petronius
Nov 14th, 2011, 11:43 PM
@Petronius

So Petra does have the support (especially being such a successful player now), if she wanted to test herself/or something on some fancy machine; that she could find something via the Czech Gov't/support system, and not have to pay for it herself?

Cause the USTA, Russia (and I'm sure other countries), have National sports and Tennis centers, where they can get tested on all types of fancy equipment, if/when they want to. I was just curious, let's say if Petra wanted to track her speed (or get faster), would she do it strictly with her coaches (and who they could hire), or is their National Support, being A Fed Cup Player, at her disposal, if she wanted?

Now that Petra's hopefully on the verge of #1, it reminds me of (and why I asked you initially Petronius), a conversation in the past, when I mentioned to someone Petra would be number one. They told me "I don't think so; cause no woman has been number one recently, who didn't come through the US Tennis system". I'm going to throw in the Russian one as well. When I thought about it, I said "Wow", He's got a point. Most of the WTA #1' (even the Central and Eastern European ones, both past and present), eventually came to or trained in the US. Today, the Soviets have their system as well, obviously.

Now if Petra could be #1, just working with her local coach and Tennis Club, and with out a interlocking National System (which I know you mentioned Petronius is present and growing), it got me to thinking, what is there/left in the great post Soviet tennis nation of the Czech Republic? Hence, my original post to you.

To be honest I don't know whether any "fancy testing equipment" is used here. Maybe if you check the English versions of the weblinks I provided there may be a detailed description of the equipment they use? I think if she wanted some "fancy machine", she would tell the club and they would think about it seriously and ask sponsors to fund the purchase; no government support though.

I really don't think they use anything remarkably special. In that CNN video on Petra, you could see her with Ivanko while she was using some standard treadmill or sth like that I think. On the other hand, I remember that one of our olympic gold medalist in cross-country skiing used a special tent simulating thin air in high altitudes. So maybe Petra could use sth to simulate humid conditions on US hardcoourts?

Nevertheless, I reckon that tennis is after all "only" a sport, no rocket science. Look e.g. at long-distance runners from Kenya. They have been dominant for a long time without growing up in a rich country having sophisticated sports facilities.

And given the fact that the CR is a relatively rich country with big tennis tradition and the facilites in the Prostějov tennis centre have been constantly improving, I think Petra and others have great conditions here to develop their skills and become No. 1.

But I have no doubt that the conditions in the U.S. are top-notch. In fact there are plans that the main tennis arena in Prague (where e.g. Hingis practiced as a little kid) will be reconstructed following the Pittsburg arena example (that I learned in that interview I gave you a link to).

Petronius
Nov 14th, 2011, 11:56 PM
"it is necessary to capitalize on these achievements as much as possible"

LOL, I really think he should be renamed to $$$erno$$$ek

Excelscior
Nov 15th, 2011, 12:45 AM
@Petronius.

Thanks

I think it's great that Petra and other Czech players have done so well in the present and the past. And if/when she becomes number one (and hopefully for a long while), it would prove that person that said that to me, who I can't remember, wrong!!

That room that mimics a ski environment (of that Czech skier), was exactly the type of stuff that I was talking about. Most individual players, don't own most of that stuff, but can have access to it from a National or Olympic sports center, etc.

But I agree with you. If a country has great athletes, teaching system, and tradition, they can consistently produce great athletes in a sport, even if their small and/or don't receive overwhelming (like the US and Russia) government-monetary support, fancy equipment and facilities, for their elite athletes.

But like you said, I'm sure Petra or Prostejov, could have access (or purchase through sponsors) something if they felt they really wanted or needed it.

Like most of us here, I wish Petra more success in the future and next year.

bruce goose
Nov 15th, 2011, 07:34 AM
The dork interviewer for the WTA webpage video playlist series tried on three separate occasions to get her to reveal what plans Wilson has for her in the near future,even though she made it clear that she'd keep that a secret the first time he asked.....Maybe he thought that being only so-so in English would rob Petra of her common sense somehow:silly:

Corswandt
Nov 15th, 2011, 10:34 AM
"I know that I managed to win Wimledon and Year-End Tournament of Champions. But we still have three more Grand Slams. And I am second ranked ...," suggesting that among other things, she is thinking to conquer the world throne.

Don't even dream of chasing that, Petrikova. No one can keep up with Wozniacka's hogging.

Besides, #1 isn't "the world throne". Who would have thought that a pro tennis player, of all people, would fall into the common trap of regarding rankings as if they were a league table?

Excelscior
Nov 15th, 2011, 04:59 PM
@Petronius, etc.

My issue with Cseronek, is how Petra played that Prague Challenger right after Madrid and the Bahamas one earlier this year (where she lost, and brought her great ridicule, at least here on TF). Those were no win situations for Petra.

One can argue that Petra not playing Rome after winning Madrid could of taken her out of top form (leaving her in mid-form to lose to Li Na, where Petra had a 6-2 1st set and 3-0 3rd set lead) for the French Open, and the other challengers with the US Spring hardcourt season; Miami, Indian Wells, Doha, etc., where Petra played poorly.

I hope for Petra's sake, that Cseronek doesn't ask her to play these Challengers (which are actually events sponsored by him to make money off of), in the middle of the season again. And if he does ask, I hope that she or (more than likely) Koytza tell him "that's a bad idea".

