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bruce goose
Nov 26th, 2011, 12:35 PM
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.)Is this a Czech version of the 'People's Choice Awards' where Petra is presenting??

Excelscior
Nov 26th, 2011, 05:13 PM
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.)

I thought you said she should be up in the Tatra's by now (remember your countdown yesterday said "1 day to go")?

Is she leaving and going back (or just didn't leave yet, or till Monday)?

paulmara
Nov 26th, 2011, 06:20 PM
She mentioned 26th, but TV is more powerful.
She wears simple black dress. She was asked to guess tennis players from audio.

http://www.blesk.cz/clanek/celebrity-ceske-celebrity/163735/cesky-slavik-online-lucie-vondrackova-nedorazi-zastoupi-ji-bratr.html
http://www.ahaonline.cz/clanek/zhave-drby/66581/cesky-slavik-2011-lucie-bila-ma-14-slavika.html
http://tn.nova.cz/zpravy/film/sledujte-on-line-kdo-budou-letosni-slavici.html?refresh

bruce goose
Nov 26th, 2011, 07:42 PM
She mentioned 26th, but TV is more powerful.
She wears simple black dress. She was asked to guess tennis players from audio.

http://www.blesk.cz/clanek/celebrity-ceske-celebrity/163735/cesky-slavik-online-lucie-vondrackova-nedorazi-zastoupi-ji-bratr.html
http://www.ahaonline.cz/clanek/zhave-drby/66581/cesky-slavik-2011-lucie-bila-ma-14-slavika.html
http://tn.nova.cz/zpravy/film/sledujte-on-line-kdo-budou-letosni-slavici.html?refreshAgain,it's a little 'Paul'-ishly vague;);do you mean Petra is APPEARING on the 26th of Nov.?....And TV is more powerful than WHAT??Certainly not more powerful than your M.Mushrooms,right?:p

paulmara
Nov 26th, 2011, 07:50 PM
than Petra´s decision.

bruce goose
Nov 26th, 2011, 08:01 PM
than Petra´s decision.Okay,so you're saying that TV obligations,committed or prospective,will override Petra's training schedule.Thanks for clarifying:),but I hope that's not always the case

paulmara
Nov 26th, 2011, 08:17 PM
Petra Kvitova
Today after one week in spa quick packing my luggage, driving to Prague , 8:30 phone interview / 10:00 interview with Katerina Neumanova / 5 hours of photoshooting for a famous magazine / 15:30 training for tonight / 17:00 photoshooting with the trophies / 18:00 video making / 19:00 music awards / tonight flight to winter training camp and holding thumbs for Tomas

http://www.facebook.com/petrakvitovaofficial?sk=wall&closeTheater=1

note music awards was in her diary since September

bruce goose
Nov 26th, 2011, 09:11 PM
My guess is that 'holding thumbs' is tantamount to crossing fingers---as long as Petra doesn't start leaving camp and interrupting training for TV appearances,then we needn't worry that she's going too global

Excelscior
Nov 26th, 2011, 09:24 PM
Oh. So the TV show is the last thing she'll do, before she leaves off to training? OK.

That makes more sense. And I agree with Bruce, if she was going to leave training camp to do this, it would of been crazy. Luckily she appears not, and you clarified it for us Paulmara.

Thanks for all your info updates.

Good Luck With Petra. And I hope she doesn't tire herself out (or at least has some time to rest), before training camp, doing all these appearances? Lol

And Tomas Lost!! I hope his Karma doesn't rub off? Lol

Petronius
Nov 26th, 2011, 10:57 PM
My guess is that 'holding thumbs' is tantamount to crossing fingers---as long as Petra doesn't start leaving camp and interrupting training for TV appearances,then we needn't worry that she's going too global

Yes, it's the same.

paulmara
Nov 29th, 2011, 12:22 PM
Petra will drop first puck in HC LEV Poprad versus OHK Dynamo Moscow match in Russian KHL. On Wednesday 7 PM.

http://denniksport.sk/article/195501/uvodne-buly-zapasu-lev-dinamo-vhodi-petra-kvitova

Petronius
Nov 29th, 2011, 01:13 PM
Petra will drop first puck in HC LEV Poprad versus OHK Dynamo Moscow match in Russian KHL. On Wednesday 7 PM.

http://denniksport.sk/article/195501/uvodne-buly-zapasu-lev-dinamo-vhodi-petra-kvitova

She is stepping into the shoes of Martina Hingis. When she was No.1 she did a similar thing during an ice-hockey match in CZ.

bruce goose
Nov 29th, 2011, 03:24 PM
Please forgive me for forgetting,but has Petra already been named Czech POTY by the tennis federation or some other equivalent body??There shouldn't be any suspense there,really,but it's still a nice honor for Petra to receive

Petronius
Nov 29th, 2011, 10:29 PM
Please forgive me for forgetting,but has Petra already been named Czech POTY by the tennis federation or some other equivalent body??There shouldn't be any suspense there,really,but it's still a nice honor for Petra to receive

Not yet. The winner will be announced on 22 December.

Previous winners: http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zlat%C3%BD_kan%C3%A1r

Petronius
Nov 29th, 2011, 10:34 PM
A tabloid article drooling over Petra's looks at the music awards ceremony (5 pics, some already posted)

http://www.super.cz/6768-to-je-nadhera-takhle-prokoukla-nejlepsi-tenistka-sveta-kvitova-je-z-ni-super-kocka.html

bruce goose
Nov 30th, 2011, 04:13 AM
Not yet. The winner will be announced on 22 December.

Previous winners: http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zlat%C3%BD_kan%C3%A1rNot as painfully obvious as the Danish POTY awards were earlier:lol:,but Petra:hearts: is still a runaway winner for Women's Best

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 30th, 2011, 09:50 AM
Petra will drop first puck in HC LEV Poprad versus OHK Dynamo Moscow match in Russian KHL. On Wednesday 7 PM.

http://denniksport.sk/article/195501/uvodne-buly-zapasu-lev-dinamo-vhodi-petra-kvitova

The Cernošek effect. Anything for a euro to increase her international popularity so he can squeeze more money from sponsors. Why care if they invaded her country and BFed her family and fellow Czechs for 50 years. Next he'll have her giving private tennis lessons or exhibitions for oligarchs or singing duets with Karel Gott for them. Karel made a nice career out of kissing Russian Communist butt. It's sad to see Petra allowing her principles to be sold so easily by Cernošek. Actually, it's quite disgusting. I hope she at least dances better than King Karel! :rolleyes:


:worship: Navratilova would never stoop to this. God bless you Martina. :worship:

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 30th, 2011, 09:56 AM
A tabloid article drooling over Petra's looks at the music awards ceremony (5 pics, some already posted)

http://www.super.cz/6768-to-je-nadhera-takhle-prokoukla-nejlepsi-tenistka-sveta-kvitova-je-z-ni-super-kocka.html


Oh no! They've turned our Petra into a Masha clone!!!! :eek: :fiery:

Petronius
Nov 30th, 2011, 10:27 AM
Oh no! They've turned our Petra into a Masha clone!!!! :eek: :fiery:

She is already higher in the rankings. Why not surpass Masha in the looks department, too? ;) Also, she looks quite happy. :shrug:

bruce goose
Nov 30th, 2011, 11:18 AM
The Cernošek effect. Anything for a euro to increase her international popularity so he can squeeze more money from sponsors. Why care if they invaded her country and BFed her family and fellow Czechs for 50 years. Next he'll have her giving private tennis lessons or exhibitions for oligarchs or singing duets with Karel Gott for them. Karel made a nice career out of kissing Russian Communist butt. It's sad to see Petra allowing her principles to be sold so easily by Cernošek. Actually, it's quite disgusting. I hope she at least dances better than King Karel! :rolleyes:


:worship: Navratilova would never stoop to this. God bless you Martina. :worship:Can't remember the precise year that the B.Wall came down,but Petra was no more than a young infant when it did.It's pretty difficult to get a strong political stance out of young athletes,QPF....I'm sure that the WS probably wouldn't play a tournament if they knew it was bankrolled by a former pro-apartheid politician;however,most athletes I've seen don't make such distinctions from any personal principles,and I don't know if anti-communist sentiment really dwells in Petra since she's been free for basically her whole life

Queen Petra Fan
Nov 30th, 2011, 12:30 PM
Can't remember the precise year that the B.Wall came down,but Petra was no more than a young infant when it did.It's pretty difficult to get a strong political stance out of young athletes,QPF....I'm sure that the WS probably wouldn't play a tournament if they knew it was bankrolled by a former pro-apartheid politician;however,most athletes I've seen don't make such distinctions from any personal principles,and I don't know if anti-communist sentiment really dwells in Petra since she's been free for basically her whole life

True enough Bruce. Having principles is becoming more secondary everyday. People can't be bothered as long as they get theirs. I'm sure her parents have feelings about it but they don't seem the types who would pressure or persuade Petra to follow their beliefs in regards to politics or history.

By the way, Petra comes from the area of the Czech Republic which votes the most heavily in support of the national Communist political party year after year. Who knows who her parents vote for or who they supported in the past. It's a fact that in the past, to keep or get certain jobs, you had to be a Communist Party member. To not be was a career killer. We just don't know in the case of the Kvit family.

It's also a strange truth, that most Czechs I've met have worse feelings toward Germans than towards Russians. Everybody remembers Hitler, the Holocaust, WW2 and it's effect on Czechoslovakia. On a simpler more contemporary level, they think Germans are just loud, arrogant, overly proud drunks who think Czechs and others are beneath them. I haven't met too many Czechs, young or old, who think highly of Germans.

Meanwhile, mystifyingly, a lot of Czechs today view Russians more favorably even though they hijacked Czechoslovakia and sucked it dry for 50 years, persecuted and killed thousands of innocent Czechs and wrecked the careers and lives of millions. Today, these people live nearly like starving rats because of their tiny pension checks they receive thanks to the Communist takeover of their lives.

Today, Russian politicians, mobs and oligarchs are behind loads of the corruption which is taking place today in CZ. With the help of Czech political lackeys they have effectively corrupted many Czech public ministries, police forces, city and town governments public procurement tenders; the list goes on and on. Hundreds of millions of euros of public money disappears and nobody gets prosecuted. It's turned into a deep, disgusting mess and the public are nearly helpless to stop it. Don't take my word for it, read all about it yourself:

http://www.ceskapozice.cz/en/news/society/czech-intelligence-agency-bis-investigates-visa-system

http://aktualne.centrum.cz/czechnews/clanek.phtml?id=689667

http://www.praguepost.com/business/11115-ministry-pushes-regulation-of-anonymous-shares.html


Like their forefathers Bruce, I think many Czechs are content to stick their heads in the sand until everything changes naturally or somebody changes it for them. Meanwhile the beat goes on as the country gets eaten out from the inside by Czech politicians and their Russian friends. Hopefully, Cernosek doesn't get Petra involved with these people just because they're wealthy and influential.

Petronius
Nov 30th, 2011, 01:20 PM
The Cernošek effect. Anything for a euro to increase her international popularity so he can squeeze more money from sponsors. Why care if they invaded her country and BFed her family and fellow Czechs for 50 years. Next he'll have her giving private tennis lessons or exhibitions for oligarchs or singing duets with Karel Gott for them. Karel made a nice career out of kissing Russian Communist butt. It's sad to see Petra allowing her principles to be sold so easily by Cernošek. Actually, it's quite disgusting. I hope she at least dances better than King Karel! :rolleyes:

I think this event is actually quite innocent. :shrug:
The background is that a small ice hockey club located in the city of Poprad in Slovakia's highest mountains has joined - as the first non-Russian club - the Russian ice hockey league (KHL)which has ambitions to compete with the North American NHL. As a tourist resort, the city of Poprad and the club want to get as much publicity as possible. By coincidence, the Wimbledon queen and the best female tennis player in the world :angel: is simultaneously practicing at a nearby hotel in the very same mountain resort :shrug:

JMHO of course.

Funny comments on Karel Gott! I actually switched off the final part of the Prostějov celebration video when he came on the stage starting his boilerplate speech :(

bruce goose
Nov 30th, 2011, 04:22 PM
True enough Bruce. Having principles is becoming more secondary everyday. People can't be bothered as long as they get theirs. I'm sure her parents have feelings about it but they don't seem the types who would pressure or persuade Petra to follow their beliefs in regards to politics or history.

By the way, Petra comes from the area of the Czech Republic which votes the most heavily in support of the national Communist political party year after year. Who knows who her parents vote for or who they supported in the past. It's a fact that in the past, to keep or get certain jobs, you had to be a Communist Party member. To not be was a career killer. We just don't know in the case of the Kvit family.

It's also a strange truth, that most Czechs I've met have worse feelings toward Germans than towards Russians. Everybody remembers Hitler, the Holocaust, WW2 and it's effect on Czechoslovakia. On a simpler more contemporary level, they think Germans are just loud, arrogant, overly proud drunks who think Czechs and others are beneath them. I haven't met too many Czechs, young or old, who think highly of Germans.

Meanwhile, mystifyingly, a lot of Czechs today view Russians more favorably even though they hijacked Czechoslovakia and sucked it dry for 50 years, persecuted and killed thousands of innocent Czechs and wrecked the careers and lives of millions. Today, these people live nearly like starving rats because of their tiny pension checks they receive thanks to the Communist takeover of their lives.

Today, Russian politicians, mobs and oligarchs are behind loads of the corruption which is taking place today in CZ. With the help of Czech political lackeys they have effectively corrupted many Czech public ministries, police forces, city and town governments public procurement tenders; the list goes on and on. Hundreds of millions of euros of public money disappears and nobody gets prosecuted. It's turned into a deep, disgusting mess and the public are nearly helpless to stop it. Don't take my word for it, read all about it yourself:

http://www.ceskapozice.cz/en/news/society/czech-intelligence-agency-bis-investigates-visa-system

http://aktualne.centrum.cz/czechnews/clanek.phtml?id=689667

http://www.praguepost.com/business/11115-ministry-pushes-regulation-of-anonymous-shares.html


Like their forefathers Bruce, I think many Czechs are content to stick their heads in the sand until everything changes naturally or somebody changes it for them. Meanwhile the beat goes on as the country gets eaten out from the inside by Czech politicians and their Russian friends. Hopefully, Cernosek doesn't get Petra involved with these people just because they're wealthy and influential.Forgive me for my ignorance of Czech social dynamics,QPF,but I suspect the disparity between anti-German and anti-Russian hostility isn't that strange.If I recall my history correctly,Hitler only invaded the old Czechoslovakia in the mid-30s and was uprooted only ten years later.In contrast,the Soviets/Russians had almost a half-century to ingrain themselves,their teachings and their ways & philosophies into the Czech way of life.By now,there are likely plenty of young Czechs who don't even see the old USSR as the bad guy,and Petra may well be amongst those who feel that way

stpaulifan
Nov 30th, 2011, 04:46 PM
What Bruce said.


Why should she bear a grudge against a whole country and its people for something that was done years ago by an unelected govt in that Country’s name? That would be prejudiced. Ditto any Czech's prejudice against Germany or the German people.

I have never felt any animosity towards Germans and any Brit these days that does is seen as stupid by most. Even if I had been around just after the war finished, I'd like to think I would feel the same as I don't like to make generalisations that border on racism (not the right word of course as I am talking about Europeans)

stpaulifan
Nov 30th, 2011, 04:48 PM
:worship: Navratilova would never stoop to this. God bless you Martina. :worship:

And as someone who is very anti racist and has a Russian partner, I am sure Martina would not agree with your comments about Germans and Russians!

bruce goose
Nov 30th, 2011, 05:18 PM
To any Czechs here, Please post any video coverage of Petra at the Czech tennis awards event---it doesn't really matter at all that I don't know the tongue b/c I'll be able to feel the mood of the event and figure out a lot just by watching the body language of Petra and others

paulmara
Nov 30th, 2011, 05:30 PM
20. 12. 2010
http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/10319485564-zlaty-kanar-2010/21047129772/
70 M ( Petra 27M, 39M)

22.12.2011

Excelscior
Nov 30th, 2011, 07:30 PM
I'm assuming Petra is on this video.

When/what time does she appear?

paulmara
Nov 30th, 2011, 07:59 PM
27m biggest jump
39m WTA player

Petronius
Nov 30th, 2011, 08:32 PM
She looked a bit shy and awkward back then and those teeth... :sad:
She has really made a huge improvement in every department since then.:yeah:

Petronius
Nov 30th, 2011, 10:37 PM
It's also a strange truth, that most Czechs I've met have worse feelings toward Germans than towards Russians

I think the reason may be geographic. Germany is a big powerful country situated right next door, while Russia, though big and powerful, is far away and not considered as a major threat any more.

allhingis
Nov 30th, 2011, 11:22 PM
Oh no! They've turned our Petra into a Masha clone!!!! :eek: :fiery:

Wow, she look gorgeous in this photograph :bowdown:

Excelscior
Nov 30th, 2011, 11:22 PM
Lindsay Davenport's comments, while picking Kvitova vs Sharapova, at Wimbledon as her favorite match this year for Tennis Channels, Top 30 (ATP or WTA) matches of the year.

"My favorite match was the Wimbledon final between Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova. I really had no idea what to expect of this final. It's not easy for most players to play their best (or near their best) in their first Slam final, and Maria really had a ton of momentum going into the match. But it was apparent early on that Kvitova was ready to ascend to the top. This was one of the few matches that I've been able to just sit and watch live... and it was a treat. The sound of Kvitova's ground strokes was unlike any I had heard; very clean, very strong. It was so apparent she had become the best ball striker now in women's tennis. After watching and playing against Maria for years, I know the strategy: try and take the play out of her hands by striking early in the rally, but it is not easy to do. Kvitova had no problem doing this throughout the match. Hard, heavy ground strokes, huge returns and a big serving day. It was an honor to see this shy Czech lady come out of her shell on the biggest stage."—Lindsay Davenport


It's one ex-players opinion, but it's amazing how many old, out of touch Venus and Serena fans, say that those players still hit the ball harder than Petra, or even Clijsters is up there with her.

WTF. Thank You Lindsay for establishing some order to this. Lol

PS: Martina picked Stosur vs Williams for a few reasons. But one of the reasons why she said she picked that match, was because "Kvitova's win (at Wimbledon) was great but not as much of a surprise."

You go Martina! You tell em, and set the record straight! Lol

Petronius
Nov 30th, 2011, 11:48 PM
Wow, she look gorgeous in this photograph :bowdown:

Yes she does, check also the video section ;)

bruce goose
Dec 1st, 2011, 04:01 AM
Sometimes announcers,even ex-players,get overly gushy with their commentary... at times I wonder--if it's so obvious--why they didn't notice Petra's ball-striking ability before she got more famous.Still,the fact that Petra is doing it,at a high level,is far more important than being praised for it in the mainstream press

paulmara
Dec 1st, 2011, 08:08 AM
Petra Kvitova 5 wishes for Christmas ( MF dnes magazine / www.idnes.cz paper version)

(note my guess 8:30 phone interview for a magazine )

http://www.susansilverdesigner.com/_borders/VP020-2400web.jpg

http://www.susansilverdesigner.com/DE097-sterling-earrings.jpg

http://www.richdecorstore.com/prod_images_blowup/383771.jpg

http://rhapsodyinbooks.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/the-devils-star-by-jo-nesbo.jpg

http://herblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/louis-vuitton-womens-shoes-collection-2011-4.jpg

bruce goose
Dec 1st, 2011, 11:18 AM
You posted five photos,Paul;are they supposed to be related to Petra's five wishes somehow??

Petronius
Dec 1st, 2011, 12:07 PM
It's one ex-players opinion, but it's amazing how many old, out of touch Venus and Serena fans, say that those players still hit the ball harder than Petra, or even Clijsters is up there with her.

WTF. Thank You Lindsay for establishing some order to this. Lol

PS: Martina picked Stosur vs Williams for a few reasons. But one of the reasons why she said she picked that match, was because "Kvitova's win (at Wimbledon) was great but not as much of a surprise."

