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Deestruction
Jan 24th, 2013, 03:42 PM
I'm still trying to figure out, how less weights make you more sore and/or throw off your shots and motion?

Something doesn't add up.

Ana Ivanovic. :sad:

Excelscior
Jan 24th, 2013, 03:43 PM
Ana Ivanovic. :sad:

You're fast. :lol:

I had already added to it, and threw in some emotives. :lol:

Deestruction
Jan 24th, 2013, 03:45 PM
You're fast. :lol:

I had already added to it, and threw in some emotives. :lol:

The moment where i read half of the first sentence the moment i think of Ana. It was NID really. :lol:

Excelscior
Jan 24th, 2013, 03:53 PM
The moment where i read half of the first sentence the moment i think of Ana. It was NID really. :lol:

Well, let's just hope Petra's career doesn't go the Ana Ivanovic route, though it seems eerily similar at the moment. :oh:

Hopefully, Petra falls into the transition year/s, bounce back category (after winning first major), than the players that experienced a downward spiral and mediocrity ever since. :eek:

Deestruction
Jan 24th, 2013, 04:16 PM
Well, let's just hope Petra's career doesn't go the Ana Ivanovic route, though it seems eerily similar at the moment. :oh:

Hopefully, Petra falls into the transition year/s, bounce back category (after winning first major), than the players that experienced a downward spiral and mediocrity ever since. :eek:

Let's hope :oh: :angel:
http://media.tumblr.com/8c3e45798e06a2461fbd5a919e553b7f/tumblr_inline_mgnzb0xlJO1rbtvq4.gif

Yea, but you know how GM is. They like to make prediction on players like her. :lol:

hypersonic
Jan 24th, 2013, 04:40 PM
The Paris slam can't come soon enough (not throwing shade here*). Hope her form revives there, I mean, we're still in the beginning of '13. Funny thing is, according to the Chinese astrology, the new year has not yet begun.

Petronius
Jan 24th, 2013, 05:01 PM
Big interview with 'Smartina' will be published tomorrow by the daily Dnes (idnes.cz is their electronic outlet). So maybe there'll be some more comments on Petra.

It seems that Czech journalists are having too much time on their hands in Australia and they try to draw a few comments on Petra from every Czech-speaking legend now available in Melbourne. I expect a similar interview with Ivan Lendl, if Andy loses to Roger and Ivan has more time for Czech journalists.

Excelscior
Jan 24th, 2013, 05:09 PM
Big interview with 'Smartina' will be published tomorrow by the daily Dnes (idnes.cz is their electronic outlet). So maybe there'll be some more comments on Petra.

It seems that Czech journalists are having too much time on their hands in Australia and they try to draw a few comments on Petra from every Czech-speaking legend now available in Melbourne. I expect a similar interview with Ivan Lendl, if Andy loses to Roger and Ivan has more time for Czech journalists.

What do you expect with Petra playing so poorly; her team being all Czech and Slovak, while Tomas Berdych or any other Czech singles player aren't winning anything in Oz. :eek:

Fed Cup and doubles talk will only get you so far, once the top Czech singles players are knocked out. :lol:

PetraReeMona
Jan 24th, 2013, 05:23 PM
Martina Hingis briefly comments on Petra's current situation:

http://sport.idnes.cz/byvala-tenistka-hingisova-mluvi-o-kvitove-fjz-/tenis.aspx?c=A130124_093349_tenis_ma

Acc. to Hingis, both Martinas are rooting for Petra :awww:

And rooting for her is going to help ..... how :confused:

We're rooting for her too :angel:

Petronius
Jan 24th, 2013, 05:34 PM
And rooting for her is going to help ..... how :confused:

Good point! She should get her Swiss ass away from the Paris academy and return to the Czech Republic and become Petra's full-time coach :devil:

Excelscior
Jan 24th, 2013, 05:44 PM
Good point! She should get her Swiss ass away from the Paris academy and return to the Czech Republic and become Petra's full-time coach :devil:

Ahem. She can't! :oh:

Remember Hingis is not part of the Cernosek Czech/Slovak Cabal. :lol: :eek: :lol:

Petra would have to either champion Martina strongly/sternly to Cernosek, or get rid of him altogether to use either Martina as coach or advisor. You know that.

And as a result of it, Petra may not participate as heavily in Fed Cup, Prague 100K, Czech Exo's, Extraliga, Prostojev and hawking local tourist regions, as Martina MAY NOT work with her in the Czech Republic, as she wouldn't need to if she was only advising or coaching Petra. South of France?

Petronius
Jan 24th, 2013, 05:49 PM
What do you expect with Petra playing so poorly; her team being all Czech and Slovak, while Tomas Berdych or any other Czech singles player aren't winning anything in Oz. :eek:

Fed Cup and doubles talk will only get you so far, once the top Czech singles players are knocked out. :lol:

Now I get it: American male players are all coached by Czechs and Slovaks, that's why none of them reached the quarters, as they could not keep up with those eight European guys despite coming from a 300 million country. :eek:

Just teasing you :lol:

BTW, I expect another battle of Czechoslovak coaches in the Aussie Open final.

Vajda vs. Lendl, Part 2

Shame that none of them is available to coach Petra :awww:

Excelscior
Jan 24th, 2013, 05:53 PM
Now I get it: American male players are all coached by Czechs and Slovaks, that's why none of them reached the quarters, as they could not keep up with those eight European guys despite coming from a 300 million country. :eek:

Just teasing you :lol:

BTW, I expect another battle of Czechoslovak coaches in the Aussie Open final.

Vajda vs. Lendl, Part 2

Shame that none of them is available to coach Petra :awww:

I hope Lendl's apprentice wins the whole thing (no jinx), after he hopefully vanquishes Federer tonight/today. I'm sure you'll be proud (if it happens). :)

Petronius
Jan 24th, 2013, 06:00 PM
And as a result of it, Petra may not participate as heavily in Fed Cup, Prague 100K, Czech Exo's, Extraliga and Prostojev,

:lol:

BTW, Petra may no longer take part in Prague 100K. WTA has forbidden her to do so, because she's still in the Top 10 and will remain there in the foreseeable future (knock on wood). :)

lupojohn
Jan 24th, 2013, 06:16 PM
BTW, I expect another battle of Czechoslovak coaches in the Aussie Open final.

Vajda vs. Lendl, Part 2

Technically, Lendl's considered an American. They showed a stat on Djokovic's AO winning streak and Lendl's picture was up with an American flag.

Excelscior
Jan 24th, 2013, 06:21 PM
Technically, Lendl's considered an American. They showed a stat on Djokovic's AO winning streak and Lendl's picture was up with an American flag.

You cant tell him that. He claims, re-claims all former Czech's (and Czechoslovakian's) regardless of current Nationality. Once a a Czech, always a Czech!! :lol: :yeah: :lol:

Petronius
Jan 24th, 2013, 08:15 PM
Technically, Lendl's considered an American. They showed a stat on Djokovic's AO winning streak and Lendl's picture was up with an American flag.

Ivan is one of the very finest products of the US tennis system. :worship:

A short time ago, our irrelevant little country had the privilege to welcome this truly American tennis hero on our soil during a small local event called Davis Cup. It was a real privilege. Thank you America for lending him to us for free. It seems he had fun despite not understanding the local language :D

http://www.google.cz/url?source=imglanding&ct=img&q=http://www.daviscup.com/media/135028/135028.jpg&sa=X&ei=A6MBUdyBE9Kq0AW4vYEw&ved=0CAwQ8wc&usg=AFQjCNEDhC2fqMoOIzsknLXkxkxFzPFGqA

Excelscior
Jan 24th, 2013, 09:03 PM
Ivan is one of the very finest products of the US tennis system. :worship:

A short time ago, our irrelevant little country had the privilege to welcome this truly American tennis hero on our soil during a small local event called Davis Cup. It was a real privilege. Thank you America for lending him to us for free. It seems he had fun despite not understanding the local language :D

http://www.google.cz/url?source=imglanding&ct=img&q=http://www.daviscup.com/media/135028/135028.jpg&sa=X&ei=A6MBUdyBE9Kq0AW4vYEw&ved=0CAwQ8wc&usg=AFQjCNEDhC2fqMoOIzsknLXkxkxFzPFGqA

That was good. I like that one. :lol: :yeah: :lol:

Petronius
Jan 24th, 2013, 09:41 PM
On a lighter note, it seems that hard times are over, as our player has been just featured in an article entitled 'Petra Kvitova and 21 Other Bustiest Athletes in the World'

http://www.sportrevue.cz/foto-petra-kvitova-a-21-dalsich-nejprsatejsich-sportovkyn-na-svete

Feel free to browse through the catalog, if it's legal in your country :lol:

Petra is listed as No. 22.

P.S. Don't worry, this is my last contribution today, as I want to be fresh for tomorrow's Roger-Andy :D

bruce goose
Jan 25th, 2013, 05:14 AM
On a lighter note, it seems that hard times are over, as our player has been just featured in an article entitled 'Petra Kvitova and 21 Other Bustiest Athletes in the World'

http://www.sportrevue.cz/foto-petra-kvitova-a-21-dalsich-nejprsatejsich-sportovkyn-na-svete

Feel free to browse through the catalog, if it's legal in your country :lol:

Petra is listed as No. 22.Wouldn't want to test my PC's antivirus on that page but,anyway,how are hard times over??Are you suggesting that Petra will get a self-esteem boost and play better after being named to that list:lol:?If I read your post correctly,she ranked dead last amongst those who were named...it might be better to be ignored than recognized as last place;)

ShiftyFella
Jan 26th, 2013, 07:58 AM
On a lighter note, it seems that hard times are over, as our player has been just featured in an article entitled 'Petra Kvitova and 21 Other Bustiest Athletes in the World'

http://www.sportrevue.cz/foto-petra-kvitova-a-21-dalsich-nejprsatejsich-sportovkyn-na-svete

Feel free to browse through the catalog, if it's legal in your country :lol:

Petra is listed as No. 22.

P.S. Don't worry, this is my last contribution today, as I want to be fresh for tomorrow's Roger-Andy :D
useless list, half of them are not even worth it, Ana has silicone tits, Sanina lower than no tits Kiri, Latasha second to last it's ridicilous:tape::lol:


btw, nice photo of Petra in tennis uniform for once:lol:

ShiftyFella
Jan 28th, 2013, 03:50 PM
Petra plays in FC 1r:cheer:
Czech Fed Cup Team have named a full-strength squad for their Fed Cup first round clash against Australia - Petra Kvitová, Lucie Safarova, Lucie Hradecka, Andrea Hlavackova.

PetraReeMona
Jan 28th, 2013, 04:08 PM
Petra plays in FC 1r:cheer:

:fiery::fiery:

Excelscior
Jan 28th, 2013, 04:49 PM
Petra plays in FC 1r:cheer:

It's official.

Petra doesn't want to win or be a top player (at least at the moment), and we should lower our expectations regarding her near term goals and results.

Hey, if she can return back to high form, plus play Fed Cup (or use Fed Cup to re-gain form and confidence), Great! Knock yourself out Petra. I'd be impressed.

However, Petra playing Fed Cup tells me more about her lack of commitment, to her overall game (or the persuasive/guilt abilities of Mr. Cernosek), than anything else. :help: :oh: :help:

Petra needs to work on so many facets of her game right now. Even if she plays well at Fed Cup, and there's a carry over: It won't teach Petra how to practice well, and win matches--when her game is not on and she lacks confidence, the way things are now.

Petra's too hit and miss at the moment. And she can't keep relying on throwing away segments of the season, until she's ready or gets hot again. She needs to practice/re-gain her consistency, and how to play smarter, early when it's not there. She's been terrible at that her past three tournaments.

If she wants to be a top player (which she may not at the moment), she really needs to get out the Czech Republic and/or change her manager for sure. I understand she's Patriotic or nice; but geesh!!

ShiftyFella
Jan 28th, 2013, 05:13 PM
It's official.

Petra doesn't want to win or be a top player (at least at the moment), and we should lower our expectations regarding her near term goals and results.

Hey, if she can return back to high form, plus play Fed Cup (or use Fed Cup to re-gain form and confidence), Great! Knock yourself out Petra. I'd be impressed.

However, Petra playing Fed Cup tells me more about her lack of commitment, to her overall game (or the persuasive/guilt abilities of Mr. Cernosek), than anything else. :help: :oh: :help:

Petra needs to work on so many facets of her game right now. Even if she plays well at Fed Cup, and there's a carry over: It won't teach Petra how to practice well, and win matches--when her game is not on and she lacks confidence, the way things are now.

Petra's too hit and miss at the moment. And she can't keep relying on throwing away segments of the season, until she's ready or gets hot again. She needs to practice/re-gain her consistency, and how to play smarter, early when it's not there. She's been terrible at that her past three tournaments.

If she wants to be a top player (which she may not at the moment), she really needs to get out the Czech Republic and/or change her manager for sure. I understand she's Patriotic or nice; but geesh!!
:lol: @ you, i guess you never get over it? if anything Petra needs to play alot of matches to start grooving and FC is a great place to start. Also, almost all players play FC even USPova and it's not affecting their game, results or commitment to the tour. WTA advises players to play in Fed Cup\Hopman Cup, the most ridicilous part is WTA awards this commitment with zero pointers for players who eventually skips some tournaments to play FC for their country and represent the tour to more broad public, ATP has better approach towards Davis Cup then WTA to Fed Cup.

pov
Jan 28th, 2013, 05:16 PM
From FB:

Hello from Paris! Here is a Q and A about the tournament :)

Petra, are you looking forward to coming to Paris?

“Of course, I’m really looking forward to coming to Paris. I have always had a great time playing there, especially in 2011 when I won the title there and beat Kim, who was number 1 in the world at the time. I feel comfortable there so hope I can get some good matches.”

What are your favourite things about the tournament and city?

“Well first of all I like to play indoors, so that’s one thing! But I think that it’s very well organized, the people are friendly, and the tournament has a tough field because everyone is competing hard after Australia. Also, the hotel is right near the Champs Elysee and the Arc de Triomphe so you feel like you are right in the middle of the beautiful city and it’s easy to visit a little bit. Usually it’s tough to see the cities where we play.”

Why does your game work indoors?

“I find it easy to play indoors because everything is the same. No sun, no shade, no wind. I feel comfortable there. I played a lot indoors when I was a child because it was so cold in the Czech Republic so my game is suited to it. Plus it can be a fast surface J”

What is your main goal coming here?

“My goal is just to play matches. I want to be relaxed on the court and take a different approach after some tough results in Australia. I am coming with my best friend and my coach David is staying at home, so I hope it will be fun and I can play some good tennis again. I am also hoping to play doubles, which is something rare for me, so I hope that will be fun too!”

Excelscior
Jan 28th, 2013, 05:42 PM
:lol: @ you, i guess you never get over it? if anything Petra needs to play alot of matches to start grooving and FC is a great place to start. Also, almost all players play FC even USPova and it's not affecting their game, results or commitment to the tour. WTA advises players to play in Fed Cup\Hopman Cup, the most ridicilous part is WTA awards this commitment with zero pointers for players who eventually skips some tournaments to play FC for their country and represent the tour to more broad public, ATP has better approach towards Davis Cup then WTA to Fed Cup.

You mean, you don't think Petra's played enough Fed Cup matches? :eek: :oh: :eek:

And I already addressed the "Petra needs matches" component in my response. :lol:

And just so you know: I'm not down on Petra. I just call them the way I see them. I'm glad that you continue to be so optimistic or Petra's current direction and and play. :yeah:

ShiftyFella
Jan 28th, 2013, 06:25 PM
You mean, you don't think Petra's played enough Fed Cup matches? :eek: :oh: :eek:

You bet! I wanna see more FC trophies on the shelf:rolleyes:
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:oh:

ShiftyFella
Jan 29th, 2013, 01:33 PM
Busytova:lol:

http://ww3.sinaimg.cn/bmiddle/9cbfaa59gw1e1aodhjxqij.jpg
+ FC 1R on 9-10th February at Ostrava vs Australia

ArcticMoose
Jan 29th, 2013, 03:05 PM
:banghead::smash::help::tape::unsure::secret::shou t::rolleyes::wazzup::spit::oh::toothy::smoke::roll s::speakles::sobbing::crying2::p:devil: - If 'Only' Ms Kvitova Could Practice What She Preaches!:bounce:
The Tennis Space (http://www.thetennisspace.com/)


http://www.thetennisspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Petra-Kvitova.jpg

The Tennis Space
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Petra Kvitova, a former Wimbledon champion, tells The Tennis Space ‘How to have a great serve.’
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Practice, but don’t over-practice. “When I was a kid, I used to practise my serve for fifteen minutes every day, always at the end of the session. So I would spent more than an hour and a half a week on it. It’s important to get the balance right, though. You don’t want to hit so many serves that you start to feel it in your arm and shoulder and then you’re not right for the matches. These days, I don’t measure it in time, but usually in balls, so I take, say, 60 balls and serve those until I’m happy with how I’m striking the ball. You will soon learn what’s right for you, and how much you need to do without tiring out your arm and shoulder. You don’t want to hit too many.”
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Think about the spins you’re using as well as the placements. “When you’re playing on grass, you could think about using sidespin sometimes as that works on that surface, taking the ball away from the opponent. When I’m on the practice court, I always practise the placements and try to hit the spots. I don’t have certain serves that I hit on big points when I want an ace, as I mix it up.”
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You need a strong body. “If you’re going to have a powerful serve, you need to be in shape and to be able to generate power. You won’t be able to have a good serve unless you have power in your body.”
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Get your technique right. “With the serve, as with everything else in tennis, it’s so important to get your technique right. That’s something you have to learn over years and years. I had a strong serve as a junior, but I have improved it. You should also think about your grip as how you hold the racket is so important.”
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Have confidence in your serve. “I know that I can get free points from my serve, especially indoors and on grass, and that’s important to me. I know that my serve is key to my game. Of course, the serve is not everything, but it’s a big factor.”
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Petra Kvitova is playing at this week’s Open GDF Suez in Paris


© Ella Ling

Excelscior
Jan 29th, 2013, 04:14 PM
@Artic Moose

Yes, considering she served 18DF's at Oz vs Robson, and described it as "the worst I've ever served", she could stand to "practice what she preaches" indeed. :lol:

We'll see? It's good to know, she could even describe how to serve anymore :confused:

TimeyWimey
Jan 29th, 2013, 04:22 PM
Petra Kvitova, a former Wimbledon champion, tells The Tennis Space ‘How to have a great serve, when you are on'

:o

ShiftyFella
Jan 29th, 2013, 08:30 PM
Petra Kvitova, a former Wimbledon champion, tells The Tennis Space ‘How to have a great serve.’
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Practice, but don’t over-practice. “You don’t want to hit so many serves that you start to feel it in your arm and shoulder and then you’re not right for the matches. These days, I don’t measure it in time, but usually in balls”
“Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who Is the Laziest of Them All":haha:

Excelscior
Jan 30th, 2013, 01:22 PM
“Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who Is the Laziest of Them All":haha:

By the way, that could/should be Petra's and teams, official Practice motto ("Practice but don't over practice"). :eek: :oh: :eek:

That's how it's been the past several years. :lol:

bruce goose
Jan 30th, 2013, 02:02 PM
By the way, that could/should be Petra's official motto ("Practice but don't over practice"). :eek: :oh: :eek:

That's how it's been the past several years. :lol:Eliminated the part about Petra's team in deference to Petronius,but you could modify the above as, "Practice just barely enough to outwardly appear like a professional tennis player," or,"Practice during the normal,expected periods as most other players would...unless I need to catch one of Adam's tourneys in person or on satellite feed.......or there's some TV show I wanna watch......or there's some great sale at the clothing stores in whichever town I am.......or..."

lupojohn
Jan 30th, 2013, 03:34 PM
and my coach David is staying at home

This is probably the best news i've heard all year in regards to Petra.

Petronius
Jan 30th, 2013, 03:48 PM
This is probably the best news i've heard all year in regards to Petra.