Though Petra was well scheduled this year in many of her tournaments (due to her success), Petra could of certainly scheduled/played better for many of her outdoor hardcourt Premier 5 and Premier Mandatory tournaments, as well as the French Open. That should be one of her big goals for 2012; to improve in certain tournaments/times of the season.

I do realize Petra won a lot in the beginning of the year, and could of needed a rest/rebound/adjustment period; true. But Csersonek has got to realize that Petra is the #2 ranked player, a Grand Slam, YEC, Fed Cup Champion, therefore can't ask her to play these rinky dink tournaments anymore, for his own greed and compulsion (unless it actually benefits Petra, or doesn't harm her scheduling). She's big time now! He's gotta stop thinking selfishly small time.

We know Petra's a loyal Czech (with her Czech Manager who sponsors tennis tournaments); but no more in opportune Challengers please!!

PS: I will excuse the Prague one, if by playing Rome Petra WOULDN'T of had a week off before the French Open (though I highly doubt that would of been the situation).

bruce goose
Nov 15th, 2011, 06:28 PM
Have to agree somewhat with Corswandt's comments above;the tennis rankings are more of a general guide than they are a precise indicator of who's better than whom.Other sports don't have these issues;the NFL,pro basketball and hockey have bloggers who do their own 'power rankings',but these have no real impact on how the sports are run.Success is defined solely by who wins the titles....In that same vein,Petra was chosen POTY based on winning Wimbledon,YEC and four other championships,a couple of which were nice Premiers

TimeyWimey
Nov 15th, 2011, 07:23 PM
Ex, you seem bit upset about Petra's (or her team's) decision to play in challengers like Prague or Bahamas, however, Prague 100K is a very decent ITF event with lots of good players, and TBH, a 100K level challenger is not so bad compared with international event

to me, i have no problem at all as long as she's happy playing there, and in fact, it's the mandatory thing that really bugs me, i do wish Petra could withdraw from IW, Miami or Beijing, Dubai, Doha if she is not feeling good, for her, playing more premiers does not mean she will get more than playing 100K or international level

she's not an all around player, and there will be ups and downs for sure, here and there, GS or not, let's not forget her early round defeat this year, and i see no sign she would overcome that next year, and she will inevitably lose in an indoor event as well

it may sound like i do not have any expectation for Petra next year, well, I do have one

If for some reason she loses an early round in some competition, just let it go and move on, if, she plays well and reaches SF or final, then win the most important match, it doesn't matter if she wins Prague or loses RG in the first round

at least to me, her ability to win the most important matches (she's 6-2 in finals and 8-1 in SFs in 2011) this year is real gift, and that's why she's year-end no 2 and no 1 in prize money (GS final is 600 points and 0.8M, equivalent of reaching the final in a Premier 5 in terms of ranking points, or winning a Premier Mandatory in terms of prize money)

Meelis
Nov 15th, 2011, 08:21 PM
When Petra (and her team) decided to enter Prague, she was having quite a difficult period (only one win in two months) and playing Prague over Rome did not look that bad decision at all, back then. And she obviously would not have taken Nassau wild-card, had she won any matches in Indian Wells.

Petronius
Nov 15th, 2011, 08:21 PM
Don't even dream of chasing that, Petrikova. No one can keep up with Wozniacka's hogging.

Besides, #1 isn't "the world throne". Who would have thought that a pro tennis player, of all people, would fall into the common trap of regarding rankings as if they were a league table?

I have a hunch: She doesn't like the sound of "How does the world's number 2 in women's tennis treat herself between games?":devil:

Excelscior
Nov 15th, 2011, 08:25 PM
@Reyeszjj

Thank You for your comments. And no I'm not upset (past or present). No need to be.

This was more about Csersonek. Nonetheless, I don't think you read what I said Properly.

My potential issue with her playing Prague (Bahama's etc.), is that they're Csersonek sponsored events, which make him money. And though they're decent tournaments, is the level of competition there going to prepare her for the French Open, after winning Madrid? No one thought she should play there. Petra had to explain, "it was a local tournament I wanted to support". But what she forgot to say was, "it was a Csersonek sponsored tournament".

So don't act like it was such a normal thing for her to play Prague. Most were surprised.

Like I said, if she has proper rest, or it doesn't interfere with her other planning, then I have no problem with that stuff. I did say that. And my discussion about Csernonek came out of a discussion I had with Petronius, regarding some reservations he may of had about him. This was my response and and my own topics to his post. Maybe you didn't notice that.

As far as Petra year next year; yes I do expect her to be more consistent. Why not? I've seen her game grow right before my eyes, and I think the indoor hard court success, is easily transferable to outdoor hard courts. So I disagree with you with that one. I'm not expecting her to win every match. But (yes) I do expect improvement. And so does she. Petra has stated these goals herself (being number one, winning more majors and tournaments in 2012) recently.

And how is Petra not an all around player? Please explain that to me? As far as I can see, she has a game (and titles) that translates to all courts, and she presently has all or most of the shots she'll need for them. Don't confuse the stage she's at in her precocious career, with her all around ability. One has to catch up with the other. This year, they merged even closer.

I don't think anyone can predict what Petra's going to do, or her development with certainty next year (as you). It's up to her. But so far, she seems on the right track. We'll see?