You go Martina! You tell em, and set the record straight! Lol
Great find. Just posted it in the GM as a new thread, expecting a lot of funny comments, especially from Masha supporters and Petra haters. It's off-season after all!

Excelscior
Dec 1st, 2011, 03:52 PM
@Petronius.

Yeah. Lol.

Lindsay had made those comments earlier this year, after Wimbledon, and I posted them. And yes, those same people you mentioned, didn't want to hear/believe Lindsay then; so I'm glad she repeated herself for their Top 30 (and our amusement). Lol

As far as why these reporters/broadcasters take so long to recognize certain players; in Lindsay's (like a lot of American Reporters), she just hadn't watched Petra play.

I remember when Martina picked Petra to do well at the French Open and to win Wimbledon, Lindsay admitted/said "Martina I don't know much about Kvitova, I haven't really seen her play". That's the truth. Lol

A lot of these folks (especially Tennis Channel reporters, except Martina) didn't really watch Petra play, till the Wimbledon semi-final or finals this year.

Many of the European, some Australian, and even less American broadcasters, were well ahead on the Petra curve, though.

bruce goose
Dec 1st, 2011, 04:46 PM
Great find. Just posted it in the GM as a new thread, expecting a lot of funny comments, especially from Masha supporters and Petra haters. It's off-season after all!Well,GM is the ideal place to go agitate immature people--it seems designed for that,really;).You DO realize,right,that the amount of Petra-haters will only increase if you shove Petra's victories in the faces of the fans of players whom she defeated???Don't get me wrong;I don't care if mindless idiots get offended,but if you don't like the antipathy towards Petra in GM,then you're not helping that situation very much:lol:

Petronius
Dec 1st, 2011, 10:09 PM
Well,GM is the ideal place to go agitate immature people--it seems designed for that,really;).You DO realize,right,that the amount of Petra-haters will only increase if you shove Petra's victories in the faces of the fans of players whom she defeated???Don't get me wrong;I don't care if mindless idiots get offended,but if you don't like the antipathy towards Petra in GM,then you're not helping that situation very much:lol:

Thanks for warning, Bruce! Fortunately, there are many intelligent posters in GM (e.g. Bobito, Apoleb etc.) who appreciate this information. Having read carefully the Kvitova/Azarenka final thread, I know there are many other Petra supporters who don't visit this place. I just need to find the Ignore button (is there any such option ?) to get rid of a Dutch troll named Kworb who litters every Petra-related thread with his negative nonsense. :fiery:

TimeyWimey
Dec 1st, 2011, 10:50 PM
I just need to find the Ignore button (is there any such option ?) to get rid of a Dutch troll named Kworb who litters every Petra-related thread with his negative nonsense. :fiery:

:lol: :lol:
it's always a joy to read all her trash
Kworb also created a WTA database which is super awesome, btw

bruce goose
Dec 2nd, 2011, 04:22 AM
Thanks for warning, Bruce! Fortunately, there are many intelligent posters in GM (e.g. Bobito, Apoleb etc.) who appreciate this information. Having read carefully the Kvitova/Azarenka final thread, I know there are many other Petra supporters who don't visit this place. I just need to find the Ignore button (is there any such option ?) to get rid of a Dutch troll named Kworb who litters every Petra-related thread with his negative nonsense. :fiery:Perhaps your Dutch adversary has chronic Masha-turbation problems and resents Petra for ruining his mood last Wimbledon(btw,I don't dislike her one bit,regardless of how her fans act).

I guess my perspective is a little different: If there were a bar where there were 2 or 3 nice,intelligent folks...along with a bunch of inbred morons....I wouldn't go to the bar just for those 2 or 3 people.I'd invite them to drink at my house or some other bar where the patrons had class...and I wouldn't give a rat's ass what the mental midgets at the slum bar thought of me,my friends,Petra or anything else that was important to me.

Anyway,things seem a lot slower now with no tourneys to follow,so I'll be anxious for more Petra:hearts: come January

Petronius
Dec 2nd, 2011, 09:57 AM
:lol: :lol:
it's always a joy to read all her trash
Kworb also created a WTA database which is super awesome, btw

LOL, she probably has a dart board with Petra's picture attached to the wall in her Amsterdam apartment :lol:

Do you have a link to that database?

Petronius
Dec 2nd, 2011, 10:19 AM
Anyway,things seem a lot slower now with no tourneys to follow,so I'll be anxious for more Petra:hearts: come January

Petra is also scheduled to play Czech Extraleague with her good friend Caro as early as in December :drool:

GoofyDuck
Dec 2nd, 2011, 10:22 AM
4 more weeks until next tournament, It's too long.

TimeyWimey
Dec 2nd, 2011, 12:28 PM
LOL, she probably has a dart board with Petra's picture attached to the wall in her Amsterdam apartment :lol:

Do you have a link to that database?

http://kworb.net/wta/

bruce goose
Dec 2nd, 2011, 04:21 PM
Petra is also scheduled to play Czech Extraleague-----with her good friend Caro-----as early as in December :drool:Now THERE'S a reference that doesn't get much emphasis here in Petra's thread;)

bruce goose
Dec 4th, 2011, 01:32 AM
Saw the photo with Petra and her female teammates....Makiri,Lucie S. and Caro.That's ummm.....an attractive quartet:hearts::hearts::hearts::hearts:.More importantly,let's hope that Petra and crew do well on court

TimeyWimey
Dec 4th, 2011, 03:55 PM
:lol::lol::lol:

Some of you may remember the infamous tea created this (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=431997) thread earlier in the year, and it was well received with some very interesting results.

Unfortunately tea has since left the forum (R.I.P. tea :sad:) and can no longer post such threads. But fortunately for the rest of us, I am in fact a ghost whisperer. I have been able to communicate with tea and he has given me his blessing to continue the legacy of the thread, and so I give to you the stats for November:


Posters' Dedication Index

Player 1st\6th place 2nd\7th place 3rd\8th place 4th\9th place 5th\10th place
Williams, Serena bandabou(168) justineheninfan(157)dsanders06(112) StephenUK(111) ChrisWilliams(96)
aloeball(92) Vikapower(86) Philbo(83) doomsday(79) Veerror(73)
Sharapova, Maria bandabou(137) MashaFan01(134) doomsday(132) madmax(125) dsanders06(119)
Veerror(108) vozas(94) Caralenko(93) reetard(92) Excelscior(89)
Kvitova, Petra Excelscior(179) mac47(124) ExtremespeedX(94) aloeball(90) pasapacasa(89)
Petronius(87) Novichok(67) bobito(63) justineheninfan(62) bandabou(57)
Wozniacki, Caroline ExtremespeedX(152) goldenlox(149) dsanders06(121) Nidal1402(116) ChagoDoni(114)
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5 True #1 of 2011 : Wozniacki or Kvitova? 334
6 Venus Williams: I'm planning to going back to top of the rankings. 287
7 Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Kvitova? 274
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bruce goose
Dec 4th, 2011, 04:24 PM
Great novel:lol:!....Would rather watch a long Petra match,though

Excelscior
Dec 5th, 2011, 03:58 AM
@Reyes

Funny, yes to see.

But if you noticed, I mentioned EVERYONE in the top 10 (probably the only person that did), and many of them much more than I did Caro, such as Petkovic, Li Na, Azarenka and Petra. Even Zvonareva had almost as many mentions as Caro with me. So your highlights don't provide a true picture of my overall posting.

I was actually well balanced in how I discussed the top 10, and Clijsters, apparently.

I'm sure if the Carotards didn't attack Petra and some of us on GM, when she was slumping, and predicted doom for her during the YEC, everyone's numbers would be even lower. No one really talks or cares about Caro here.

Excelscior
Dec 5th, 2011, 04:02 AM
It's Official

Kvitova to play in Sydney

Mon, 05 Dec 03:31:00 2011

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has confirmed that she will play in the WTA Sydney event at the start of next season.
TENNIS The Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova reacts after defeating Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova in their Fed Cup World Group final tennis match in Moscow November 6, 2011 - 0
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The world number two will play in the tournament that runs from January 8-14 as part of her preparation for the Australian Open.

Kvitova has happy memories of Australia having won in Brisbane to start a fantastic 2011 that culminated in her winning the WTA Championship.

"I have had some great results in Australia over the years winning in Hobart and Brisbane, so hopefully 2012 will be my year to win the title in Sydney," she said.

"The Sydney event is really tough and most of the top girls play there each year so it is a great opportunity to get some good matches in before the Australian Open.

"I really see the event as the perfect preparation for the first grand slam of the year."

Tournament director Craig Watson added: "We have had some outstanding line-ups in the women's draw over the years and 2012 is shaping up to be one of the best ever."

Other names confirmed for the tournament include Li Na, Sam Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic.

Eurosport

I know it's text, but Petra seems genuinely excited and looking forward to this. Good for her and Good Luck to her!

bruce goose
Dec 5th, 2011, 04:24 AM
All right,folks!Our Petra Countdown is around 30 days...although I'm referring to when she actually arrives at the tournament as opposed to the precise date when she plays her first match(subject to tourney director whims).Those of you who've followed Petra for a while can give us a decent guess as to when she'll show up in Sydney....It's coming:cool:

TimeyWimey
Dec 5th, 2011, 12:31 PM
It's Official



I know it's text, but Petra seems genuinely excited and looking forward to this. Good for her and Good Luck to her!

2 byes for Sydney, so her first match will be last 16

paulmara
Dec 5th, 2011, 12:34 PM
“I’m really looking forward to playing there for the first time,” Kvitova said.

“I’ve never been to Sydney before and everyone tells me it is such a beautiful city so I can’t wait to get there and see the harbour and the stunning beaches.

http://www.apiainternational.com.au/2011/12/wimbledon-champion-petra-kvitova-heads-to-sydney

TeamUla
Dec 5th, 2011, 12:35 PM
Doesn't she play Czech Extraleaugue next week?

paulmara
Dec 5th, 2011, 12:38 PM
Prostějov is seeded and they play in week 19-25 I think

bruce goose
Dec 5th, 2011, 12:41 PM
“I’ve never been to Sydney before and everyone tells me it is such a beautiful city so I can’t wait to get there and see the harbour and the stunning beaches.That's fine,Petra:)---just don't spend every waking moment:eek: chasing some sleazy,dime-a-dozen Aussie playboy while completely,100% neglecting your physical training or practice time(won't name any names:angel:...)

Petronius
Dec 5th, 2011, 03:11 PM
http://korzar.sme.sk/c/6168059/kvitova-nechce-wimbledon-pod-stromcek.html

The latest interview published today on a Slovak newssite. Very long, interesting and personal: on asthma, skiing, losses, standing ovation during music awards, No. 1 spot, publicity, money, tabloids, boyfriend, Christmas, etc.

If there is sufficient interest, most interesting excerpts may be translated by me or Paulmara (?). If not, just wait for her tennis in January:)

Excelscior
Dec 5th, 2011, 04:09 PM
Petra Only WTA Player to Be Nominated For Prestigious 2012 Laureus Sportswoman Of The Year Award

I'm Not sure if you guys posted this already (so I apologize in advance if it has), but Petra is one of the current 13 nominees. It gets whittled down to 6 on Dec 15. They announce the winner next year in London, February 6th. I hope Petra makes the short list. It's a prestigious award. And Yes; Petra's was the only picture they provided. This is from their Official Website.

http://www.laureus.com/files/imagecache/article/kvitovacont.jpg

LONDON, December 1, 2011 - Homare Sawa and Yani Tseng, two amazing sport stars from the Far East, are among the favourites to be nominated for the 2012 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, along with a clutch of gold medal winners from the World Athletics Championships in Daegu.

The Laureus World Sports Awards is recognised as the premier honours event in the international sporting calendar and the Awards Ceremony provides a high profile focus as stars of the sporting world come together to salute the finest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year. The winners will be unveiled during a globally televised Awards Ceremony in London on Monday, February 6.

Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 89 community sports projects around the world that have helped to improve the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people.

In July 2011, Homare Sawa captained Japan to its first ever FIFA Women's World Cup with victory over the United States in a penalty shootout. In addition, she was awarded the Golden Boot for being the tournament's leading scorer, with five goals, and the Golden Ball for being the top player. Long considered Japan's finest female footballer, she made her international debut at 15 and has played more than 170 times for Japan, scoring 80 goals.

Taiwan's Yani Tseng, at 22, has enjoyed one of the most amazing years in the history of women's golf. By the end of October, she had ten wins, including two Major Championships - the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the Ricoh British Open - and had amassed prize money of US$2.8 million, twice the winnings of Christie Kerr in second place on the money list. She finished in the top ten 13 times in the 20 tournaments she had played at that time.

The World Athletics Championships in Daegu in August have produced several strong contenders for nomination for the Laureus Sportswoman Award. THE most impressive candidate is Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot, who established herself as one of the great distance runners of this generation after winning the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres gold medals. Earlier in the year, Cheruiyot won the World Cross-Country Championship in Punta Umbria in Spain.

Also in Daegu, Carmelita Jeter became the fastest woman in the world when she won the blue riband 100 metres gold medal. She also won gold in the 4 x 100 metres relay and silver in the 200 metres. Currently she holds three of the top ten times ever run, while Veronica Campbell-Brown, one of the current group of outstanding Jamaican sprinters, at last won the 200 metres gold medal after three unsuccessful attempts. She also won silver medals in the 100 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay.

In the heptathlon, Russia's Tatyana Chernova got the better of British rival Jessica Ennis and took the gold medal. Chernova equalled her personal best in the 200 metres and the 100 metres hurdles and set a new best in the shot putt, winning the title with a new personal best of 6,880 points. New Zealand's Valerie Adams, indisputably the greatest female shot-putter in the world, won her third straight world title, after also winning in Osaka in 2007 and Berlin in 2009.

The Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova, at 21, beat Maria Sharapova in straight sets to win Wimbledon, her first ever Grand Slam, becoming the first Grand Slam winner born in the 1990s. As 8th seed, she beat Alexa Glatch, Anne Keothavong, Roberta Vinci, Yanina Wickmayer, Tsvetana Pironkova and Victoria Azarenka on her way to the final. The other significant highlight of her year came in October when she won the WTA Championships in Istanbul, defeating Victoria Azarenka in three sets.

In winter sports, the incredible Marit Bjřrgen won four gold medals and one silver at the World Nordic Championships at Holmenkollen in her native Norway. She is the most successful sprinter in cross-country World Cup history. At Holmenkollen, she won the Sprint, the 10km Classic, the 15km Pursuit and the 4 x 5km relay. In Alpine skiing, Germany's Maria Höfl-Riesch won the overall Alpine World Cup for the first time. During the year, Höfl-Riesch won seven times to beat her great rival Lindsey Vonn.

Australia's Anna Meares won three gold medals in the World Track Cycling Championships in Holland, winning each of the sprint disciplines - Keirin, Team Sprint and Individual Sprint. In 2008, Meares suffered a bad accident at the World Cup when she broke her neck, but she fought back and qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she won a silver medal in the Individual Sprint.

Two British athletes dominated the triathlon in 2011. Chrissie Wellington won her fourth Ironman Triathlon World Championship in five years, despite racing in Hawaii with a torn muscle after a bike crash two weeks earlier. Helen Jenkins won her second World Triathlon Championship after finishing runner-up in the season-ending Grand Final in Beijing. It was a third second place in the seven-race series for Jenkins, who won only once, in London, over the 2012 Olympic course in Hyde Park.

The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2011, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The names of the six Nominees for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, as voted by the Laureus Media Selection Panel, will be announced on December 15. The eventual winner will then be chosen by the 47 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living legends of sport honouring the greatest athletes of today.

bruce goose
Dec 5th, 2011, 04:19 PM
If there is sufficient interest, most interesting excerpts may be translated by me or Paulmara (?). If not, just wait for her tennis in January:)You can decide if it's worthwhile,Petronius,but it would probably be a lot better if YOU did the translation.Paul can handle the language issue just fine...plus he's a decent fellow and a devoted Petra fan but,if he overdoes it on the Magic Mushrooms again,we might get supposedly-pure Petra quotes interrupted by random outbursts and,possibly,equally-random accompanying photos:

Petra(at least partly;)) :"Yes,it was a real honor for me to win Wimbledon and bring tennis glory to my home country,the Czech Republic,again--GARLIC MAKES MY FEET STINK!!!--and it was great to finish the season in a strong way by winning the title in Istanbul against such tough competition--I'VE GOT LITTLE ELVES DOING GYMNASTICS UNDER MY ARMPITS!!!--to give me some momentum heading into the 2012 season.".......And we don't want Petra to think that we're misquoting her on purpose:angel:

Excelscior
Dec 5th, 2011, 05:09 PM
PS: Regarding The Laureus Award:

I do think they can include Petra leading the Czech Republic to the Fed Cup in her bio; plus maybe her winning percentage and victories over top 10 opponents, to help bolster her candidacy (who ever is doing/providing that for her).

Excelscior
Dec 5th, 2011, 05:19 PM
'The three times I've got to the second round, I've lost to the eventual champion – Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova. So I'm a good person to play in the second round.

'Kvitova was a joke this year – her game is perfectly suited to the grass and if she doesn't keep winning it over the next few years, it would be a big surprise'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2068632/Anne-Keothavong-interview-British-tennis-ace-2012-Olympics.html#ixzz1fgXaNd00

British Tennis Player, Anne Keothavong discussing playing Petra Kvitova there this year and her luck on the grass at Wimbledon, with a British Daily Mail reporter, Dec 1, 2011.

paulmara
Dec 5th, 2011, 05:50 PM
Part 2
Successful athletes are presented as role models. They are driving expensive cars, wearing designed clothes, living in luxury.
Isn´t it wrong?
Maybe yes, but that is the world. But only an athlete can imagine what someone more succesfull have to do and hold out. So he can choose his car or house of his dreams. People don´t want to listen, how much pain and self-denial is hiding behind it . And in individual sport it counts twice. Nothing against football, it is sport number 1, but playing for youself is also not easy.

On money : I´m glad to my father that I finished high school. I wanted stop and finished it later.

College, your tennis Academy : too soon

Tennis idols : Navratilova … I followed Mečíř from Slovakia

On Christmas :
I have all presents. I like shopping like every women. Especially for others. I´m glad I don´t have to buy in the last moment. I´m looking forward to Christmas . After all the rush I will spend Christmas in Fulnek . We will talk and give presents, Christmas is wonderful time. Unfortunately it will be short. I´m flying to Australia on 27th of December.

We have an artificial tree, even that can make you happy. My mother said there is no mess after. I will help her with Christmas dinner. And I´m looking forward to my favourite fairy tale (Czech). Most important is to be healthy and then come results or not. Believe me I will not dream about winning next Wimbledon at Christmas tree.


December 12 Petra will meet fans in Fulnek Cultural center
http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/fulnek-privita-kvitovou-svetovou-dvojku-zrejme-uvidi-jen-ti-nejrychlejsi-9142/

Petronius
Dec 5th, 2011, 07:57 PM
I need to coordinate more with Paul. I had some free time and translated the first part of the interview and now I see that he already did it. I am posting it anyway, because there is some additional insight:

Petra what about you and the mountains? Have you ever skied?
The mountains are an ideal place for preparation for the next season. I suffer from asthma and even though I have very good medicines I am tremendously helped by hiking tours across the Tatra mountains. It’s no wonder that there are so many sanatoriums for people who have similar problems like me. However, I have almost zero skiing experience, because I am afraid of injury.

You have had a dream season. Aren’t you a bit afraid that, after so many achievements, a rapid fall may come?
To be honest, I am not thinking about this at all. I am enjoying the results I have achieved and I am getting ready for the next season. Sure tennis is a sport and you need luck. Sometimes you’re extremely lucky, sometimes you have no luck at all. Maybe If I had been luckier, my season could have been even more successful. (Could she be talking about Rolland Garros?) But I don’t want to push my luck, cause I’ve achieved almost everything I dreamt about.


On the standing ovation during Czech music awards:
I was looking forward to the ceremony very much and I was pleasantly surprised by the audience’s reaction. I was really touched by the standing ovation and I will for sure never forget these moments. It’s a pity that I didn’t have enough time to get to know some of my favorite musicians.