:lol:

TennisAddict84
Feb 1st, 2013, 03:33 AM
i know this is old news now, but since i just saw it again online...i don't understand WHY petra is playing fed cup AGAIN...wtf...seriously, hasn't she given enough of herself to her country already?!?!

this just further makes me question petra's ambitions...it just seems like she doesn't really care about her career and puts it after everything else...i mean just look at all the top players...azarenka, serena, sharapova...they ONLY play fed cup when it's an olympic year and never would even consider playing it consecutively during non olympic years...cuz they know that their careers and their quest to win GS comes first...i just don't understand Petra's priorities :facepalm:

yes, you can argue that Fed Cup is just one weekend and shouldn't take too much out of Kvitova...but immediately after, she has to play in Doha...i just think logistically, none of it makes any sense...she's already led her country to TWO fed cup titles...what more do they want?!

it's really, really hard for me to see Petra win more slams if she continues to be like this...putting her country before her own career and letting her team make all her decisions...but maybe, she's perfectly content w/ all of this...and having the one wimby title is enough for her...

TimeyWimey
Feb 1st, 2013, 03:44 AM
^unless WTA put mandatory event in the same week with Fed Cup

bruce goose
Feb 1st, 2013, 04:36 AM
you can argue that Fed Cup is just one weekend and shouldn't take too much out of KvitovaMany of your arguments were reasonable but the post confused symptoms with root causes.In your own words,FC doesn't cause any real damage to Petra in terms of wear-and-tear because it's only a brief portion of her yearly schedule.One could argue that she was overly fixated on patriotic obligations,yet there's no evidence that playing FC has harmed her so far.If the rest of Petra's yearly planning were good(in re fitness training,trying to strengthen her mental game,WTA scheduling,etc.),then very few of us would be mentioning FC in a negative light.

Where your post has a lot more merit is in the discussion and implication that Petra is way too Czech-oriented with regard to choosing team members,training set-up & location,and over-commitment to relatively minor events like Extraliga and promotional stuff that benefits her manager and not Petra.THOSE are the root causes of so many problems and,if they were dealt with properly,Petra's playing FC would have negligible negative impact and would continue to give her a nice emotional boost as it's often done to this point

Excelscior
Feb 1st, 2013, 04:30 PM
i know this is old news now, but since i just saw it again online...i don't understand WHY petra is playing fed cup AGAIN...wtf...seriously, hasn't she given enough of herself to her country already?!?!

this just further makes me question petra's ambitions...it just seems like she doesn't really care about her career and puts it after everything else...i mean just look at all the top players...azarenka, serena, sharapova...they ONLY play fed cup when it's an olympic year and never would even consider playing it consecutively during non olympic years...cuz they know that their careers and their quest to win GS comes first...i just don't understand Petra's priorities :facepalm:

yes, you can argue that Fed Cup is just one weekend and shouldn't take too much out of Kvitova...but immediately after, she has to play in Doha...i just think logistically, none of it makes any sense...she's already led her country to TWO fed cup titles...what more do they want?!

it's really, really hard for me to see Petra win more slams if she continues to be like this...putting her country before her own career and letting her team make all her decisions...but maybe, she's perfectly content w/ all of this...and having the one wimby title is enough for her...

Don't worry.

I wrote a post regarding the same thing (Petra and Fed Cup), that sounded practically the same with the latest announcement. :lol:

I know what you mean/how you feel? :unsure: :banghead: :unsure:

ShiftyFella
Feb 1st, 2013, 05:36 PM
Don't worry.

I wrote a post regarding the same thing (Petra and Fed Cup), that sounded practically the same with the latest announcement. :lol:

I know what you mean/how you feel? :unsure: :banghead: :unsure:
:lol: before your response i thought it was you, who wrote that piece:rolls:

AfroIYH
Feb 2nd, 2013, 05:39 AM
Is anyone starting to think it wasn't just a coincidence that Coetze wasn't there when she started getting it together again at the Canadian Open.

PetraReeMona
Feb 2nd, 2013, 06:38 AM
Is anyone starting to think it wasn't just a coincidence that Coetze wasn't there when she started getting it together again at the Canadian Open.

He wasn't in Paris and look what happened there.

I don't know if having the crowd against her affected her :shrug: She's quite a sensitive person isn't she?

ArcticMoose
Feb 7th, 2013, 07:53 PM
http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/kvitova-ted-chci-myslet-pozitivne-11681/
Kvitová: Teď chci myslet pozitivně
I když v prvních týdnech nové sezony nestraší soupeřky svou formou, Petra Kvitová by o víkendu v utkání proti Austrálii znovu měla být tahounkou českého fedcupového výběru. Jak dvaadvacetiletá hráčka z nedalekého Fulneku řekla, sama ví, že nemá ideální formu, ale nekonečné spekulace na téma její výkonnosti už ji začínají unavovat.
http://www.tenisportal.cz/res/data/article/photo-large/b9edcfe532b3c80860d2f780a044105a.jpg
"Už jsem si zvykla, že když se vyhrává, tak je to všechno super, a když se prohrává, tak je to katastrofa. Snažím se to moc neřešit. Jsem na kurtu od toho, abych trénovala a zlepšovala se ve hře, ale možná až moc se to řeší. Už je skoro víkend, možná bychom nemuseli poslouchat ty pesimistické řeči a mohli bychom myslet trošku pozitivně," řekla Kvitová.

Předloňská vítězka Wimbledonu a Turnaje mistryň se po výměně kondičního trenéra na kurtu v úvodu sezony ještě hledá a na prvním grandslamu sezony v Melbourne vypadla už v druhém kole po prohře s mladou Britkou Laurou Robsonovou (http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/v-melbourne-uz-se-hraje-bez-cesek-skoncily-i-kvitova-se-safarovou-11549/). Usiluje o zlepšení, které stále nepřichází.

"Výsledky nejsou, jak bych si představovala, ale na druhou stranu pořád věřím, že to bude dobré. Vím, že tenis hrát umím. Mám ráda Fed Cup, ten týden je vždy úžasný, když přijdou fanoušci a podpoří nás. Třeba se chytnu právě tady," řekla Kvitová.

Změny v kondiční přípravě podle ní potřebují čas. "Změna kondičního trenéra byla důležitá. Trénink, který jsem absolvovala, nemám zažitý. Chce to prostě nějaký čas, nějaký měsíc, aby si to sedlo. Kazím teď docela hodně míčů, je jich bohužel víc než těch vítězných, ale nebrečím kvůli tomu, že jsem prohrála. Věřím, že výsledky zase budou," uvedla světová osmička.

Odmítá, že by se na její hře podepisovaly zdravotní problémy. Například astma, které ji trápilo v lednu v Austrálii. "Žádné zdravotní problémy teď nemám. Astma se týkalo v Austrálii hlavně Brisbane, minulý týden v Paříži s tím žádný problém nebyl," vrátila se Kvitová k turnaji ve francouzské metropoli, kde ve čtvrtfinále skončila po prohře s domácí Kristinou Mladenovicovou (http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/safarova-i-kvitova-v-parizi-dohraly-ve-ctvrtfinale-neuhraly-ani-set-11645/). "Byly to pro mě dva zápasy k dobru, jsem ráda, že jsem v Paříži mohla hrát," dodala.

Teď už má Kvitová plnou hlavu australských tenistek. K účasti ve Fed Cupu se prý stavějí obdobně jako Češky - pozitivně. "Ony mají Fed Cup rády, myslím, že se ukážou v dobrém světle. Samantha Stosurová je hráčka první desítky s vyhraným grandslamem a to mluví za vše. Hraje atypický ženský tenis, než na jaký jsme zvyklí. A Jarka Gajdošová je zase schopna vystřílet kohokoliv a taky schopna s kýmkoliv prohrát," dodala Kvitová.

steni
Feb 8th, 2013, 07:37 PM
http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/kvitova-ted-chci-myslet-pozitivne-11681/
Kvitová: Teď chci myslet pozitivně
I když v prvních týdnech nové sezony nestraší soupeřky svou formou, Petra Kvitová by o víkendu v utkání proti Austrálii znovu měla být tahounkou českého fedcupového výběru. Jak dvaadvacetiletá hráčka z nedalekého Fulneku řekla, sama ví, že nemá ideální formu, ale nekonečné spekulace na téma její výkonnosti už ji začínají unavovat.
http://www.tenisportal.cz/res/data/article/photo-large/b9edcfe532b3c80860d2f780a044105a.jpg
"Už jsem si zvykla, že když se vyhrává, tak je to všechno super, a když se prohrává, tak je to katastrofa. Snažím se to moc neřešit. Jsem na kurtu od toho, abych trénovala a zlepšovala se ve hře, ale možná až moc se to řeší. Už je skoro víkend, možná bychom nemuseli poslouchat ty pesimistické řeči a mohli bychom myslet trošku pozitivně," řekla Kvitová.

Předloňská vítězka Wimbledonu a Turnaje mistryň se po výměně kondičního trenéra na kurtu v úvodu sezony ještě hledá a na prvním grandslamu sezony v Melbourne vypadla už v druhém kole po prohře s mladou Britkou Laurou Robsonovou (http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/v-melbourne-uz-se-hraje-bez-cesek-skoncily-i-kvitova-se-safarovou-11549/). Usiluje o zlepšení, které stále nepřichází.

"Výsledky nejsou, jak bych si představovala, ale na druhou stranu pořád věřím, že to bude dobré. Vím, že tenis hrát umím. Mám ráda Fed Cup, ten týden je vždy úžasný, když přijdou fanoušci a podpoří nás. Třeba se chytnu právě tady," řekla Kvitová.

Změny v kondiční přípravě podle ní potřebují čas. "Změna kondičního trenéra byla důležitá. Trénink, který jsem absolvovala, nemám zažitý. Chce to prostě nějaký čas, nějaký měsíc, aby si to sedlo. Kazím teď docela hodně míčů, je jich bohužel víc než těch vítězných, ale nebrečím kvůli tomu, že jsem prohrála. Věřím, že výsledky zase budou," uvedla světová osmička.

Odmítá, že by se na její hře podepisovaly zdravotní problémy. Například astma, které ji trápilo v lednu v Austrálii. "Žádné zdravotní problémy teď nemám. Astma se týkalo v Austrálii hlavně Brisbane, minulý týden v Paříži s tím žádný problém nebyl," vrátila se Kvitová k turnaji ve francouzské metropoli, kde ve čtvrtfinále skončila po prohře s domácí Kristinou Mladenovicovou (http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/safarova-i-kvitova-v-parizi-dohraly-ve-ctvrtfinale-neuhraly-ani-set-11645/). "Byly to pro mě dva zápasy k dobru, jsem ráda, že jsem v Paříži mohla hrát," dodala.

Teď už má Kvitová plnou hlavu australských tenistek. K účasti ve Fed Cupu se prý stavějí obdobně jako Češky - pozitivně. "Ony mají Fed Cup rády, myslím, že se ukážou v dobrém světle. Samantha Stosurová je hráčka první desítky s vyhraným grandslamem a to mluví za vše. Hraje atypický ženský tenis, než na jaký jsme zvyklí. A Jarka Gajdošová je zase schopna vystřílet kohokoliv a taky schopna s kýmkoliv prohrát," dodala Kvitová.

What???

PetraReeMona
Feb 8th, 2013, 07:43 PM
http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/kvitova-ted-chci-myslet-pozitivne-11681/
Kvitová: Teď chci myslet pozitivně
I když v prvních týdnech nové sezony nestraší soupeřky svou formou, Petra Kvitová by o víkendu v utkání proti Austrálii znovu měla být tahounkou českého fedcupového výběru. Jak dvaadvacetiletá hráčka z nedalekého Fulneku řekla, sama ví, že nemá ideální formu, ale nekonečné spekulace na téma její výkonnosti už ji začínají unavovat.
http://www.tenisportal.cz/res/data/article/photo-large/b9edcfe532b3c80860d2f780a044105a.jpg
"Už jsem si zvykla, že když se vyhrává, tak je to všechno super, a když se prohrává, tak je to katastrofa. Snažím se to moc neřešit. Jsem na kurtu od toho, abych trénovala a zlepšovala se ve hře, ale možná až moc se to řeší. Už je skoro víkend, možná bychom nemuseli poslouchat ty pesimistické řeči a mohli bychom myslet trošku pozitivně," řekla Kvitová.

Předloňská vítězka Wimbledonu a Turnaje mistryň se po výměně kondičního trenéra na kurtu v úvodu sezony ještě hledá a na prvním grandslamu sezony v Melbourne vypadla už v druhém kole po prohře s mladou Britkou Laurou Robsonovou (http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/v-melbourne-uz-se-hraje-bez-cesek-skoncily-i-kvitova-se-safarovou-11549/). Usiluje o zlepšení, které stále nepřichází.

"Výsledky nejsou, jak bych si představovala, ale na druhou stranu pořád věřím, že to bude dobré. Vím, že tenis hrát umím. Mám ráda Fed Cup, ten týden je vždy úžasný, když přijdou fanoušci a podpoří nás. Třeba se chytnu právě tady," řekla Kvitová.

Změny v kondiční přípravě podle ní potřebují čas. "Změna kondičního trenéra byla důležitá. Trénink, který jsem absolvovala, nemám zažitý. Chce to prostě nějaký čas, nějaký měsíc, aby si to sedlo. Kazím teď docela hodně míčů, je jich bohužel víc než těch vítězných, ale nebrečím kvůli tomu, že jsem prohrála. Věřím, že výsledky zase budou," uvedla světová osmička.

Odmítá, že by se na její hře podepisovaly zdravotní problémy. Například astma, které ji trápilo v lednu v Austrálii. "Žádné zdravotní problémy teď nemám. Astma se týkalo v Austrálii hlavně Brisbane, minulý týden v Paříži s tím žádný problém nebyl," vrátila se Kvitová k turnaji ve francouzské metropoli, kde ve čtvrtfinále skončila po prohře s domácí Kristinou Mladenovicovou (http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/safarova-i-kvitova-v-parizi-dohraly-ve-ctvrtfinale-neuhraly-ani-set-11645/). "Byly to pro mě dva zápasy k dobru, jsem ráda, že jsem v Paříži mohla hrát," dodala.

Teď už má Kvitová plnou hlavu australských tenistek. K účasti ve Fed Cupu se prý stavějí obdobně jako Češky - pozitivně. "Ony mají Fed Cup rády, myslím, že se ukážou v dobrém světle. Samantha Stosurová je hráčka první desítky s vyhraným grandslamem a to mluví za vše. Hraje atypický ženský tenis, než na jaký jsme zvyklí. A Jarka Gajdošová je zase schopna vystřílet kohokoliv a taky schopna s kýmkoliv prohrát," dodala Kvitová.

Absolutely.... I agree :p

Petronius
Feb 8th, 2013, 09:59 PM
In one sentence: Petra is fed up with all that doom and gloom talk about her current form and results and wants to think positively.

Let's hope this attitude will pay off on the court. :D

PetraReeMona
Feb 8th, 2013, 10:10 PM
In one sentence: Petra is fed up with all that doom and gloom talk about her current form and results and wants to think positively.

Let's hope this attitude will pay off on the court. :D

See ... I said I agreed :p

Well let's hope that the doom and gloom talk that she's been hearing motivates her :bounce::bounce::bounce: ...... because something had to ;)

steni
Feb 10th, 2013, 02:56 PM
In one sentence: Petra is fed up with all that doom and gloom talk about her current form and results and wants to think positively.

Let's hope this attitude will pay off on the court. :D

Well thats good to know! Lets see what she is gonna do to shut up the critics ( me included)

steni
Feb 10th, 2013, 03:06 PM
In one sentence: Petra is fed up with all that doom and gloom talk about her current form and results and wants to think positively.

Let's hope this attitude will pay off on the court. :D

Well thats good to know! Lets see what she is gonna do to shut up the critics ( me included)

pov
Feb 21st, 2013, 11:46 PM
Interview after the Ivanovic match

Q. That was a high-level match today.
You start off pretty well and fall off. I saw the
entire match. What happened then?
Because you had more troubles for the serve,
I think.
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, yeah, I mean, I
start pretty well and how you said it was very
good match from both of us. I mean, I started
like without a mistake and everything. So I
thought that it can't be like this all match.
Then Ana tried to play quite
aggressively, and then I had some trouble. So
she came back. She served quite well. And,
yeah, how you said already, my serve wasn't that
good as before, and that was a little bit trouble on
my game.

Q. Must be very good for confidence
to get through these kind of tight sets like
this.
PETRA KVITOVA: Yeah, I think so. I
mean, then I had two breaks in the second, and I
didn't hold my serve. So it was quite tough for
my nerves, too.
Yeah, I played quite well in the tiebreak.
The first set when I was up was quite tight in the
end, so I'm glad that I did it in the end.

Q. She's obviously trying to get back
to her best level. She says that she's getting
closer and closer to that. How would you
evaluate her level right now? Do you think
she could be candidate for the top 8 end of
the season the way she played tonight?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, that's a tough
question, because I think in the top it's a lot of
players who can finish being in the top 8 and top
10.
But I think definitely she's coming back.
She's very dangerous player for us.

Q. Serena in Doha said that some of
your shots on your forehand side were just
unreturnable, and she said no one on the
WTA Tour could return it. Ana has just said
the same. I mean, how much confidence
does that give you that a ball comes on one
wing on a fast court and you have the shot
which seemingly no one else has?
PETRA KVITOVA: That's nice to hear it,
anyway. But, yeah, I mean, Doha match I played
against Serena was very good, and that's -- I'm
glad that she said it, for sure.
Yeah, I think from the forehand that it's
my game that I can thinking about and going for
every point for 100% and to have winners from
the side.
I'm really glad that it's working
sometimes. Of course I wish to improve also,
because I have a space what I can improve then.

Q. Speaking of Serena, I assume
you've caught up with the news that she's
withdrawn?
PETRA KVITOVA: Who withdraw?

Q. Serena. Serena is out with a back
injury. With that in mind and given the
impeccable form you're showing here in
Dubai, does that give you I guess a bit of
extra confidence to think you can go all the
way without the top two seeds here?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I don't think so.
I mean, of course it's bad luck for the tournament
that the first two players withdrew, and that's
something for nobody likes.
And for me, like personally, I really don't
care. I mean, I see the next match and that's
important for me right now. It's always like
about the next match.

Q. Speaking of the next match, it's
the defending champ, Agnieszka. How does
that shape up?
PETRA KVITOVA: Yeah, I think it will be
very tough match, for sure. She likes to play
here. She won last year.
I played her last time Istanbul, and I lost
to her. I'm looking for revenge, for sure.
You know, she's really smart player.
She's thinking a lot on the court, so she knows
exactly what she has to play and where I will
play. I have to play my game and not have a
lot of mistakes, but is very like tough if she's
putting every ball back to me. So I have to play
my aggressive game and going for the volleys, I
think.

Q. Just in terms of where your game
is at at the moment, particularly the last two
matches, you're in impeccable form. Can you
put that into some form of context or
perspective? Do you feel you have improved
since Doha? How does it compare to maybe
your best year when you won Wimbledon or
last year? Do you feel you're at the top of
your game, or is there still improvement to
come?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I think that
when I won the Wimbledon, it was my highest
level. It's pretty tough to reach it again.
I'm not thinking like this. I feel very
confident on the court. I feel the balls. My
movement is quite good. Mental side, it's okay,
too. So I don't thinking like where is my level
right now. I know that I have a space what I can
improve, but it's good news for me and for my
coaches. That's always important to know, and of
course that I can really improve everything. I
hope that it's not my highest level right now.

Q. You mentioned the other day in
your press conference that you're feeling
fitter probably than you ever have with your
new fitness coach. Do you still see that as
being an advantage, like you're running
around the court a lot smoother and quicker
and recovering quicker maybe? Would you
say that's a marked difference to previously?
PETRA KVITOVA: You know, I never be
really sprinter on the court. So that's one of the
things what I will never be best in this, for sure.
But I can improve still, and I know that
my movement, it's a little bit better to the sides
but I have to still going for the shorter shots to
the court. I mean, I think that it's everything
together when I am a little bit stronger muscles in
my legs, and then I can be quicker somewhere.
It's everything like together. So I feel quite good.

Q. A question about Barbora
Strycova, did you talk to her or do you know
how she feels?
PETRA KVITOVA: No, I didn't talk to
her.

Q. You're not friends of any kind?
PETRA KVITOVA: We are, we are, but Ididn't talk about that.

centipede
Feb 22nd, 2013, 12:32 AM
Does anyone know where to find the Serena interview? Where she said Kvitova had an unreturnable forehand.