Excelscior
Nov 15th, 2011, 08:27 PM
When Petra (and her team) decided to enter Prague, she was having quite a difficult period (only one win in two months) and playing Prague over Rome did not look that bad decision at all, back then. And she obviously would not have taken Nassau wild-card, had she won any matches in Indian Wells.

Meelis?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Petra play Prague after she won Madrid (and before/while Rome was coming up)?

You sure you're not confusing this with Bahamas or another tournament?

To my knowledge, Prague was the next tournament she played after she won Madrid (or close to it), so therefore where was the struggle? She had just won a Premier Mandatory.

TimeyWimey
Nov 15th, 2011, 08:32 PM
@Reyeszjj

Thank You for your comments.

This was more about Csersonek. But nonetheless, I don't think you read what I said Properly.

My problem with her playing Prague (Bahama's etc.), is that they're Csersonek sponsored events, which make him money. And though they're decent tournaments, is the level of competition there going to prepare her for the French Open, after winning Madrid? No one thought she should play there. Petra had to explain, "it was a local tournament I wanted to support". But what she forgot to say was, "it was a Csersonek sponsored tournament".

Those are the questions, with Prague for example. Like I said, if she has proper rest, or it doesn't interfere with her other planning, then I have no problem with that. I did say that. And my discussion about Csernonek comes out of a discussion I had with Petronius, regarding some reservations he may of had about him. This was my response and topics to his post.

As far as her year next year; yes I do expect her to be more consistent. Why not? I've seen her game grow right before my eyes, and I think the indoor hard court success, is easily transferable to outdoor hard courts. So I disagree with you with that one. I'm not expecting her to win every match. But (yes) I do expect improvement. And so does she. Petra has sad these things herself.

And how is Petra not an all around player? Please explain that to me? As far as I can see, she has a game (and titles) that translates to all courts, and she presently has all or most of the shots, she'll need for them. Don't confuse the stage she's at in her precocious career, with her all around ability. One has to catch up with the other. This year, they merged even closer.

yeah, i just read your post #444, so haven't quite thought about Mr. Csersonek, but still bit surprised on your upset though

all around player i mean the proven ability to deal with different situations, not just theoretically, or just her tennis, yes she has the game that theoretically could translate into all courts, but don't you think that something has been preventing her to complete that transfer this year? the asthma, the wind, or other things unexpected, distraction? we don't even know yet, if you watched her match in Beijing, you would think "oh, yes she's not playing badly, but why hasn't she improved since IW?"

that's why i'm feeling premier or not is not a big deal at least for the year 2012, it's more of something outside of her tennis, and since her last outdoor match was in Beijing which she did not play very well, i see no sign she would be more consistent next year in this sense

TBH, consistency only reminds of Vika or Bepa, so I really fear Petra would lose what's made her so special pursuing being consistent in North America and Asia

maybe i'm the only one who is not that impressed by her winning streak since Linz

and i do not think it is easy to maintain her performance next year (mainly in the SFs, finals and indoors), let alone improvement (i will not count reaching R3 in IW next year as an improvement)

Meelis
Nov 15th, 2011, 08:40 PM
Meelis?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Petra play Prague after she won Madrid (and before/while Rome was coming up)?

You sure you're not confusing this with Bahamas or another tournament?

To my knowledge, Prague was the next tournament she played after she won Madrid (or close to it), so therefore where was the struggle?

Prague was played week after her Madrid triumph, but the decision to play there was made before. She obviously could have withdrawn (and have a free week), but decided to honor her commitment.

Excelscior
Nov 15th, 2011, 09:01 PM
yeah, i just read your post #444, so haven't quite thought about Mr. Csersonek, but still bit surprised on your upset though

all around player i mean the proven ability to deal with different situations, not just theoretically, or just her tennis, yes she has the game that theoretically could translate into all courts, but don't you think that something has been preventing her to complete that transfer this year? the asthma, the wind, or other things unexpected, distraction? we don't even know yet

that's why i'm feeling premier or not is not a big deal at least for the year 2012, it's more of something outside of her tennis, and since her last outdoor match was in Beijing which she did not play very well, i see no sign she would be more consistent next year in this sense

TBH, consistency only reminds of Vika or Bepa, so I really fear Petra would lose what's made her so special pursuing being consistent in North America and Asia

maybe i'm the only one who is not that impressed by her winning streak since Linz

and i do not think it is easy to maintain her performance next year (mainly in the SFs, finals and indoors), let alone improvement (i will not count reaching R3 in IW next year as an improvement)

Why do you keep saying I'm upset. It was a discussion and a point of view I gave Petronius.

I don't worry about Petra not doing well in North American and Asian hardcourts in 2012, as you do; cause I definitely feel she'll do better.

If she can't play outside, then why does she win on outdoor clay, grass and other outdoor hardcourts? That's silly to think she can't win on outdoor hardcourts?

If you look at the past season, Petra stumbled during times of the year, after she had major success, she's never had before. After winning Brisbane, Australian quarterfinal and Paris Indoors earlier this year, she struggled. The same way she struggled, after she won Wimbledon last year and this year.