Tennis experts are tipping that you will be the world No. 1 next season. Is it making you nervous?
No, because being world No. 1 is not my ultimate goal. The gap between the current No.1 and me is 115 points, which is not little. Moreover, there are other players not far behind me, so I just have to keep winning and winning.

You have become a hero for many little kids and young people. Are you aware of that?
Sure. I am slowly realizing that I have to share my world with others. People recognize me, want an autograph, I have obligations to sponsors, etc. I’ve got to admit that I am often overwhelmed by people’s interest, but I always try to be nice and satisfy everyone. Just the thought that I have become someone’s hero makes me approach everything very responsibly. I would be very glad, if I motivate some kids to pick up a sport and want to be best. Winning fairly is a fantastic feeling.

Aren’t you bothered by tabloids?
Every newspaper has its own writing style and, as far as I know, tabloid press has not caused me any damage. I have no problem with tabloids. And I don’t mind at all, if anybody asks me about my boyfriend Adam. We’ve been together for a year and we are having a great time.

You met your boyfriend when you were No. 32 in the world and there was no indication of you winning a Wimbledon. Today you are a millionaire... It’s probably better that your boyfriend has been with you through thick and thin, instead of not meeting you until now? In the latter case, his affection may be motivated by other reasons than just love, don’t you think?
You are right. And I am really very grateful for the entire year. Adam is a boy of character and I like him very much. He accompanies me everywhere, he is with me here in the Tatra mountains and he is very happy about all the success I have had.

TimeyWimey
Dec 5th, 2011, 08:08 PM
you guys are amazing @Paul and @Petronius, thanks for the translation :)

Petronius
Dec 5th, 2011, 08:10 PM
I'm Not sure if you guys posted this already (so I apologize in advance if it has), but Petra is one of the current 13 nominees. It gets whittled down to 6 on Dec 15. They announce the winner next year in London, February 6th. I hope Petra makes the short list. It's a prestigious award. And Yes; Petra's was the only picture they provided. This is from their Official Website.

Nice find, thanks.

Petronius
Dec 5th, 2011, 09:22 PM
you guys are amazing @Paul and @Petronius, thanks for the translation :)

Glad to do it for you :)

Petronius
Dec 5th, 2011, 11:02 PM
The 6-time grand slam champ Boris Becker today in Prague, making comments on Petra while participating in a pocker tournament:

"Like in tennis, it is not the first, but the last ace that matters. You need to be bluffing, using body language and that's what I like," said Becker, comparing poker with tennis.

The 3-time Wimbledon champ continues to follow tennis very closely and admires Petra Kvitová. "She is humble. She is not an arrogant starlet and will be world No. 1. She plays hard and is a lefty like me," added Becker, praising the Czech tennis player.

Short video: http://tn.nova.cz/sport/ostatni-sporty/video-tenisova-legenda-becker-v-praze-kvuli-pokeru.html

mac47
Dec 5th, 2011, 11:28 PM
WTF? Becker a lefty??

Petronius
Dec 6th, 2011, 12:13 AM
WTF? Becker a lefty??

You are correct, the guys from this TV channel (it's a tabloid channel, not very reliable) made a mistake. Unfortunately, in the video it can't be heard what Becker actually said, his voice is overdubbed.

ElusiveChanteuse
Dec 6th, 2011, 12:15 AM
Laureus Sportswoman Award :cheer: But I think she should get the breakthrough award more (is there any award of this?). her results are not too consistent to be Sportswoman of the Year, plus she isn't the #1, so it won't work well for her.:( But hopefully the former tennis players committee members will still help her.:cheer:

Excelscior
Dec 6th, 2011, 02:20 AM
Laureus Sportswoman Award :cheer: But I think she should get the breakthrough award more (is there any award of this?). her results are not too consistent to be Sportswoman of the Year, plus she isn't the #1, so it won't work well for her.:( But hopefully the former tennis players committee members will still help her.:cheer:

Yeah.

That's nice, right?

Because of the years of Yani (the Golfer) and another player who's name escapes me, I don't expect Petra to win for this season. I would like to see her make the final six though. As I mentioned, she could make a better case for herself (to make that final six), if she includes the Fed Cup victory in her Bio, and plays on what a miraculous season she had this year, with 3 different major titles. Hopefully, she'll have other chances in the following years with this award.

What I found interesting/ironic (especially in light of the 750+ #1 ranked Player GM thread, with many of her Stans telling TF she had the best year), was that Petra was chosen as the SOLE WTA representative. Makes sense to me. But it's just crazy how some other folks (who will remain nameless) live in a totally different world, when it comes to evaluating who actually had the best season. That was the reason why the thread got so long in the first place. Lol

Go Figure? SMH

ElusiveChanteuse
Dec 6th, 2011, 02:54 AM
:lol:

I think she has a good chance of being nominated as one of top 5/6 players in the Sportswoman of the Year for her impressive results (not looking at the poor ones initially :oh:) :cheer: One can hope she will eventually win.:cheer:

bruce goose
Dec 6th, 2011, 04:34 AM
Didn't go back and re-read all the posts,and I don't remember how long the Laureus Awards have been around....I certainly don't recall hearing about them when I was a kid

Anyway,I'll be happy for Petra if she wins but it won't seem so terrible if she DOESN'T...unless she has mentioned the award as one of her main career goals...which is hard to imagine.Petra will continue to get plenty of recognition for her tennis accomplishments,and she'll earn that just as she did this season:)

Sharapovian
Dec 9th, 2011, 11:42 PM
As another WTA season ends and another one fast-approaches, skysports.com caught up with a few of the stars of the tour to see how they relax during the 'off-season'.

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova

Q: Have you managed to relax and enjoy some time off?

PK: It was really tough for me first the week after the Fed Cup Final as I had a lot of social duties, photo shoots and official dates with some VIPs, sponsors and even with the Czech prime minister. The following week I was with my boyfriend, Adam (Pavlasek), for his last tournament of the season as "his coach" - he was with me as a coach in Linz where I won. He managed to reach the semi-finals and jumped more than 400 places in the rankings - now already under 1000 in ATP Rankings - so we have had good success "coaching" each other! And last week we went for a short relaxing holiday in an Austrian Spa because I did not want even to hear about flying anywhere.

Q: You must be in the middle of your pre-season training by now, can you tell me about your daily regime?

PK: After a TV music award event on November 27, I left for the new season preparation in the mountains - High Tatras in Slovakia - where we started on Sunday morning with high altitude training - climbing, running, gym, massage, stretching etc. It means starting every morning and finishing late afternoon and after dinner I just fall into bed to relax and sleep to be ready to start again the next morning with the same routine. The whole body suffers, but I like it...

Q: What other activities, aside from tennis, have you been doing?

PK: I will not touch my rackets at least till next week when we start slowly with my coach to combine high altitude preparation and the first touch and feeling of new racket and balls. We are also playing a lot of different games with balls like basketball, volleyball, football tennis - a special game where a small ball is played over low net by legs/feet and head etc.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about the 2012 season?

PK: To prove that I am able to play at a high level during the whole season with concentration on Wimbledon and Olympics - it is something special for me as you can have it only once in your lifetime - plus I get to play on grass within one month at the place which I love so much!

Source: http://www1.skysports.com/tennis/news/12111/7364872/Here-come-the-girls

Excelscior
Dec 10th, 2011, 12:12 AM
Q: What are you most looking forward to about the 2012 season?

PK: To prove that I am able to play at a high level during the whole season with concentration on Wimbledon and Olympics - it is something special for me as you can have it only once in your lifetime - plus I get to play on grass within one month at the place which I love so much!


Wow!

I love that answer.

I can hear/feel the defiance and simultaneous warm, fuzzy feelings and outlook!!

I'm all for a Golden Slam (and more tier 1, premier wins)!!

Go Petra.

I hope coaching your "Ahem" boyfriend, showed you a different perspective on the game, as well?

Thanks Yazoo.

Source: http://www1.skysports.com/tennis/news/12111/7364872/Here-come-the-girls

bruce goose
Dec 10th, 2011, 12:35 AM
Well,Petra,your bf is doing a much better job of coaching than YOU are:lol:,considering that YOU are a Slam champ who's about to crack #1 and your bf has merely broken the top 1000 in the weak-ass ATP.......which basically has three worthy players and a bunch of punk swishes who serve as crash-test dummies/bitches for that lonely trio of champions...but,still,good luck to both of you,Petra:hatoff:

Petronius
Dec 10th, 2011, 12:26 PM
Well,Petra,your bf is doing a much better job of coaching than YOU are:lol:,considering that YOU are a Slam champ who's about to crack #1 and your bf has merely broken the top 1000 in the weak-ass ATP.......which basically has three worthy players and a bunch of punk swishes who serve as crash-test dummies/bitches for that lonely trio of champions...but,still,good luck to both of you,Petra:hatoff:

You probably forgot that he is about 8 or 9 years younger than Petra so I think it's a nice achievement to break into the TOP 1000 at thirteen years of age :shrug:

Kidding.

bruce goose
Dec 10th, 2011, 12:31 PM
You probably forgot that he is about 8 or 9 years younger than Petra at thirteen years of age :shrug:

Kidding.:lol:

Petronius
Dec 10th, 2011, 01:18 PM
We are also playing a lot of different games with balls like basketball, volleyball, football tennis - a special game where a small ball is played over low net by legs/feet and head etc.

This game is immensely popular in CZ and Wikipedia even says that the first-ever match was played in 1922 in Prague. We call it "nohejbal"("noha" = "foot")

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/86/Nohejbal.jpg/220px-Nohejbal.jpg

It's a lot of fun, but it is very rarely played by women. Thus, it's kind of interesting that Petra plays it. It must be much more difficult with a tennis ball!

http://i.idnes.cz/11/021/cl6h/BUR38dfe3_54517_290431189516_8654865_7377292_n.jpg

mac47
Dec 10th, 2011, 02:24 PM
It looks like it would totally give you ripped legs. Of course, Petra has the nicest pair on the WTA tour.

Coconut91
Dec 10th, 2011, 02:34 PM
I love that she's doing all this physical training. It will improve her movement, and that is a scary prospect for the poor souls of the WTA tour. :D

cosmoose
Dec 10th, 2011, 02:53 PM
I love that she's doing all this physical training. It will improve her movement, and that is a scary prospect for the poor souls of the WTA tour. :D

I want Petra to absolutely demolish WTA next year! WTA bitches need to be punished! :lol:

Petronius
Dec 10th, 2011, 04:09 PM
I want Petra to absolutely demolish WTA next year! WTA bitches need to be punished! :lol:

Even if she wins Golden Slam next year, I hope her best years will be in 2013 - 2017 :lol:

Sharapovian
Dec 10th, 2011, 04:26 PM
Thanks Yazoo.
No Problem :)


It's a lot of fun, but it is very rarely played by women. Thus, it's kind of interesting that Petra plays it. It must be much more difficult with a tennis ball!


Andy Murray plays 'football-tennis' i.e. playing football or just practising skills with a tennis ball though I'm not sure if it's quite the same as what you mentioned. I didn't know it was an actual sport until now.

bruce goose
Dec 10th, 2011, 06:57 PM
I want Petra to absolutely demolish WTA next year! WTA bitches need to be punished! :lol:Well,it would look pretty sexy if our lovely Lioness Petra laid a naughty Makiri over her knees and gave her a spanking...and it'd be even hotter if Makiri started ENJOYING that spanking from Petra......but I may have already gone a little too far with that description so I'll stop there:angel:

pov
Dec 10th, 2011, 08:40 PM
This game is immensely popular in CZ and Wikipedia even says that the first-ever match was played in 1922 in Prague. We call it "nohejbal"("noha" = "foot")

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/86/Nohejbal.jpg/220px-Nohejbal.jpg

It's a lot of fun, but it is very rarely played by women. Thus, it's kind of interesting that Petra plays it. It must be much more difficult with a tennis ball!

http://i.idnes.cz/11/021/cl6h/BUR38dfe3_54517_290431189516_8654865_7377292_n.jpg

http://www.futnet.eu/about-futnet/
Futnet is a ball game with almost 100 years of tradition which combines speed, precision, technical skill and strategy. It is a sport with its own identity, own rules and players, though in many countries it is still regarded only as a complement to football practice. It is a popular recreational as well as competition activity in many parts of Europe, above all Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, Switzerland, Romania, Hungary, etc., and it is gradually gaining popularity also outside the old continent.

Futnet is a sport for all as demonstrated by the different competition categories: men, women, juniors (aged 16 – 18), youngsters (aged 13 – 15), children (aged up to 12). Very popular are also tournaments for veterans.

bruce goose
Dec 10th, 2011, 08:58 PM
It looks like BZS is playing right along with Petra---either THAT or she's a very interested,close-range cheerleader

paulmara
Dec 11th, 2011, 10:53 AM
Monday 16:30, Fulnek
Petra will choose 6 best drawnings from school kids. There will be some non-diet, non-gluten-free meal.

http://ostrava.idnes.cz/clanek.aspx?c=A111207_1697393_ostrava-zpravy_jog

cosmoose
Dec 11th, 2011, 02:32 PM
It looks like BZS is playing right along with Petra---either THAT or she's a very interested,close-range cheerleader

I think that picture might be from fed cup weekend in belgium. Petra and Bara were teammates :)

paulmara
Dec 12th, 2011, 09:12 AM
Petra Kvitová
Greetings from Prostějov, we arrived on Saturday and begin to train today. Perhaps I did for the time off not forgotten how to play it :)

http://www.facebook.com/petrakvitovaofficial?sk=wall&closeTheater=1

bruce goose
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:04 PM
Even if she wins Golden Slam next year, I hope her best years will be in 2013 - 2017 :lol:Winning a 'golden slam' would pretty much be a signature year for Petra or ANY player;),even an established legend

Coconut91
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:14 PM
I want Petra to absolutely demolish WTA next year! WTA bitches need to be punished! :lol:

:rocker:

TimeyWimey
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:38 PM
Winning a 'golden slam' would pretty much be a signature year for Petra or ANY player;),even an established legend

i would see Petronius as a perfect candidate for the hello kvitty subforum "18majors void" :worship: since (i guess) Linz :cool:

Corswandt
Dec 12th, 2011, 05:09 PM
Schedule for the Hopton Cup is out.

http://hopmancup.com/Teams-Schedule/Match-Schedule.html

Kvitova plays:

Monday 2 January - Pironkadonk
Wednesday 4 January - Trashtek
Friday 6 January - Wozniacka
Saturday 7 January - final against either Cake, AMG, Na Li or Jarka.

Maybe someone should open a new thread about 2012 to post this?

Excelscior
Dec 12th, 2011, 05:27 PM
Schedule for the Hopton Cup is out.

http://hopmancup.com/Teams-Schedule/Match-Schedule.html

Kvitova plays:

Monday 2 January - Pironkadonk
Wednesday 4 January - Trashtek
Friday 6 January - Wozniacka
Saturday 7 January - final against either Cake, AMG, Na Li or Jarka.

Maybe someone should open a new thread about 2012 to post this?

I don't remember if these matches count towards her WTA record, like Fed Cup matches? I don't think they do (ITF sponsored or not); cause their exhibitions.

But Pironkva could be a tough first match for her. Oh. I forgot; it's not Grass!! :lol: :confused: :rolleyes: :confused: :lol:

paulmara
Dec 12th, 2011, 06:22 PM
Petra was baking gingerbread. Kotyza :“When you forget chewing gum, I recommend Petra´s gingerbread.“

http://tn.nova.cz/sport/tenis/kvitovou-zase-vital-fulnek-tenistka-se-chysta-pect-cukrovi.html
http://novojicinsky.denik.cz/zpravy_region/jiri-kvita-svatky-by-petra-mela-20111205.html

bruce goose
Dec 12th, 2011, 06:42 PM
i would see Petronius as a perfect candidate for the hello kvitty subforum "18majors void" :worship: since (i guess) Linz :cool:Yeah,and he's also one of Petra's countrymen so there's likely added affection b/c of that.

At the risk of being morbid,I fear that 18 Majors is either dead or incarcerated...he couldn't have done anything to get banned cuz his inoffensive posts were always less than 10 words:lol:.Seriously,though,I hope that--wherever he is--he enjoyed Petra's Wimbledon and YEC triumphs

Petronius
Dec 12th, 2011, 09:30 PM
Winning a 'golden slam' would pretty much be a signature year for Petra or ANY player;),even an established legend

To explain myself, I obviously meant best years in terms of the quality of play and not necessarily the results. With Serena, Venus and Kim retired in the 2013-2017 period and Petra hopefully continuing to improve, this is shaping up to be her best years.

Coconut91
Dec 12th, 2011, 09:36 PM
But Pironkva could be a tough first match for her. Oh. I forgot; it's not Grass!! :lol: :confused: :rolleyes: :confused: :lol:

And more importantly: It is INDOORS! :drool:

At the risk of being morbid,I fear that 18 Majors is either dead or incarcerated...he couldn't have done anything to get banned cuz his inoffensive posts were always less than 10 words:lol:.Seriously,though,I hope that--wherever he is--he enjoyed Petra's Wimbledon and YEC triumphs

It's true, what happened to 18majors? He believed in Petra and had such an unique style :lol:

bruce goose
Dec 13th, 2011, 04:09 AM
It's true, what happened to 18majors? He believed in Petra and had such an unique style :lol:Yeah,he never seemed braggadocious with his bold predictions;it always came across as simple,loyal fanship...and he didn't jump on the 'Petra Bandwagon' after it became trendy.In an odd contrast,he disappeared:confused: right when Petra gave us every reason to celebrate together by reaching excellent,unforgettable heights

Excelscior
Dec 13th, 2011, 04:09 AM
And more importantly: It is INDOORS! :drool:



It's true, what happened to 18majors? He believed in Petra and had such an unique style :lol:

18 majors was too hilarious.

I was always too polite to ask him/her to SHUT UP with their horrible litany of optimistic, turned train wreck Petra predictions. I'm laughing now as I think about it. Lol.

I guess that was right around Post Wimby Slump time, ha? Yeah. They were hilarious!

What timing. A true legend.

Funny.

I had a poster named KBlade attack me on GM, cause I dared mention that Petra played Serena better off the ground in 2010 Wimby (which other people concurred).

KBlade promptly attacks me, but doesn't address any point I made, though makes up his/her own; while freely admitting he/she never watched the match (which I clearly noticed), and only saw highlights. Mmmhh?

At that point, I said "I'm done with you. Go watch the full match, then get back to me", then he/she gets mad at me, and starts making insults. Mind you; this person had done this to me before. This time they had even less facts, didn't understand the conversation and butted into a cordial/fun direct discussion with another poster.

Only on GM. I love it when people try to critique Petra's game or attack it vs the Williams sisters especially, but many of them obviously have no clue what their talking about, regarding Petra's game. Why do they always do that? Just ask or speak open minded.

SMH

Can't wait till tennis comes back, so most of us can go back to our sub forums or television sets/streams, and not be attacked by bored, crazed GM zealots.

bruce goose
Dec 13th, 2011, 04:11 AM
To explain myself, I obviously meant best years in terms of the quality of play and not necessarily the results. With Serena, Venus and Kim retired in the 2013-2017 period and Petra hopefully continuing to improve, this is shaping up to be her best years.Yeah,I was just messing with you a little:angel:;we'd all prefer Petra to have sustained greatness instead of just one great season...no matter HOW great

Excelscior
Dec 13th, 2011, 05:06 AM
To explain myself, I obviously meant best years in terms of the quality of play and not necessarily the results. With Serena, Venus and Kim retired in the 2013-2017 period and Petra hopefully continuing to improve, this is shaping up to be her best years.

Hey Petronius.

I saw you get attacked on several recent GM threads that you started. Lol.

Keep something in mind (from my observations).

When you're new, and you post/ask something about Petra now, some people will be jealous, if it's not actual current events or news. But even so, some people promise to be obnoxious, even when most responders are not, when you start a Petra thread.