Meelis
Feb 22nd, 2013, 01:01 PM
This one? (http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=86586)

Q. Tonight, it wasn't your ‑‑ I mean, maybe you could talk about it. It didn't seem like it was your best tennis out there, but it seemed like when you needed it you were able to ‑‑down 4‑1 in the decider, I mean, you pulled it out. Talk about your game and also what were the keys to winning tonight.
SERENA WILLIAMS: I really don't know. I just think I was stuck in there, and I just never gave up. I always felt like if I can just keep fighting and I can just try to do it‑‑ I definitely did not play great. With that being said, I think Petra played unbelievable, and I think she was just hitting shots I had no chance to get. I don't think anyone on this tour could have gotten.
I'm not slow at all, by any means, and I just couldn't even reach a lot of the shots she hit tonight. That's also encouraging, because I'm going to definitely go home and work harder.

pov
Feb 22nd, 2013, 03:53 PM
After the Radwanska match.

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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. That was a very good match from you. Did you expect this kind of performance, very quick match?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, not really. I didn't expect that ‑‑ like of course that I wanted to win and play this game what I played. It's, I mean, aggressive game and going for the balls harder.
I think that was the key, to play an aggressive game today.

Q. She said that the balls were flying. It was very fast conditions. Do you share the same feeling?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I felt a little bit different. I mean, it was a little bit windy, so maybe it's a little bit help to flying the balls.
I mean, for me was quite okay because I'm playing fast. I think it can help for me.

Q. When you look at the game today, what would you say was effective? You had a great forehand, 37 winners to like 6 for her. What was different? Was it the power of tennis?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I think we are a little bit different players, that she's trying to run and to catch every ball. I'm the player who is not running a lot but going for the winners. (Smiling.)
That's I think was really different players on the court today, and my game just suits better.

Q. You seem, compared to yesterday when it got toward the end of the set, you closed it out much better and no doubts, no tiebreakers, things like this.
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, actually when I was 5‑4, I was on the bench and thinking about last match, just try not to have the nerves as yesterday. So I'm glad that I did it quite well (smiling).

Q. Do you feel like the four break points you had in second set that was important?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, really, I mean, that was really to come back for me. I had 40‑Love down, and I had like three or four backhand winners down the line. So it was really helpful for me.

Q. When you look at these last two weeks your play is very well, and if you compare, in terms of challenging the top two, especially with Serena, you have been the one that challenged. Do you sense that there are some big things in the future in terms of another Grand Slam, these kind of things for you the way you're playing?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, of course that I have still motivation. That's for me to replay something what I felt after the Wimbledon was something special. So for sure I have a motivation.
But I'm not thinking about a Grand Slam right now. I mean, in the beginning of the season wasn't good results, so I'm really glad that I can play matches, and that's important for me right now.

Q. What turned it around for you after the slow start this season?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, like I said already in the past press conferences, that I changed a little bit my fitness preparation, so I think that it need sometimes to show on the tennis court.

Q. Czech Republic's performance in Fed Cup and Davis Cup, was that the boost you needed, you know, that sort of vindication?
PETRA KVITOVA: You mean as Czech Republic?

Q. Yeah, but also your role in it, that you got, you know, the Czech Republic on the map almost in terms of tennis? Did that give you the vindication to perform like this?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I mean, it's not like only for me, but for sure for all Czech Republic that we have a big bomb last November. It's only one time in the history that we can win like Hopman Cup, Davis Cup, and Fed Cup.
And for me, personally, I love to play Fed Cup. It's always fun all week, and if it's happy end, that's always nice. And we won two times already, so it's something really special for us. It's give me always a little bit of confidence then.

Q. In the semifinal you will play against Caroline Wozniacki, probably same type of player as Radwanska. Same type of game plan for tomorrow?
PETRA KVITOVA: Yeah, for sure it will be very similar to today that I have to play my aggressive game again.
I hope that I can a little bit improve my serve and not have that many double faults. But, anyway, I think it will be very similar and I think that I have to do the same.

Q. Also, the unforced errors, though you won the first set, you really had a lot. Is that something you will reduce significantly, or is that important when you're hitting so many winners?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I think it's important for sure to have less unforced errors. But anyway, I think it's part of my game. I am player who is going for the winners, so I have to accept the unforced errors, too. I remember few what wasn't really tough ones, and I shoot bullet to the court next time.
I think of course that I can have less a little bit.

Q. To beat a top‑5 player, obviously you have been there yourself, but what does it mean in terms of your progress? Kind of a return to the top 5 or even higher? To beat someone like Radwanska, what does it mean?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I think to beat Agnieszka here it means something more because she's defending champion, so she's playing well here.
So that's a good sign for me, for sure, but I'm not thinking like about of some top numbers.
But, anyway, that's important that I won. That's it.

Q. The surface, last year it was among the fastest on the tour, but this year they have repainted it, seems to be a bit slower and a bit more gritty. Could it be faster? How fast is it?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I didn't play last year, so I can't compare it, but what I heard from other players, they said the same what you said.
For me, I think, you know, a little bit faster surface suits me well. But anyway, I don't care. I play semifinals, so I'm okay.
I think that it's really similar to Doha when we played before or I feel like this. So for me it's fine.

*Jack*
Feb 23rd, 2013, 10:32 AM
Here is a new interview with Petra before the final (in Czezch):
http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/138887/stastna-finalistka-kvitova-fed-cup-mi-dodal-sebevedomi.html

ShiftyFella
Feb 23rd, 2013, 10:57 AM
Here is a new interview with Petra before the final (in Czezch):
http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/138887/stastna-finalistka-kvitova-fed-cup-mi-dodal-sebevedomi.html

Love this bit

For me it's very important, I can win rallies with Carolina, who returns almost everything and runs down every ball. It calms me down, that I don't needed to play two strokes and proved I can run with her.

Petra outrallied Karo for most of the match:bounce:

pov
Feb 23rd, 2013, 01:59 PM
After the Wozniacki match

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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. That must have felt good.
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, yeah, for sure. I mean, I'm really happy that I'm in the final, and I'm really glad how I played today.
Yeah, I mean, it was great match.

Q. What do you think made the difference between you today?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, you know, we are like different players, and she's trying to turn on a lot and put the balls back. I am the person who is playing aggressively and going for the winners. That's really depends how if I'm missing a lot or no.

Q. Do you feel she stepped up a bit in the second set?
PETRA KVITOVA: Yeah, for sure. I felt like she's trying to play more aggressively. She's going for the big serve, first serve. She tried to play a little bit quicker.

Q. You play Errani in the final. Can you look ahead.
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, we played already some times. You know, she's top‑10 player, and she's trying to play a little bit similar or she's trying to move well. She has a good forehand with a big spin and quite fast on the backhand.
I think that it will tough match tomorrow.

Q. You're clearly playing very well at the moment, some of us think the best you have played for a year or so. If you agree with that, what do you think the reasons are?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I'm thinking about it doesn't start right now. I think I'm feeling quite well, and I think that the hard work that I did in the off‑season and January, it show on the court finally.
That's something very important to get to my mind and to thinking. It's everything in a good way, and I think that I feel very comfortable.
I played some matches, I practiced a lot, I wasn't injured, so I could practice a lot. That's why maybe I'm like prepared.

Q. When you said "well," did you have sickness as well as loss of fitness? Did you have health issues as well as a fitness issue?
PETRA KVITOVA: Yeah, I think so that it's together. I was quite injured last year, and that was my priority at the beginning of the season, that I would try to be more healthy and prepare for the tournaments what I am. So that's the good sign.

Q. With your style of game, is confidence the most important thing?
PETRA KVITOVA: Yeah, I think so. I mean, of course I have to practice a lot. Then if I'm feeling quite good and I'm feeling the balls and I believe to myself that I can play really good tennis as I played in 2011, for example, that's mean a lot for me, and of course it's important for my confidence.

Q. And when you're playing well, do you feel you can beat anybody?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, not really. I mean, I'm just thinking about the opponent and the time and not about some other players.

Q. Last year, if I'm not mistaken, perhaps your timing on your forehand was a bit off and it wasn't as strong a shot as it is now. I mean, have you had to rediscover that shot in the past year or so since the Wimbledon victory?
PETRA KVITOVA: You know, I think that it wasn't just like about the one thing. I think that it was everything like together that I had to defend a lot, and I felt the pressure. I think it's like everything together. It's not about one shot.
But anyway, I mean, we are practicing still on everything, and same with my forehand because I know that I can play quite fast from the forehand, and it's my big stroke.

Q. You have beaten the past two Dubai champions in the past two rounds. That must be a good sign ahead of tomorrow.
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, for sure, but every match is different. Same tomorrow. I think Sara had great results in the past, so I think, you know, she played quite well today. She beat Petrova yesterday. I think there will be a tough match tomorrow.

Q. You said the other day you have changed your fitness program. Are you feeling the benefits of that already?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I'm trying not thinking a lot about it, because I did it and my body was quite confused from this.
So I'm trying to be just on the court and not thinking a lot like what I changed and what I didn't. So, I mean, that still need some time to set up and then to show on the game.

Q. Do you mind my asking what you meant by your body was confused? It reacted badly to the training, or...
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I try to explain it. I mean, yeah, I'm trying to be more like stronger on my legs, for example, and to have like stronger muscles. That's why I can be more quicker, for example, and to stay quite low for the fast shots.
So, I mean, that's something what I didn't like do in the past. And I'm trying ‑‑ you know, I'm still thinking about the worst position what I had before, so now I'm trying to have the good position, and that's why I'm like quite confused. I hope that it's okay right now.

Q. How is playing in Dubai different from playing any other city?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I mean, I'm playing ‑‑I don't remember the last tournaments. I mean, this year what I heard is changed the surface a little bit.
But anyway, I mean, I think that all outdoor tournaments are very similar, but, you know, the crowd and the atmosphere here is very nice. I'm enjoying every moment on the center court and on the tournament, sure.
I mean, I didn't have a chance to go somewhere. I'm still playing in the night, so I can't go anywhere during the day.

Q. Anywhere you want to go specifically?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I don't have really a specific place because I didn't have time. So maybe if I will, I find something.

Petronius
Feb 24th, 2013, 10:37 AM
Fresh interview on idnes.cz

http://sport.idnes.cz/kvitova-vyhrala-turnaj-v-dubaji-dn6-/tenis.aspx?c=A130223_181456_tenis_ma

PetraReeMona
Feb 24th, 2013, 11:46 AM
I do not want people to think that I'm going to win everything! The tournament victory is beautiful, but does not mean that from now on everything will be just fine. It's a long way to go

Therein lies the problem. As we've said previously, she feels pressurised to win everything. She worries too much about what people think. Hopefully, she'll overcome that soon

ShiftyFella
Feb 24th, 2013, 12:18 PM
Therein lies the problem. As we've said previously, she feels pressurised to win everything. She worries too much about what people think. Hopefully, she'll overcome that soon
Agree that she's very sensitive to pressure from home media but I think this is right counter move from her to stop over hyping, she knows she has to improve in order to be at the highest level but she doesn't want media to go nuts after winning Dubai

Petronius
Feb 24th, 2013, 06:09 PM
A quick summary of the idnes.cz interview:

Satisifed mainly with her movement, ability to play aggressive and finishing off points at the net, serve still needs some work though

Was encouraged by her performance against Serena

Some shoulder problem, played under pain killers, hopes Czech docs will fix it

The tape on her leg was mainly a prevention

Believes there won't be any asthma problems at IW/Miami.

Miami may be hot and humid but Dubai was also not perfect for an asthma-sufferer. She prefers night/evening sessions.

TennisAddict84
Feb 24th, 2013, 06:31 PM
A quick summary of the idnes.cz interview:

Satisifed mainly with her movemement, ability to play aggressive and finishing off points at the net, serve still needs some work though

Was encouraged by her performance against Serena

Some shoulder problem, played under pain killers, hopes Czech docs will fix it

The tape on her leg was mainly a prevention

Believes there won't be any asthma problems at IW/Miami.

Miami may be hot and humid but Dubai was also not perfect for an asthma-sufferer. She prefers night/evening sessions.

thanks for the recap Petronius!

does petra specify what kind of shoulder problem it is? is it an injury or just very sore?

also, has she finally found a solution to her asthma problems to the humidity then based on what she's saying?

Petronius
Feb 24th, 2013, 06:44 PM
thanks for the recap Petronius!

does petra specify what kind of shoulder problem it is? is it an injury or just very sore?

also, has she finally found a solution to her asthma problems to the humidity then based on what she's saying?

Sorry no specification, but considering that she took painkillers it's probably a 'very sore' rather than an injury.

Don't know about asthma, but I know that she was hit by it severely - and unexpectedly - in Brisbane and the early loss there also undermined her confidence in Sydney.

She should really find the best medical help there is, she's a rich woman.

Excelscior
Feb 25th, 2013, 01:22 PM
Therein lies the problem. As we've said previously, she feels pressurised to win everything. She worries too much about what people think. Hopefully, she'll overcome that soon

Agreed.

Petra doesn't always say this stuff to be coy. It's deeper than that. That's where a different/more, better team and/or advisors come in.

They could show Petra how to cope with the challenges and expectations of winning big tournaments, majors, greatness or being #1. They can also help simplify everything in general, cause they "Been There, Done That already!".

A lot of potentially great young players (more than we often realize, as we discussed the other day), didn't start out embracing the expectations and pressure of big time winning right away. However, new advisors, coaching and/or maturity, eventually helped them overcome that. That's where a Martina Nav, Pavel Slozil, or even a Lendl could come in (along with some other things, like hitting partners, better practice regimen, court tactics, goal setting, being confident and expecting to win, even with no/less form, etc.).

Let's hope Petra doesn't shy away from the challenges too often in the future? Cause the level and display of tennis she showed last week, needs to be seen, numerous time again this season. :cheer:

Petra's just gotta worry about being better/the best, and be damned (as you indicated) with what the press thinks or expects from her. She should be her own toughest critic, as she used to say in 2011!

Raiden
Feb 25th, 2013, 01:28 PM
Believes there won't be any asthma problems at IW/Miami.

Miami may be hot and humid but Dubai was also not perfect for an asthma-sufferer. She prefers night/evening sessions.Unrealistic hope (Dubai can be hot, but not humid. So not the same thing as Miami).

As for Indian Wells, that might be problematic NOT for her health but for her game. Reason: high desert wind.

Excelscior
Feb 25th, 2013, 01:47 PM
I think Petra will be fine at Indian Wells.

People have this perception that Petra can't play on outdoor hardcourts, due to no legitimate reason other than happen-stance (Middle East and N.America in the past for various reasons).

Petra was also comfortable playing on Indoor Hardcourts, due to her Prostojev experiences, and that just added to the hysteria. But if you noticed, as of late, Petra's performed better (i.e., won tournaments) on outdoor hard courts, than indoor ones?

Nonetheless, Petra has a good serve toss, and her high velocity ground strokes should penetrate the wind, more than her competitors. And obviously, you don't worry about painting the lines as finely, when it's windy. She'll cope.

Remember, Dubai was windy this week (along with the usual light air, making the ball travel farther/faster). And of course we can't forget, Petra made the finals of the all time windy Eastbourne in 2011. That was a joke of a tournament--weather wise. I've seen her play in other windy tournaments and excel as well.

No. I wouldn't worry about that at all. If she loses, it will probably be for other reasons, unless the wind is just horrendous, and Petra doesn't bring her head or form to the game.

paulmara
Feb 25th, 2013, 05:23 PM
Petra Kvitova enters Katowice!

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=499761

Petronius
Feb 25th, 2013, 05:58 PM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=499761

Would be interesting if Kvitty and Kookie reached the final with Kookie beating Vinci in the semis. Who would then be Czech No. 2 for Fed Cup, Lucie or Klara ? :devil:

ShiftyFella
Feb 25th, 2013, 06:06 PM
Would be interesting if Kvitty and Kookie reached the final with Kookie beating Vinci in the semis. Who would then be Czech No. 2 for Fed Cup, Lucie or Klara ? :devil:
I think Pala will sack Andi to put Kookie with Hradecka as doubles pair and if Lucie screws first tie he will put Kookie on 2nd day instead of her, tho maybe he will sack all of them and it will be Errani\Vinci with Petra\Kookie in singles and double:lol: I'm more then sure if doubles would be deciding tie Roberta\Sara will be playing just as they were vs US

Palkov
Feb 25th, 2013, 06:20 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20130225/best-of-three-petra-kvitova/

I like this part: The erratic 2011 Wimbledon winner reminded us how it is she reached No. 2 in the world.....She will move up to No. 7 now. But the truth is, she's simply too good not to inhabit the top five.
:worship:

Petronius
Feb 25th, 2013, 06:20 PM
I think Pala will sack Andi to put Kookie with Hradecka as doubles pair and if Lucie screws first tie he will put Kookie on 2nd day instead of her, tho maybe he will sack all of them and it will be Errani\Vinci with Petra\Kookie in singles and double:lol: I'm more then sure if doubles would be deciding tie Roberta\Sara will be playing just as they were vs US

Yeah, this is really one of those ties where excellent coaching is needed. Lots of tactical and strategical options. Italy has a better doubles pair, so it's necessary to win three singles matches, because the doubles is 60/40 for the Italians. It'll be very tough, but Lepchenko gave me some solid hope. :lol:

ShiftyFella
Feb 25th, 2013, 06:25 PM
Yeah, this is really one of those ties where excellent coaching is needed. Lots of tactical and strategical options. Italy has a better doubles pair, so it's necessary to win three singles matches, because the doubles is 60/40 for the Italians. It'll be very tough, but Lepchenko gave me some solid hope. :lol:
I hope loosing set to Errani will be motivation to bagel her during FC:lol:



btw, since no one posted here, full interview after the Final

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Congratulations. Up‑and‑down match, wasn't it?
PETRA KVITOVA: Oh, yeah. I mean, that's women's tennis (smiling).
No, anyway, it was great final, and I think that Sara played so well. It was really tough to beat her. She came back in the second set. She played really well. She was going for the net a lot, and that was a little bit problem for me.
That was very important to stay positive in the third and still fighting about every point.

Q. You had to fight hard to stop her breaking you in the third, as well. What managed to turn it around in the end?
PETRA KVITOVA: You know, it was ‑‑I remember was 40‑Love, and she missed the return. And then I was going for the balls, and someone from crowd just said, Two aces.
I said, Okay. It's not bad. (Smiling.)
I know the first serve was great. She didn't catch it. But the second, I don't remember very well, but I think it was quite easy, good serve, and that was why I won the game, I think, in the end.

Q. You hit a few double faults tonight. What was going wrong with the serve?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well I had trouble with my shoulder all week and Doha, too. I'm still fighting about.
Yeah, I know that it's a lot of double faults, and it wasn't really good in my mind to thinking about it. But anyway, I mean, I played another top‑10 player. That's okay.

Q. How did you finish so strongly?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I know that I have to fight like every ball, because that was something what she was really on fire in the second and she continued in the third.
I was just thinking that I can't give up and just fighting about every point. I think, you know, when it was 2‑1 and she missed the volley on the net that I think was turning point for me.

Q. You must be very happy with how mentally you handled that third set, right? Is it more of a mental thing?
PETRA KVITOVA: Yeah, for sure. I think in the third was really the mental side, because in the second she played so well and I didn't have answer for it.
I was quite down. I mean, I was in the locker room and I was thinking that, really, that I can stay in the positive and just play.

Q. 2011 was obviously an amazing year for you, winning Wimbledon, ending the year World No. 2. Last year it was maybe a little bit harder, slipping in rankings slightly. Do you see this potentially as being the spring board to sort of really challenging the elites?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, you know, I think that 2011 was really incredible year for me. 2012 I knew that it would be very tough to replay everything what I did in 2011.
I think it was pretty solid year for me, and I had two semifinals in Grand Slams. This year I didn't start pretty well, but I'm glad how I'm playing right now. That's the important thing for me.
I mean, I'm not thinking like this is turning point or turning tournament for me, anyway. It's a lot of great players in the top, and that's hard to beat them.
I'm still thinking about my game. That's the priority for me.