Petra was out of form after Wimbledon. She didn't play for about two months. Her two losses to Petkovic in two consecutive tournaments, thwarted her achieving any confidence or good form. But watching her play Linz, Istanbul and Fed Cup, she definitely has the game to win on outdoor hardcourts, cause the courts she played on were very slow and she had to adapt her game to them. If you noticed, she played a totally different game on those indoor hadrcourts than she did at Wimbledon for example (or previous outdoor hardcourts tournaments leading up to them).

As far as her Asthma? I'm not worried about that yet. Indian Wells, for example is in the desert, so their shouldn't be any humidity or allergy issues there. Petra made the 4th round of the US Open in 2009 when she was a much worse player, than she is now. Why did she do so well there, if the situation is so terrible? This situation is still very fluid, over-emphasized and unknown, for someone so early in their career. If she wins some of these tournaments next year, no one will talk about it anymore. So I'm not sure what you're so convinced of at this stage. But OK. You're entitled.

As far as Asia, Petra was in midform in Tokyo. I'm sure if she was in her Linz form, she would of won the tournament (cause she would of had the confidence to withstand Vera Z's comeback, like she did at Linz).

And as far as her all around improvements, if you haven't noticed her growth in her level of strategy, variety, moving forward/net coverage, etc., then I don't know what to tell you. It's very simple, if Petra maintains the tactics she used in the indoor courts on the outdoor courts next year, she should win plenty more games. Even if you account for the Asthma, to my knowledge, only Cincinnati is clearly a tough city. There should be plenty others where she should play well, using similar tactics (or net coverage, variety, change of pace, top spin, angles, etc.).

We'll see, and agree to disagree.

TimeyWimey
Nov 15th, 2011, 09:16 PM
^you are right, we will see when she plays here next year

Excelscior
Nov 15th, 2011, 09:47 PM
Prague was played week after her Madrid triumph, but the decision to play there was made before. She obviously could have withdrawn (and have a free week), but decided to honor her commitment.

Oh. OK. If she was honoring a commitment she made, while previously struggling, then I'll give her a pass? But that's not how it was portrayed by the media or even Petra.

She basically said she was supporting something back home (that just so happened to be sponsored by her Manager, just like that tournament in the Bahamas), being a proud Czech, at the Expense of the tournament in Rome.

Remember, her Manager Milos Csersonek, is the promoter of that Prague tournament. Not everybody knows that. So there's something in it for him there.

Thanks Meelis.

Excelscior
Nov 15th, 2011, 09:48 PM
^you are right, we will see when she plays here next year

You're guess, is as good as mine? Lol

bruce goose
Nov 16th, 2011, 02:25 AM
The off-season sucks(luckily there are other sports to fill the WTA void),but obviously this 2-month period is crucial for Petra and her cohorts to re-charge their batteries

ExtremespeedX
Nov 16th, 2011, 05:42 AM
The off-season sucks(luckily there are other sports to fill the WTA void),but obviously this 2-month period is crucial for Petra and her cohorts to re-charge their batteries

There's still world tour finals for men :D

But I already can't wait to see Petra play, even if in such a non-consequential event as Hopman Cup. She and Berdych have got to be favorites. Both big servers and good net players, they should combine well in mixed dubs.

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 16th, 2011, 07:36 AM
@Petronius, etc.

My issue with Cseronek, is how Petra played that Prague Challenger right after Madrid and the Bahamas one earlier this year (where she lost, and brought her great ridicule, at least here on TF). Those were no win situations for Petra.

One can argue that Petra not playing Rome after winning Madrid could of taken her out of top form (leaving her in mid-form to lose to Li Na, where Petra had a 6-2 1st set and 3-0 3rd set lead) for the French Open, and the other challengers with the US Spring hardcourt season; Miami, Indian Wells, Doha, etc., where Petra played poorly.

I hope for Petra's sake, that Cseronek doesn't ask her to play these Challengers (which are actually events sponsored by him to make money off of), in the middle of the season again. And if he does ask, I hope that she or (more than likely) Koytza tell him "that's a bad idea".

Though Petra was well scheduled this year in many of her tournaments (due to her success), Petra could of certainly scheduled/played better for many of her outdoor hardcourt Premier 5 and Premier Mandatory tournaments, as well as the French Open. That should be one of her big goals for 2012; to improve in certain tournaments/times of the season.

I do realize Petra won a lot in the beginning of the year, and could of needed a rest/rebound/adjustment period; true. But Csersonek has got to realize that Petra is the #2 ranked player, a Grand Slam, YEC, Fed Cup Champion, therefore can't ask her to play these rinky dink tournaments anymore, for his own greed and compulsion (unless it actually benefits Petra, or doesn't harm her scheduling). She's big time now! He's gotta stop thinking selfishly small time.

We know Petra's a loyal Czech (with her Czech Manager who sponsors tennis tournaments); but no more in opportune Challengers please!!

PS: I will excuse the Prague one, if by playing Rome Petra WOULDN'T of had a week off before the French Open (though I highly doubt that would of been the situation).

Hi Ex,

Petra has stated in the past she loves playing at the tournament in Prague. It's very well organized and AT HOME, thus providing an opportunity for her own people (Czechs) and local nerdy Petra fans (like me) a chance to see our local hero without spending a fortune we don't have. So, god bless her for it! Furthermore, I'm willing to bet 99.999% of Petra's fans and normal tennis fans don't really care if Cernosek gets a little piece of the profit from the Prague tournament. It's just not such a big deal. Definitely not worth howling about. ;)

PS: Please find a grammar book and study Modal Perfect. Nuff said. Thank you.