When I first officially joined here, Petra had just beat Martha at Wimby, so all the Martha fans were attacking Petra, me and other Petra posters on GM. So they all thought I hated Martha, and so much so, they actually thought I was another poster in disguise that did. Mind you, I never said anything negative about Masha, or picked on her after a bad loss. I just gave reasons why Petra was better in the Wimby final, the entire tournament and in 2011. Hilarious. Now once they realized that Petra was/is actually good/legitimate; they stopped attacking Petra and her posters. How ironic/timely? Huh?

Now because of what's happened both to our #1 ranked Great Dane, and our # 2 ranked Czech Lioness clipping at her heels, her fans starting attacking Petra and are extremely jealous. Now it's a similar situation to Masha, post Wimby (except the Dane's fans appear much more paranoid and personal). So now I'm accused of hating our number one (though it was her fans that constantly attack us and Petra, and continue to wish her to do poorly) now. Who cares about that stuff, actually!? Equally Hilarious. See the pattern?

I'm sure they're fans of others, who feel the same (including Serena of course); whether they openly declare their fave or not. Get the picture (as childish as all this sounds)?

So I feel for you (ala Chaka Khan). Because I know a lot of time you're writing post, just to create dialogue and have something to talk about (especially being new, and in the boring off season); but then some posters attack or make fun of it; cause they're not interested in actual dialogue. They appear to take it all very personal. Where's the fun?

Oh well. Don't pay attention to them. Just keep doing what you wanna do. I'm sure you'll make the necessary adjustments (if any) when applicable. I did. Lol.

It's all good.

bruce goose
Dec 13th, 2011, 05:08 AM
And more importantly: It is INDOORS! :drool:Btw,what kind of recognition does Madrid champ Petra usually get in Spain from tennis writers??

Queen Petra Fan
Dec 13th, 2011, 09:26 AM
Sorry if this has already been posted. Quickly checked and didn't see it anywhere.

http://www.ceskapozice.cz/en/news/society/czech-courts-major-tennis-tournament-prague


I hope this becomes reality!!!!!! :bounce:


:worship: Petra is the best!!! :worship:

Queen Petra Fan
Dec 13th, 2011, 09:38 AM
I think this event is actually quite innocent. :shrug:
The background is that a small ice hockey club located in the city of Poprad in Slovakia's highest mountains has joined - as the first non-Russian club - the Russian ice hockey league (KHL)which has ambitions to compete with the North American NHL. As a tourist resort, the city of Poprad and the club want to get as much publicity as possible. By coincidence, the Wimbledon queen and the best female tennis player in the world :angel: is simultaneously practicing at a nearby hotel in the very same mountain resort :shrug:

JMHO of course.

Funny comments on Karel Gott! I actually switched off the final part of the Prostějov celebration video when he came on the stage starting his boilerplate speech :(


Hi Petronius.

Sorry for the late reply. Thanks for your info. I was happy to read it and feel better about it now. I think her actions were innocent like you said. Glad to see Cernosek not abusing her.

QPF

Mynarco
Dec 13th, 2011, 11:51 AM
Congratz Petra for winning POTY and ITF Champion this year :)

bruce goose
Dec 13th, 2011, 01:12 PM
Sorry if this has already been posted. Quickly checked and didn't see it anywhere.

http://www.ceskapozice.cz/en/news/society/czech-courts-major-tennis-tournament-prague


I hope this becomes reality!!!!!! :bounce:


:worship: Petra is the best!!! :worship:Indeed,the people there need to support the tourney strongly,but it only seems right that Petra and her countryfolk would have something good in Prague

TimeyWimey
Dec 13th, 2011, 01:20 PM
Sorry if this has already been posted. Quickly checked and didn't see it anywhere.

http://www.ceskapozice.cz/en/news/society/czech-courts-major-tennis-tournament-prague


I hope this becomes reality!!!!!! :bounce:


:worship: Petra is the best!!! :worship:

:cool::cool::cool:

paulmara
Dec 13th, 2011, 01:25 PM
2011 ITF World Champions
Kvitova said: “I will cherish this award, which is the cherry on top of a wonderful year in which I managed to win Wimbledon, the WTA Championships, and together with the Czech team the Fed Cup. It was a dream year and something I will never forget.”

http://beta.itftennis.com/about/news/articles/djokovic-and-kvitova-named-2011-itf-world-champions.aspx

bruce goose
Dec 13th, 2011, 07:27 PM
It's polite of Petra to say that...but really...she already knew that she was POTY in other votes so it's a little anticlimactic for the ITF to announce these decisions now--so close to Christmas--with the 2012 season just around the corner......Still,if she truly enjoyed getting that award,all the better

paulmara
Dec 13th, 2011, 07:34 PM
Petra: I´m lucky with love. He doesn´t love me because of Wimbledon.

http://revue.idnes.cz/v-lasce-mam-stesti-nemiluje-me-kvuli-wimbledonu-rika-petra-kvitova-109-/lidicky.aspx?c=A111212_184411_lidicky_ved

Excelscior
Dec 13th, 2011, 08:20 PM
Petra: I´m lucky with love. He doesn´t love me because of Wimbledon.

http://revue.idnes.cz/v-lasce-mam-stesti-nemiluje-me-kvuli-wimbledonu-rika-petra-kvitova-109-/lidicky.aspx?c=A111212_184411_lidicky_ved

I didn't read the article, but Arrgghh. :rolleyes: :devil: :rolleyes: Lol

I'm sure you guys will print it out, or comment on it (I think)? Lol

Coconut91
Dec 13th, 2011, 08:21 PM
Btw,what kind of recognition does Madrid champ Petra usually get in Spain from tennis writers??

Mmm, well. A lot of people here watch tennis just because of Nadal, so "tennis writers", if they even exist, would mainly write about him and his struggles against Djokovic. There's a lot of ignorance about women's tennis after Conchita and Arantxa, and the only known players are Sharapova (for the wrong reasons) and Serena, probably. People might know players like Ivanovic, Wozniacki or Azarenka, but mainly for the wrong reasons too. (Though I'd say Azarenka is respected tennistically speaking).

They have been reporting Petra's wins throughout the year. Her Madrid victory was considered a surprise, and Wimbly too as Sharapova was the famous one and was supposed to win. But a fair amount of people who actually bothered watching the final, were VERY impressed with Petra's game. Obviously :lol:

Now she's established as a young star with a bright future by the press, but she's really only known by tennis fans. If you're thinking about special articles written about her or something, I don't think so. Tennis writers basically echo the news they get and put it in spanish. :rolleyes: They don't really analyze or give an opinion as tennis experts, because they aren't :lol: And they probably don't even care. Tennis and every other sport are huuuuuugely overshadowed by football (soccer) here.

bruce goose
Dec 13th, 2011, 11:54 PM
Mmm, well. A lot of people here watch tennis just because of Nadal, so "tennis writers", if they even exist, would mainly write about him and his struggles against Djokovic. There's a lot of ignorance about women's tennis after Conchita and Arantxa, and the only known players are Sharapova (for the wrong reasons) and Serena, probably. People might know players like Ivanovic, Wozniacki or Azarenka, but mainly for the wrong reasons too. (Though I'd say Azarenka is respected tennistically speaking).

They have been reporting Petra's wins throughout the year. Her Madrid victory was considered a surprise, and Wimbly too as Sharapova was the famous one and was supposed to win. But a fair amount of people who actually bothered watching the final, were VERY impressed with Petra's game. Obviously :lol:

Now she's established as a young star with a bright future by the press, but she's really only known by tennis fans. If you're thinking about special articles written about her or something, I don't think so. Tennis writers basically echo the news they get and put it in spanish. :rolleyes: They don't really analyze or give an opinion as tennis experts, because they aren't :lol: And they probably don't even care. Tennis and every other sport are huuuuuugely overshadowed by football (soccer) here.Thanks for the information:hatoff:.I knew it wasn't the most popular sport,but at least there's a decent core of tennis fans in Spain which has more tournaments than even some much larger countries.

Even though Acapulco is well-liked by players as an MM that pampers them,Petra has never visited us there---she hasn't even entered any ITFs in our country(maybe she played here as a Junior)---so it's pretty unlikely that she'll ever come NOW...unless she goes to Cancun on vacation.Our other tourney,Monterrey,is a rich folks' town but there was a casino massacre a couple months ago as part of a drug cartel rivalry,so Petra probably won't be using any of her MM exemptions there,either.Our TV coverage of women's tennis is pathetic for anyone without a pirate dish(not hard to find here);however,Petra is a big shot now so,aside from the feeds we can get via Web,I can watch her as a featured player at Slams:cool:

TimeyWimey
Dec 14th, 2011, 12:24 AM
Tennis and every other sport are huuuuuugely overshadowed by football (soccer) here.

yeah, that bugs me a lot, even though i'm a soccer fan

bruce goose
Dec 14th, 2011, 01:28 AM
yeah, that bugs me a lot, even though i'm a soccer fanWell,if your poster flag is any indication,you live in one of the few countries where women's tennis is actually more popular than soccer/futbol:lol:(we're only counting naturalized Americans and not foreigners who are living there temporarily).

Though I'm rarely impressed with how the U.S. influences the world around it,women's sports have been promoted there very,very well:cool:,and Petra's legendary countrywoman,Navrat,found refuge there in the Soviet Bloc days.Would love to see a Champion Petra at the forefront of a new era of marketing and success for the WTA

paulmara
Dec 14th, 2011, 08:47 AM
18 DEC Prostějov –Sparta 10:00
19 DEC Prostějov - Neride (probably) 10:00
20 DEC Final 10:00
21 DEC Czech sport awards 21:00
22 DEC Czech Tennis player of the year 17:30
27 DEC Flight to Australia

*
Group A
Prostějov – Kvitová, Hantuchová, Šafářová, Cetkovská, Berdych ,Mayer,Seppi , Stakhovskyy, Nieminen
(Wozniacki is not probable)
Sparta – Zakopalová, Záhlavová-Strýcová , Štěpánek, Dodig
*
Neride – Birnerova, Hlaváčková, Kubot ,Karol Beck

Group B
CLTK – Benesova, Hradecka, Krajicek, Karolina Pliskova, Melzer,Petzschner, Hernych, Minář
Přerov – Niculescu,Voráčová Trocki, Rosol, Istomin, Kukuskin
*
Liberec – Pironkova, Mayr-Achleitner, Pivovarova
Olymp – Sevastova, Kristina Pliskova

*
Note 1 „love“ article : nothing interesting, written for women section
Note 2 soccer fan (and motorbike fan),that is interesting

mac47
Dec 14th, 2011, 12:45 PM
LOL, Prostejov team is so ridiculously stacked.

bruce goose
Dec 14th, 2011, 01:10 PM
LOL, Prostejov team is so ridiculously stacked.Yeah,but Petra is still in a class by herself there...at least in Singles tennis

Petronius
Dec 14th, 2011, 01:18 PM
LOL, Prostejov team is so ridiculously stacked.

Replace Cetkovská with Domi Cibulková and you have a hypothetical Czechoslovakia Fed Cup team :lol:

Coconut91
Dec 14th, 2011, 02:50 PM
Thanks for the information:hatoff:.I knew it wasn't the most popular sport,but at least there's a decent core of tennis fans in Spain which has more tournaments than even some much larger countries.

Even though Acapulco is well-liked by players as an MM that pampers them,Petra has never visited us there---she hasn't even entered any ITFs in our country(maybe she played here as a Junior)---so it's pretty unlikely that she'll ever come NOW...unless she goes to Cancun on vacation.Our other tourney,Monterrey,is a rich folks' town but there was a casino massacre a couple months ago as part of a drug cartel rivalry,so Petra probably won't be using any of her MM exemptions there,either.Our TV coverage of women's tennis is pathetic for anyone without a pirate dish(not hard to find here);however,Petra is a big shot now so,aside from the feeds we can get via Web,I can watch her as a featured player at Slams:cool:

Sure, I can't complain. At least we have a PM event, so they are all forced to come :lol: I plan to go to Madrid to watch Petra play next year. :D

I heard about the casino massacre... I hope Petra goes there some day though. People seem to be more interested on womens tennis than here. But I'd rather she went to Acapulco, as Monterrey is Pavs' sanctuary :lol:

Can't wait till tennis comes back, so most of us can go back to our sub forums or television sets/streams, and not be attacked by bored, crazed GM zealots.

You know what? I'm getting very impatient with that, and I don't have any Petra highlights left to watch on YT... :drink: :tennis:

Excelscior
Dec 14th, 2011, 10:46 PM
Sure, I can't complain. At least we have a PM event, so they are all forced to come :lol: I plan to go to Madrid to watch Petra play next year. :D

I heard about the casino massacre... I hope Petra goes there some day though. People seem to be more interested on womens tennis than here. But I'd rather she went to Acapulco, as Monterrey is Pavs' sanctuary :lol:



You know what? I'm getting very impatient with that, and I don't have any Petra highlights left to watch on YT... :drink: :tennis:

You getting very tired of being attacked, not having tennis to watch, or both? :lol: :devil: :lol:

So try some of the full matches (unless you watched those to) on PetraKvitova'sFanClub on Youtube?

A lot of times, when you watch the full matches, you get a different perspective (if you have the time, patience and can stay awake), than by just watching the highlights.

I actually was pleasantly surprised for example, how well Petra played (even in the second set that she lost 6-2), against Serena at Wimbledon last year.

Though I had seen the match initially, Serena lovers tried to convince me it was worse than I remembered (though I suspected that wasn't true). But after looking at the full match, I realized that Petra played just as good if not better than I thought, but still had areas of improvement, that she's already addressed, corrected and/or is working on now. Plus, as good as they are, you miss things from the highlights (like timely errors, and good shot making, where the receiver gets a racket on the ball, but it doesn't make it over the net; so it probably won't make the highlight reel).

Petra did a lot of good things (serve, return, volley, ground strokes). And Serena won that match, strictly from her first serves, and Petra errors (Serena 67% 1st, Petra 51%; Petra missed a easy sitter, up 5-3, 40-30, to close out the first set, and other silly errors). Petra clearly won the battle off the ground, returned and served well. She wasn't smoked. That's an honest assessment.

Her full match against Mayr at Linz, was a very interesting match on PetraKvitovaChannel, as well. You actually got to see Petra's transition from being in not so great form; to being INFORM; as it was a third round match and Petra was just rounding into form. It was certainly a near miraculous transition from the first to second set, along with Simon Reed's crazy Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde commentary. Thank god, the always excellent and Petra knowledgeable-loving Sam Smith was in the booth, to offer balance, Petra's history and perspective.

I also watched the full match with Zvonareva in Tokyo there, as well. And the most interesting/positive thing I noticed (Kinda like watching Petra with Serena match at 2010 Wimby) was Petra served exactly the same way when she was 5-1 up, as she did when she lost the lead (in the first) and in the second set. Petra just didn't put away Vera's returns and flubbed her ground strokes. Vera did nothing on Petra's lefty slice serve out wide. She just tried to get it back in the court (as she did in the first set, when she was down 5-1), but Petra blew most of them, as Vera tried to run to the spots/play harder.

Speaking about Tokyo, you can also watch the Petra vs Masha match (up until it was stopped 4-3 Petra).

And of course you can watch the full Wimby matches on their sister site, PetraTheWimbyQueen site.

And no; I'm not affiliated with them. Lol. There just one of the few sites that show the full matches. All in all; you learn a lot watching the full matches, and have a better appreciation for Petra's timeline, growth, deficiencies, temperament, competitive nature, and match dynamics.

The time also goes by a lot faster than a highlight, if you're trying to kill some! :lol: :lol:

Excelscior
Dec 14th, 2011, 11:36 PM
Petra Speaks!: Poses For Chic Photos, Denounces New Book, etc.

Posted this on GM already; cause this is a current headline on Tennis.com

Seems like Petra Kvitova, the Greta Garbo of the WTA, all of a sudden has a lot to say (or now the American media is paying more attention to what she has to say to the Czech press, as the new season draws near, for a story). Hard to know how bad she criticized the new unauthorized biography, cause the translation wasn't the best. Czech members? Come Clean please? How bad is this? Lol


Petra Kvitova poses for chic photos, denounces new book
- Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Petra Kvitova Suffice it to say, Petra Kvitova is relentless.

The Czech sensation and world No. 2, within range of a top-spot take down in early 2012, was recently anointed—as if there was any doubt—this year's ITF world champion in women's tennis. She also has a glamorous photo spread in a native publication, iSport. Everything is illuminated: See her well-lit shots here. For those who have wanted to see the no-frills girl sporting various caps and vests, bags and dresses, this gallery's for you.

Kvitova, unaffected as ever, had this to say: "This photo shoot for me was new and I must say that I thought it was pretty tired." She noted that the five-hour shoot, including makeup and hair, took longer than a tennis match. It took place in November and put Kvitova in a new collection of dresses from designer Steilmann. Honest to a fault, Kvitova said, "It does not seem it, but to hold some poses and set [oneself] as a photographer wants is quite challenging. I must say that the role of tennis players I like more than the role of models."

We're not so sure the poses are as "seductive!" as the Czech pub claims, but the piece serves to shed some more light on Kvitova's mindset on fame and the accoutrements that go with her wham-bam success in 2011. The "Lightning Lioness of Fulnek" (her hometown), who is coming around to her good fortune, remains grounded: "I still prefer to wear jeans, T-shirt and sweatshirt, but I must say that I've got rather more elegant fashion [now]."

Kvitova also took to task those behind a new biography on her life. Her Facebook page had this roughly translated, subtly funny statement: "Watch out, as a Christmas present we do not recommend this book! ... [T]he book Queen Jane was created without any cooperation with Petra Kvitova and any of [her] managerial and team or family. ... 'My own high-quality original ... biography will have to my fans still wait a few years! ... I still have enough time. Before that book I'm warning because I don't want my fans ... disappointed ... and then get to the information that they have the correct memoirs contain. The issue is but a few years time, I haven't thought about it...'"

Photo shoots and publishing drama aside, it doesn't seem a question of "if" but rather "when" she will ascend to the WTA's throne. In doing so, Kvitova will relieve those forever kvetching about Wozniacki'

href='http://www.tennis.com/players/player_info.aspx?player_name=Caroline+Wozniacki' target='_top' >Caroline Wozniacki's fiendishly consistent and yet Slam-less ways. What do you say, No. 1 with a bullet forehand by March?

—Jonathan Scott (@jonscott9)

bruce goose
Dec 15th, 2011, 01:11 AM
Sure, I can't complain. At least we have a PM event, so they are all forced to come :lol: I plan to go to Madrid to watch Petra play next year. :D

I heard about the casino massacre... I hope Petra goes there some day though. People seem to be more interested on womens tennis than here. But I'd rather she went to Acapulco, as Monterrey is Pavs' sanctuary :lol:Do you really feel that we're,as a country,bigger tennis fans than Spaniards?Unless it's a Slam or one of our two tourneys,TV coverage is virtually non-existent here(it's either web feed or satellite dish).You may have been joking somewhat about Pavs and Monterrey--sure,she's a good young player but she's still often erratic and I don't think that Petra should fear her,really.You realize,too,that they are different surfaces,don't you?(Monterrey being hardcourt and Acapulco red clay)Like I said,it's hard to imagine Petra's ever coming here aside from a vacation,but maybe she'll surprise us:)

TimeyWimey
Dec 15th, 2011, 01:31 AM
You know what? I'm getting very impatient with that, and I don't have any Petra highlights left to watch on YT... :drink: :tennis:

I'm editing her season highlights myself these days, really impressed with how many winners she has unleashed this year, incredible

TimeyWimey
Dec 15th, 2011, 01:48 AM
Her full match against Mayr at Linz, was a very interesting match on PetraKvitovaChannel, as well. You actually got to see Petra's transition from being in not so great form; to being INFORM; as it was a third round match and Petra was just rounding into form. It was certainly a near miraculous transition from the first to second set, along with Simon Reed's crazy Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde commentary. Thank god, the always excellent and Petra knowledgeable-loving Sam Smith was in the booth, to offer balance, Petra's history and perspective.