Q. You played three very good movers in a row. Obviously a tough draw. Are you pleased with the fact that you can handle these kind of players? How do you feel you are moving on the court?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, yeah, I'm really pleased how I played all tournament. Not only last three matches, because against Ana was a little bit different match and she's playing so fast. So I had like a lot of different players in the tournament.
It was great that I handled it quite okay. Yeah, I mean, I beat three girls from the top 10, so that means something. I hope so (smiling).
Yeah, I will try and improve.

Q. Looking ahead, do you think Wimbledon will be your best chance again as a slam this year?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I love Wimbledon, so I hope so. I love to play on the grass, and for me Wimbledon is always special. You know, I had great memories, and the feeling what I had after the final in '11 was amazing.
I think that the Wimbledon will be always in my heart as the best tournament of the world. About the chances, I think Serena can play so well on the grass, too. That's not only about her, of course. I mean, Vika and Maria play so well, too. Always can surprise some of the players.
Anyway, I mean, if I am thinking right now, it's not Wimbledon is my priority right now. I mean, I have a few tournaments ahead right now, and that's my priority now.

Q. Can you talk about the organization here, the tournament site, the setting?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, it was ‑‑I mean, the hotel, it's pretty close and it's so easy. When I played at 7:00 I was until 5:30 in the room and lying in the bed.
So that was really nice. I was just two minutes to on‑site. I think that's very helpful and that's great.
I wasn't here last year, but anyway, this year was, I mean, amazing. The organization, everything was easy.
I mean, the girls in the organization desk was so nice. That was really everything was great.

Q. How did you communicate with your coach this week? Maybe he will have a longer vacation?
PETRA KVITOVA: Not really. That's nice if I'm going alone somewhere. But anyway, it's not good a lot to have it.
He e‑mailed me every day about my next opponent. He knows exactly what I'm feeling if he is not here.
I mean, he was really glad, and I think that for him is great to have a vacation to relax and to be ready for me.

Q. Do you think there is also top 3 or top 4 in women's tennis like in men's tennis? And are you confident you can be part of it this season?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I just won one tournament this year yet, and, you know, Serena, Vika Maria, I think that they are really in the high position.
Serena and Vika are really comparing a lot. I saw the final of Doha, and it was really nice match. I can't say that we are like four or five great, great players in the top 10 as in the men. I mean, the men, it's very incredible how they are going there.

Palkov
Feb 25th, 2013, 06:32 PM
Some interesting insides about HuggyBear's remote coaching technique (not only)

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/sport/inside_sport.asp?xfile=/data/nationsports/2013/February/nationsports_February325.xml&section=nationsports

Petronius
Feb 25th, 2013, 06:47 PM
I liked that 'Wimbledon is the best tournament in the world' :)

ArcticMoose
Feb 25th, 2013, 06:47 PM
http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/66038000/jpg/_66038825_kv2.jpg

23 February 2013 Last updated at 17:10

Petra Kvitova beats Sara Errani in Dubai Championships final

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/21554418
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her first WTA title for six months with victory over Italy's Sara Errani at the Dubai Championships.

The Czech, 22, came through 6-2 1-6 6-1 in one hour and 40 minutes to claim the 10th tournament win of her career.

Top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams withdrew (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/21524209) earlier in the week.


Kvitova, ranked eighth, last won a title in New Haven last August, and Dubai marks her biggest triumph since the 2011 WTA Championships.

"It was up and down, but I can say I was focused and calm, which was important after the second set," she said.

"It was important to stay in the game and to do my best and to be aggressive."

Kvitova's victory was achieved without the presence of her coach David Kotyza, who was on holiday.

"I hope he is happy," she said. "It was something special. I am here alone. Sometimes it is difficult to go on court and think about the game by myself."

Kvitova won the first four games in 15 minutes and the opening set in half an hour as Errani, the world number seven, struggled to cope with her power.

The Italian had lost all three previous meetings against Kvitova in straight sets, but finally ended that sequence to level the final.

A drop volley and a Kvitova double fault helped Errani break in game four and a run of six straight games put her firmly in control with a deciding set looming.

Kvitova took a comfort break between sets and it proved a wise decision as she came through a mini crisis at 0-40 to make it 2-1, and did not lose another game.

"I was quite down," she said of the decision to leave the court after the second set.

"I mean, I was in the locker room and I was thinking that, really, that I must stay positive - and just play."

Petronius
Feb 25th, 2013, 06:52 PM
"I was quite down," she said of the decision to leave the court after the second set.

"I mean, I was in the locker room and I was thinking that, really, that I must stay positive - and just play."

It was a very wise decision - perfectly within the rules - to stop Errani's momentum.

Petronius
Feb 25th, 2013, 10:47 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20130225/best-of-three-petra-kvitova/

I like this part: The erratic 2011 Wimbledon winner reminded us how it is she reached No. 2 in the world.....She will move up to No. 7 now. But the truth is, she's simply too good not to inhabit the top five.
:worship:

You should've read the COMMENTS section, too:

Kvitova is talented BUT TOO INCONSISTENT. When Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011, she predicted to sweep all slams, then went on a long and sad slump...Again when she won the Rogers Cup2012 in Montreal & New HAVEN2012, she was picked to win the US OPEN, then again she went on a torrid slump. Now she's getting hyped again, now watch her go on another slump.

:o

*Jack*
Feb 25th, 2013, 11:07 PM
You should've read the COMMENTS section, too:

Kvitova is talented BUT TOO INCONSISTENT. When Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011, she predicted to sweep all slams, then went on a long and sad slump...Again when she won the Rogers Cup2012 in Montreal & New HAVEN2012, she was picked to win the US OPEN, then again she went on a torrid slump. Now she's getting hyped again, now watch her go on another slump.

:o
I hope you won't be right because every time there will be somebody who wants to predict what she'll win or when she'll go on a slump but that doesn't mean that it's gonna happen like that. Actually, almost all predictions failed so far, so why it should be different this time? :rolleyes: :) If somebody could predict sport and if we could know what's gonna happen, it wouldn't be interesting any more for us. ;) :bounce:

Excelscior
Feb 26th, 2013, 01:13 AM
We also have to remember, a lot of those people writing in various comment sections (including here on TF), are loyal, absolutely Petrified (pun both intended and unintended) fans of the other top players.

In other words, it's more wishful thinking on their part. Cause at the moment, recent tennis history doesn't tell us which direction Petra would/will go. Many players in Petra's shoes, actually blossom after a 1-3 yer relative dormancy, to become great players and realize their talent, slams and championships.

We will see, find out (hopefully, sooner than later), with Ms. Kvitova.

bruce goose
Feb 26th, 2013, 04:40 AM
Well,Petra beat a tough field to win her most recent title,thus showing signs that there's a limit to how far she'll sink even during a slump.She still doesn't have the ideal mental preparation that a consistent,elite player should have,but she DOES have the ability to bounce back from even difficult stretches

ArcticMoose
Feb 26th, 2013, 12:14 PM
Kvitova showcases problem-solving skills

http://espn.go.com/tennis/blog/_/name/tennis/id/8989434/tennis-petra-kvitova-showcases-problem-solving-skills

February, 25, 2013 Feb 25

By Richard Pagliaro
Petra Kvitova (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=928) made the Dubai hard court look like a sand box. Kvitova's deep blasts displaced opponents who looked like they were spinning their wheels on sand in a futile effort to gain ground on the 2011 Wimbledon champion.

Kvitova shook off a second-round Australian Open loss by leveling the field. She sandwiched sweeps of former No. 1s Ana Ivanovic (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=200) and Caroline Wozniacki (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=630) around a quarterfinal thumping of fourth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=405) before defeating French Open finalist Sara Errani (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=636), 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, to take the title.

Changing direction of her flat drives brilliantly, the 6-foot Czech's all-court attack made even clever counter-punchers feel as though they were operating at the wrong end of a shooting gallery.

"It was just two short balls and it's over," said Radwanska, who fell to 1-4 lifetime against Kvitova. "It's a bomb coming from the other side."

The left-hander's ability to detonate points with a single swing disarms opponents, denying them the rhythm that comes from playing longer rallies while presenting a fundamental problem. How do you solve an opponent who refuses to let you rally?

"The problem is not that she's tall; the problem is that she serves very good. She hits so strong," Errani said. "It's tough to move her. It's hard to play because her ball is very flat. I don't have time to do the points that I want to do, to play the game that I want to play. All the points are very short, and it's very tough."

The powerful performance served as a reminder that Kvitova, who was two wins away from the No. 1 ranking at the 2012 Australian Open before stumbling through a trying season plagued by inconsistency and illness, can be a force at the top of the game when she's right.

Kvitova's course to her 10th career title and first since she won New Haven last August was considerably smoother given the world's top three players -- Serena Williams (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=394), Victoria Azarenka (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=421) and Maria Sharapova (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=399) -- did not play Dubai. And though this is a significant step, she's still facing a desert-sized gap to regain a spot in the top three.

The world No. 7 trails the top-ranked Williams by more than 5,000 ranking points; she is not nearly as quick around the court and doesn't deploy the array of spins Serena can, particularly on serve. She's not as consistent as Azarenka, whom she has not faced since the 2011 WTA Championships final, and she doesn't evoke the fierce ruthlessness of Sharapova on a point-to-point basis. That explains Kvitova's combined 6-10 career record versus the world's top three, including an 0-4 mark against world No. 1 Serena and a 2-4 record against third-ranked Sharapova.

Yet those stats don't detract from the fact her upside is immense. Kvitova, who celebrates her 23rd birthday on March 8, is the second-youngest player in the top 10. She can dictate on serve, dominate on return and owns the most complete game of any woman not named Serena. She is an all-surface threat who has won titles on hard court, grass and clay and has reached at least the semifinals of every major except the U.S. Open.

When she's on her game, Kvitova is a brilliant ball-striker, whose shots are as tough to read as an SOS message scrawled across the surface of a lake.

"Petra played unbelievable; I think she was just hitting shots I had no chance to get," said Serena after roaring back from a 4-1 third-set deficit to defeat Kvitova in Doha earlier this month. "I don't think anyone on this tour could have gotten them."

Though she was prone to periods of erratic tennis last season, Kvitova is much more than a mindless baseline-blaster. Her frontcourt finesse makes her backcourt power even more menacing. When opponents drop back behind the baseline and defend in an effort to coax errors, as Wozniacki did in Dubai, Kvitova is comfortable closing at net. She won 15 of 17 trips to net versus Wozniacki, unleashing drive, drop and angled volleys to create closure.

She must still sharpen her shot selection. When the 5-foot-4 Errani rushed the net with regularity in the second set of the final, Kvitova opted to try to drill flat passes by her rather than playing high-percentage lobs over the diminutive Italian's head. And sometimes it looked like Kvitova was oblivious to the situation when she sails returns beyond the baseline. But the fact Kvitova captured the title while her longtime coach, David Kotyza, was on vacation, should give her confidence in her problem-solving skills.

A year ago, Kvitova often looked like she was battling two adversaries during singles play: Her opponent and her asthma, which is exacerbated playing in heat. She looks fitter and fresher now, has won nine of her past 10 matches, and if she can sustain her health and current level of play, look for Kvitova to gain ground at Premier events in Indian Wells and Miami, where she won just one match last season.

Excelscior
Feb 26th, 2013, 12:26 PM
Thanks Moose!!

Richard Pagliaro, is a good writer (also on Tennis.com) when it comes to Petra.

The only thing he failed to mention was: Petra did rally, at certain times during those matches, and she won many of/most of those points anyway, as well. :lol: :eek: :lol:

He also failed to mention Petra's defense and slices (offensive and defensive). But I guess you can't have, see, or remember everything? ;) :shrug: ;)

Petronius
Feb 26th, 2013, 12:39 PM
Great, in-depth and funny article, loving it. :yeah:

Petronius
Feb 26th, 2013, 12:42 PM
The only thing he failed to mention was: Petra did rally, at certain times during those matches, and she won many of/most of those points anyway, as well. :lol: :eek: :lol:

I think Shifty has mentioned this somewhere that Petra even came on top in rallies versus Wozniacki :lol:

BTW, Pagliaro made a very good point that Petra could have used more lobs when Errani rushed the net, considering the Italian's height :D

Excelscior
Feb 26th, 2013, 01:22 PM
I think Shifty has mentioned this somewhere that Petra even came on top in rallies versus Wozniacki :lol:

BTW, Pagliaro made a very good point that Petra could have used more lobs when Errani rushed the net, considering the Italian's height :D

Agreed.

Usually, you see Petra lob after her drop shots though. Maybe she needs to work on this aspect (Petra on the defense/a net rusher, especially a shorter one), and/or, she's hopefully more cognizant of it now? :eek: :yeah: :eek:

With Pag's not mentioning Petra's rallying: I guess even he's, gotta keep some blatant Petra 'Wild Child' stereotyping in there, for good measure? :lol: :tape: :lol:

ShiftyFella
Feb 26th, 2013, 04:21 PM
You gotta love those sport writers, created hype out of nothing:lol: Took bunch of quotes added fluff and voila you have in-depth analyses article:o


Agreed.

Usually, you see Petra lob after her drop shots though. Maybe she needs to work on this aspect (Petra on the defense/a net rusher, especially a shorter one), and/or, she's hopefully more cognizant of it now? :eek: :yeah: :eek:

With Pag's not mentioning Petra's rallying: I guess even he's, gotta keep some blatant Petra 'Wild Child' stereotyping in there, for good measure? :lol: :tape: :lol:
Petra's best defense is her offense, from now on i would never root for her to 'hold back' just to win some points, she should be more aggressive

Petronius
Feb 26th, 2013, 05:41 PM
A blog post on Petra's win:

http://womenwhoserve.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/kvitova-wins-10th-title.html

ShiftyFella
Feb 26th, 2013, 06:37 PM
A blog post on Petra's win:

http://womenwhoserve.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/kvitova-wins-10th-title.html
Comments are way better then post itself:lol:

*Jack*
Feb 26th, 2013, 06:52 PM
You gotta love those sport writers, created hype out of nothing :lol: Took bunch of quotes added fluff and voila you have in-depth analyses article:o
Petra's best defense is her offense, from now on i would never root for her to 'hold back' just to win some points, she should be more aggressive
I think that it's very good for her, that she can win some points over a pusher without aggressive play. First advantage is that it can boost Petra's confidence and second that she has some plan B while a plan A (aggressive attacking play) is failing. Something that for example Djokovic uses very effectively although he plays offensive mainly against defensive type of players like Ferrer. I'm glad that Petra also starts to play more smartly and is not just attacking whether it's working or not. :) :cool:

Petronius
Feb 26th, 2013, 06:54 PM
Comments are way better then post itself:lol:

I know :p

BTW, was it you or Exelscior who posted these comments on tennis.com ? :lol:

I love Kvitova!!!!
I sure hope she can win more Slams
We need a humble, shy, sweet champion for awhile!!!!

Wow! Just Wow! Rarely have I seen a match where I wish that each player could walk away with the winners trophy. This is one on them. I simply adore everything about Petra's game and her personality. Whenever the Ms Williams retire, I will be free to support her completely.

I've always thought Petra Kvitova is the real deal in women's tennis. When she is on, only Serena can stop her. However, she needs to be be more consistent. her erratic game lets her down quite often. She has a beautiful forehand on the line and powerful backhand and serve; She also has a nice slice backhand and she's always willing to go to the net. Nevertheless, what I love the most about her is her personality. Unlike Azarenka or Serena, she is so humble, and rarely show emotions on the court. If she ever becomes a number one, I think she would be one of the most charismatic number ones ever. I also enjoy how fluid her game is, how effortless she produces her nice shots, kind of like Mona Barthel is -to me, the biggest underacheiver on tour now- Anyway, I hope Kvitova's momentum continues in the USA swing and hopefully we can see her dominating again the way she did in Wimbledon a couple of years ago. And the best thing of having Kvitova on top women's game is that she is not a grunter! yay! as great as they are, I cannot stand stand Masha and Azarenka grunts they give me headaches.

*Jack*
Feb 26th, 2013, 07:01 PM
I've always thought Petra Kvitova is the real deal in women's tennis. When she is on, only Serena can stop her. However, she needs to be be more consistent. her erratic game lets her down quite often. She has a beautiful forehand on the line and powerful backhand and serve; She also has a nice slice backhand and she's always willing to go to the net. Nevertheless, what I love the most about her is her personality. Unlike Azarenka or Serena, she is so humble, and rarely show emotions on the court. If she ever becomes a number one, I think she would be one of the most charismatic number ones ever. I also enjoy how fluid her game is, how effortless she produces her nice shots, kind of like Mona Barthel is -to me, the biggest underacheiver on tour now- Anyway, I hope Kvitova's momentum continues in the USA swing and hopefully we can see her dominating again the way she did in Wimbledon a couple of years ago. And the best thing of having Kvitova on top women's game is that she is not a grunter! yay! as great as they are, I cannot stand stand Masha and Azarenka grunts they give me headaches.
Great comment, can't disagree with anything he said. :)

Excelscior
Feb 26th, 2013, 07:02 PM
Comments are way better then post itself:lol:

I'm not surprised by the comments on Kotyza for several reasons:

1) Diane (who runs that website) is/was a big fan of Petra in 2011. I'm sure she was quite disappointed and silent in 2012. So they should know and follow Petra, as well as anyone.

There was some good analysis, particularly on her forehand positioning.

2)I had already mentioned previously, how Kotyza had basically made Serena seem like a god (even when she wasn't playing well and Petra WAS), so it doesn't surprise me he didn't offer an encouragement for Petra vs Serena at that moment. I didn't know, even notice/hear that, until just now. In fairness: He may have been trying to relax her/make Petra laugh. Either way, I'm not surprised.

3) I've said many times, that 'Kotyza is good for teaching Petra tennis shots, and maybe relaxing her'. However, I feel he's a mediocre game strategist (especially against tough, repeated competition), and overall/long term goal setter, for a potential multi-slam young champion. It appears, Petra basically coaches herself, and he tries to relax her and/or offer observations--when he is present, needed during matches.

4) During 2012 Aussie Open, Kotyza had 2011 Wimbledon's game plan vs Sharpie (it was in pre-game articles), then didn't adjust--on the even slower clay of Stuttgart and Roland Garros later in the year.

Note: Nice to hear the comments regarding Petra's forehand and Serena's comments on Petra by some the people on that site.

I didn't even hear Serena's comments, cause I turned the set/computer off, before the Umpire announced "Game Set Match, Serena Williams". Lol

I'm not going to get into some of the other comments, like Serena and Vika pulling out of Doha (probably a joke, but a vaguely plausible scenario), to avoid a potentially hot Petra. :lol:

Excelscior
Feb 26th, 2013, 07:20 PM
I know :p

BTW, was it you or Exelscior who posted these comments on tennis.com ? :lol:

I love Kvitova!!!!
I sure hope she can win more Slams
We need a humble, shy, sweet champion for awhile!!!!

Wow! Just Wow! Rarely have I seen a match where I wish that each player could walk away with the winners trophy. This is one on them. I simply adore everything about Petra's game and her personality. Whenever the Ms Williams retire, I will be free to support her completely.

I've always thought Petra Kvitova is the real deal in women's tennis. When she is on, only Serena can stop her. However, she needs to be be more consistent. her erratic game lets her down quite often. She has a beautiful forehand on the line and powerful backhand and serve; She also has a nice slice backhand and she's always willing to go to the net. Nevertheless, what I love the most about her is her personality. Unlike Azarenka or Serena, she is so humble, and rarely show emotions on the court. If she ever becomes a number one, I think she would be one of the most charismatic number ones ever. I also enjoy how fluid her game is, how effortless she produces her nice shots, kind of like Mona Barthel is -to me, the biggest underacheiver on tour now- Anyway, I hope Kvitova's momentum continues in the USA swing and hopefully we can see her dominating again the way she did in Wimbledon a couple of years ago. And the best thing of having Kvitova on top women's game is that she is not a grunter! yay! as great as they are, I cannot stand stand Masha and Azarenka grunts they give me headaches.

No!!

I didn't post on any of those sites.

There's more Petra fans out there than you think.

Some of them just needed a reason to appear again! :lol:

Were those your comments Jack quoted, Petronius? Or were they comments that you reproduced from "Women Who Serve" or tennis.com.