Meelis
Nov 16th, 2011, 10:49 AM
She is nominated to play Czech Extraliga in December

TK Agrofert Prostějov

1. Berdych
2. Golubev
3. Andreev
4. Lacko
5. Hájek
6. Pospíšil
7. Dlouhý
8. Rumler
9. Veselý
10. Novák

1. Wozniacki
2. Kirilenko
3. Šafářová
4. Kvitová

TimeyWimey
Nov 16th, 2011, 01:30 PM
^great

Liberec, Prague, Prerov, Prostejov, 14-December 20, 2011
Semi-groups: Prague, Liberec
Date: 14-December 16, 2011

Final group: Prerov, Prostějov
Date: 17-December 19, 2011

Final: Prostejov
Date: December 20, 2011

bruce goose
Nov 16th, 2011, 02:47 PM
There's still world tour finals for men :D

But I already can't wait to see Petra play, even if in such a non-consequential event as Hopman Cup. She and Berdych have got to be favorites. Both big servers and good net players, they should combine well in mixed dubs.It seems pretty clear that Petra has a deep,abiding love for tennis that would prevent her from quitting even if she got discouraged somehow.

This makes Petra the polar opposite of my Serbian ex-fave who quits at the drop of a hat....I actually posted once in her forum again b/c I still get posts in my e-mail inbox where I read someone who directly put my name out there in wondering about my opinion,but I feel tremendously vindicated that I've replaced the Fraud with Petra:).I would've been proud of Petra even if she HADN'T won Wimby or YEC...was here well before we ever had a subforum and my sig has plenty of slamless gals whom I still adore,yet it's so satisfying when you see the contrast in how Petra handled her first Slam triumph:cool:

Excelscior
Nov 16th, 2011, 03:59 PM
Hi Ex,

Petra has stated in the past she loves playing at the tournament in Prague. It's very well organized and AT HOME, thus providing an opportunity for her own people (Czechs) and local nerdy Petra fans (like me) a chance to see our local hero without spending a fortune we don't have. So, god bless her for it! Furthermore, I'm willing to bet 99.999% of Petra's fans and normal tennis fans don't really care if Cernosek gets a little piece of the profit from the Prague tournament. It's just not such a big deal. Definitely not worth howling about. ;)

PS: Please find a grammar book and study Modal Perfect. Nuff said. Thank you.

I don't have a problem with the Prague tournament per se (and I'm sure it's a great tournament and local Czech's love it, and we all know Petra's a proud Czech). My issue/question is, could her time after winning Madrid had been better spent playing Rome, and Petra not playing Top level tennis potentially affect her from being in top form at the French Open?

Remember Petra wasn't sharp at the French Open, even during her 1st 3 matches, where she appeared to win easily. She didn't. She was very up and down.

As far as Csersonek, Petra may be a proud Czech, but the question is her playing that tournament during the middle of the season always best for her? The media and other Tennis players/experts apparently didn't.

Just so you know, I've also defended Petra in those tournaments at other times (and Petra's record in them). She can play them if she wins, but if she's not going to win, she might as well not play them. I know in Prague she was 4-1 this year and lost in the finals. But that Bahamas loss was quite embarrassing (though I argued on her behalf that it and Prague were like vacations for her). Nonetheless, I'm sure she'll keep playing them.

Hey! What ever is best for Petra, regarding the Majors and other big tournaments. :confused: :) :confused:

cosmoose
Nov 16th, 2011, 06:22 PM
Isn't Czech Extraliga ice hockey league? :confused:
anyways, is this a round robin or single elimination tournament?
I need more info please! :)

She is nominated to play Czech Extraliga in December

TK Agrofert Prostějov

1. Berdych
2. Golubev
3. Andreev
4. Lacko
5. Hájek
6. Pospíšil
7. Dlouhý
8. Rumler
9. Veselý
10. Novák

1. Wozniacki
2. Kirilenko
3. Šafářová
4. Kvitová

paulmara
Nov 16th, 2011, 07:29 PM
Petr Pála (Czech Fed cup coach) „ It must be very hard for her opponents. She is very friendly. Then she beat them up on the court. She smile and can calmly talk again.“

Quiz Question
In an article they mentioned Petra was 60-13 in 2011. How many players can you name? (My score 11 from 13 / very tough advanced quiz 43 from 60)

Note for Excelscior
Video Petra arriving to Nike shop, Petra as a kid.
Petra is giving short interview in Prostějov. It was on Friday (Fed Cup presentation and tenis club celebration)

Note for cosmoose

1st round
A : Liberec - Pardubice – Olymp
B : Neride - Jihlava – Marianske Lazně

2nd round
Přerov – CLTK – winner A
Prostějov – Sparta – winner B

3rd round = final

Czech Extraliga is ice hockey league. This is tennis Extraliga (extraleague)

TimeyWimey
Nov 16th, 2011, 08:33 PM
Hi Paul, is there any website where i can find the full results of the previous tennis extraliga? thanks

paulmara
Nov 16th, 2011, 09:11 PM
2010
http://www.protenis.cz/turnaje/detail.php?tid=5067
http://www.protenis.cz/fotogalerie/set.php?catid=210 photos

2009
None (time collison with davis cup )

2008
http://www.tenisinfo.cz/?a=tournament&tid=103183 women
http://www.tenisinfo.cz/?a=tournament&tid=103182 men
http://www.protenis.cz/fotogalerie/set.php?catid=111 photos

TimeyWimey
Nov 16th, 2011, 11:40 PM
^thanks Paul

bruce goose
Nov 17th, 2011, 04:54 AM
Czech Extraliga is ice hockey league. This is tennis Extraliga (extraleague)Forgive me if I overlooked any details from previous posts,but is this a league that Petra has participated in before??Is it invitation only or are any Czech professionals welcome to compete??