And of course you can watch the full Wimby matches on their sister site, PetraTheWimbyQueen site.

nice find, Ex

yesterday I noticed someone uploaded the full match of Wimbledon final in HD, but I'm not a fan of that particular match myself

speaking of Sam Smith, it reminds me of the Kvitova/Stosur clash at Rod Laver this year, with Sam Smith and Rennae Stubbs commentating on Channel 7, still my favorite

Excelscior
Dec 15th, 2011, 02:34 AM
nice find, Ex

yesterday I noticed someone uploaded the full match of Wimbledon final in HD, but I'm not a fan of that particular match myself

speaking of Sam Smith, it reminds me of the Kvitova/Stosur clash at Rod Laver this year, with Sam Smith and Rennae Stubbs commentating on Channel 7, still my favorite

Thanks.

Yeah. PetraKvitovaFanClub had recently uploaded both the Mayr (forgot the rest of her name) and Dannie Hantuchova match. As far as I know, they're the only full matches on YouTube from Linz (like so many of their other matches). Hopefully, they'll put up more from Linz, etc., soon?

I agree with you. The Masha match, is not my favorite Wimbledon one either. Out of the 7 Wimby matches Petra played; it's probably #6, right in front of the Alexa Glatch, first rd match in enjoyment.

Nonetheless, thanks for the tip on the new HD full Masha match. I'm sure I'll take a look at it, and get a feel, if I got the tolerance and/or the inclination to sit through the whole match. If not, maybe I'll watch Petra vs Roberta Vinci, on PetraTheWimbyQueen on Youtube again? I noticed I get bored quicker, when their not in English. Lol

Yeah. I had re-watched that full Stosur vs Kvitova match recently on the PetraKvitova You tube channel, and noticed Renee Stubbs. She's much better as the third person. She talked and recklessly speculated too damn much during the YEC, particularly from the third match on. Yes. Sam Smith; is always lovely. What a pleasant surprise to hear her voice. I had only viewed the match previously on ESPN, with different, UN-knowledgeable American ESPN broadcasters. Lol

PS: Renee should of knew/remembered Petra's game, from watching that Australian Open match. She said some crazy things during The YEC (though she picked Petra to win), till she noticed the variety, change of pace, improved foot speed and stamina, etc., that Petra displayed this year and at the YEC.

I also saw the Li Na, Petra Madrid Match again. And though it wasn't the smoothest Petra match ever; she absolutely hit the SHEET out that ball, from all over the place. She served great to. I'm convinced through Madrid and Roland Garros (barring injury or meltdown) Petra will be one of THE favorites at the French Open crown this spring. No doubt!

I hope that covers it all. Lol

bruce goose
Dec 15th, 2011, 02:35 AM
Rennae Stubbs is a phony blabbermouth who might be very jealous not only of more-respected Singles champs like Petra...but also the cold,hard truth that all her Dubs titles will be forgotten by hordes of casual fans who'll more easily remember title-less Cover Girls.She seems to hope that,if she uses enough words,she'll be considered special by virtue of sheer volume......Fortunately,Petra doesn't need her dog-faced affirmation

TimeyWimey
Dec 15th, 2011, 02:52 AM
Thanks.

Yeah. PetraKvitovaFanClub had recently uploaded both the Mayr (forgot the rest of her name)

PS: Renee should of knew/remembered Petra's game, from watching that Australian Open match. She said some crazy things during The YEC (though she picked Petra to win), till she noticed the variety, change of pace, improved foot speed and stamina, etc., that Petra displayed this year and at the YEC.

I hope that covers it all. Lol

Mayr-Achleitner, FYI

I will definitely skip Rennae in my future post here :lol: in fact she did not talk much about Petra in that AO match, but you're right, bit unbearable at YEC (alongside Katrina Adams, World Feed really disappoints this year)

yeah, that's pretty much it, all her amazing 2011

bruce goose
Dec 15th, 2011, 04:18 AM
Was meaning to say this earlier but forgot....Petra shouldn't waste her time making negative declarations such that her bf isn't after her fame and money.It's an undeniable fact that he was with her when she was still unknown to many casual tennis fans,so there's no intelligent reason for anyone to assert that he's a golddigger...which means that Petra,by her own words,is almost creating a story that doesn't exist.She shouldn't expend any energy defending her bf if no one with common sense is attacking him.There'll always be at least some haters,Petra;as long as they physically keep their distance,don't sweat those bastards

paulmara
Dec 15th, 2011, 09:39 AM
There are 2 groups interested in switching May’s WTA tournament from Brussels to Prague.

First: CLTK tennis club and Kovarčík
Second: Česká sportovní (Petra´s marketing group)

Octagon Marketing Group (Brussels) already asked.

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/114144/kvitova-na-stvanici-praha-chce-vyfouknout-poradatelstvi-turnaje-wta-belgii.html

Excelscior
Dec 15th, 2011, 02:16 PM
@Reyesjzz

Thanks for mentioning that new Full HD Sharapova vs Kvitova, Wimbledon match.

Yes, I mentioned it wasn't my favorite Wimbledon match, as far as pure enjoyment. That's true.

But this match, pregame, post game, etc., was excellent. It's funny how much you like a match more, when it's in clear, large Hi Def, with English speaking broadcasters and good production/editing. Lol

This match was uploaded by TopTennisHighlights and TennisTubeYou, to name a few. One is 1:41:18, the other is 1 hr 45 min+.

As much as I love PetraKvitovaFanClub videos, they usually upload in 3-10 videos. This match was just one 1 hr 41 min, HD quality video. And the broadcasters, were the ones I've seen the least do this game (though I've seen it a couple of times with them); Ted Robbins and Mary Carillo. Interesting.

Yeah. It's always interesting when you watch a full match, when you haven't seen it in a while. You always pick up, see and hear new stuff from the broadcasters and the match, that you didn't notice the previous times (no matter how often you watched the match or broadcast). You either didn't notice it; cared, or you forget. Lol

Though she only had one ace, Petra served better than I gave her credit for in that match (probably cause of those couple of wicked service winners she let Sharpie hit off of her second serve, along with the one ace total). I always knew Petra had a lot of service unreturnables (as opposed to aces) herself, but Sharapova really couldn't do much with Petra's serve all match. The irony is, Petra could of served better. But it's understandable, considering the setting, the match and the opponent.

Nice Upload, tip.

PS: As we all know, Petra could of won that match 6-3 6-2, and probably should of won it 6-3 6-3, if not for missing those 3 easy sitters, on 2 consecutive service games (and broken) in the second set.

Coconut91
Dec 15th, 2011, 04:54 PM
You getting very tired of being attacked, not having tennis to watch, or both? :lol: :devil: :lol:

So try some of the full matches (unless you watched those to) on PetraKvitova'sFanClub on Youtube?

A lot of times, when you watch the full matches, you get a different perspective (if you have the time, patience and can stay awake), than by just watching the highlights.

I actually was pleasantly surprised for example, how well Petra played (even in the second set that she lost 6-2), against Serena at Wimbledon last year.

Thanks Excelsior. I've seen most of those matches live, but I haven't seen the full Serena match :eek: I'm a bad fan :o

I'm tired of no tennis. The attacks and the Wozniacki trolls of GM (not all Wozniacki fans obviously) actually amuse me. Off-season would be even more boring without them :lol:

Do you really feel that we're,as a country,bigger tennis fans than Spaniards?Unless it's a Slam or one of our two tourneys,TV coverage is virtually non-existent here(it's either web feed or satellite dish).You may have been joking somewhat about Pavs and Monterrey--sure,she's a good young player but she's still often erratic and I don't think that Petra should fear her,really.You realize,too,that they are different surfaces,don't you?(Monterrey being hardcourt and Acapulco red clay)Like I said,it's hard to imagine Petra's ever coming here aside from a vacation,but maybe she'll surprise us:)

Well, tennis gets more attention here because we have good male players and because we have a PM event. So yes, there's more TV coverage and many people attend ATP matches when they involve the top players. What I meant is, stands are still awfully empty for the WTA matches, for it being a PM tournament. It's almost as embarrassing as Beijing :tape:

I've watched videos of Monterrey, and at least people seemed to be into it. They seemed to be entertained. They were cheering. I think that, for a country that invests that much money on tennis, interest/attendance on WTA matches is very low in Spain. It is low compared to many places IMHO. :shrug:

Regarding Pavs :lol: Of course Petra shoudn't fear her at this point. I said I'd rather Petra went to Acapulco, because I like Pavs and I don't want her to lose in Monterrey, the only tournament she seems to have a chance of winning :lol:

Excelscior
Dec 15th, 2011, 06:30 PM
Thanks Excelsior. I've seen most of those matches live, but I haven't seen the full Serena match :eek: I'm a bad fan :o

I'm tired of no tennis. The attacks and the Wozniacki trolls of GM (not all Wozniacki fans obviously) actually amuse me. Off-season would be even more boring without them :lol:


No. You're not a bad fan. It took me forever to finally re-watch the full Serena vs Kvitova match from last year, as well. And that only happened, cause we were in the boring tennis off season (plus THE NBA was still in a lockout and there were no American Football games that night), and I managed to stay up to watch the entire match, despite nodding off several times. Yeah. It's tough! Lol

Agreed. Off season, would be boring with out them, indeed. One by one, it seems every poster, no matter how unbiased in the past or present, is being labeled with the title "HATER" by her fanatics, if/when they offer any criticism or fair analysis of her.

The latest one is BOBITO. No matter how much he/she tries to defend themselves, Bobito's been added to the TROLL/HATER list by her Stans this week.

It's been amusing reading, indeed. Lol

bruce goose
Dec 15th, 2011, 06:40 PM
Well, tennis gets more attention here because we have good male players and because we have a PM event. So yes, there's more TV coverage and many people attend ATP matches when they involve the top players. What I meant is, stands are still awfully empty for the WTA matches, for it being a PM tournament. It's almost as embarrassing as Beijing :tape:

I've watched videos of Monterrey, and at least people seemed to be into it. They seemed to be entertained. They were cheering. I think that, for a country that invests that much money on tennis, interest/attendance on WTA matches is very low in Spain. It is low compared to many places IMHO. :shrug:

Regarding Pavs :lol: Of course Petra shoudn't fear her at this point. I said I'd rather Petra went to Acapulco, because I like Pavs and I don't want her to lose in Monterrey, the only tournament she seems to have a chance of winning :lol:Well,you know your country much better,of course,but maybe things will improve if another Arantxa comes along;your current best,AMG and MJMS,are obviously several notches below that.Our fans who attend are pretty hardcore types who have fewer chances to enjoy top-notch tennis since our developmental program sucks:eek:

I'm glad that things are starting to turn around for Petra's people in CR because it's embarrassing when a country with such rich tradition like the UK becomes a tennis joke

paulmara
Dec 16th, 2011, 09:13 AM
Petra Kvitova to her Laureus nomination: "To get to the Laureus award nomination is an honour for me. I am realy happy. It is an amazing feeling to be in the same group with other great champions. As Czech Republic have had so many succesfull sportsmen in the past it is a surprise for me that I am the first Czech. Really great feeling."

Petronius
Dec 16th, 2011, 01:15 PM
Hey all tennis fans,

Just off the phone with Mr. Ostarek, organizer of the Czech Extraleague.

Both Caro and Kvitty are on the roster of the TK Agrofert Prostějov team and, according to the latest info, there is a very good chance both of them will play.

It is largely expected that the Prostějov team will make it to the finals (they also have the ATP No. 7 Berdych on the roster). It is even possible that Caro and Kvitty will appear in the semifinals on December 18 and 19 (not sure now).

The final match will be covered live on Tuesday, December 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Central European Time. Live coverage will be available on the Czech sports channel CT4.

Link: http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ct4/zive-vysilani/

However, I am not sure whether the channel is accessible from outside the Czech Republic (you can try it, there's some biathlon event now). Perhaps some computer expert will help?

Maybe there will also be some internet streams. Mr. Ostarek promised to update the Czech extraleague website: http://www.tenisovaextraliga.cz/?id1=1 (there's also the Live Score section)

Still don't know the exact schedule of matches, because team captains can change the lineup even 30 minutes before the match.

Women's roster of TK Agrofert Prostějov:

1. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark, WTA No. 1)

2. Petra Kvitová (CZ, 2)

3. Lucie Šafářová (CZ, 25)

4. Petra Cetkovská (CZ, 31)

5. Barbora Krejčíková (CZ, 871)

That's all for now.

TimeyWimey
Dec 16th, 2011, 01:50 PM
However, I am not sure whether the channel is accessible from outside the Czech Republic (you can try it, there's some biathlon event now). Perhaps some computer expert will help?


This content is not available at your territory due to limited copyright. :help:

Petronius
Dec 16th, 2011, 02:22 PM
This content is not available at your territory due to limited copyright. :help:

Just sent an e-mail to Czech TV's webmaster. Hope they respond soon.

bruce goose
Dec 16th, 2011, 04:36 PM
Petra Kvitova to her Laureus nomination: "To get to the Laureus award nomination is an honour for me. I am realy happy. It is an amazing feeling to be in the same group with other great champions. As Czech Republic have had so many succesfull sportsmen in the past it is a surprise for me that I am the first Czech. Really great feeling."It sounds ridiculous that no Czech had ever been nominated,so that leads me back to the belief that the Laureus aren't all that old....Still,good luck to Petra

Excelscior
Dec 16th, 2011, 06:02 PM
To my knowledge Martina has been nominated for the Laureus award in the past. I had seen her comment on it the other day (her nomination), on a random Internet search.

Meelis
Dec 16th, 2011, 06:06 PM
It sounds ridiculous that no Czech had ever been nominated,so that leads me back to the belief that the Laureus aren't all that old....

Laureus awards have been around only since 2000.

Excelscior
Dec 16th, 2011, 06:27 PM
Laureus awards have been around only since 2000.

Oh Ok.

That makes sense now.

Martina was probably nominated when she won her recent mixed doubles championship (if she was nominated at all) at a older Age. Plus technically, she's an American, not a Czech (clunk head now).

bruce goose
Dec 17th, 2011, 12:07 AM
Laureus awards have been around only since 2000.It's hard for me to respect awards that have existed more than 20 years less than AYE have:lol: but,if it's special for Petra,that's all that counts,right?:)

Excelscior
Dec 17th, 2011, 01:11 AM
Even though they haven't been around a long time, it's a very prestigious award, and they're very well connected (with some excellent athletic big wigs sitting on their board).

It's usually considered an honor to be nominated even.

Not sure if this was posted yet (and it's the reason why you guys are talking about it now)? But they whittled down the previous 13 nominees to only 6 now for Sportswomen Of The Year. Petra made the cut. These are the last and 6 official nominees.

Petra was actually nominated for two awards. She's nominated for Sportswomen Of The Year, and Break Through Athlete Of The Year. Believe it or not, for Break Through Athlete Of The Year (which includes men and women), Petra's competing against LI NA and Rory McIlroy. You can't make this up.

Good Luck Petra

Did anyone notice that Petra's competing against LI Na and Rory McIlory, for Break Through Athlete Of the Year, for the prestigious Laureus Awards?

I find that quite funny/ironic.

There are only 6 athletes/nominees for each category, from across the global Sports World.

http://www.laureus.com/awards/2012/nominees

bruce goose
Dec 17th, 2011, 01:18 AM
With all due respect,F--k the Laureus Awards!!Is something great merely because it's popular?By that standard,Duran Duran was one of the best musical groups in human history,ranking right up with classic composers in musical skill:lol:.Hollywood trumpets Gwyneth Paltrow as some paradigm of sexy womanhood but,to me and many others,she's a scrawny,classless,slut:lol:!I'm sure many Sharapova fans look at their raw numbers as some kind of 'proof' that she's a better person than Petra yet THAT,obviously,is highly subjective.

To re-iterate,if Petra wins and and is happy---GREAT!If she loses and is unaffected--NO big deal:drive:

bruce goose
Dec 17th, 2011, 02:10 AM
I think you're thinking about this way too hard.no,I'm not giving it much thought at all:lol:...which is fitting,IMO.Petra is an ATHLETE who measures her success by her victories much more than she values most puny-ass awards(though there are exceptions to the rule).Athletes are always polite with the media when they get nominated,but I can guarantee you that a Laureus Football award would be a joke,to an NFL player,in comparison with a SB ring...just as this year's Laureus is probably nothing compared to that Rosewater Dish Petra has....I don't picture Petra losing any sleep here:lol:

Excelscior
Dec 17th, 2011, 02:13 AM
With all due respect,F--k the Laureus Awards!!Is something great merely because it's popular?By that standard,Duran Duran was one of the best musical groups in human history,ranking right up with classic composers in musical skill:lol:.Hollywood trumpets Gwyneth Paltrow as some paradigm of sexy womanhood but,to me and many others,she's a scrawny,classless,slut:lol:!I'm sure many Sharapova fans look at their raw numbers as some kind of 'proof' that she's a better person than Petra yet THAT,obviously,is highly subjective.

To re-iterate,if Petra wins and and is happy---GREAT!If she loses and is unaffected--NO big deal:drive:

I think you're thinking about this way too hard. Am I missing something?

Whether or not the Laureus awards are popular; is beside the point. It's the fact that they are prestigious and well respected, which is why people here are talking about it.

When you add the fact that Petra is only one of 6 women, and one of six nominees (including men and women in another important category), just re-affirms the great year she had, since it's being recognized outside of the tennis world; which is always nice.

In other words, the nominations demonstrates how all her hard work has paid off, no matter who nominated her. Did you take a look at the list of nominees? Petra's in special company.

http://www.laureus.com/awards/2012/nominees

The fact that it's the Laureus award, is just icing on the cake.

It truly awards excellence (and Petra is being recognized for it). That's the importance (for her and her fans, who are very happy for her).

Based off of what I read, Petra appears very flattered, honored and proud, as well. Good For Her!

There's really not much else to say.

bruce goose
Dec 17th, 2011, 02:16 AM
already answered your post,but you edited and re-posted it...after a few other edits...nothing to add from me--can't get too excited over this

Excelscior
Dec 17th, 2011, 02:35 AM
already answered your post,but you edited and re-posted it...after a few other edits...nothing to add from me--can't get too excited over this

Maybe if you would of glanced at it for more than a nanosecond, instead of blindly and hastily responding; you would of knew/recognized that. Sounds simple to me.

Strange/SMH.

I'm done with the subject.

bruce goose
Dec 17th, 2011, 02:42 AM
Maybe if you would of glanced at it for more than a nanosecond, instead of blindly and hastily responding; you would of knew/recognized that.

Strange/SMH.

I'm done with the subject.

If you didn't re-edit your posts 50 times to make minute changes...none of which improve your truck-driver caliber grammar:lol:...then the posts wouldn't be out of sequence.Get a GED and then leave your mom's basement and get a job....THEN you can worry about Petra's getting some piss-ant award......LAY=Laughing at you:haha:

Excelscior
Dec 17th, 2011, 03:20 AM
http://www.wtatennis.com/javaImages/ba/2a/0,,12781~10300090,00.jpg

Petra interview from WTA website.

I'm not going to lie. Most of the stuff we've read before. But I liked her answer on her "fitness team" and regimen, regarding the upcoming season, which I've never seen answered (or this way) by her before. It gives us a little insight on both subjects. I guess this means Ivanko is staying/settled? Lol

Off-Seasons Of The Stars: Petra Kvitova

December 16, 2011 Average rating: 5 stars

Petra Kvitova

Some call it the off-season and some call it the pre-season, but for everyone it's the space between. Over the next few weeks you will find out what the stars of the WTA have been doing since the 2011 season ended, as 2012 nears...

Next up, the WTA's Player Of The Year, Petra Kvitova...

Did you manage to relax and enjoy some time off?
"It was tough the first week after the Fed Cup final, as I had a lot of media duties, photo shoots and official dates with some VIPs, sponsors and even with the Czech Prime Minister. The following week I was with my boyfriend, Adam, for his last tournament of the season, as "his coach" - he was with me as a coach in Linz, where I won. He made the semifinals and jumped more than 400 places in the rankings - now under 1000 - so we have had good success "coaching" each other! And last week we went for a short relaxing holiday in an Austrian spa because I did not want to even hear about flying anywhere."