PS to Jack and Petronius): The Eurosport announcers, were saying, when Petra's at full flight, even Serena can't stop her. I know at other times they said she can challenge them. However, at other times, they were saying 'no one can stop the onslaught', especially the male broadcasters.

And we already saw/know how Anabel kept raving on, losing her mind about Petra.

That's why this crap that the delusional Masha and Vika haters throw out there sometimes (especially the Masha ones), about Petra not being a popular #1 if she was, is all BS.

Petra would have both the support of the press, tennis cognoscenti (who helps shape the press opinions), and the fans, for her exciting game and humble, effervescent personality. And if she didn't have all of them: One or two, would push the other, to affect their opinion. :lol: I had already witnessed readers commenting on Steve Tignor's Petra articles, change his mind regarding Petra's ability to volley. He didn't know, realize that, even in 2011.

But I'm getting waaaaaaay ahead of myself (even though that's not my intention), and will stop here! :lol::banghead: :lol:

Excelscior
Feb 26th, 2013, 07:28 PM
PS: Petronius

I find it ironic, that on some other sites, Petra WAS rightfully acknowledged--along with Serena during the match, on some of the other sites you referenced. Meanwhile, here on TF; a select group of many longtime Serena fans, were just hell bent on trying to prove 'she deserved to win the match and Petra didn't blow it', etc. :eek:

I didn't even know Serena made those nice comments about Petra--after the match (though I'm not surprised, cause Serena was very complimentary of Petra after 2010 Wimby, and her mother--Oracene, called Petra "The Future of Women's Tennis in 2010 or early 2011).

I just heard a bunch of Serena wannabees, saying, trying to prove Serena's superiority, inter-dispersed with people who supported both, one or the other, be complimentary and feel sorry for Petra, etc.

Funny/Ironic!!

ShiftyFella
Feb 26th, 2013, 07:33 PM
I think that it's very good for her, that she can win some points over a pusher without aggressive play. First advantage is that it can boost Petra's confidence and second that she has some plan B while a plan A (aggressive attacking play) is failing. Something that for example Djokovic uses very effectively although he plays offensive mainly against defensive type of players like Ferrer. I'm glad that Petra also starts to play more smartly and is not just attacking whether it's working or not. :) :cool:
I was thinking the same thing about plan B but making 'winners video' fully converted to me tactic 'just impose your game on your opponent', half of those shot would not be possible if not for her aggressive game, it would not be Petra we love and adore for her game. Seriously, find my another player who decides to hit deep 170kph 2nd serve on break point? Petra made 3/4 of those shots on her way to Dubai title and that's why we love her game, some of them she missed and only in Errani's match most DF were at crucial moments i.e made match look worse than it was. If she played it safe her matches would have been less entertaining and not as much breathtaking(at one point in 3rd set vs Sara, Petra hit 10 straight winners and won 11 out of 12 points in three consecutive service games). Petra doesn't need plan B, she needs to be more aggressive, better use variety she possesses, also calibrate her gun more accurately in order to miss less easy shots.


I know :p

BTW, was it you or Exelscior who posted these comments on tennis.com ? :lol:

I don't even read tennis.com, i only read articles that posted on TF, if it's not here then it's not worth reading:rolls:

*Jack*
Feb 26th, 2013, 07:34 PM
That's why this crap that the delusional Masha and Vika haters throw out there sometimes (especially the Masha ones), about Petra not being a popular #1 if she was, is all BS.

Petra would have both the support of the press, tennis cognoscenti (who helps shape the press opinions), and the fans, for her exciting game and humble, effervescent personality. And if she didn't have all of them: One or two, would push the other, to affect their opinion. :lol: I had already witnessed readers commenting on Steve Tignor's Petra articles, change his mind regarding Petra's ability to volley. He didn't know, realize that, even in 2011.
I think that if somebody like Serena can be popular no. 1, Petra could be the best in this aspect, I mean, just find some real downside about her (let's ignore that inconsistency thing because if she become no. 1 once, she will have to overcome this). :rolleyes: :hearts:

Excelscior
Feb 26th, 2013, 07:45 PM
You gotta love those sport writers, created hype out of nothing:lol: Took bunch of quotes added fluff and voila you have in-depth analyses article:o



Petra's best defense is her offense, from now on i would never root for her to 'hold back' just to win some points, she should be more aggressive


That's sure one way to look at it!! :lol:

*Jack*
Feb 26th, 2013, 07:50 PM
I think that it's very good for her, that she can win some points over a pusher without aggressive play. First advantage is that it can boost Petra's confidence and second that she has some plan B while a plan A (aggressive attacking play) is failing. Something that for example Djokovic uses very effectively although he plays offensive mainly against defensive type of players like Ferrer. I'm glad that Petra also starts to play more smartly and is not just attacking whether it's working or not.
I was thinking the same thing about plan B but making 'winners video' fully converted to me tactic 'just impose your game on your opponent', half of those shot would not be possible if not for her aggressive game, it would not be Petra we love and adore for her game. Seriously, find my another player who decides to hit deep 170kph 2nd serve on break point? Petra made 3/4 of those shots on her way to Dubai title and that's why we love her game, some of them she missed and only in Errani's match most DF were at crucial moments i.e made match look worse than it was. If she played it safe her matches would have been less entertaining and not as much breathtaking(at one point in 3rd set vs Sara, Petra hit 10 straight winners and won 11 out of 12 points in three consecutive service games). Petra doesn't need plan B, she needs to be more aggressive, better use variety she possesses, also calibrate her gun more accurately in order to miss less easy shots.
I know what you mean and I have to agree with you, it's more exciting if she plays like that and some say that if you don't serve DFs or aces on 2nd serve, you're not playing at your highest level of play - basically, if you're not risking, you're not going to get a win against the best players. And it's great that Petra can accept that risk and win those matches. But you must consider the fact that you're playing this style of play, you're much more exposed to be inconsistent than if you would use 'a plan B'. And I can reconcile that Petra will sometimes play more safely and will make it to the final and than get her chance and play her play rather than not make it to the big match at all and won't get the chance. :)

Excelscior
Feb 26th, 2013, 07:54 PM
I don't even read tennis.com, i only read articles that posted on TF, if it's not here then it's not worth reading:rolls:

I guess I felt the same way at the time to. I didn't even consider/think about going on any sites. :lol:

However, that probably had to do more with recent conditioning/common sense the past year (why go on additional sites to hear people bash Petra and talk about her under performing, in addition to the TF regulars Hate Brigade)! :haha: :shrug: :haha:

Excelscior
Feb 26th, 2013, 07:58 PM
I think that if somebody like Serena can be popular no. 1, Petra could be the best in this aspect, I mean, just find some real downside about her (let's ignore that inconsistency thing because if she become no. 1 once, she will have to overcome this). :rolleyes: :hearts:

Agreed.

Sometimes, TF has too much Fanboy/Girl-ism, and lacks common sense, like your example with Serena (though to be fair, Serena CERTAINLY has her built in reasons for her outstanding fame and popularity as well). Everyone doesn't have to like her (or how she looks), for her to be transcendent in the game, which she is.

Petra would/could do it in both a similar, as well as different way.

I'll leave it at. Petra needs to win more matches first. :lol:

ShiftyFella
Feb 26th, 2013, 08:18 PM
I know what you mean and I have to agree with you, it's more exciting if she plays like that and some say that if you don't serve DFs or aces on 2nd serve, you're not playing at your highest level of play - basically, if you're not risking, you're not going to get a win against the best players. And it's great that Petra can accept that risk and win those matches. But you must consider the fact that you're playing this style of play, you're much more exposed to be inconsistent than if you would use 'a plan B'. And I can reconcile that Petra will sometimes play more safely and will make it to the final and than get her chance and play her play rather than not make it to the big match at all and won't get the chance. :)
If by playing it safe you mean not going for shots 1mm on the line but like an inch inside then i agree she should do that especially at early rounds. Petra is BB, no need to pretend like she isn't, also i feel when Petra tries to do something that is not natural to her i.e running alot she starts to play worse, gets rattled but when she plays her instinctive game it's bring alot of confidence into her, she has less errors and opponent can't much about it. She needs to use full force of attacking tennis but more wisely, sometimes be little patient

*Jack*
Feb 26th, 2013, 09:23 PM
If by playing it safe you mean not going for shots 1mm on the line but like an inch inside then i agree she should do that especially at early rounds. Petra is BB, no need to pretend like she isn't, also i feel when Petra tries to do something that is not natural to her i.e running a lot she starts to play worse, gets rattled but when she plays her instinctive game it's bring a lot of confidence into her, she has less errors and opponent can't much about it. She needs to use full force of attacking tennis but more wisely, sometimes be little patient
I absolutely agree with you! :) We could clearly see the contrast between 1st, 2nd and 3rd set of her last final. In 1st set she could hit almost every shot on the line, while in 2nd set she was nervous and started to miss her dangerous shot though she could use more safer but still offensive shots you've mentioned (with help of more top spin for example) and thereby reduce number of UE. 3rd set gave us a chance to see either more safer shots (offensive but safely in the court) and high risk aggressive play and it was kind of working side by side, though. :) :rolleyes:
I like when commentators talk about using depth and placement and Petra is using them wisely. :) :cool:

PetraReeMona
Feb 26th, 2013, 09:27 PM
I know :p

BTW, was it you or Exelscior who posted these comments on tennis.com ? :lol:

I love Kvitova!!!!
I sure hope she can win more Slams
We need a humble, shy, sweet champion for awhile!!!!

Wow! Just Wow! Rarely have I seen a match where I wish that each player could walk away with the winners trophy. This is one on them. I simply adore everything about Petra's game and her personality. Whenever the Ms Williams retire, I will be free to support her completely.

I've always thought Petra Kvitova is the real deal in women's tennis. When she is on, only Serena can stop her. However, she needs to be be more consistent. her erratic game lets her down quite often. She has a beautiful forehand on the line and powerful backhand and serve; She also has a nice slice backhand and she's always willing to go to the net. Nevertheless, what I love the most about her is her personality. Unlike Azarenka or Serena, she is so humble, and rarely show emotions on the court. If she ever becomes a number one, I think she would be one of the most charismatic number ones ever. I also enjoy how fluid her game is, how effortless she produces her nice shots, kind of like Mona Barthel is -to me, the biggest underacheiver on tour now- Anyway, I hope Kvitova's momentum continues in the USA swing and hopefully we can see her dominating again the way she did in Wimbledon a couple of years ago. And the best thing of having Kvitova on top women's game is that she is not a grunter! yay! as great as they are, I cannot stand stand Masha and Azarenka grunts they give me headaches.

Not me .... but it sure sounds similar to me :lol:

PetraReeMona
Feb 26th, 2013, 09:34 PM
No!!


And we already saw/know how Anabel kept raving on, losing her mind about Petra.

David Mercer, who commentates with Anabel, loves Petra too. All I heard him saying through the whole tournament was "unbelievable, oh my lawd, ridiculous, amazing" etc, etc :lol:

Petronius
Feb 26th, 2013, 10:01 PM
David Mercer, who commentates with Anabel, loves Petra too. All I heard him saying through the whole tournament was "unbelievable, oh my lawd, ridiculous, amazing" etc, etc :lol:

I like this man's voice. Very pleasant to listen to. And I was pleasantly surprised that during one of Petra's matches at last year's Aussie Open he mentioned Jaroslav Drobny as one of Petra's great left-handed predecessors. Drobny was incredible, not only that he won Wimbledon and two French Opens, but he was also the world-champion in ice-hockey, scoring a hat-trick in the decisive match against the US to clinch the title :lol:

Thanks to David Mercer, I checked Drobny's wikipedia entry and I was blown away :lol:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaroslav_Drobn%C3%BD

PetraReeMona
Feb 26th, 2013, 10:06 PM
I like this man's voice. Very pleasant to listen to. And I was pleasantly surprised that during one of Petra's matches at last year's Aussie Open he mentioned Jaroslav Drobny as one of Petra's great predecessors. Drobny was incredible, not only that he won Wimbledon and two French Opens, but he was also the world-champion in ice-hockey, scoring a hat-trick in the decisive match against the US to clinch the title :lol:

Thanks to David Mercer, I checked Drobny's wikipedia entry and I was blown away :lol:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaroslav_Drobn%C3%BD

I love David Mercer - a typical English gent. He used to be an umpire.

I've met him a couple of times at breakfast when I used to stay in the same hotel as the players and commentators ... a very, very nice man :hatoff:

Petronius
Feb 26th, 2013, 10:25 PM
I love David Mercer - a typical English gent. He used to be an umpire.

I've met him a couple of times at breakfast when I used to stay in the same hotel as the players and commentators ... a very, very nice man :hatoff:

That's what I thought, thanks for confirmation. :cool:

ArcticMoose
Feb 26th, 2013, 10:53 PM
I love David Mercer - a typical English gent. He used to be an umpire.

I've met him a couple of times at breakfast when I used to stay in the same hotel as the players and commentators ... a very, very nice man :hatoff:

;)mmmmm....so smoothie Mercer got your number:) & took you on a few dates :pand you ended up having breakfast;) together....:oh:

PetraReeMona
Feb 26th, 2013, 11:00 PM
;)mmmmm....so smoothie Mercer got your number:) & took you on a few dates :pand you ended up having breakfast;) together....:oh:

Erm .... not quite. He's old enough to be my father :p , but if he asked me out on a date, I would go cuz he's very interesting and, as I said... a lovely man, but ........ I don't think his wife would approve :oh:

ArcticMoose
Feb 26th, 2013, 11:09 PM
Erm .... not quite. He's old enough to be my father :p , but if he asked me out on a date, I would go cuz he's very interesting and, as I said... a lovely man, but ........ I don't think his wife would approve :oh:
:hysteric:Knowing how single-minded you are ...:hah: I am sure it has never stopped you before....:happy:

PetraReeMona
Feb 26th, 2013, 11:12 PM
:hysteric:Knowing how single-minded you are ...:hah: I am sure it has never stopped you before....:happy:

True http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g439/exatera/smileys/Smiley-IPB-418.gif

TennisAddict84
Feb 27th, 2013, 01:34 AM
Agreed.

Usually, you see Petra lob after her drop shots though. Maybe she needs to work on this aspect (Petra on the defense/a net rusher, especially a shorter one), and/or, she's hopefully more cognizant of it now? :eek: :yeah: :eek:

With Pag's not mentioning Petra's rallying: I guess even he's, gotta keep some blatant Petra 'Wild Child' stereotyping in there, for good measure? :lol: :tape: :lol:

I feel like Petra's never really had a good lob...more often times than not, i always see her hitting that shot out...so that's the one shot she should really start developing and work to her advantage

bruce goose
Feb 27th, 2013, 05:44 AM
Have never heard her mention it...nor does she play many Internationals,obviously,but....If Petra DOES consider playing "Koala Dung-Pure":rolleyes: next year,can we all agree to try to talk her out of it?That is,if the WTA hasn't wised up and revoked their tourney-hosting privileges before then....What a comprehensive Assclown Circus that event is:facepalm:

ShiftyFella
Feb 27th, 2013, 01:50 PM
I believe, no one posted this (http://www.tennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=12115) here.

Steve Flink: Kvitova Reignited
Petra Kvitova can be both exhilarating and exasperating. She is an enigma in many ways, an immensely gifted player with a propensity to take control of almost any match she plays, a prodigious shotmaker who can effortlessly release winners off both sides richly and abundantly from any part of the court. She is a dazzling left-hander who leaves opponents befuddled by making improbable shots routinely, and yet this woman can also commit abysmal unforced errors with alarming regularity. She can be her own worst enemy, or an unstoppable force who doesn’t care who happens to be standing on the other side of the net. Kvitova is unexplainable, and that makes her a singularly fascinating performer in the world of women’s tennis.

A few days ago, Kvitova secured her first singles title of the young 2013 campaign, taking the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with impressive wins over Daniela Hantuchova, Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Sara Errani. Kvitova played the kind of tennis her most fervent boosters wish she could replicate almost all of the time. She controlled her destiny every time she stepped on the court, left her adversaries bewildered and fundamentally helpless, kept her composure nearly every step of the way. The previous week in Doha, Qatar, Kvitova had pushed Serena Williams to the hilt in a stirring quarterfinal contest, building a 4-1 third set lead before the American battled back gamely and tenaciously to win. Clearly and irrefutably, Kvitova is moving in the right direction, and the women’s game is better for it.

In the Dubai final against Errani, Kvitova was primed for her appointment against the versatile Italian. In the early stages of this showdown, Kvitova was striking the ball majestically. Her timing was exemplary, her confidence was soaring, and the ball was flying off her racket with extraordinary pace and precision. It was a pleasure to watch her play with such verve and uninhibited brilliance. Kvitova broke Errani at love in the first game of the match, opening that chapter with an inside-out overhead winner, closing it with a barrage of big shots that led to an inside-out forehand winner. She held at 30 for 2-0, winning all four of her points with clean winners off the forehand side.

The pattern continued. On her way to 15-40 in the third game, Kvitova produced two more winners. An understandably shaken Errani double faulted, and Kvitova had the insurance break for 3-0. She had won 12 of 15 points to establish her comfortable lead. Although Kvitova was taken to deuce in the fourth game, she moved to 4-0 with a backhand winner driven impeccably down the line. Errani managed to take the next two games. But Kvitova played another spectacular game to break for at 15 for 5-2, cracking four outright winners, two off the forehand and a pair off the backhand. Although Kvitova struggled on serve in the eighth game, she held on her fourth set point to seal the set 6-2.

When Kvitova broke Errani in the opening game of the second set, a rout seemed entirely possible. But the sprightly Italian began altering her game sweepingly, and her new strategic framework was highly effective,catching Kvitova considerably off guard. Errani looked for her every opportunity to attack, and did so remarkably well. Errani’s flexibility was admirable, and a reflection of her status as one of the world’s best doubles players. Her technique on the volley is terrific. After breaking back for 1-1 in that second set, Errani held at love for 2-1. With Kvitova serving at 30-15 in the fourth game, Errani adroitly took the net away from her opponent with a well-played lob, and then came forward to make a sparkling backhand drop volley winner.

Kvitova battled on, saved a break point at 30-40, but then Errani approached behind a return of serve to provoke Kvitova into an errant backhand passing shot long. Kvitova was briefly rattled, serving her sixth double fault of the match to fall behind 3-1. Errani held quickly at 15 for 4-1.With Kvitova serving at 15-40 in the following game, Errani followed her return in, and then put away an overhead to make it 5-1 in her favor. At 30-30 in the seventh game, Errani served-and-volleyed, setting up a backhand volley winner. She sealed the set 6-1. Errani had lost all three of her previous contests with Kvitova in straight sets, but now at last she had snapped that streak, giving herself a fighting chance.

The pivotal game of the match occurred at 1-1 in the third and final set. Kvitova had already danced out of some danger in the opening game, saving a break point. But now, in the third game, with Errani building momentum steadily, the emotional lefty fell behind 0-40. She could hardly have displayed more poise and professionalism than she did at this critical juncture. Kvitova released a service winner wide to the backhand for 15-40,then sent another excellent first serve up the T to set up a forehand winner for 30-40, and made it back to deuce with a trademark inside-out forehand winner off an awkward high ball. Kvitova held on for 2-1 by sweeping five points in a row, missing only one first serve in that span.

Errani moved to 40-15 in the next game, but Kvitova swept three consecutive points. It was break point for the 22-year-old from the Czech Republic. Errani had come this far by changing her tactics and approaching the net persistently, so she stuck with that plan. But Kvitova was ready. Errani served-and-volleyed but Kvitova rolled a forehand return crosscourt for a winner past the charging Italian. It was not the cleanest shot Kvitova played all day, but it was the most important. She had the break for 3-1 in the third set, and never looked back. Holding at love for 4-1, she produced four more winners, two off the forehand and two on her two-handed side.

There was no stopping Kvitova. Errani fought through two deuces in the sixth game, but Kvitova was relentlessly aggressive, attaining the break for 5-1 with a winning forehand down the line on the edge of the sideline. She held at love to win convincingly 6-2, 1-6, 6-1. The final statistics are very revealing. Kvitova had 46 winners and 36 unforced errors,while Errani made only ten unforced mistakes and hit eleven winners. This was Kvitova’s tenth triumph in twelve career tournament finals, which proves that she is awfully tough to beat under those circumstances. Only a first rate, big match player wins so many final round contests. Her problem, of course, is avoiding early round losses, defeats she could probably avoid, setbacks of her own making. Perhaps over the next few years, this sporadically brilliant player will find a level of consistency she has lacked thus far.