EDIT: Just went back and read where Meelis used the term 'nominated',so I guess the league organizers make those decisions

Meelis
Nov 17th, 2011, 11:34 AM
Yes, she has played it before. She was already in the team when Prostejov won it in 2007, maybe even before?

It´s kinda a similar to World Team Tennis, but with real tennis clubs. Also Germans, Italians, French etc. have their own club competitions.

bruce goose
Nov 17th, 2011, 04:09 PM
Yes, she has played it before. She was already in the team when Prostejov won it in 2007, maybe even before?

It´s kinda a similar to World Team Tennis, but with real tennis clubs. Also Germans, Italians, French etc. have their own club competitions.Haven't heard Petra or other players mention it in interviews(not saying that they haven't),so I wonder how big it is in those countries.....I'd GUESS that it's not as special as Fed Cup

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 17th, 2011, 06:14 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20111117/2011-stats-leaders-wins-titles-more_2256076_2518233

Lots of interesting Petra info regarding 2011 WTA Stats Leaders.

The stats that meant the most to me were: Wins Versus Top 10 Players (13-Radwanska had 9) and Wins Versus Top 5 Players (7-tied with Stosur).

Petra is looking damn strong heading into 2012. I'm predicting right now she wins at least two grand Slams in 2012. I predict she will defend her Wimbledon title and also regain her honor at next year's French Open. It would also not surprise me at all if she continues to stun the tennis world and beats Serena at the Australian Open. Book it.

Petra is the best!!! :worship:

TimeyWimey
Nov 17th, 2011, 06:47 PM
I'm wondering where is 18majors right now?! When Petra indeed rocks the world at Istanbul and Moscow, he/she is completely gone from this forum :confused::confused::confused:
I wish he/she will be back when Petra is having trouble finding her form sometime next year ;)

TimeyWimey
Nov 17th, 2011, 06:49 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20111117/2011-stats-leaders-wins-titles-more_2256076_2518233

Lots of interesting Petra info regarding 2011 WTA Stats Leaders.

The stats that meant the most to me were: Wins Versus Top 10 Players (13-Radwanska had 9) and Wins Versus Top 5 Players (7-tied with Stosur).

Petra is looking damn strong heading into 2012. I'm predicting right now she wins at least two grand Slams in 2012. I predict she will defend her Wimbledon title and also regain her honor at next year's French Open. It would also not surprise me at all if she continues to stun the tennis world and beats Serena at the Australian Open. Book it.

Petra is the best!!! :worship:

very true, but the stats that should really be included is the winning percentage in semis and finals
Petra is 8-1 in the semis and 6-2 in the finals :worship::worship::worship: if you include Fed Cup, that would be 10-1 and 8-2 :cool:

people who really don't understand the importance of these stats could think about Vika this year, the 3 defeats to Petra (all in semis or finals) cost her 1300 points and 1,500,000 USD

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 17th, 2011, 06:59 PM
very true, but the stats that should really be included is the winning percentage in semis and finals
Petra is 8-1 in the semis and 6-2 in the finals :worship::worship::worship: if you include Fed Cup, that would be 10-1 and 8-2 :cool:

Great points Reyeszjj. :hatoff:

I really hope Petra can open the new year in her present form and become the dynamo we know she can be.
2012 is going to be a fascinating year for the WTA and Petra and for us fans. I can't wait for it all to start!!! :bounce:

Petra is the best!!! :worship:

Excelscior
Nov 17th, 2011, 07:04 PM
I'm wondering where is 18majors right now?! When Petra indeed rocks the world at Istanbul and Moscow, he/she is completely gone from this forum :confused::confused::confused:
I wish he/she will be back when Petra is having trouble finding her form sometime next year ;)

Maybe 18 majors was so embarrassed from being wrong so many times, they gave up or disappeared? :confused: :tape: :confused:

I have seen them post one time or another on GM, so I know they exist.

Oh well! Shrugs.

Excelscior
Nov 17th, 2011, 07:06 PM
very true, but the stats that should really be included is the winning percentage in semis and finals
Petra is 8-1 in the semis and 6-2 in the finals :worship::worship::worship: if you include Fed Cup, that would be 10-1 and 8-2 :cool:

people who really don't understand the importance of these stats could think about Vika this year, the 3 defeats to Petra (all in semis or finals) cost her 1300 points and 1,500,000 USD

Correction: Petra is 6-1 in finals this year, and 7/9 in her career.