What is your daily regimen in the off-season?
"After an awards event on November 27, I left for new season preparation in the mountains, High Tatras in Slovakia, where we started on Sunday morning with high altitude training - climbing, running, gym, massage, stretching and so on. It means starting every morning and finishing late afternoon and after dinner I just fall into bed to relax and sleep, so I can be ready to start again the next morning with the same routine. My whole body suffers, but I like it."

What activities, aside from tennis, have you been doing?
"I didn't touch my racquets until recently, when we started combining high altitude preparation with feeling of new racquet and balls. We are also playing a lot of different games like basketball, volleyball, soccer tennis - a special game where a small ball is played over a low net by legs, feet and head."

Are you working with the same fitness team this year?
"For sure - I follow the proverb 'Never change a winning team'!"

Why is pre-season training so important for a tennis player?
"It is a must, otherwise I would not survive the first three or four months of the new season. I have to clear my head and feed the battery of my body!"

What are you most looking forward to about the 2012 season?
"To prove that I am able to play at a high level during the whole season, with concentration on Wimbledon and the Olympics - the Olympics are something special for me as you might have it only once in your lifetime. Plus I get to play on grass twice in one month at the place I love so much!"

bruce goose
Dec 17th, 2011, 04:19 AM
It doesn't make me harp on her wins and losses any more than I otherwise would...but Petra is,basically,my only big sports champion now:lol:.Our local baseball team here isn't very good,and my MLB faves stink....My favorite NBA team is a joke(NHL faves have never won a Cup),so the only ones anywhere near Petra's class are the Balt.Ravens...who are respectable yet hardly an elite franchise......Just wondering if anyone else here has Petra as his/her only big-time winner???

Petronius
Dec 17th, 2011, 10:17 AM
This content is not available at your territory due to limited copyright. :help:

Response from Czech TV. The channel is not officially accessible abroad due to copyright limitations. There is an unofficial way, but it's a bit complicated (creating a virtual server in CZ plus a few more steps).

Good news, Mr. Ostarek will be tonight in Prostějov and will send me an e-mail about livestreams, if any.

Livestream from another town when the league takes place is already in operation (no Petra or Caro though):

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tenisová-extraliga-2011

stpaulifan
Dec 17th, 2011, 12:12 PM
Rennae Stubbs is a phony blabbermouth who might be very jealous not only of more-respected Singles champs like Petra...but also the cold,hard truth that all her Dubs titles will be forgotten by hordes of casual fans who'll more easily remember title-less Cover Girls.She seems to hope that,if she uses enough words,she'll be considered special by virtue of sheer volume......Fortunately,Petra doesn't need her dog-faced affirmation

as a lesbian who is also a petra fan, i'd like to know why you would make such a homophobic comment about stubbs - what has the fact that she's gay got to do with anything?

she doesn't like petra as much as u - so what, she's paid to have an opinion and it would be boring if we all liked the same players

stpaulifan
Dec 17th, 2011, 12:16 PM
With all due respect,F--k the Laureus Awards!!Is something great merely because it's popular?By that standard,Duran Duran was one of the best musical groups in human history,ranking right up with classic composers in musical skill:lol:.Hollywood trumpets Gwyneth Paltrow as some paradigm of sexy womanhood but,to me and many others,she's a scrawny,classless,slut:lol:!I'm sure many Sharapova fans look at their raw numbers as some kind of 'proof' that she's a better person than Petra yet THAT,obviously,is highly subjective.

To re-iterate,if Petra wins and and is happy---GREAT!If she loses and is unaffected--NO big deal:drive:

u sure like putting people down and generalsing for no reason

what exactly is a slut - a woman that enjoys sex, what's the problem with that - might be the only way someone like u would get laid

and isn't paltrow happily married with kids?

bruce goose
Dec 17th, 2011, 01:03 PM
as a lesbian who is also a petra fan, i'd like to know why you would make such a homophobic comment about stubbs - what has the fact that she's gay got to do with anything?

she doesn't like petra as much as u - so what, she's paid to have an opinion and it would be boring if we all liked the same playersYour reasoning is weak and flawed;aye ALSO am entitled to an opinion...and I think Stubbs is phony and annoying to listen to...which is why I don't do it;).

Your 'homophobic' term is based on ignorance where you falsely presume to read someone's thoughts when you lack the omniscience to do so.Stubbs' masculine characteristics are unappealing to me,but the main issue is that she doesn't give Petra due respect...NOT that she's dykey in appearance.If it's any consolation to you,my aunt--due to abuse in her youth--is also a lesbian...and is a wonderful human being who helps financially-poor women find adequate housing.......Got a good laugh from your second,insecure post:lol:.Off to work now:wavey:

Excelscior
Dec 17th, 2011, 03:15 PM
PS: On that Petra interview.

Unless it was some thinly veiled product placement drop (whether she's actually going to continue to use the old racket or not), Petra also mentioned "feeling out her new racket" in that interview.

If so, I'm curious to know, what dynamics this racket has over the other, how it affects Petra's game, and how long will it take for her to get used to it?

pov
Dec 17th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Laureus

I'd vote for Yani Tseng as Sportswoman of the Year. Not only did she have the best season in women's pro golf, shad the best season in pro golf period. By far. In fact, I'd say she had the second best season of any athlete in any sport.

For Breakthrough of the Year it's Kvitova vs McIlroy IMO. I'd give the nod to Kviotva because of her stellar last quarter and winning of the YEC.

Excelscior
Dec 17th, 2011, 03:55 PM
as a lesbian who is also a petra fan, i'd like to know why you would make such a homophobic comment about stubbs - what has the fact that she's gay got to do with anything?

she doesn't like petra as much as u - so what, she's paid to have an opinion and it would be boring if we all liked the same players

Thank You for recently joining Tennis Forum, and being a Petra fan.

I usually don't intercede in back to back disputes like this, but I to felt that Bruce Goose went way over the top and had no need to describe Renae Stubbs the way he did, as well.

I just wanted you to know, Our silence wasn't necessary acceptance. I know in my case, we're just used to him saying crazy, obnoxious things that make no sense, so we mostly ignore him. You know, it's kinda like the crazy uncle, you hide from guest when you have company over? If you don't believe it, just go to Petra's Lioness Den. It's basically just Bruce and another poster now, cause so much nonsense is discussed there (and that's certainly their right to do so; no qualms with that), it's virtually ignored.

The irony is, Stubbs DOES LIKE Petra and picked her to win the YEC. Unfortunately, she just didn't appear to remember or know Petra's game well enough, and gave us her every unnecessary, silly thought she could come up with. Lol

Please feel free to keep reading Petra's subforum and offering your thoughts. I hope this incident doesn't stop you.

Some of us have to realize, that as Petra's success, fan base and popularity continues to grow, more people will be reading this subforum, and it's not like we're talking to each other only in a phone booth anymore. They're many voyeurs, stalkers now.

Don't worry, I'm sure I'll get a crazed response for writing this myself. But I'll ignore it as well. I understand your situation was different, cause you felt a overt personal attack was being made on someone, by attacking their sexuality, for no obvious reason. I get it.

But don't be a stranger, and/or a judge, to this subforum.

Excelscior
Dec 17th, 2011, 03:56 PM
Laureus

I'd vote for Yani Tseng as Sportswoman of the Year. Not only did she have the best season in women's pro golf, shad the best season in pro golf period. By far. In fact, I'd say she had the second best season of any athlete in any sport.

For Breakthrough of the Year it's Kvitova vs McIlroy IMO. I'd give the nod to Kviotva because of her stellar last quarter and winning of the YEC.

This.

cosmoose
Dec 17th, 2011, 05:02 PM
Did Petra's Czech club thing start? did it end already??
I heard that Kirilenko is not on her team anymore. Any news of replacement?

Meelis
Dec 17th, 2011, 05:31 PM
Did Petra's Czech club thing start? did it end already??
I heard that Kirilenko is not on her team anymore. Any news of replacement?

Prostejov will play their first match tomorrow.


TK Agrofert Prostějov

1. Berdych Tomáš 7
2. Mayer Florian 23
3. Seppi Andreas 38
4. Stakhovskyy Sergej 62
5. Nieminen Jarkko 77
6. Lacko Lukáš 112
7. Pospíšil Václav 119
8. Hájek Jan 141
9. Pospíšil Jaroslav 208
10. Jiří Veselý 602

1. Wozniacki Caroline 1
2. Kvitová Petra 2
3. Hantuchová Daniela 24
4. Šafářová Lucie 25
5. Cetkovský Petra 31
6. Krejčíková Barbora 871

Excelscior
Dec 17th, 2011, 05:50 PM
Prostejov will play their first match tomorrow.


TK Agrofert Prostějov

1. Berdych Tomáš 7
2. Mayer Florian 23
3. Seppi Andreas 38
4. Stakhovskyy Sergej 62
5. Nieminen Jarkko 77
6. Lacko Lukáš 112
7. Pospíšil Václav 119
8. Hájek Jan 141
9. Pospíšil Jaroslav 208
10. Jiří Veselý 602

1. Wozniacki Caroline 1
2. Kvitová Petra 2
3. Hantuchová Daniela 24
4. Šafářová Lucie 25
5. Cetkovský Petra 31
6. Krejčíková Barbora 871

Hey Meelis.

Did we get an answer (or do you know), regarding any streams for this match?

I guess, I'll just go to my usual location and check. But I'm guessing, the only stream may come directly from some funky Czech website (like Beijing's Tier 1) I'm assuming?

bruce goose
Dec 17th, 2011, 06:44 PM
Prostejov will play their first match tomorrow.


TK Agrofert Prostějov

1. Berdych Tomáš 7
2. Mayer Florian 23
3. Seppi Andreas 38
4. Stakhovskyy Sergej 62
5. Nieminen Jarkko 77
6. Lacko Lukáš 112
7. Pospíšil Václav 119
8. Hájek Jan 141
9. Pospíšil Jaroslav 208
10. Jiří Veselý 602

1. Wozniacki Caroline 1
2. Kvitová Petra 2
3. Hantuchová Daniela 24
4. Šafářová Lucie 25
5. Cetkovský Petra 31
6. Krejčíková Barbora 871Just curious,Meelis;you keep youself sig-free so,if you don't mind my asking,is Kaia your favorite...and then Petra??

EDIT:Btw,it should have been obvious to any literate poster(wink,wink) that I wasn't condemning all lesbians(otherwise I'd be damning my own aunt).In this case,I was only commenting on Stubbs' masculine appearance and carriage...which is made worse by the more important factor--that being her phony,shallow personality.In contrast,Amanmuradova is also ugly and masculine,yet that is far secondary to the fact that she's an intelligent,pleasant individual...a simple distinction to make,really

Petronius
Dec 17th, 2011, 07:02 PM
Hey Meelis.

Did we get an answer (or do you know), regarding any streams for this match?

I guess, I'll just go to my usual location and check. But I'm guessing, the only stream may come directly from some funky Czech website (like Beijing's Tier 1) I'm assuming?

Still awaiting response from the event organizers about livestreams from Prostějov.

Meelis
Dec 17th, 2011, 10:15 PM
Just curious,Meelis;you keep youself sig-free so,if you don't mind my asking,is Kaia your favorite...and then Petra??

Kaia is a special case, but I do consider Petra as my favorite (top) player now.

bruce goose
Dec 17th, 2011, 10:46 PM
Kaia is a special case, but I do consider Petra as my favorite (top) player now.Though their biggest link is surely their Wimby QF match,there are also some loose similarities between Kaia and Petra: Both are talented Eastern European players who aren't overflowing with sponsorship deals(though Petra may soon be moving in that direction);each is her country's best player by a fairly strong margin...and I'd say that both were attractive gals who are under-rated,looks-wise.I remember visiting Kaia's website where she had photos of an event at her old school,so she wasn't airbrushed but she looked :hearts: and filled out her blue jeans JUST as well as a young Serena did....Still,I'm glad that Petra won their Wimby match;)

mac47
Dec 18th, 2011, 03:31 AM
Petra probably shouldn't have won that match with Kaia, who played absolutely incredible, and hit just as hard as Petra, and had an ungodly number of match points. A shame she hasn't had a career breakthrough like our lioness, because I love her game too, and would like to see her have success.

BikezAreForever!
Dec 18th, 2011, 09:00 AM
Still awaiting response from the event organizers about livestreams from Prostějov.

The admittance to all venues is FREE!! Therefore I am not going, I bet I would turn up and venue is full. I have no idea about spectator capacity of various venues either, from previous TV telecasts it looked like few hundred seats in Prostejov.

bruce goose
Dec 18th, 2011, 09:32 AM
Petra probably shouldn't have won that match with Kaia, who played absolutely incredible, and hit just as hard as Petra, and had an ungodly number of match points. A shame she hasn't had a career breakthrough like our lioness, because I love her game too, and would like to see her have success.Yeah,I'd like to see Kaia get a breakthrough,too....preferably not at Petra's expense,though;)

Petronius
Dec 18th, 2011, 05:44 PM
Maybe no Petra tennis matches on Monday/Tuesday, as national hero dies and the government may declare a day of national mourning.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/18/world/europe/czech-republic-vaclav-havel-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

TimeyWimey
Dec 18th, 2011, 06:44 PM
Maybe no Petra tennis matches on Monday/Tuesday, as national hero dies and the government may declare a day of national mourning.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/18/world/europe/czech-republic-vaclav-havel-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

oh, sad news to Czech Republic

ElusiveChanteuse
Dec 18th, 2011, 06:48 PM
:eek: :hug:

bruce goose
Dec 19th, 2011, 05:43 AM
Maybe no Petra tennis matches on Monday/Tuesday, as national hero dies and the government may declare a day of national mourning.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/18/world/europe/czech-republic-vaclav-havel-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1My sympathies go out to you and other Czech posters,Petronius...and to Petra as well,obviously,if this was a hero she highly valued

Petronius
Dec 19th, 2011, 12:59 PM
Thank you guys. He was one of the very few who spoke out against the Communist dictatorship when everybody was afraid.

bruce goose
Dec 19th, 2011, 01:20 PM
Thank you guys. He was one of the very few who spoke out against the Communist dictatorship when everybody was afraid.Does that resonate with younger Czechs like Petra who were born AFTER communism?

Petronius
Dec 19th, 2011, 02:48 PM
Does that resonate with younger Czechs like Petra who were born AFTER communism?

I think yes. Probably to a lesser degree than with the older generation, but still yes. They actually learn about him and the Velvet Revolution at school in history classes. It's also true that many young people here take freedom and prosperity for granted, which is a bit dangerous. This year, we even broke into the top 5 among the world's most peaceful countries (Global Peace Index), but who knows what will happen next in the Arab world, Russia, etc. and the impact of this on other nations...

Barktra
Dec 20th, 2011, 12:26 AM
http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Hopman-Cup-fined-for-attracting-top-10-players-articolo2635.html

Kvitova is facing a 100,000 fine for playing the hopman cup instead of Brisbane

bruce goose
Dec 20th, 2011, 04:40 AM
I think yes. Probably to a lesser degree than with the older generation, but still yes. They actually learn about him and the Velvet Revolution at school in history classes. It's also true that many young people here take freedom and prosperity for granted, which is a bit dangerous. This year, we even broke into the top 5 among the world's most peaceful countries (Global Peace Index), but who knows what will happen next in the Arab world, Russia, etc. and the impact of this on other nations...Based on the statements we've seen,Petra strikes me as the kind of gal who'd stay out of political issues unless there were something very,very compelling

Excelscior
Dec 20th, 2011, 05:27 AM
http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Hopman-Cup-fined-for-attracting-top-10-players-articolo2635.html

Kvitova is facing a 100,000 fine for playing the hopman cup instead Brisbane

Thanks

All top players playing Hopman will get fined. But the tournament/ITF pays the fine for the players; so that's usually not a problem.

I guess she'll see them at Sydney.

Petronius
Dec 20th, 2011, 06:02 PM
ONLINE Q&A WITH PETRA for a Czech sport newspaper, tomorrow from 11 am CET

If you have any questions for Petra, act fast, I'll try to translate them and submit them to the newspaper.

Link: http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/114513/petra-kvitova-online-na-vase-otazky-odpovi-ve-stredu-od-11-00.html

You can also use the link above and ask her in English.

GoofyDuck
Dec 20th, 2011, 06:03 PM
Ask her if she reads books and which if she does .. :D

Petronius
Dec 20th, 2011, 06:19 PM
Ask her if she reads books and which if she does .. :D

Done.

Excelscior
Dec 20th, 2011, 06:32 PM
Done.

Ask her; what is she implementing in her game to start tournaments faster/get in form quicker (such as better serving, drop shots, volleys, more angles, vary pace, etc.) to reduce the errors early in tournaments, switching surfaces/after lay offs?

Thanks.

Petronius
Dec 20th, 2011, 06:48 PM
Ask her; what is she implementing in her game to start tournaments faster/get in form quicker (such as better serving, drop shots, volleys, more angles, vary pace, etc.) to reduce the errors early in tournaments, switching surfaces/after lay offs?

Thanks.

Done!

Vikapower
Dec 20th, 2011, 07:57 PM
:D That's really cool the Q&A... I have no idea but I'll go for :

[...] if she watches other player's matches (men or women) ; which players if so and if also she watches her draw before the start of a tournament...

Excelscior
Dec 20th, 2011, 08:16 PM
:D That's really cool the Q&A... I have no idea but I'll go for :

[...] if she watches other player's matches (men or women) ; which players if so and if also she watches her draw before the start of a tournament...

Well I can answer the second one.

Both she and her coach claims, she doesn't look at the draw before a tournament.

I'm not sure which current player she likes now, but historically (out of the current ones), she use to like Federer's play and Masha.

Barktra
Dec 20th, 2011, 08:16 PM
I hope I am not late and I hope this makes sense

Is she trying to take anything to improve her asthama on court?

Thanks

Petronius
Dec 20th, 2011, 08:25 PM
:D That's really cool the Q&A... I have no idea but I'll go for :

[...] if she watches other player's matches (men or women) ; which players if so and if also she watches her draw before the start of a tournament...

Questions submitted! The downside is that Petra usually receives too many questions and responds to just about a third of them. Hope we'll be lucky tomorrow!

Excelscior
Dec 20th, 2011, 09:02 PM
I hope I am not late and I hope this makes sense

Is she trying to take anything to improve her asthama on court?

Thanks

I think Petra should try to use or cooperate with a local allergist, particularly in Cincinnati (where it's supposed to be really bad).

The NY, Toronto thing, I'm not so sure about; especially since she went to the US Open 4th round 2 years, ago by beating the then #1 player, Safina.

I think renewed good play, new found confidence, lack of inactivity/injury, minus post slam syndrome should help as well.

We'll see how next year shakes out?

Petronius
Dec 20th, 2011, 09:09 PM
I hope I am not late and I hope this makes sense

Is she trying to take anything to improve her asthama on court?

Thanks

Submitted!

bruce goose
Dec 20th, 2011, 10:28 PM
Submitted!Just double-checked on what turned out to be a mistake:o...anyway,thanks for handling all the Petra questions,Petronius:hatoff:...will look forward to the answers:)

Petronius
Dec 21st, 2011, 11:33 AM
TRANSLATION OF TODAY'S Q&A WITH PETRA, ENJOY !

Also check this link: http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/114513/petra-kvitova-online-na-vase-otazky-odpovi-dnes-od-11-30.html

It's very funny how they included your English questions into my Czech translations (except for GoofyDuck's short question, which I directly translated without quoting it)

Is it very important for you to become world No. 1?
It's not that much important. The main thing is to stay healthy and improve my game. Then we'll see.

Which of the next year’s events do you regard as the most important? Olympics ?

All the events are important , not just Olympics. I’m also defending my Wimbly title :)

What are the reasons for your huge improvement over the last 2 years?

I have mainly improved my fitness (physical condition), tactics, technical skills, mentality, so basically everything :)

Sometimes you have lapses during matches. Why?

That’s tennis, up and down.

When did you start playing tennis? I have a daughter, she’s 11 is it too late?

I held the racquet in my hand for the first time when I was about 5, but for example the Spanish player Medina did not start until she was 11. So it’s not too late.