And yet, the fact remains that Kvitova has been in the upper reaches of her sport for quite a while now. In 2011, she concluded the season as the No. 2 ranked player in the world, surpassed only by Wozniacki. That year, she appeared in her first and only Grand Slam tournament final, facing the estimable Maria Sharapova on the Centre Court of Wimbledon. Calmly, methodically, often spectacularly, Kvitova took apart Sharapova in straight sets to win the game’s preeminent prize at 21. In 2012, Kvitova had a surprisingly stable run at the majors, reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open and Roland Garros, the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the round of 16 at the U.S. Open. But her results elsewhere were not terribly impressive, and she finished the year at No. 8 in the world.

That is too low for a player of her talent. Kvitova has moved to No. 7 after her tournament victory in Dubai, her first since New Haven last summer. The hope here is that she will do herself justice over the course of 2013 and beyond, and return where she belongs to the top five. To be sure, the three players who reside at the top of the rankings will be hard for Kvitova to overcome on a regular basis. Serena Williams, Azarenka and Sharapova are a trio of champions who are all playing the best tennis of their lives. But the players who are stationed just above Kvitova are competitors she ought to be able to surpass.

Kvitova handled world No. 4 Radwanska with ease in Dubai, and at her best she is a better player than the elegant Polish defensive stylist. Li Na is currently No. 5, and the beguiling Chinese player is a resurgent competitor as she moves toward her 31st birthday on Tuesday. But the view here is that Kvitova can move past Li later this year. Meanwhile, Angelique Kerber stands at No. 6. The German left-hander is clearly not the same player now that she was a year ago.

Kvitova did not start this season auspiciously. In her first five tournaments leading up to Dubai, she did not make it beyond the quarterfinals. She fell in the second round of the Australian Open in a hard fought encounter against Laura Robson. But her mindset has changed lately, and her game is coming around magnificently. The one area of concern for Kvitova must be her serve. She double faults far too often, and needs to become more reliable on her delivery if she wants to overcome the leading players in her profession.

But her ground game is so devastatingly potent that Kvitova seems destined to move back among the top five. She can make a serious run again at a major this year, perhaps at Wimbledon, if not at the U.S. Open. For too long now, she has been wildly unpredictable and infuriating, wasting her great gift for this game, squandering opportunities across the board. The next couple of years are crucial for Petra Kvitova, but the feeling grows that she is closing in on the finest tennis of her career.

Excelscior
Feb 27th, 2013, 01:58 PM
I believe, no one posted this (http://www.tennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=12115) here.

Steve Flink: Kvitova Reignited

Good article.

These portions of what Mr. Flink wrote, says it all!!

Petra Kvitova can be both exhilarating and exasperating. She is an enigma in many ways, an immensely gifted player with a propensity to take control of almost any match she plays, a prodigious shotmaker who can effortlessly release winners off both sides richly and abundantly from any part of the court. She is a dazzling left-hander who leaves opponents befuddled by making improbable shots routinely, and yet this woman can also commit abysmal unforced errors with alarming regularity. She can be her own worst enemy, or an unstoppable force who doesn’t care who happens to be standing on the other side of the net. Kvitova is unexplainable, and that makes her a singularly fascinating performer in the world of women’s tennis.


Kvitova played the kind of tennis her most fervent boosters wish she could replicate almost all of the time. She controlled her destiny every time she stepped on the court, left her adversaries bewildered and fundamentally helpless, kept her composure nearly every step of the way.

For too long now, she has been wildly unpredictable and infuriating, wasting her great gift for this game, squandering opportunities across the board. The next couple of years are crucial for Petra Kvitova, but the feeling grows that she is closing in on the finest tennis of her career.

I hope Petra senses, realizes this, as much as everyone else seems to!! :eek:

ShiftyFella
Feb 27th, 2013, 02:16 PM
I hope Petra senses, realizes this, as much as everyone else seems to!! :eek:
Petra will mature but at her own schedule, most of those journalist who suddenly started to hype her again don't realize that they have a problem, not Petra, it feels like world wants from her 200% dedication right now and nothing less moving forward but she needs to mature on her own term and it will take time, look at Vika how many years she was an outsider and with her style of play she knows she has not that many years left i.e she trains even more hard to keep what she has, while Petra can easily be at the top as long as Serena was just needs to stay healthy, happy with the way she plays and keep prospective on game itself

Excelscior
Feb 27th, 2013, 02:23 PM
Petra will mature but at her own schedule, most of those journalist who suddenly started to hype her again don't realize that they have a problem, not Petra, it feels like world wants from her 200% dedication right now and nothing less moving forward but she needs to mature on her own term and it will take time, look at Vika how many years she was an outsider and with her style of play she knows she has not that many years left i.e she trains even more hard to keep what she has, while Petra can easily be at the top as long as Serena was just needs to stay healthy, happy with the way she plays and keep prospective on game itself

True/Well said (even though better coaches and/or advisors, could make Petra come to that realization more quickly, if it ever comes later at all)! :yeah:

But I certainly know what you mean. And both I and others here (such as Petronius, for example), have said the same/things similar in the past.

We'll see, as we all hang on for the ride. :)

*Jack*
Feb 27th, 2013, 06:36 PM
Petra will mature but at her own schedule, most of those journalist who suddenly started to hype her again don't realize that they have a problem, not Petra, it feels like world wants from her 200% dedication right now and nothing less moving forward but she needs to mature on her own term and it will take time, look at Vika how many years she was an outsider and with her style of play she knows she has not that many years left i.e she trains even more hard to keep what she has, while Petra can easily be at the top as long as Serena was just needs to stay healthy, happy with the way she plays and keep prospective on game itself
I share the same opinion, this question is on but Petra has still some time as she is so young. I think Petra is under so much pressure now that she doesn't need to be reminded that she has little time to change everything, too. :rolleyes:

Palkov
Feb 28th, 2013, 08:39 AM
Jon Wertheim's comments on http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20130227/serena-williams-mailbag/

You guys just don't cut Petra Kvitova much slack. She has won 10 titles in a few years. She is the only woman born in 1990 or later who holds a Slam title and a WTA Championship. Seven of her 10 were won at Premier events. One at Wimbledon. Hardly a "bubble" player, as you seem to think. She has beaten the pants off Victoria Azarenka four times in a row, and has beaten everyone of note except Serena Williams. And that is coming. She was close in Doha and one point away from running away with the match at Wimbledon last year.
-- Jim Lumpkin, Denver
• Agree and disagree. I think the general regard for Kvitova is quite high. Even the casual observer has to come away impressed with her power, clean ball-striking and left-handed look. When she won Wimbledon in 2011, the response in the salon wasn't, "What a fluke!" It was, "This will be the first of many."
If there's a lack of slack, it represents a frustration that a player with so much talent can lose to the likes of Kristina Mladenovic and Laura Robson and Dominika Cibulkova (6-1, 6-1) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova -- as Kvitova has this year. And that she hasn't made another Slam final since her Wimbledon breakthrough and has been beyond the quarters only twice. And that she has let a lot of winnable matches slip through her fingers. Martina Navratilova, a Kvitova advocate, often says, "She needs to tighten up her game." Amen.
Again, Kvitova looked like a world beater in Dubai, taking out three top-eight players to win her biggest title in more than a year. One hopes this is the new normal.

Petronius
Feb 28th, 2013, 08:02 PM
Off topic, guys. Pretty impressive Dubai semis coming up: Djoko-Delpo and Berdy-Fed.

*Jack*
Feb 28th, 2013, 08:19 PM
Yeah, It's irony that I'll miss another match of Berdy vs Fed (I didn't see the last match on USO live) even if I've been watching almost all of his (Berdych's) matches since then especially the big ones. :help: :banghead: :sad:

PetraReeMona
Feb 28th, 2013, 08:39 PM
Off topic, guys. Pretty impressive Dubai semis coming up: Djoko-Delpo and Berdy-Fed.

Other than that, the tourney has been cr@p. Just give the trophy to Fakervic :mad:

Personally it's boring without Nadal and Murray.

Go Delpo :p

Edit: Would love if Berdych beat Fed again :bounce:

ShiftyFella
Feb 28th, 2013, 08:55 PM
Off topic, guys. Pretty impressive Dubai semis coming up: Djoko-Delpo and Berdy-Fed.
Impressive matches but it would be subpar compared to the most hilarious match that already happened there when Jo flopped to Llodra because of ONE bad line call:hysteric: and here i thought he can make a run after Marseille:sobbing:


btw, it would be kinda awesome if Berdych won just for Czech symmetry:cheer:

Petronius
Feb 28th, 2013, 09:37 PM
btw, it would be kinda awesome if Berdych won just for Czech symmetry:cheer:

Back to the glorious days of Navratilova-Lendl domination? :oh:

Unfortunately, Martina >>> Petra and Ivan >>>>>>>>> Tomas :lol:

But a cool idea nonetheless. :cool:

Petronius
Mar 1st, 2013, 04:08 PM
A Czech article hyping Petra.

http://sport.lidovky.cz/svet-chvali-tenistku-kvitovou-zase-ji-muzeme-verit-ze-vyhraje-velke-trofeje-1sa-/ln-sport-ostatni.asp?c=A130227_141807_ln-sport-ostatni_mih

It's basically a compilation of quotes from foreign articles praising Petra. Like that one from espn:

'Petra Kvitova made the Dubai hard court look like a sand box. Kvitova's deep blasts displaced opponents who looked like they were spinning their wheels on sand in a futile effort to gain ground on the 2011 Wimbledon champion.'

BTW, Berdy has just won 2nd set vs. Fed after being robbed by the linesmen :yeah:

PetraReeMona
Mar 1st, 2013, 04:37 PM
A Czech article hyping Petra.

http://sport.lidovky.cz/svet-chvali-tenistku-kvitovou-zase-ji-muzeme-verit-ze-vyhraje-velke-trofeje-1sa-/ln-sport-ostatni.asp?c=A130227_141807_ln-sport-ostatni_mih

It's basically a compilation of quotes from foreign articles praising Petra. Like that one from espn:

'Petra Kvitova made the Dubai hard court look like a sand box. Kvitova's deep blasts displaced opponents who looked like they were spinning their wheels on sand in a futile effort to gain ground on the 2011 Wimbledon champion.'

BTW, Berdy has just won 2nd set vs. Fed after being robbed by the linesmen :yeah:
Yup - Dubai definitely want Federer to win.

Berdy up a break - can he hold it mentally :scared:

Well he shanked a MP :rolleyes: , can he serve it out or will he choke?

Just give the bloody trophy to cheater/fakervic already :rolleyes:

EDIT: Well done Tomas :bounce:

Now watch him collapse to the cheater/faker :mad:

Raiden
Mar 1st, 2013, 05:03 PM
BTW, Berdy has just won 2nd set vs. Fed ....... :yeah:LMAO - typical of your boy Berdy (he only lives for matchups against Olderer :lol:

Now watch him getting routined by Eggovic in straight sets during the final

Lufa
Mar 1st, 2013, 05:04 PM
Today in czech print MFDnes - interview with Kristian Bajza.
Any czech friend with access to paper and time to post some info?

ShiftyFella
Mar 1st, 2013, 05:07 PM
A Czech article hyping Petra.

http://sport.lidovky.cz/svet-chvali-tenistku-kvitovou-zase-ji-muzeme-verit-ze-vyhraje-velke-trofeje-1sa-/ln-sport-ostatni.asp?c=A130227_141807_ln-sport-ostatni_mih

It's basically a compilation of quotes from foreign articles praising Petra. Like that one from espn:

'Petra Kvitova made the Dubai hard court look like a sand box. Kvitova's deep blasts displaced opponents who looked like they were spinning their wheels on sand in a futile effort to gain ground on the 2011 Wimbledon champion.'

It's kinda strange Blesk hasn't started it's own hyping campaign



EDIT: Well done Tomas :bounce:

Now watch him collapse to the cheater/faker :mad:
Dubai is pretty fast, so he would have a better chance then on blue clay, also confidence boost by beating Rodger again:cheer:

ArcticMoose
Mar 1st, 2013, 05:43 PM
Today in czech print MFDnes - interview with Kristian Bajza.
Any czech friend with access to paper and time to post some info?

:angel:Hey Petronius,*Jack* and all the 'Czech Petra Fans Posse in Hello Kvitty' please can you track down above paper before they vanish from the newsstands & post what 'His Honourable Excellency' Kristian Bajza says - thank you:worship:

ShiftyFella
Mar 1st, 2013, 05:54 PM
:angel:Hey Petronius,*Jack* and all the 'Czech Petra Fans Posse in Hello Kvitty' please can you track down above paper before they vanish from the newsstands & post what 'His Honourable Excellency' Kristian Bajza says - thank you:worship:
I'm placing my faith in Paul, he will sneak us translated version from tenisforum.cz:cool: otherwise we will have to wait few days when article will be posted online at idnes

paulmara
Mar 1st, 2013, 06:09 PM
I'm placing my faith in Paul

I missed it. It can be online tomorrow or you can register for a day.

paulmara
Mar 1st, 2013, 06:28 PM
Ok I´m in. I´m trying to download it.

ShiftyFella
Mar 1st, 2013, 06:46 PM
I missed it. It can be online tomorrow or you can register for a day.
Ipad version is not working for me and when registering for a day they don't accept cards or paypal only sms:o

paulmara
Mar 1st, 2013, 06:56 PM
http://imageshack.us/a/img855/7731/petratitulnistrana2.jpg

Kéž by mé metody učinily Petru výjimečnou
01. 03. 2013,
Kdo je ten Kristián Bajza, kondiční trenér tenistky Petry Kvitové? Bojovník kung-fu, majitel posilovny a stoupenec čínské medicíny. Muž, jenž nerad cestuje a raději se drží ve stínu, promluvil pro MF DNES.
Poté, co Petra Kvitová minulý rok angažovala svérázného chlapa s neobvyklými metodami, její život se otřásl. Přestala chodit do posilovny, cvičila jen s vahou vlastní postavy a dost při tom trpěla. Cítila se, jako by jí někdo vyměnil tělo, na kurtu tápala. Zdá se však, že sázka na změnu vyšla. Kvitová minulý týden po půl roce vyhrála turnaj.
Je to zásluha i Kristiána Bajzy, bývalého bojovníka kung-fu, který výrazně pomohl k vzestupu do Top 20 jiné tenistce, Lucii Šafářové, na Slovensku vlastní fitness-centrum a věnuje se čínské medicíně.
„Zabývám se různými způsoby cvičení a starostí o tělo, něčím, co by se dalo nazvat chiropraxí. V prostějovském tenisovém klubu jsem začal jako fyzioterapeut a přibral jsem si kondiční přípravu,“ řekl v rozhovoru pro MF DNES, při němž byla také Kvitová.
* V čem je kouzlo vašeho přístupu?
Nejlepší sportovci dělají něco navíc, něco zvláštního. Tím jsou výjimeční. Používám metody, které nejsou v Evropě běžné. Rád bych, aby Petře pomohly, aby měla zbraň navíc, eso v rukávu.
* V tréninku jsou to hlavně cvičení s vahou vlastního těla, že?
Ano. Sportovec by po nich měl být méně náchylný ke zraněním. Navíc by řada lidí nevěřila, že se dají vymyslet tak, že jsou extrémně náročná. Posilují se při nich i pomocné a stabilizační svaly.
* Co vám dává zabrat, Petro?
Když jsme začali, při každém cviku jsem trpěla. Ale docela rychle se zlepšuju. Pro mě jsou pořád nejhorší série sprintů, při kterých se jako astmatik zadýchávám.
* V čem se, Kristiáne, liší práce s Petrou a Lucií Šafářovou?
To se nedá srovnat. Tréninková jednotka má být sportovci šitá na míru. Takže je to velmi individuální. Vždycky člověka nejprve pozoruju, poznávám jeho povahu a tomu pak přizpůsobím přípravu.
* Co vás nejdřív zaujalo na Petře?
Znal jsem ji a věděl jsem, že je bojovnice. Ale mile mě překvapilo, jak se v tréninku umí překonat, i když to pro ni zprvu bylo těžké.
* V čem jsou vaše cviky obtížné?
Ono se to těžko popisuje. Nepodobají se běžným dřepům nebo klikům. Petra si pro ně sama vymýšlí názvy, aby si je připomněla.
* A pomáhají, Petro?
Zaměřujeme se na partie, které byly slabší. Abych vybalancovala svaly, aby tělo bylo v rovnováze.
* Zatím s Petrou nevyrážíte na turnaje. Kdy se chystáte na první?
Měl jsem letět teď do USA, ale onemocněl jsem, tak zůstanu doma.
* Vy cestování moc nemusíte, což?
To jste trefil přesně.
* Vadí vám létání, hotely?
Na letadlo si člověk zvykne, ale prostě se nerad někam trmácím. Neumím to lépe vysvětlit.
* Naštěstí je Petra poctivka a úkoly od vás nešidí. Je to tak?
Právě tohle je obrovská výhoda naší spolupráce. Jsem klidný, vím, že všechno dodrží. Takže ji do světa pouštím úplně v pohodě.
* Co pro vás znamenala její nabídka? Krok v kariéře?
Mně nejde o kariéru, o nějaký postup. S Petrou si lidsky rozumíme, stejně jako s jejím tenisovým trenérem Davidem Kotyzou. Tvoříme tým, baví mě to. Ale ano, musím uznat, že je to výzva, pracovat se sportovcem na nejvyšší úrovni.
* Máte nějaký společný zájem?
Máme stejný názor na odpočinek.
* Můžete to upřesnit, prosím?
Jsou lidé, kteří dávají přednost aktivnímu odpočinku. My odpočíváme naprosto pasivně.
* Vyznáváte gaučing?
Ano! Dokážeme brutálně dřít, ale potom umíme být totálně líní. Regenerace je druhá část tréninku.
* Bylo vám Petry líto, když se trápila, nebo jste věděl, že se chytí?
Změna žádá daň, trpělivost. Spíš mi byla nepříjemná ta tvrdá kritika. Je nepříjemné, když vám lidi neopodstatněně útočí na kamaráda.
* Jak byste ji hájil, kdybyste mohl?
Kdo neprošel aspoň kus cesty v jejích botách, ať ji nesoudí. Veřejnost vidí jen malinkou část celého příběhu. Nedovede si představit tu námahu a psychický tlak.
* Vidíte už na její fyzičce pokroky?
Určitě ano. Petřino tělo si na nové metody zvykalo, ale já viděl, že se projevují od samého začátku. Doufám, že to teď bude čím dál zjevnější a že to uvidí i všichni ostatní.
* Co se tedy zlepšilo?
Její pohybová kultura. Víc je na špičkách. Je výbušnější, rychlejší.
* Vy jste, Petro, zprvu měla pocit, že jste v cizím těle. Už je pryč?
V zápasech s běhavýma holkama jsem v Dubaji zvládla i delší výměny. Nemusím hrát na dva údery. Ale jinak to na kurtu neřeším. Soustředím se na hru, ne na běhání. (trenér se přidává) A to je ono! Kondiční příprava je od toho, aby se hráčka na kurtu mohla koncentrovat výhradně na údery a taktiku.
* Máte tedy nejhorší období za sebou? Teď už vše půjde snáz?
PK: Nemyslím si, že teď vyhraju, kam přijedu. Nežijeme v pohádce. Tak to ve sportu nefunguje. Vrací se mi sebedůvěra, ale pořád jsem v procesu, ještě to nebude snadné. KB: Výsledek nezávisí jen na kondici. Můžete být nejrychlejší, dávat největší rány, fyzický trénink vás dostane daleko. Ale každý narazí na bod, odkud ho dál donese už jen hlava.
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„Fyzický trénink vás dostane daleko. Ale každý narazí na bod, odkud ho dál donese už jen hlava.“ Kristián Bajza kondiční trenér Petry Kvitové
„Nemyslím si, že teď vyhraju, kam přijedu. Vrací se mi sice sebedůvěra, ale jsem v procesu, ještě to nebude snadné.“ Petra Kvitová sedmá tenistka světa



Kvitové pomohla z krize trpělivost a taky fedcupová pohoda, tvrdí její manažer
01. 03. 2013,
PROSTĚJOV Ty tři hodinové pohovory manažerovi Miroslavu Černoškovi napověděly. Po krachu tenistky Petry Kvitové na Australian Open si pozval ji, jejího kouče Kotyzu a kondičního trenéra Bajzu. „Všichni unisono žádali podporu a klid na práci,“ říká Černošek.
* Co vy na to?
Došel jsem k závěru, že jim věřím a že je třeba čekat, kdy Petra naskočí. Zdá se, že naskočila.
* Byl jste z jejích porážek nervózní?
Petra ztrácela sebevědomí, na kurtu byla nesoustředěná. Souhlasil jsem s kritikou jejího pohybu. Ale pořád zůstávala v Top 10 a tenisový život mě naučil trpělivosti.
* Co prohry znamenaly finančně?
Smlouvy s výrobci raket nebo oblečení jsou dlouhodobé, základní částka se nemění, ale ztrácíte bonusy.
* Mělo to vliv na vaše společnosti TK Prostějov a Česká sportovní?
Přísun od Petry klesl, ale zvedl se přísun od Tomáše Berdycha. Jsem rád, že se to vyrovnalo. A když nám nejde tenis, máme další projekty, atletiku nebo olympiádu.
* Petře zjevně pomohl fedcupový týden v Ostravě. Čím to?
Při zápasech je pod větším tlakem, ale předchozí dny bývají pohodové. Mívá nadstandardní podmínky, lepší než na turnajích: sparingy, rehabilitace, lékařskou péči. Trénuje, kdy potřebuje. Za svůj přístup k Fed Cupu si to zaslouží.
* Zvedly ji i vydřené výhry, že?
Ano. Proti Austrálii ještě nebyla excelentní. Ale soustředění a trpělivost se vrátily. V Dauhá pak začala trefovat míče po čarách, ty nejtěžší údery. Málem porazila Serenu.
* Taky se lépe hýbe a uvolnila se.
Souhlasím. Rozhodující údery zahrála i proto, že u nich byla včas a dobře se k nim postavila.