That is WTA main draw finals, unless your including her Prague Challenger final, as well. Most people don't.

bruce goose
Nov 17th, 2011, 11:15 PM
very true, but the stats that should really be included is the winning percentage in semis and finals
Petra is 8-1 in the semis and 6-2 in the finals :worship::worship::worship: if you include Fed Cup, that would be 10-1 and 8-2 :cool:

people who really don't understand the importance of these stats could think about Vika this year, the 3 defeats to Petra (all in semis or finals) cost her 1300 points and 1,500,000 USDYeah,even though Petra got nervous,by her own account,in several of those big matches,she was rarely so uptight that she seriously unraveled,and she often got back on track even when an opponent had a nice,quick run.As you contrasted above,that's a special quality that's displayed only by true champions

Petronius
Nov 17th, 2011, 11:23 PM
Correction: Petra is 6-1 in finals this year, and 7/9 in her career.

That is WTA main draw finals, unless your including her Prague Challenger final, as well. Most people don't.

Impressive stats, indeed. And even more impressive when I heard Petra saying in an interview that she regarded the Eastbourne final match as more of a "theater show" than a tennis match, because of strong wind.:dance:

bruce goose
Nov 18th, 2011, 04:09 AM
Impressive stats, indeed. And even more impressive when I heard Petra saying in an interview that she regarded the Eastbourne final match as more of a "theater show" than a tennis match, because of strong wind.:dance:Sorry,I don't get the connection;what did Petra mean by 'theater show'??Was she talking about the open-air theaters from the earlier centuries where the wind could disrupt the sets and throw props out of place??

ElusiveChanteuse
Nov 18th, 2011, 04:31 AM
Petra will do well on places with no winds.:lol: Hence she played amazing indoors. I can see now why she couldn't do well on American hardcourts because of the winds.:(

bruce goose
Nov 18th, 2011, 05:10 AM
Tbh,it wouldn't be so awful for me if Petra started out slowly in her first 2012 tourney b/c I'd be confident that she was capable of getting on track soon after.....It's this long,two-month break that's more aggravating cuz it feels like we're in Limbo

Excelscior
Nov 18th, 2011, 05:37 AM
Impressive stats, indeed. And even more impressive when I heard Petra saying in an interview that she regarded the Eastbourne final match as more of a "theater show" than a tennis match, because of strong wind.:dance:

Mmmhhh "Theater Show".

Funny.

What I also heard Petra say about Eastbourne was "It was weird, I felt I had to battle both the wind, and my opponent. But nonetheless, it was good preparation for Wimbledon". That was a paraphrase, but quite indicative of what she said.

If you want the actual quote, just go on the WTA website, look for 2012 tournaments, click on Eastbourne, and you'll see the stories from earlier this year. Petra and her finals vs Bartoli was one of them.

Actually if you read the articles from all Petra's finals and wins, under the different tournaments on the WTA website, you'll learn a lot and be quite pleased. They're good stories. And you learn a little more about Petra and her season than most English Speaking publications.

The Czech/Petra article under the Madrid clay tournament was excellent. I think everyone would like it, but you and your Czech comrades, would in particular Petronius.

The Wimbledon website, also wrote a series of excellent articles on Petra's Wimbledon and 2011 season. They also kept great stats, as well.

Excelscior
Nov 18th, 2011, 05:52 AM
Petra will do well on places with no winds.:lol: Hence she played amazing indoors. I can see now why she couldn't do well on American hardcourts because of the winds.:(

Do you really believe that?

I don't (not sure if you're joking though).

If that was the case, she wouldn't of won in Brisbane, Madrid, made the finals of Eastbourne (severely windy there), Wimbledon, and made the semi-finals of Tokyo. They're outdoor.

Petra will be fine with many of the OHC tournaments next year.

Just watch/wait. When she wins some of them, you won't hear most people bring them up again. But I guess for now, it's the off season; so we gotta still hear it.

Petra lost those tournaments for other reasons. More on that another time.

You can't draw trends (off brief past experiences) on the nascent ascendency of such a meteoric talent like Petra. Come on now!

Petronius
Nov 18th, 2011, 09:06 AM
Sorry,I don't get the connection;what did Petra mean by 'theater show'??Was she talking about the open-air theaters from the earlier centuries where the wind could disrupt the sets and throw props out of place??

She used the Czech word "divadlo" (possible meanings below) without elaborating any further.

http://slovnik.seznam.cz/cz-en/word/?q=divadlo&id=zwdKDcwvA6g=

I think "theather show" or "theatre piece" is what she really meant, but "fuss" is also a possiblity :lol:

Petronius
Nov 18th, 2011, 03:07 PM
Mmmhhh "Theater Show".

Funny.

What I also heard Petra say about Eastbourne was "It was weird, I felt I had to battle both the wind, and my opponent. But nonetheless, it was good preparation for Wimbledon". That was a paraphrase, but quite indicative of what she said.

If you want the actual quote, just go on the WTA website, look for 2012 tournaments, click on Eastbourne, and you'll see the stories from earlier this year. Petra and her finals vs Bartoli was one of them.

Actually if you read the articles from all Petra's finals and wins, under the different tournaments on the WTA website, you'll learn a lot and be quite pleased. They're good stories. And you learn a little more about Petra and her season than most English Speaking publications.

The Czech/Petra article under the Madrid clay tournament was excellent. I think everyone would like it, but you and your Czech comrades, would in particular Petronius.