MY QUESTION (Thanks Petra!) Petra, I was wondering why you were so shy of going to the net during the match with Lucie Hradecká. It was your great weapon both at Wimbledon and Istanbul. Wasn’t it one of the main reasons for your surprising defeat yesterday?

Lucie pressed me hard, it was difficult to go the net. She really played amazing.

GOOFY DUCK’S QUESTION: Petra, do you like reading books. If yes, which ones?

Yes I do. I prefer detective books.

Do you think you would be even a much better player, if you had attended the Bolletieri academy?

Hard to say, I have never been there. Maybe if I attended the academy, I would be out of tennis now (I think she may be referring to her compatriot Nicole). I am glad that my path has been different.

EXCELSCIOR’S QUESTION (I modified it a bit for Petra): Petra, what are you doing for getting more quickly into form and reducing the number of errors early in tournaments? You have a stellar record in semifinals and finals so you are probably most vulnerable in early rounds when you are not in top shape. Am I right?

It’s true, but this applies to all the favorites, including Federer. (Gotta love the fact that she already regards herself as one of the favorites and compares herself to Federer!)

Is it a done deal that you will be playing mixed doubles with Tomáš Berdych at the London Olympics? You would be a great team.

It’s not a done deal yet. We’ll see based on our performance at the Hopman Cup.

Your favorite book or author?

I liked Millenium by Stieg Larsson.

VIKAPOWER’S QUESTION: Petra, do you watch other players’ matches (men/women). If yes, which players and do you watch your draw before the start of a tournament?

When I’m at home, I don’t watch tennis at all. When I’m away at tournaments, I sometimes watch tennis during my rest time. Mainly the men’s matches.

Favorite past-time activities?

Reading, cinema.

Your friends among foreign players?

Steffi Voegele and others. I have good relationships with all players.

Your opinion on Nicole Vaidišová? Didn’t she end her career too early?

She was good at an extremely young age. But if she didn’t enjoy tennis any more, it’s probably good for her that she finished her career.

What will the Czech team do without Kveta Peschke? Is there anyone who can replace her?

Yesterday, Lucie and I practiced doubles so that we can replace her :) We will miss her, but I trust that we will find a another way to succeed.

What language are you using when talking to Martina Navrátilová and Caroline Wozniacki?

With Martina we talk in Czech, with Caroline we talk in Czech-Polish-English.

JUPITER LOVER’S QUESTION: Petra, are you trying to take anything to improve your asthma on court?

On court, it’s already too late. I focus more on prevention.

Congrats on a great 2011 season. Will the 2012 season be equally successful ? :)

The 2012 season will be difficult :) But I’ll do my best to make it successful

Do you have any time for your private life during season? How many times per week do you practice?

Adam is also a tennis player so it’s difficult. But we do our best. During the training season, I practice six days per week.

Do you have any real friends among tennis players?

It’s not a real friendship, but of course we talk to each other in locker rooms, etc.

What was going through your mind when you had a match point in the Wimbledon final against Sharapova? I would be extremely nervous.

I was thinking that I had three attempts to make it. I played the match point without any fear.

TimeyWimey
Dec 21st, 2011, 12:34 PM
TRANSLATION OF TODAY'S Q&A WITH PETRA, ENJOY !



Huge thanks for the translation, Petronius :)

Vikapower
Dec 21st, 2011, 12:45 PM
TRANSLATION OF TODAY'S Q&A WITH PETRA, ENJOY !

Many thanks Petronius. :worship: I wished she would have said which men players :lol: but I'm really satisfied she answered already so thanks to you and Petra. :worship: :yeah:

mac47
Dec 21st, 2011, 01:04 PM
I'm loving that she reads detective fiction. We need to get her some Dorothy Sayers.

iPatty
Dec 21st, 2011, 02:33 PM
Do you think you would be even a much better player, if you had attended the Bolletieri academy?

Hard to say, I have never been there. Maybe if I attended the academy, I would be out of tennis now. I am glad that my path has been different.

:hearts:

Excelscior
Dec 21st, 2011, 03:07 PM
Wow Petronius.

She answered a lot of questions.

And great translation/reduction of my question.

Unfortunately, she didn't answer it (though she acknowledged it's true, while referencing Federer). Lol

I'll get back to reading the rest of the questions.

It appears the TF Subforum clan, gave her some good questions (cause so many were picked)? :) :devil: :)

As far as YOUR question Petronius, I think Petra may of been polite in answering it. She'd probably tell you she was working on her ground strokes (or she was so out of form she couldn't react well enough to Lucie's ground strokes), so she didn't got to the net much. Though I certainly agree with your premise in a tour match. She may of not felt that necessary in her third match back from vacation/training in the Czech league.

Excelscior
Dec 21st, 2011, 03:13 PM
@Petronius.

Are all of those smiley faces yours or some are Petra's?

I also liked that very matter of fact answer she gave regarding Berdych and the Hopman Cup ("We’ll see based on our performance at the Hopman Cup"). :confused: :oh: :confused:

Excelscior
Dec 21st, 2011, 03:29 PM
Many thanks Petronius. :worship: I wished she would have said which men players :lol: but I'm really satisfied she answered already so thanks to you and Petra. :worship: :yeah:

I don't know if she still feels this way, but historically she liked Sampras, Federer and Agassi.

Those are the players she watched. As she said, Petra's always stated she never liked women's tennis (or tennis in general on TV), except for Martina and those men, when she did watch.

GoofyDuck
Dec 21st, 2011, 03:35 PM
Great Q&A! hope she does well next year :D


Really cool she answered my question :cheer: even though it was not very original :lol:

Petronius
Dec 21st, 2011, 04:05 PM
@Petronius.

Are all of those smiley faces yours or some are Petra's?

I also liked that very matter of fact answer she gave regarding Berdych and the Hopman Cup ("We’ll see based on our performance at the Hopman Cup"). :confused: :oh: :confused:

Each of those smiley faces were made by Petra herself.

LOL, I agree that she didn't respond to your question, but at least she admitted that you were right :devil:

I think we were very lucky that she responded - at least partly - to all our questions. Based on my previous experience with these Q&A's, I was smart enough to send the questions one day in advance. They usually follow the First In First Out principle :lol:

She usually keeps her answers very short, but it was fun anyway.

I also think that if she has another huge season and her international fanbase grows, it will become unbearable to hold these live chats only in her mother tongue.

Check also the Q&A photos/video posted by Paul !

Barktra
Dec 21st, 2011, 04:07 PM
I am suprised all of our questions were picked :eek:

Sharapovian
Dec 21st, 2011, 04:41 PM
Thanks for those translations, Petronius.

Interesting read and some great answers.

Raiden
Dec 21st, 2011, 04:46 PM
Wow terrific stuff Petronius Do you think you would be even a much better player, if you had attended the Bolletieri academy?

Hard to say, I have never been there. Maybe if I attended the academy, I would be out of tennis now (I think she may be referring to her compatriot Nicole).

I am glad that my path has been different.Amen Amen Amen Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah!

I'm as glad as you Petra that your path has been different!

Of course, I already felt this was true before reading this interview but I must say it feels good to hear something that have been my "pet peeve" for a long time, is now coming from Petra's own mouth that, indeed the tennis she learned in Europe that focused on real/pure tennis skills is superior than the gimmicky Florida school of "scream tennis" philosophy that in an endless quest to replicate Monica Seles's unexpected success, Bolletieri and others in his slipstream have (in my opinion) degenerated the standing of the SPORT that is womens tennis.

But now that Kvitova is in the process of dismantling that tennis philosophy, hopefully by the time she retires she'd have had enough success to completely discredit the doctrine to the point that future players would follow Petra's footsteps rather than any of the screamers (that would be my definition of "saving the wta").

EXCELSCIOR’S QUESTION (I modified it a bit for Petra): Petra, what are you doing for getting more quickly into form and reducing the number of errors early in tournaments? You have a stellar record in semifinals and finals so you are probably most vulnerable in early rounds when you are not in top shape. Am I right?

It’s true, but this applies to all the favorites, including Federer. (Gotta love the fact that she already regards herself as one of the favorites and compares herself to Federer!)Not sure what "favorite" is emphasizing in this context, but the more important and joyous point is that Petra picked Fed rather than (God forbid) Nadal or Djoker

VIKAPOWER’S QUESTION: Petra, do you watch other players’ matches (men/women). If yes, which players and do you watch your draw before the start of a tournament?

When I’m at home, I don’t watch tennis at all. When I’m away at tournaments, I sometimes watch tennis during my rest time. Mainly the men’s matches.
Again, it suffices to say that her answer to this question is like music to my ears... and kudos to Vikapower;) for initiating the question even though she may or may not have dealt with the subject matter before
.

Excelscior
Dec 21st, 2011, 05:02 PM
Originally Posted by Petronius

Do you think you would be even a much better player, if you had attended the Bolletieri academy?

Hard to say, I have never been there. Maybe if I attended the academy, I would be out of tennis now (I think she may be referring to her compatriot Nicole).

I am glad that my path has been different.
Amen Amen Amen Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah!

Originally posted by JerriyI'm as glad as you Petra that your path has been different!

Of course, I already felt this was true before reading this interview but I must say it feels good to hear something I have sincerely believe-in for a long time, is now coming from Petra's own mouth that, indeed the tennis she learned in Europe that focused on real/pure tennis skills is superior than the gimmicky Florida school of "scream tennis" philosophy that in my opinion has degenerated the standing of womens tennis.

But now that Kvitova is in the process of dismantling that tennis philosophy by her success, hopefully by the time she retires she has enough success to completely discredit the doctrine to the point that future tennis players would follow Petra's footsteps rather than any of the screamers (that would be my definition of "saving the wta").

It's funny you said all this Jerriy. Cause I recall someone telling me earlier this year (after I brought it up to them), that "Petra could never be number one, because all the number one players eventually trained in America at some point in their careers". No Joke. They said that to me! I remember. Lol

Though it may of been mostly true, or made sense at the time, hopefully (like you), Petra can change that notion soon.

Raiden
Dec 21st, 2011, 05:10 PM
^ Excel, my peeve is not so much that it's "America". I'm not a nationalist. It's just a purely sport-ideological point of view that American, more specifically Floridian school of tennis has been negative in that it had that typical Yank opportunism of Bolletieri & co. to "milk the sucker dry" or "over-exploit" unexpected success: to turn too many little girls into assembly line product of Monica-Seles-clones.

Call it if you will the era of "tennisxploitation" (in the style of Hollywood's wave of sexploitation, blaxploitation... etc).

Excelscior
Dec 21st, 2011, 05:40 PM
Originally posted by JerriyExcel, my peeve is not so much that it's "America". I'm not a nationalist. It's just a purely sport-ideological point of view that American, more specifically Floridian school of tennis has been negative in that it had that typical opportunism of Bolletieri & co to milk or "over-exploit" unexpected success: to turn too many little girls into assembly line product of Monica-Seles-clones.

Call it if you will the era of "tennisxploitation" (in the style of Hollywood's wave of sexploitation, blaxploitation... etc).

No. I see. It's two fold here.

I think the person I spoke with, did mean the Bolleterri school in actuality, since it's the current factory. The irony was, he was European, though still felt that way.

As far as your point; I agree whole heartedly. Many people feel the Bolleteri school, etc., has ruined women's tennis for all the reasons you stated. And yes it's good, that Petra has learned actual tennis skills, kept them, and is learning on how to improve on and integrate them continually, it appears.

Oh. I get it.

She's not just another Bolleteri Baseline Ball Bashing Banshee (nor wants to be)! Lol

paulmara
Dec 21st, 2011, 07:04 PM
Tonight 21:00 Czech Sport awards 70 minutes

http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/porady/10317865695-sportovec-roku-2011/21152216082-sportovec-roku-2011/

http://www.mocr.army.cz/assets/informacni-servis/zpravodajstvi/koruna-pro-sportovce-roku_2.jpg

http://sport.idnes.cz/budicek-v-sest-obed-ve-ctvrt-na-sest-kvitova-kmitala-nejen-kvuli-satum-1k8-/tenis.aspx?c=A111221_190403_tenis_ma
today busy schedule

paulmara
Dec 22nd, 2011, 09:07 AM
Today Petra in Manchester

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/sports_personality/16292622.stm

she will be in violet

http://sport.idnes.cz/tenisova-kralovna-to-by-mi-vubec-nevadilo-priznava-kvitova-poy-/tenis.aspx?c=A111221_201557_tenis_ma
interview
2012 WTA in Prague not probable
second interview
http://www.sport.cz/clanek/195687-kvitova-jako-v-pohadce-nelituju-niceho-byl-to-nadpozemsky-rok.html
Jozef Ivanko article
http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/prace-se-mnou-boli-rika-muz-ktery-stoji-za-promenou-kvitove-9196/
Czech tennis player of the year
http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/kvitova-ziskala-zlateho-kanara-9194/

Petronius
Dec 22nd, 2011, 09:05 PM
I don't know if she still feels this way, but historically she liked Sampras, Federer and Agassi.

Those are the players she watched. As she said, Petra's always stated she never liked women's tennis (or tennis in general on TV), except for Martina and those men, when she did watch.

I think this is the reason why some think she may become the dominant WTA player. Learning the best from men and then putting it in practice on the women's circuit :lol:

Note: some commentators observed that her FedCup match with Kuznetsova was as good as many men's matches

Petronius
Dec 22nd, 2011, 09:30 PM
Thanks for your insight Jerriy, it was a very interesting read :yeah:


Not sure what "favorite" is emphasizing in this context, but the more important and joyous point is that Petra picked Fed rather than (God forbid) Nadal or Djoker.

In this context, it meant players considered likely to win. However, in Petra's case it actually had the other meaning as well, with Roger being one of her personal favorites.

ExtremespeedX
Dec 24th, 2011, 01:34 AM
I would be very disappointed if Petra named Nadal or Faker as one of her favorites. Both Fed and Sampras have way more class, game and are better champions with more talent.

flyingmachine
Dec 25th, 2011, 09:26 AM
I think this is the reason why some think she may become the dominant WTA player. Learning the best from men and then putting it in practice on the women's circuit :lol:

Note: some commentators observed that her FedCup match with Kuznetsova was as good as many men's matches

At last someone has notice something in this match. :rolleyes:

Excelscior
Dec 25th, 2011, 04:03 PM
At last someone has notice something in this match. :rolleyes:

Funny (but true)! :) :devil: :) Great match!

And for Cordswant (I hope I spelled it right); I know you didn't see the full Jankovic or Kuznetsova match. A decent portion of Petra vs Kuznetsova is on Youtube right now.

I think it's titled "Fed Cup 1 and Fed Cup 2". It's not the entire match match. But it's a good portion of it (45 min), particularly during key stretches. You'll know you stumbled on the right thing, when you see Japanese writing. They show the Kirilenko match first (Fed Cup 1). Petra vs Kuznetsova is Fedcup 2. "Ah forget it". "Here it is below!" Lol

Fed Cup 1 http://youtu.be/3kUue2eoW90

Fed Cup 2 http://youtu.be/QMeWXIWD4ZI

The full Jankovitch from Linz is also on via PetraKvitovasfanclub. The video quality is not that good (and it's in 10 parts). But if you need to watch it/get your Petra fix before next year, feel free.

http://youtu.be/IbRaVWqA9rs

Oh. And Happy Holidays Everybody!!

mac47
Dec 25th, 2011, 05:49 PM
That match with Kuznetsova was incredible. Petra was under incredible pressure, and you could see it in her body language and facial expressions, yet she kept coming up with great shots. There were some must-hold games in the third set where she hit nothing but service winners and never had to play a second shot.

It's this kind of performance that convinces me that she will continue to come up big in the big tournaments and the marquee matches when there's a lot of pressure. If she can beat an on-fire Sveta while feeling physically uncomfortable (look how she hunches over frequently in that match) and in front of thousands of Russian fans, and despite being down 0-3 in the third, then she can beat Serena, Kim, anyone the tour has to offer.

bruce goose
Dec 25th, 2011, 07:19 PM
That match with Kuznetsova was incredible. Petra was under incredible pressure, and you could see it in her body language and facial expressions, yet she kept coming up with great shots. There were some must-hold games in the third set where she hit nothing but service winners and never had to play a second shot.

It's this kind of performance that convinces me that she will continue to come up big in the big tournaments and the marquee matches when there's a lot of pressure. If she can beat an on-fire Sveta while feeling physically uncomfortable (look how she hunches over frequently in that match) and in front of thousands of Russian fans, and despite being down 0-3 in the third, then she can beat Serena, Kim, anyone the tour has to offer.Amen,Mac,and it's the duplicated feats that encourage me that Petra has that necessary internal strength to be a long-term champion...the Memphis win vs. Venus back in 2008;the USO comeback vs. then-#1 Dinara;the domination of Clijsters in France and then Masha at Wimbledon;the hard-fought YEC triumph and then the Sveta match you mention above.This has happened too many times to be dismissed as flukes or good luck,and she'll likely get even tougher,mentally,as she grows emotionally

Excelscior
Dec 25th, 2011, 08:33 PM
That match with Kuznetsova was incredible. Petra was under incredible pressure, and you could see it in her body language and facial expressions, yet she kept coming up with great shots. There were some must-hold games in the third set where she hit nothing but service winners and never had to play a second shot.

It's this kind of performance that convinces me that she will continue to come up big in the big tournaments and the marquee matches when there's a lot of pressure. If she can beat an on-fire Sveta while feeling physically uncomfortable (look how she hunches over frequently in that match) and in front of thousands of Russian fans, and despite being down 0-3 in the third, then she can beat Serena, Kim, anyone the tour has to offer.

What's most interesting about that match, besides the great play of Sveta and the up and down swings, was Petra said in an interview after, "my serve wasn't there like it was in my first match, so I decided spin it in and I was prepared to win points on long rallies".

Some people always think of Petra as a brainless ball basher, but don't realize that she actually thinks and adapts, while having a strategy most times.

When she's inform; it's easier to notice and for her to implement. When she's out of form, it's not (cause she doesn't have full mastery and confidence of all her shots/playing styles). People who don't see enough of these Petra Fed Cup type matches (or Petra herself in general), are completely oblivious to all this, of course. Let's hope it continues?

She showed a lot of heart, resiliency, stamina, patience and adaptive ability in this match.

ExtremespeedX
Dec 26th, 2011, 12:38 AM
Some people always think of Petra as a brainless ball basher, but don't realize that she actually thinks and adapts, while having a strategy most times.


Only idiots think that :shrug: Hitting hard doesn't automatically equal brainless ballbasher.

Queen Petra Fan
Dec 26th, 2011, 05:43 AM
That match with Kuznetsova was incredible. Petra was under incredible pressure, and you could see it in her body language and facial expressions, yet she kept coming up with great shots. There were some must-hold games in the third set where she hit nothing but service winners and never had to play a second shot.

It's this kind of performance that convinces me that she will continue to come up big in the big tournaments and the marquee matches when there's a lot of pressure. If she can beat an on-fire Sveta while feeling physically uncomfortable (look how she hunches over frequently in that match) and in front of thousands of Russian fans, and despite being down 0-3 in the third, then she can beat Serena, Kim, anyone the tour has to offer.


Excellent summary. Couldn't agree more BigMac.

Queen Petra Fan
Dec 26th, 2011, 05:55 AM
Only idiots think that :shrug: Hitting hard doesn't automatically equal brainless ballbasher.

Only the haters are too blind to give her credit as an all-around player. None of the other girls can offer up, or actually use like Petra, such a variety of shots. I also laugh when they say she can't move. Our girl moves plenty well for a lady of her height - and she's getting better at it all the time thanks to her conditioning training. Her mental approach jumped leaps and bounds the last quarter of the season. That was her greatest area of improvement I felt. You almost never see her hanging her head anymore when things get bad. She's a fighter now and a soon to be No.1 ranked champion!