Lufa
Mar 1st, 2013, 07:09 PM
Thank You Paul!

Better interview than expected.
Something for Excelsior: some of Darkosek's answers are really like he owns Petra

PetraReeMona
Mar 1st, 2013, 07:12 PM
:confused:

steni
Mar 1st, 2013, 07:18 PM
:confused:

Hahaha... Im in the same situation...

*Jack*
Mar 1st, 2013, 07:20 PM
Does anyone want me to do an English summary of that interview? :)

steni
Mar 1st, 2013, 07:22 PM
Does anyone want me to do an English summary of that interview? :)

Si, yo quiero, por favor! Gracias...

ShiftyFella
Mar 1st, 2013, 07:26 PM
Thanks Paul:yeah:

"The man who does not like to travel and prefer to be in the shade":hysteric:

After reading interview, i like this guy and his protectiveness of Petra in front of public opinion:worship:

Quick summary:

- He uses unconventional methods. Tailors them to specific athlete and task at hand and very proud of it
- Currently works with Petra on her week sides to balance the body and mind. Feels good about her progression but still work has to be done. Believes that fitness can get you thus far and state of mind is just as important.
- Doesn't like to travel alot. Had to go to US with her but now is sick, so will stay at home.
- They have one thing in common both like to be lazy and do nothing as they rest. Petra and he get along very well, trust in each other.
- Petra thinks she's not at the level where she needs to be to start wining, confident she's on her way back but expect journey not to be easy, feels good since stated to regain her confidence and Kristian is a big part of it.


btw, as bonus. Mr. CR trust Petra's team and willing to wait for results but fells little unhappy since 'money flow' from Petra went down but at the same time feels good because Berdych started to earn him more:lol:

*Jack*
Mar 1st, 2013, 07:31 PM
Si, yo quiero, por favor! Gracias...
Pues bien, en cinco minutos que debería ser.

Thanks Paul

"The man who does not like to travel and prefer to be in the shade"

After reading interview, i like this guy and his protectiveness of Petra in front of public opinion

Quick summary:

- He uses unconventional methods. Tailors them to specific athlete and task at hand and very proud of it
- Currently works with Petra on her week sides to balance the body and mind. Feels good about her progression but still work has to be done. Believes that fitness get get you thus far and state of mind is just as important.
- Doesn't like to travel alot. Had to go to US with her but now is sick, so will stay at home.
- They have one thing in common both like to be lazy and do nothing as they rest. Petra and he get along very well, trust in each other.
- Petra thinks she's not at the level where she needs to be to start wining, confident she's on her way back but expect journey not to be easy, feels good since stated to regain her confidence and Kristian is a big part of it.


btw, as bonus. Mr. CR trust Petra's team and willing to wait for results but fells little unhappy since 'money flow' from Petra wend down but at the same time feels good because Berdych started to earn him more
I wanted to do the summary, but Shifty has already done it so mine could be maybe a little more detailed but it would be the same what Shifty has written. :) :rolleyes:

steni
Mar 1st, 2013, 07:39 PM
Thanks Paul:yeah:

"The man who does not like to travel and prefer to be in the shade":hysteric:

After reading interview, i like this guy and his protectiveness of Petra in front of public opinion:worship:

Quick summary:

- He uses unconventional methods. Tailors them to specific athlete and task at hand and very proud of it
- Currently works with Petra on her week sides to balance the body and mind. Feels good about her progression but still work has to be done. Believes that fitness can get you thus far and state of mind is just as important.
- Doesn't like to travel alot. Had to go to US with her but now is sick, so will stay at home.
- They have one thing in common both like to be lazy and do nothing as they rest. Petra and he get along very well, trust in each other.
- Petra thinks she's not at the level where she needs to be to start wining, confident she's on her way back but expect journey not to be easy, feels good since stated to regain her confidence and Kristian is a big part of it.


btw, as bonus. Mr. CR trust Petra's team and willing to wait for results but fells little unhappy since 'money flow' from Petra went down but at the same time feels good because Berdych started to earn him more:lol:

Thanks Shiftyfella!

Petronius
Mar 1st, 2013, 07:44 PM
It's kinda strange Blesk hasn't started it's own hyping campaign.

Blesk is mainly interested in juicy info about a player's sex life, expensive cars, fashion stuff, etc.

ShiftyFella
Mar 1st, 2013, 07:52 PM
Blesk is mainly interested in juicy info about a player's sex life, expensive cars, fashion stuff, etc.
I know, they could have counted how many new bimmers Petra can buy with her prize money from Dubai:haha:


I wanted to do the summary, but Shifty has already done it so mine could be maybe a little more detailed but it would be the same what Shifty has written. :) :rolleyes:
You can provide us with full transcript, i'm sure non Czech speaking Petra fans would be more then interesting to know more about his persona

TennisAddict84
Mar 1st, 2013, 07:56 PM
I know, they could have counted how many new bimmers Petra can buy with her prize money from Dubai:haha:


You can provide us with full transcript, i'm sure non Czech speaking Petra fans would be more then interesting to know more about his persona

that would be much appreciated! :)

ArcticMoose
Mar 1st, 2013, 08:01 PM
Pues bien, en cinco minutos que debería ser.
I wanted to do the summary, but Shifty has already done it so mine could be maybe a little more detailed but it would be the same what Shifty has written. :) :rolleyes:
Hey Jack, to save you time:) - I put the words from the original article in to the google translator:worship: machine:devil: and it spewed out what is below:p - could you perhaps edit that for us, as some of it is very confusing and I am sure we are getting the wrong meaning from google translator:o....thanks..

wish my methods have made Peter an exceptional
The 1st The 3rd 2013,
Who is the Christian Bajza, fitness trainer tennis player Petra Kvitova? Kung-fu fighter, gym owner and supporter of Chinese medicine. The man who does not like to travel and prefer to keep in the shade, spoke for MF Dnes.
After Petra Kvitova last year involved a peculiar man with unusual methods, her life was shattered. She stopped going to the gym, trained only with the weight of your own body and in doing so suffered enough. She felt as if someone had swapped the body, groping on the court. It seems, however, that bet on a change came. Kvitova last week after half a year, won the tournament.
It's also worth Bajza Christian, a former fighter kung-fu, which greatly helped to raise the Top 20 other tenistce, Lucie Safarova, Slovak-site fitness center and focuses on Chinese medicine.
"I deal with different ways to exercise and worry about your body, something that could be called chiropractic. In Prostejov tennis club I started as a physiotherapist and I gained a fitness preparation, "he said in an interview for MF Dnes, which was also when Kvitova.
* What is the magic of your approach?
The best athletes are doing something extra, something special. This is special. I use methods that are not common in Europe. I'd like to help Peter to have extra weapon, ace in the hole.
* In practice it is mainly exercises with your own body weight, right?
Yes. Athlete after them should be less prone to injuries. Furthermore, many people believe that one can think of as being extremely difficult. Strengthen them even when auxiliary stabilizing muscles.
* What gives you a hard time, Petro?
When we started, every practice I suffered. But quite rapidly getting better. For me they are still the worst series of sprints, where as asthmatic breathless.
* What the Christian, work with different Petra and Lucie Safarova?
There's no comparison. Training unit to be tailored to athletes. So it's very individual. Always watching the first man, I recognize its nature and then customize the training.
* What first attracted you to Peter?
I knew her and I knew that a fighter. But pleasantly surprised how in practice can overcome, even if it was for her at first hard.
* What are your exercise difficult?
It's hard to describe. Not resemble conventional squats or klikům. Petra pick them myself inventing names to remind them.
* A help, Petro?
We focus on the parts that were weaker. I balanced the muscles that your body is in balance.
* Meanwhile with Petra nevyrážíte the tournament. When you are going for first?
I had to go to the U.S. now, but I'm sick and stay home.
* You do not have to travel too much, eh?
You got it exactly.
* Do you mind flying hotels?
On the plane you get used to, but they just do not like somewhere trmácím. I can not explain it better.
* Fortunately, Peter poctivka and tasks from you nešidí. Is that so?
Now this is a huge advantage of our cooperation. I'm calm, I know that all comply. So I let her into the world just fine.
* What it meant to you offer? Step in your career?
I is not a career for some action. With Peter humanly understood, as well as with her tennis coach David Kotyza. We form a team, I enjoy it. But yes, I must admit, it's a challenge to work with an athlete at the highest level.
* Do you have a common interest?
We have the same opinion on the rest.
* Can you clarify please?
There are people who prefer active rest. My resting entirely passively.
* Gaučing profess?
Yes! We can brutally rub, but then we can be totally lazy. Regeneration is the second part of the training.
* Have you Petry sorry if worried, or you know that they get caught?
Change requests tax patience. Rather, I was uncomfortable the hard criticism. It is annoying when you people unjustly attacking a friend.
* How would you defend it if you could?
Who did not pass at least part of the way in her shoes, let her judge. The public sees only a tiny part of the whole story. He can not imagine the stress and psychological pressure.
* Can you see the physical part of her progress?
Yes, definitely. Petrino body will get used to the new method, but I saw that manifest from the very beginning. I hope that now it will become increasingly clear, and that it sees and everyone else.
* So what is better?
Her movement culture. More on tiptoe. It is more explosive, faster.
* You, Petro, initially had the feeling that you are in a foreign body. Has he gone?
In matches with běhavýma girls in Dubai I managed a longer exchange. I do not have to play two strikes. But otherwise we do not resolve it on the court. Concentrate on the game, not for running. (Coach is added) And that's it! Fitness training is there to the player on the court could concentrate solely on strikes and tactics.
* So you have the worst time in a row? Now everything will be easier?
PK: I do not think that now I win where I come. We do not live in a fairy tale. So it does not work in sports. He returns my confidence, but I'm still in the process, yet it will not be easy. KB: The result does not only depend on the condition. You can be the fastest, to give the greatest wounds, physical training will get you far. But every hit the point where it fetches only on head.
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"Physical training will get you far. But every hit the point where it fetches only on the head. "Christian Bajza conditioning coach Petra Kvitova
"I do not think that now I win where I come. While returning to my confidence, but I'm in the process of, yet it will not be easy. "Seventh tennis player Petra Kvitova of the world



Kvitova helped the crisis too fedcupová patience and contentment, her manager says
The 1st The 3rd 2013,
PROSTĚJOV The three-hour interview the manager told Miroslav colored. After the collapse of the tennis player Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open he invited her and her coach and fitness trainer KOTYZA Bajza. "They all asked in unison support and peace of mind to do," says Černošek.
* What do you think?
I came to the conclusion that I trust them and that they need to wait when Peter starts. It seems hopped.
* Were you nervous of her defeats?
Petra lost confidence, the court was restless. I agreed with the criticism of its movement. But I still remained in the Top 10 and tennis life has taught me patience.
* What percentage meant financially?
Contracts with manufacturers or clothing missiles are long term, the basic amount is unchanged, but you lose the bonuses.
* Should this affect your TK Prostejov and Czech sports?
Supply from Petra fell, but rose to feed from Tomas Berdych. I'm glad it paid. And if we are not tennis, we have other projects, athletics Olympics.
* Peter apparently helped fedcupový week in Ostrava. What is it?
When matches are under more pressure, but the previous days are relaxed. It usually has standard conditions, better than in tournaments: sparring, rehabilitation, medical care. Trains when needed. In its approach to Fed Cup deserves it.
* Lifted her and scored wins, right?
Yes. Against Australia has not yet been excellent. But the focus and patience returned. In Doha she started hitting the ball after lines, the heaviest blows. He almost beat Serena.
* Also, better moves and relaxed.
I agree. Also played a decisive strikes because they were timely and well built with them.

Palkov
Mar 1st, 2013, 08:06 PM
Petra's body needed to get used to new methods, but I saw that it had worked from the very beginning. I hope that now it will become more visible, and that everyone can see it as well.
* So what is better? Her movement culture. She is more on tiptoes. She is more explosive:timebomb:,faster.

Am I dreaming? This should be a top class fitness coach? Can you imagine Vika or Serena hiring him?
Cannot wait till Kristian's training methods will become a new standard in world sport...:p

Petronius
Mar 1st, 2013, 08:06 PM
but at the same time feels good because Berdych started to earn him more:lol:

Funny. :lol: BTW, I would love if Berdy won tomorrow (he won't of course) to clinch the male/female Dubai double for Prostejov, as some people in this subforum still believe that Cernosek is a total amateur who lucked out on Hingis and that his academy can't produce any other decent player :lol:

Berdy's been training at Prostejov since he was eleven. :)

ArcticMoose
Mar 1st, 2013, 08:13 PM
that would be much appreciated! :)
:DOMG......look who's back..... after being knee:p deep:o in TF mud & Gos;)
:oh::devil:http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=500514:haha::hysteric:

:angel:Love the avi with Kvitty & the teapot!

ShiftyFella
Mar 1st, 2013, 08:23 PM
Funny. :lol: BTW, I would love if Berdy won tomorrow (he won't of course) to clinch the male/female Dubai double for Prostejov, as some people in this subforum still believe that Cernosek is a total amateur who lucked out on Hingis and that his academy can't produce any other decent player :lol:

Berdy's been training at Prostejov since he was eleven. :)
Cernosek is like Czech lesser version of Jerry Jones, good businessman, knows how to market and keep close his gooses but greedy, arrogant and wants to take credit for everything. Tomas success has nothing to do with CR, it's the other way around but some of our Czech comrades don't want to admit that. He can take credit for initial success because he gave opportunity to players but everything beyond is on player\his coach and he gets benefits from that not the credit


* Fortunately, Peter poctivka and tasks from you nešidí. Is that so?
Now this is a huge advantage of our cooperation. I'm calm, I know that all comply. So I let her into the world just fine.
rofl, google translate is so google:lol: Moose it's better if Jack writes it from scratch:cool:

Petronius
Mar 1st, 2013, 09:14 PM
Cernosek is like Czech lesser version of Jerry Jones, good businessman, knows how to market and keep close his gooses but greedy, arrogant and wants to take credit for everything. Tomas success has nothing to do with CR, it's the other way around but some of our Czech comrades don't want to admit that. He can take credit for initial success because he gave opportunity to players but everything beyond is on player\his coach and he gets benefits from that not the credit

It seems that you are one of those fans who take all this success for granted so you fail to appreciate what these guys in a little town of 50,000 have achieved over the last 20 years and their hard work.

He's said repeatedly that Martina Hingis brought them to another level and since then they've overtaken Prague as the main center of Czech tennis.

I have big respect for Cernosek and the excellent results of his academy, even if I may not like him personally.

On a side note, the main sponsor of the Prostejov club - giant food company Agrofert - is the 3rd largest enterprise in CZ and has just acquired Lieken AG, the biggest German bread producer, from Barilla of Italy.

So the club has strong financial backing and will likely continue to produce more great players in the future, like Jiri Vesely, the world No.1 in juniors in 2011. And some credit definitely goes to Cernosek and his team for getting such a strong sponsor.

Just a few thoughts. :cool:

ShiftyFella
Mar 1st, 2013, 09:28 PM
It seems that you are one of those fans who take all this success for granted so you fail to appreciate what these guys in a little town of 50,000 have achieved over the last 20 years and their hard work.

He's said repeatedly that Martina Hingis brought them to another level and since then they've overtaken Prague as the main center of Czech tennis.

I have big respect for Cernosek and the excellent results of his academy, even if I may not like him personally.

On a side note, the main sponsor of the Prostejov club - giant food company Agrofert - is the 3rd largest enterprise in CZ and has just acquired Lieken AG, the biggest German bread producer, from Barilla of Italy.

So the club has strong financial backing and will likely continue to produce more great players in the future, like Jiri Vesely, the world No.1 in juniors in 2011. And some credit definitely goes to Cernosek and his team for getting such a strong sponsor.

Just a few thoughts. :cool:
You missing the point. He achieved great things as businessman, he can take credit for that and the fact his facilities provide great opportunities for young Czech tennis players, i don't like his attitude just as i don't like Jerry Jones stubbornness, they both over controlled greedy middle age men that wants credit for everything not just the business side but personal success of an athlete too. I don't like how he talks about Petra and other successful members of his club.

Excelscior
Mar 1st, 2013, 10:27 PM
Funny. :lol: BTW, I would love if Berdy won tomorrow (he won't of course) to clinch the male/female Dubai double for Prostejov, as some people in this subforum still believe that Cernosek is a total amateur who lucked out on Hingis and that his academy can't produce any other decent player :lol:

Berdy's been training at Prostejov since he was eleven. :)

I was hoping you didn't post her after his win (and I like Tomas). I guess, I thought to soon. :lol: :tape: :lol:

As Bruce Goose has said numerous times: You can't keep taking credit for Cernosek every time Tomas wins an event.

By god, Prostojev is the top tennis program--in tennis rich Czech Republic. Of course they're going to have some good players. Now on the other hand, what has Tomas really won (and don't give me this Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Murray argument)?? He still missed and blown opportunities over the years! :eek:

Ask me/us how well Cernosek is at managing, coaching and helping these players live up to or beyond their potential (Petra, Berdych, Safarova, and the rest of the Czech bunch he's involved with)???

That part of it is highly debatable, questionable now.

So though we love you: Please stop Petronius (though you can, of course if you want/continue)!! :lol:

Note: If you remember, I had called Cernosek, "the Czech Jerry Jones"--a while back, and you didn't like it then either. This should tell you something about him. :lol: :oh: :lol:

steni
Mar 1st, 2013, 10:29 PM
Somebody knows how Cernosek got involve in tennis??

netphobia
Mar 2nd, 2013, 12:41 AM
Cernosek is a good businessman and maybe that's why you don't like the way he speaks about his players, Ex, because he's using such businesslike terms? Until someone can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he's a mafioso or sth I'll give him the benefit of the doubt :hysteric: no matter how much credit, undue or not, he takes for Hingis & Petra.

bruce goose
Mar 2nd, 2013, 12:55 AM
I was hoping you didn't post her after his win (and I like Tomas). I guess, I thought to soon. :lol: :tape: :lol:

As Bruce Goose has said numerous times: You can't keep taking credit for Cernosek every time Tomas wins an event.