The Wimbledon website, also wrote a series of excellent articles on Petra's Wimbledon and 2011 season. They also kept great stats, as well.

Thanks!

Yellow Moon
Nov 18th, 2011, 03:19 PM
Hi Paul, is there any website where i can find the full results of the previous tennis extraliga? thanks
here is the link to this year's CZE Tennis ExtraLiga: http://www.tenisovaextraliga.cz/?id1=1 Each team can make up to 3 foreign invites. Caro, Kiri, Radwanska's, et. al will play there too. If you patiently scour and translate the site, you'll find the tournament rules (singles + doubles, first to 5, round-robin format in R1, two pools) and past draws (not played in 2009 due to ATF/Davis Cup conflict).

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 18th, 2011, 03:20 PM
She used the Czech word "divadlo" (possible meanings below) without elaborating any further.

http://slovnik.seznam.cz/cz-en/word/?q=divadlo&id=zwdKDcwvA6g=

I think "theather show" or "theatre piece" is what she really meant, but "fuss" is also a possiblity :lol:


I have the feeling she meant it was 'divadlo' or 'theater' because the windy conditions were so unrealistic to really play a skillful game in, it had the feeling of being a farce. Imagine if she felt that some of the shots went in or out so unpredictably, or the players lacked so much control, that playing a 'real' match was basically a farce. She probably feels that she was just plain lucky to win, It was just dumb luck or random chance instead of skill. That's my best guess. :cool:

Petronius
Nov 18th, 2011, 04:27 PM
I have the feeling she meant it was 'divadlo' or 'theater' because the windy conditions were so unrealistic to really play a skillful game in, it had the feeling of being a farce. Imagine if she felt that some of the shots went in or out so unpredictably, or the players lacked so much control, that playing a 'real' match was basically a farce. She probably feels that she was just plain lucky to win, It was just dumb luck or random chance instead of skill. That's my best guess. :cool:

This.

Excelscior
Nov 18th, 2011, 05:19 PM
@Petronius

FYI

Just so you know (in case I wasn't clear enough), when you go on the WTA site, click on 2012 tournaments and click on the city of the tournament, you're not actually leaving the WTA site. You're still there, as you see the articles below them for/from 2011.

It's so interesting/fulfilling to read the articles from Brisbane on, as you track Petra's progression through her tournament wins and finals. They do a good job.

When I mentioned the Wimbledon site, it's actually going to the Wimbledon site (it's rich green and white in color), and reading the Petra articles after her matches, or after she won Wimbledon in the headlines or general areas (you'll find them in both).

As a Petra fan, I can tell you that both the WTA and Wimbledon's website, did a very good job in covering/knowing Petra's progression.

Most other English speaking publications are tepid to terrible and insult your intelligence, many times.

bruce goose
Nov 18th, 2011, 07:08 PM
This.Yeah,thanks to you and QPF for the explanations;'fuss' seems like a probable intent based on the conditions Petra had to play in

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 19th, 2011, 01:14 PM
More good stuff being said about our Petra: :worship:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/tennis/11/15/wta.roundtable/index.html?sct=tn_bf2_a2

A few tidbits:

"She could overtake Wozniacki by the end of January."

"The big-serving 21-year-old is a star-in-waiting no longer."

"If she can learn to control her radical mid-match, midseason inconsistency, we're looking at a multiple Grand Slam champion and possible Olympic champion in 2012."

Enjoy!

bruce goose
Nov 19th, 2011, 01:54 PM
You're gonna invite some Petra bashers to post that she went on court without her underwear:lol:.It's an absurd accusation,of course,but the woman has her back to the camera so a less-reasonable hater could try to claim it

Petronius
Nov 26th, 2011, 12:27 AM
Petra's HopmanCup partner Berdych thru to the semis at the ATP Finals. Good job!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/15900852.stm

TimeyWimey
Nov 26th, 2011, 12:50 AM
Petra will be at Prague State Opera tomorrow evening for the Czech Nightingale Mattoni 2011?
according to opera.cz, there will be a live television broadcast of the official announcement of the results

http://tn.nova.cz/zpravy/film/vime-kdo-preda-ceny-slavikum-kvitova-a-pokerovy-kral-stazsko.html

TimeyWimey
Nov 26th, 2011, 12:53 AM
Petra's HopmanCup partner Berdych thru to the semis at the ATP Finals. Good job!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/15900852.stm

it would be nice if Czech Hopman Cup team features two YEC champions :)

ExtremespeedX
Nov 26th, 2011, 01:19 AM
Berdych will not win YEC. He hasn't got Petra's champion mentality.

bruce goose
Nov 26th, 2011, 05:19 AM
Berdych will not win YEC. He hasn't got Petra's champion mentality.Yeah,I've never even heard ATP fans mention him as one of the pretenders(e.g.,Murray) to the true champs.Still,even though Hopman Cup is kind of minor compared to Fed Cup,it'd be nice if he could help Petra do well there,too

paulmara
Nov 26th, 2011, 09:16 AM
Petra will present award for "best" female singer. (I hate these awards. It is not about music, it is popularity contest. Nobody under 30 cares. But Černošek cares.)

Petronius
Nov 26th, 2011, 11:23 AM
Berdych will not win YEC. He hasn't got Petra's champion mentality.

Sad, but true. He has probably already outdone himself in London.