:worship: Queen Petra will rule the WTA in 2012! :worship:

Petronius
Dec 26th, 2011, 09:57 AM
Thank God, we have Wikipedia :yeah:

Petra Kvitová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtra ˈkvɪtovaː], English: /kəˈvɪtəvə/; born 8 March 1990) is a Czech professional tennis player. Known for her powerful left-handed shots and variety, she has won seven WTA singles titles. As of 31 October 2011, she is ranked World No. 2

paulmara
Dec 26th, 2011, 10:13 AM
Hopman Cup
Sydney
Australian Open
Fed Cup
Week off (no Paris)
Dauhá
Dubaj
2 weeks off
Indian Wells
Miami
Clay season

http://www.sport.cz/clanek/195702-kvitova-veri-ze-v-hlave-ji-zustane-hlavne-tenis-i-kdyz-satnik-ma-plny.html

ElusiveChanteuse
Dec 26th, 2011, 10:29 AM
not defending Paris?:eek: I guess she's aiming for the Wimbledon-Olympic.:cheer:

mac47
Dec 26th, 2011, 12:14 PM
Planning to win in Melbourne --> no need to defend Paris.

Corswandt
Dec 26th, 2011, 12:17 PM
not defending Paris?:eek:

She'll apply for a late WC if things go badly down under - those are the perks of being a top player. Paris GDF will be happy to oblige, as they'll probably have a shite field again this year.

Just found out that the Fed Cup tie in Stuttgart will be played on hard. Makes even more sense to end up entering Paris GDF after all.

Petronius
Dec 26th, 2011, 02:10 PM
Hopman Cup
Sydney
Australian Open
Fed Cup
Week off (no Paris)
Dauhá
Dubaj
2 weeks off
Indian Wells
Miami
Clay season

http://www.sport.cz/clanek/195702-kvitova-veri-ze-v-hlave-ji-zustane-hlavne-tenis-i-kdyz-satnik-ma-plny.html

Just read the interview at the link you provided. She is again incredibly humble.

What is your schedule before defending the Wimbledon title?
Hopman Cup, Sydney, Australian Open and then I hope that I will be nominated for Fed Cup.

The most talented Czech player since Martina Hingis, the current world No. 2, the reigning Wimbledon, YEC and Fed Cup champ and she hopes that she will be nominated. Incredible. :worship:

TimeyWimey
Dec 26th, 2011, 02:57 PM
What is your schedule before defending the Wimbledon title?
Hopman Cup, Sydney, Australian Open and then I hope that I will be nominated for Fed Cup.


the world is waiting for you, go Petra :drive:

Meelis
Dec 26th, 2011, 03:07 PM
As a top 10 player she is guaranteed to get a wild-card in any non mandatory tournament next year.

M.P
Dec 26th, 2011, 03:13 PM
not defending Paris?:eek: I guess she's aiming for the Wimbledon-Olympic.:cheer:

aims on bigger tournament in Doha :oh:

ElusiveChanteuse
Dec 26th, 2011, 03:13 PM
Planning to win in Melbourne --> no need to defend Paris.
:worship: This too.:oh: :cheer:

She'll apply for a late WC if things go badly down under - those are the perks of being a top player. Paris GDF will be happy to oblige, as they'll probably have a shite field again this year.

Just found out that the Fed Cup tie in Stuttgart will be played on hard. Makes even more sense to end up entering Paris GDF after all.
:worship:

Just read the interview at the link you provided. She is again incredibly humble.

What is your schedule before defending the Wimbledon title?
Hopman Cup, Sydney, Australian Open and then I hope that I will be nominated for Fed Cup.

The most talented Czech player since Martina Hingis, the current world No. 2, the reigning Wimbledon, YEC and Fed Cup champ and she hopes that she will be nominated. Incredible. :worship:
:lol: How humble is she.:hug:
As a top 10 player she is guaranteed to get a wild-card in any non mandatory tournament next year.
:eek: :worship:

Coconut91
Dec 26th, 2011, 05:51 PM
Hi guys. When is Petra travelling to Australia? Was it on 27th? That is... tomorrow? :lol:

Thank god Christmas makes time go faster... New season is herrre :cheer:

Excelscior
Dec 27th, 2011, 03:38 AM
ESPN Greg Garber Article
Updated: December 26, 2011, 10:02 PM ET
2011 Awards: Kvitova steals the show


Comments2

Garber By Greg Garber
ESPN.com

It's been more than seven weeks since the last meaningful shot fell to earth in the women's game.

In Moscow, the doubles team of Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke lifted the Czech Republic to the Fed Cup title over Russia. It was the first title for the visitors in 23 years, going back to when the country was known as Czechoslovakia.

Meanwhile, in Indonesia, Ana Ivanovic prevailed in the year-end tournament of champions.

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"Very unexpected, actually," Ivanovic said afterward.

A fitting postscript to the 2011 season, actually.

It began conventionally, with a Kim Clijsters victory at the Australian Open. After that, things got delightfully weird. Li Na, Petra Kvitova and Sam Stosur all became first-time Grand Slam singles winners.

For the first time in five years, neither Serena nor Venus Williams won a major.

As a public service -- consider this an early holiday gift -- here's a look back at some of our favorite things from this WTA season:

Player of the Year: Petra Kvitova. Previously, her best major finish was reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon a year ago. This year the 21-year-old lefty from the Czech Republic broke through at the All England Club, beating Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova in the last two matches.

Kvitova later banked $1.75 million in winning the year-end WTA Championships and helped win the Fed Cup. She was ranked No. 34 when the season began, which is why she also won the WTA award for Most Improved Player. She is long -- 6 feet tall -- and has one of the best serves in the game. Kvitova employs a rare combination of brute power and finesse. And she's getting better.

Comeback Player of the Year: Serena Williams. The WTA version of this award went to Sabine Lisicki, who started the year outside the top 200 and overcame an ankle injury to finish at No. 23. Fair enough, Lisicki was terrific.

But … Serena overcame some serious health issues and, after missing nearly a year of tennis, came back to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon and win Stanford and Toronto, plus six matches at the U.S. Open -- beating Azarenka and No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.

Lost in the hysteria of her second straight temper tantrum in New York was the fact she competed well before falling to Stosur in the final. Serena won 22 of 25 matches and, although she turned 30 before the end of the season, promises to be a major player in 2012.

The last time Serena failed to win a major in a calendar year? She came back to win the Australian Open in 2007.

Freshest personality: Andrea Petkovic. She speaks a handful of languages, but can also dance. In a sport that historically encourages homogeneity, the Petko Dance constitutes a cultural revolution of sorts.

The 24-year-old German by way of Bosnia reached three major quarterfinals, went 54-17 and finished at No. 10.

Most well-received victory: Li reached her first major final in Australia, then broke through at the French Open, defeating defending champion Francesca Schiavone in the final. At the age of 29, she became the first Asian-born player -- man or woman -- to win a Grand Slam singles title. The fact that she lost two of her three remaining major matches did nothing to diminish that sublime win in Paris.

[+] EnlargeFrancesca Schiavone
Greg Wood/AFP/Getty ImagesFrancesca Schiavone made history at the Australian Open with her four-plus-hour win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Wardrobe malfunction: Venus Williams was wearing a modest little black dress for an exhibition in Milan, when -- whaaaap! -- her left strap broke as she hit a running forehand. Venus slowed down, covered her top and watched Flavia Pennetta hit a winner. Venus laughed and the sellout crowd of 11,000 did, too. After a quick change -- Pennetta hit with a ball boy while Venus changed into a more functional outfit -- they continued and Pennetta won in straight sets.

The longest match: Schiavone, ever the scrapper, prevailed over Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in the fourth round of the Australian Open. The match ran 4 hours, 44 minutes.

Here's to the victors:

Most titles: Kvitova, Wozniacki (6).

WTA main-draw wins: Wozniacki (63).

Hard-court wins: Vera Zvonareva (44)

Clay wins: Anabel Medina Garrigues (23)

Grass wins: Kvitova, Sabine Lisicki (11)

Most aces: Marion Bartoli (270)

Forward spin: Kim Clijsters, 28, faces a narrowing competition window; it looks like 2012 might be her last season before she retires to have a second child. The four-time Grand Slam singles champion won Down Under, but didn't play an official match after August.

Unofficially, though, she met No. 1 Wozniacki in an exhibition earlier this month and won, 6-2, 7-6 (5). For good measure, Clijsters and her younger sister, Elke, beat Wozniacki and Yanina Wickmayer in doubles.

Sure, it didn't count, but the result suggests Clijsters should be a factor, even early in 2012. Maybe Australia, where she is the defending champion?

Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

PS: I love that "She's Long", and a "Rare combination of Brute Power and Finesse" line. Lol

Petronius
Dec 27th, 2011, 05:55 PM
Today, in her last Czech interview before Perth, Petra again repeated that she doesn't care much about the No. 1 spot. "My main goal is to keep improving the quality of my tennis. I don't calculate my ranking points."

Petronius
Dec 27th, 2011, 06:06 PM
PS: I love that "She's Long", and a "Rare combination of Brute Power and Finesse" line. Lol

Very fitting description of Petra's game. :lol:

Excelscior
Dec 27th, 2011, 06:31 PM
Very fitting description of Petra's game. :lol:

Yeah. Kool line.

It's good that more and more so called "reporters" and "experts" have started to know/notice this. Petra fans have been saying this for quite some time. That's one of the main reasons why I posted it.

MiiMo
Dec 29th, 2011, 02:37 PM
http://wtaupdates.blogspot.com/2011/12/2012-preview-who-will-dominate-which.html

Brand new article about Petra's great 2011 season !

Check this out :)

Petronius
Dec 29th, 2011, 05:30 PM
http://wtaupdates.blogspot.com/2011/12/2012-preview-who-will-dominate-which.html

Brand new article about Petra's great 2011 season !

Check this out :)

Nice article! I hope Petra's 2012 will be equally great or maybe even better.

Good luck to your fave Masha :yeah:

Sharapovian
Dec 29th, 2011, 10:44 PM
Hi guys. When is Petra travelling to Australia? Was it on 27th? That is... tomorrow? :lol:

She has arrived in Perth :)

You can see her in the background of this video roughly 0:20-0:30s

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Sharapovian
Dec 29th, 2011, 11:14 PM
Article is in Czech but I think it's mainly just talking about how Christmas and New Year/Hopman Cup.

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/svet-hvezd/114666/sampionka-petra-kvitova-oslavi-vanoce-bez-pritele-adama.html

Excelscior
Dec 30th, 2011, 05:27 AM
PETRA KVITOVA IS IN ESPN'S NEXT MAGAZINE

For those of you who are unfamiliar, ESPN's NEXT magazine is representative of the "next big thing in sports", according to their editors.

The January 9, 2012 issue with Superb Rookie American Footballer, Cam Newton on the cover (who is already becoming, and will be THE NEXT BIG THING IN THE NFL), includes an article on Petra for tennis. Here it is.

ON HER GOOD SIDE
Petra Kvitova could become the first No. 1 lefty since 1996
By Lindsay Berra
ESPN The Magazine Archive, Updated: December 29, 2011, 5:06 PM ET

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/1029/ten_g_kvitova_576.jpg
Julian Finney/Getty Images
In January, Kvitova will head into the Australian Open poised to land her second slam.

This story appears in the Jan. 9, 2012 NEXT issue of ESPN The Magazine.

DURING THE EARLY ROUNDS of Wimbledon in June, 18-time grand slam winner Martina Navratilova and reporter Joel Drucker sat in the Tennis Channel's broadcast booth discussing the legacy of the lefthanded tennis player. The great male lefties came to mind quickly: Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Rod Laver, Goran Ivanisevic, Rafael Nadal. The women were tougher. Beyond Navratilova herself, Monica Seles and 1969 Wimbledon champ Ann Haydon Jones came to mind. Those three had been the only lefthanded women ever to win a grand slam singles title in the Open era. But by the end of the fortnight, Petra Kvitova had changed that.

It was a victory that Navratilova and Drucker probably saw coming. The 21-year-old Kvitova had climbed from No. 34 at the close of 2010 to No. 8 at the start of Wimbledon. There at the All England Club, the Czech lost just two sets en route to her first major title, dazzling opponents and fans alike with her steep lefthanded spin on an already heavy serve. Wimbledon became the crown jewel in a Cinderella season that included six tournament wins, a Fed Cup title and the prestigious WTA Player of the Year Award. Kvitova ended her season in the No. 2 spot, and in January she'll head into the Australian Open poised to land her second slam.

The ultra-aggressive Kvitova, who modeled her game after her ultra-aggressive compatriot Navratilova, spent the year establishing herself as the deadliest member of the WTA triumvirate -- along with No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 3 Victoria Azarenka. She dominated the more defensive Wozniacki during their lone meeting in 2011 at the WTA Championships in Istanbul, and she compiled an impressive 30 match record against Azarenka. Each time they faced off, Kvitova used her penetrating ground strokes to keep the athletic Azarenka on her heels and repeatedly forced the issue at the net. "Petra is really going for it," says Azarenka. "I think she can beat anybody, any day, because right now she has a really good game."

If -- or more likely when -- Kvitova claims the top spot from Woz, she'll become the first No. 1-ranked lefty since Seles held the seat in 1996. It's a fact that speaks as much to Kvitova's skill as it does to the scarcity of southpaws in the world of professional tennis. The Czech is one of only seven lefthanded players in the WTA's top 70; there are also just seven in the men's top 50. "I started playing tennis when I was 4 or 5 years old," Kvitova says. "Even then, my father told me there was an advantage for the lefties."

It's simple physics. When a righty plays another righty, the spin on the serve and forehand causes the ball to go to the dominant forehand side of nearly every tennis player on the planet. But when a southpaw serves, the opposite happens. The ball spins to the weaker backhand side, making returns by righties more difficult. In an effort to emulate the lefty spin, many righties, including Sam Stosur and Andy Roddick, have developed kick serves that spin to the backhand side. But even the best kick serve cannot duplicate what a lefthander does naturally and with more power. "Petra would be hard to play whether she was lefthanded or righthanded," says Stosur. "But her serve is especially difficult because there just aren't many lefthanders out there."

The benefit of being lefthanded is so undeniable that Nadal's Uncle Toni, his longtime coach, forced 8-year-old Rafa, a natural righty, to hold his racket in his left hand. "I always hated playing lefties," Toni Nadal told the The Telegraph in June. "I thought he should at least try it." Of course, now Rafa's scorching lefthanded forehand is the one shot that can consistently break down Roger Federer's perfect one-handed backhand.

Kvitova's forehand shows similar potential, and she has two advantages Nadal does not: She was born a lefty, and she's tall. At six feet, she uses her extra reach to get more on top of the ball and create even more spin. Imagine a mirror image of Venus Williams' killer serve. "The longer you are, the longer the arc, the steeper the angle, the more spin you can put on the ball," Navratilova says. "Petra has a great slice, and it's not because of the wind, you know?"

But even with all of Kvitova's weapons, the 115-point spread that separates her from No. 1 is larger than it seems, and overtaking Wozniacki by February will be difficult. If Kvitova has a weakness, it's her play on outdoor hardcourts. In her past six events on that surface, Kvitova has logged a weak 66 match record. And nowhere do heat and wind wreak more havoc than on the courts Down Under. "No. 1 is very close," Kvitova says. "But it's still a big step."

Momentum, however, is on Kvitova's side. She hasn't lost a match since the first week of October and plans to continue her 12-match winning streak in Australia. If not? She'll still go down as one of the best female lefties in the history of tennis.

Linsday Berra is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. Follow The Mag on Twitter, @ESPNmag, and like us on Facebook.

Petronius
Dec 30th, 2011, 10:29 AM
Kvitova refuses to hype up Wozniacki rivalry

30 December 2011, 10:34


Czech Petra Kvitova stands a thin 115 points behind No 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the women's tennis rankings as both prepare to start 2012 at the Hopman Cup.

But the formidable Czech challenger is apparently not focused on her chances of overhauling the top woman on the WTA list - still without a Grand Slam title to validate her standing.

"Not really," was Kvitova's lukewarm response on Friday as preparation for the eight-nation Hopman event entered its final phase at the Burswood arena. "My ultimate goal is only focus on my improving game."

Wozniacki will arrive late in Perth after playing a Thai exhibition in aid of recent flood victims. Kvitova has been getting accustomed to the surface upon which the next month of tennis will be played.

Kvitova said that when the Czechs face Denmark next week, it won't be anything special for her.

"I'm looking forward to every match I play here and for the mixed too. It doesn't matter who will be on the other side.

"The opponent doesn't matter for me. I know that against Caroline it's always tough to play," she said of the opponent whom she defeated in the Wimbledon final as well as in group play at the season-ending championships in Istanbul.

The Czech is partnered by men's No 7 Tomas Berdych, who played the 2010 Wimbledon final but still prefers his steady performances from 2011.

"In 2010 I had a Grand Slam final, I had semis from Paris. But it was just a few results during the season and a bit of up and down. This season was much more consistent.

"The (2011) results were much better. I won another title (Beijing) during the year so I think that this season was better than 2010," he said.

"I can say that I feel good. To have a long season that means you are playing well. After the World Tour Finals in London there was only time for a few weeks off. You are then getting ready for a new season."

Berdych said he is hoping to lift his ranking to improve upon his all-time best of sixth obtained in 2011.

"Last year was the first time that I moved into the top 10. For this season, the goal will be to try to hold the position and maybe move a bit higher," he said.

Play begins on New Year's Eve, when France composed of Hopman debutant Richard Gasquet and Marion Bartoli face China, which boast women's French Open champion Li Na and men's number 421 Wu Di.

Australia, with Lleyton Hewitt and Jarmila Gajdosova, open on New Year's Day against Spain, comprising Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Excelscior
Dec 30th, 2011, 04:23 PM
Petra is Tennis Magazines Women's Player Of The Year.

Though I feel Steve's writing style can be over dramatic at times, here it is.

Women's Player of the Year: Petra Kvitova
By Steve Tignor - Friday, December 30, 2011

Until the middle of 2011, it was hard to know exactly what to make of Petra Kvitova. The 21-year-old lefthander from the Czech Republic could belt the ball with the best of them, maybe even better than the best of them when she had a moment to set up for a shot. But just when she reached a point where you thought she might break through and do something significant, she didn’t.

Kvitova began the year ranked No. 34, and she looked menacing through the first week in Australia. Then she didn’t show up for her quarterfinal with Vera Zvonareva. She looked very good again in the early stages at Roland Garros, before collapsing with a one-set lead over eventual champion Li Na.

All this time, though, Kvitova’s ranking had been rising, and she came to Wimbledon at a career-high No. 8. That number didn’t do justice to her potential, though, and she finally proved it over the course of the fortnight. Swinging with the self-assurance of a veteran, Kvitova rolled over Maria Sharapova in her first Grand Slam final.

The roller coaster wasn’t over, though, and that startling upswing on Centre Court was followed by an equally startling downer at the U.S. Open, where Kvitova was sent out in the first round. By the year-ender in Istanbul, though, she had found her game again. More crucially, she seemed to have found, for the first time, a way to win when she wasn’t playing her best. Kvitova went undefeated in five matches against the Top 8 players in the world, and reclaimed the future of women’s tennis.

—Steve Tignor

Excelscior
Dec 30th, 2011, 05:00 PM
Shane Lambert wrote an article for Bleacher Report titled 7 Predictions for the 2012 WTA Season.

In his article about the top woman players, he says several things about Petra and makes a Grand Slam prediction that many people who watch Petra closely have said or agree with before. The article's interactive; so I'll provide a link:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1003001-7-predictions-for-the-2012-wta-season

Shane Lambert was the writer for Crunch Sports Betting Service, who predicted Petra would win Wimbledon at the beginning/after the first round.

TimeyWimey
Dec 30th, 2011, 05:58 PM
Kvitova began the year ranked No. 34, and she looked menacing through the first week in Australia. Then she didn’t show up for her quarterfinal with Vera Zvonareva. She looked very good again in the early stages at Roland Garros, before collapsing with a one-set lead over eventual champion Li Na.

—Steve Tignor

how does he know? her early round at Roland Garros was not even broadcasted

I doubt Steve has watched any Petra's match other than the Grand Slams/Istanbul cuz I'm very surprised he pointed "looked very good again" at Roland Garros, not Madrid