By god, Prostojev is the top tennis program--in tennis rich Czech Republic. Of course they're going to have some good players. Now on the other hand, what has Tomas really won (and don't give me this Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Murray argument)?? He still missed and blown opportunities over the years! :eek:

Ask me/us how well Cernosek is at managing, coaching and helping these players live up to or beyond their potential (Petra, Berdych, Safarova, and the rest of the Czech bunch he's involved with)???

That part of it is highly debatable, questionable now.

So though we love you: Please stop Petronius (though you can, of course if you want/continue)!! :lol:

Note: If you remember, I had called Cernosek, "the Czech Jerry Jones"--a while back, and you didn't like it then either. This should tell you something about him. :lol: :oh: :lol:Don't know how sensitive Czech males are;I met one in our Sierra region,with his Slovak buddy,and they were both pretty easy-going.Unfortunately,I seem to have hurt Petronius' feelings and he doesn't wanna be cordial anymore:shrug:,so I'll chat to all via your post.(btw,send me a PM when you get the chance,please;))

First of all,I totally respected the move he made to create a separate thread for those who wish to criticize Petra's team,and I've done my level best to honor that arrangement.However,it's a little dishonest to forbid criticism of Cermosek in these main threads.......And then turn around and PRAISE him whenever the chance arises.

In general,I'd say that youth clinics only deserve limited credit for players' pro success...unless the leaders of said facilities were known for instilling good values and habits in players that left them more disciplined than players from OTHER clinics.I can't even count how many times a supposed can't-miss prospect came from such-and-such academy...and then completely fell flat in the pros.Barring evidence of poor training techniques,we can't blame the academies when prospects flop,nor can we offer any sound arguments that a specific academy deserved primary credit for a former attendee's achievements.

I'd be MUCH more of a believer if I heard a player praise his/her youth academy as the source of his/her success.Usually--maybe even 90% of the time--a retiring player lauds parents(or,in female cases,a supportive husband)...or his/her 1st pro coach...or a coach who helped the player overcome doubts and reach a new level.Off the top of my head,I can't recall a single case where the player named the hometown academy first and foremost.Does anyone have any quotes from Hingis,Berdych or Petra which state,essentially,"I would've been a suck-ass nobody if it hadn't been for Cermosek..."? No offense,Czech posters,but I'd rather see any links for myself and use an impartial means of translation.

Back to my previous analogy: If businessman Donald Trump used his millions to fund a youth clinic where Sloane Stephens trained and found junior success,would that give Donald the credibility to plan all specific aspects of her tennis career?And would that obligate us to act like sheep Catholics and never question anything that infallible Pope Donald ever said or decided??Some of the unusual ways that Petra has proceeded with her team--already enumerated at length--don't exactly scream out 'brilliant planning';the subjective part is in determining who's at fault,and to what degree.Obviously,Petra deserves her own share of blame as she must co-sign every major decision.

Lastly,I had to smile a little bit when Petronius referred to 'finding another(excellent) player' with Prostejov roots.Even if we made the leap that even legends would've been ITF no-names without their local academies,the fact that one has to SEARCH for names...just to have 'another' from Prostejov...isn't exactly a ringing endorsement on the superficial level.I don't do much research on academies,but I'll bet you that there are several successful ones where fans don't have to rack their brains to recall lots of top pros who had gone there..................................I hope that that post was polite enough:lol:

mac47
Mar 2nd, 2013, 04:45 AM
I've got no problems with Cernosek. He's a businessman and he talks like a businessman. I don't hear Petra or any other Czech players complaining about him.

bruce goose
Mar 2nd, 2013, 07:05 AM
I've got no problems with Cernosek. He's a businessman and he talks like a businessman. I don't hear Petra or any other Czech players complaining about him.You wouldn't hear any complaints so that's totally irrelevant,really.He doesn't have any significant impact at all on Czech players who don't use him as their manager,so they wouldn't have anything to complain about:shrug:.You wouldn't hear his clients complain,either,unless he cheated them out of money or failed to provide some specific service,so the existence/non-existence of complaints isn't the barometer here.

The question is,in North American terms that you can appreciate is,Can a Jerry Jones-type successfully function by playing a coach/GM role??Most NFL experts--virtually ALL,really--agree that the Cowboys won their SBs back when Jones delegated the operation more to sub-ordinates.When he took more of a hands-on role,the Cowboys dropped off and became an average team.The interesting thing THERE is that Jones actually has decent first-hand knowledge of the sport,having played on a championship team in college....Haven't heard any similar testimonies about Petra's manager.

Unless he bullied Petra's family or threatened them somehow via Czech mafia,SHE wouldn't have any grounds to complain because SHE signs off on all final decisions;therefore,the responsibility ultimately lies on HER.....and if you believe that Petra's manager provides her with the ideal assistance and leadership/guidance to help her reach her potential,then you are entitled to that opinion:hatoff:

paulmara
Mar 2nd, 2013, 07:57 AM
It's hard to describe. Not resemble conventional squats or klikům. Petra pick them myself inventing names to remind them.

(training methods) No squats or push ups. Petra herself inventing names for them.



PROSTĚJOV The three-hour interview the manager told Miroslav colored.

Černošek held 3 separate meetings with Petra, David and Bajza

ArcticMoose
Mar 2nd, 2013, 08:01 AM
(training methods) No squats or push ups. Petra herself inventing names for them.



Černošek held 3 separate meetings with Petra, David and Bajza

:worship:Thank you Paul! Much Appreciated!

Queen Petra Fan
Mar 2nd, 2013, 09:05 AM
It seems that you are one of those fans who take all this success for granted so you fail to appreciate what these guys in a little town of 50,000 have achieved over the last 20 years and their hard work.

He's said repeatedly that Martina Hingis brought them to another level and since then they've overtaken Prague as the main center of Czech tennis.

I have big respect for Cernosek and the excellent results of his academy, even if I may not like him personally.

On a side note, the main sponsor of the Prostejov club - giant food company Agrofert - is the 3rd largest enterprise in CZ and has just acquired Lieken AG, the biggest German bread producer, from Barilla of Italy.

So the club has strong financial backing and will likely continue to produce more great players in the future, like Jiri Vesely, the world No.1 in juniors in 2011. And some credit definitely goes to Cernosek and his team for getting such a strong sponsor.

Just a few thoughts. :cool:


I think you know Petronius I'm a big fan of all things Czech and especially Czech tennis. Therefore, I must, and do greatly respect what Mr. Cernosek and others have done at Prostejov TC.

Therefore, let me explain the reason I labeled Cernosek a clown and a huckster (maybe quite unfairly) because of my perception of his total control of all things Petra and his small nation nationalistic mentality on micro-managing her career and her affairs; many times giving the impression he's trying to make Petra successful on the cheap and in a very closeted way for her benefit when it's really for his own benefit or because of his own insecurities.

Frankly, I think Petra has done great in spite of Cernosek, not because of him. I mean, what has he REALLY done for her other than provide a nice facility for her to practice at, surround her with some moderately competent personel, and snag a few modestly lucrative sponsorship contracts after her Wimbledon triumph which most any professional sports manager could have done, and maybe better?

Let's be honest, Petra's greatest triumphs came in a period where Serena was absent, Sharpie was still recovering from her shoulder surgery and Vika was still trying to find herself. Now that all of these three, the Big 3, have returned or been in form, Petra has only been able to vulture minor tournaments, and in between has been wildly erratic and until very recently, pretty damn hapless and uncompetitive when facing the big girls and many Top 20ers. Thankfully, she is at least able to abuse and win against pushers again after a very long drought against even those competitors. What can we really claim as Cernosek's contribution to this recent turnaround? The facts show he finally got around to hiring Petra an apparently decent fitness trainer, much to her benefit, after many wasted months. Why was so much time wasted when the need was so plain to see? Was that effective management? :confused:

Also, if Cernosek is the great manager you say he is, we will see him open his wallet (or more like Petra's wallet) and his mind and take the concrete steps needed to bring Petra's program to the same level as the Big 3s', even if this requires hiring a non-Czechoslovak to the team as a coach and Petra relocating to another country so she can play outdoors more (playing outdoors being a big weakness for Petra which will ultimately limit her GS potential). Right now, I get the impression Cernosek is too afraid to take these steps, and therefore he will limit Petra's chances to be dominating because he will not have helped her strengthen one of her biggest weaknesses, playing outdoors. Considering all the GSs are played outdoors, why isn't her genius manager talking about this as a future option or necessity? :shrug:

If we look at all the young players on the WTA tour, nobody has more talent and a bigger opportunity to take over the women's game after Serena's abilities decline than Petra. If she ever matures between the ears, reaches a consistent level of year round fitness, tunes up her wicked game with its lethal combination of power and touch, and moves beyond her cocoon-like affinity for playing indoors, she could be one of the best of her generation. :worship:

Or not...... :sad:

It would be a real shame if Petra's career ended up stunted because of short sighted management or listening to short sighted management.

Mr. Cernosek seems like a smart guy. For Petra's sake, let's hope he proves he is. Time will tell. His reputation is on Petra's racquet. :lol:

As for Andrej Babiš, the owner of Agrofert, I've always respected the man because of his strong opinions and comments about corruption which is a huge problem over here in CZ. He's about the only billionaire over here who publishes his tax return every year in a display of transparency as an example to others. He's a great sponsor for the Prostejov TC to have.

vendulkabendulka
Mar 2nd, 2013, 09:42 AM
QPF, thanks you for writing this. I completely agree with every word of it.

honzaneumannn
Mar 2nd, 2013, 10:06 AM
You missing the point. He achieved great things as businessman, he can take credit for that and the fact his facilities provide great opportunities for young Czech tennis players, i don't like his attitude just as i don't like Jerry Jones stubbornness, they both over controlled greedy middle age men that wants credit for everything not just the business side but personal success of an athlete too. I don't like how he talks about Petra and other successful members of his club.
He takes it commercially which is understandable, he is a business man. If Cernosek wasnt in CZ, some things would not have happened incl. outburts of some players etc.

I neednt like his pictures where he is photographed with Usain Bolt (the higher Usain is, the smaller Cernosek looks to be in that picture..ha, ha), but Ive got to respect his entrepreneurial talent.

Plus have some additional info from Mr. Kvita strongly supporting my conviction how important this person for the Czech tennis is...

Palkov
Mar 2nd, 2013, 11:03 AM
...his total control of all things Petra and his small nation nationalistic mentality on micro-managing her career and her affairs;

Frankly, I think Petra has done great in spite of Cernosek, not because of him. I mean, what has he REALLY done for her other than provide a nice facility for her to practice at, surround her with some moderately competent personel, and snag a few modestly lucrative sponsorship contracts after her Wimbledon triumph which most any professional sports manager could have done, and maybe better?

Right now, I get the impression Cernosek is too afraid to take these steps...

Thanks QPF..I could not write it better

What prevent me from respecting Cernosek is the fact that he makes an impression that he owns the players (or even worse, this is not an impression, but reality). I have never heard anybody behind eg.Vika's management to talk about her like Cernosek talks about Petra (see this 3 separate meetings with Petra & the core team). Also I doubt that Bolletieri ever talked about his "sheeps" in this manner

ShiftyFella
Mar 2nd, 2013, 11:11 AM
He takes it commercially which is understandable, he is a business man. If Cernosek wasnt in CZ, some things would not have happened incl. outburts of some players etc.

I neednt like his pictures where he is photographed with Usain Bolt (the higher Usain is, the smaller Cernosek looks to be in that picture..ha, ha), but Ive got to respect his entrepreneurial talent.

Plus have some additional info from Mr. Kvita strongly supporting my conviction how important this person for the Czech tennis is...
smooth and sneaky, now i know who's left hand of Sidney. Now we need to figure out under what username Sidney is hiding:haha:

Excelscior
Mar 2nd, 2013, 11:53 AM
Well, I think most of you guys know how I already feel about the the subject/Cernosek (just check 'Petra's team bashing thread that Petronius set up)!! :eek: :lol: :eek:

So thank you, QPF, vendulkabendulka, Palkov, and Shifty, for all your candid opinions and observations.

All of what each of you said, is so true!! :yeah: :clap2: :yeah:

With better management, coaches, advisors, direction and practice facilities/location, who's to say that Petra couldn't have already snagged 1-3 more majors (2011 Aussie, 2011 French, 2012 French), along with her current/lone Wimbledon)? Who knows? It's not like Petra wasn't capable of winning, and/or didn't have a chance, with one better match, mental/composure or match strategy, here or there!? Right? :shrug:

Some would even argue, if Petra didn't face Serena in 2010 and 2012, she could have 2 more Wimbledon's. Such is how close, while simultaneously how far Petra Kvitova is (some of the stuff that QPF was alluding to), and why/how better surrounding personnel, goal setting and even practice locations/facilities may have improved her.

Petra currently has one major. Some would argue she could/should have more (as Steve Flink of Tennis.com recently alluded to, when he discussed Petra 'blowing golden opportunities' and 'wasting her talent', in prior events). Sure, we can all talk about 'Petra maturing later'. But nothing is guaranteed in sports. You gotta take things while you can get it, and be the best you can be with the best personnel, if you have the opportunity, and can afford it (which Petra does). Time waits on no one. You have to continually or eventually improve. :eek:

And of course, Cernosek, speaks too dismissive of Petra, is self centered and takes too much credit for what she does, where she plays, and what he allegedly does for her. Agreed! Most managers are not not that controlling (because they're eminently replaceable by star players), and usually stay in the background publicly. On the other hand, Cernosek likes to give the appearance, that he's the one in control, making decisions and steering the ship, not Petra. Whether he actually is, or Petra let's him. That's weird and unprofessional!

And Shifty, you may be on to something there. I've thought and wondered some similar things myself. :oh:

ArcticMoose
Mar 2nd, 2013, 12:00 PM
:hatoff:The Story so far …Coach David Kotyza (aka: Huggy Bear):sobbing: is joined by Physio & Kung Fu Fighter/Eastern Philosopher Christian Bajza (aka: Kung Fu Panda):sobbing: in the Kvitty:angel: camp….

:pFurther to Christian Bajza (Kung Fu Panda) giving an interview to the Czech Press:oh: : http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=25061641&postcount=2136 (http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=25061641&postcount=2136)

:bounce:Lots of fights:boxing: have broken out in here over Uncle Cernosek:tape: …. So thought it was an apt moment to :aparty:chill-out by listening to the hit song ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ with our very own Kung Fu Panda (Christian Bajza) in it…. (remember Panda's don't like traveling either & love to sleep):hysteric:
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Petronius
Mar 2nd, 2013, 12:38 PM
You missing the point. He achieved great things as businessman, he can take credit for that and the fact his facilities provide great opportunities for young Czech tennis players, i don't like his attitude just as i don't like Jerry Jones stubbornness, they both over controlled greedy middle age men that wants credit for everything not just the business side but personal success of an athlete too. I don't like how he talks about Petra and other successful members of his club.

That's what I meant. You don't have to like the guy personally, but you've got to respect the results. If I had his results I wouldn't be probably much different. And last time I checked neither Petra or Tomas has publicly complained about him in any way. They have top-notch facilities, private jets, BMWs from sponsors, etc.

Just for a few seconds, forget that you are a Petra fan and try to look at things from the perspective of an investor in tennis talents. There was NO guarantee at all that Kvitty or Berdy would turn into successful money-making machines for the club.

Either of them could've said at 18, 'Sorry Mr. Cernosek I've other plans, I am finished with tennis and want to go to university'. Or either of them could have had an illness, ski or car accident, etc.

Acc. to him, the development of a top player costs about 8-10 million CZK, so he would have lost 20 million for both, i.e. one million bucks, if both Petra and Tomas completely failed.

So, of course he's afraid that someone would entice Petra or Tomas away and he's doing his best to prevent this from happening. This is about money after all, the club is not a non-profit organization. :lol:

BTW, GL to Berdy and Karo Pliskova in their finals :cheer:

*Jack*
Mar 2nd, 2013, 12:53 PM
Hey Jack, to save you time:) - I put the words from the original article in to the google translator:worship: machine:devil: and it spewed out what is below:p - could you perhaps edit that for us, as some of it is very confusing and I am sure we are getting the wrong meaning from google translator:o....thanks..
It helped me a little, thanks and enjoy! :) :wavey: ;)

I know, they could have counted how many new bimmers Petra can buy with her prize money from Dubai:haha:
You can provide us with full transcript, i'm sure non Czech speaking Petra fans would be more then interesting to know more about his persona
Good idea, I did and you can enjoy the translated article. ;) :) :wavey:


If only my methods would have made Petra exceptional.

Who is that Christian Bajza, a fitness trainer of the tennis player Petra Kvitova? A Kung-fu fighter, a gym owner and follower of Chinese medicine. The man, who does not like to travel and prefer to stay in the shade, has spoken for MF Dnes.
After Petra Kvitova involved a peculiar man with unusual methods last year, her life was shattered. She stopped going to the gym, trained only with the weight of her own body and she suffered enough during this. She felt as if someone had swapped her body, she was groping on the court. It seems however that bet on a change of game has worked. Kvitova won the tournament last week after half of a year.
It's also a credit of Kristian Bajza, a former kung-fu fighter, which greatly helped to raise the Top 20 to other tennis player, Lucie Safarova. He's owner of a Slovak fitness center and he focuses on Chinese medicine.[/COLOR]
"I'm working with a different ways to exercise and care for body, something that could be called chiropractic. I started as a physiotherapist in Prostejov tennis club and I also gained a fitness preparation," he said in an interview for MF Dnes, where Kvitova was, too.
* What is the magic of your approach?
The best athletes always do something extra, something special. This is what makes them special. I use methods that are not common in Europe. I'd like to help Petra, so she would have an extra weapon, an ace in the sleeve.
* It is mainly exercises with your own body weight in practice, isn't it?
Yes. An Athlete should be less prone to injuries after them. Furthermore, many people wouldn't believe that they can be developed to be extremely difficult. You can strengthen even auxiliary and stabilizing muscles during them.
* What gives you a hard time, Petra?
When we started, I suffered during an every exercise. But I'm getting better quite rapidly. The series of sprints are still the worst for me, where I'm breathless as an asthmatic.
* What is different on work with Petra and Lucie Safarova, Kristian?
I can't compare this. The training unit should be tailored to an athlete. So it's very individual. I always observe the man at first, I recognize its nature and then customize the training.
* What interested you about Petra firstly?
I've known her and I've known that she's a fighter. But I was pleasantly surprised how she can overcome her self in practice, even if it was hard for her at start.
* What is difficult about your exercises?
It's hard to described. They don't resemble conventional squats or push-ups. Petra invents names for them herself to remind them.
* And do they help, Petra?
We focus on the parts that were weaker. So I could balance the muscles so my body would be balanced.
* You don't go to the tournament with Petra yet. When are you going for the first time?
I wanted to go to the U.S. now, but I'm sick so I'll stay home.
* You don't like to travel too much, eh?
You got it exactly.
* Do you mind flying, hotels?
The man can get used to a plane, but I just don't like to plod somewhere. I can't explain it better.
* Fortunately, Petra is honest and doesn't cheat the tasks from you. Is that right?
This is a huge advantage of our cooperation. I'm calm, I know that she'll comply all. So I can let her into the world just fine.
* What did her offer meant to you? A step in your career?
I don't care about career, but I care about some process. We humanly understood with Petra, as well as with her tennis coach David Kotyza. We are a team, I enjoy it. But yes, I must admit, it's a challenge to work with an athlete at the highest level.
* Do you have a common interest?
We share the same opinion on the rest.
* Can you clarify it, please?
There are people who prefer active rest. We rest entirely passively.
* You follow couching?
Yes! We can brutally labor, but then we can be totally lazy. Regeneration is the second part of the training.
* Did you feel sorry for Petra, when she agonized, or you knew that she will catch on?
The Change requests tax, patience. Rather, I was uncomfortable because of the hard criticism. It is unpleasant when people are unjustly attacking your friend.
* How would you defend her if you could?
Who didn't pass at least part of the journey in her shoes, shouldn't judge her. The public sees only a tiny part of the whole story. It can't imagine the stress and psychological pressure.
* Can you see a progress at the physical part?
Definitely yes. Petra's body was getting used to the new methods, but I saw that they are showing from the very beginning. I hope that now it will become increasingly more apparent and that everyone else will be able to see it.
* So what's got better?
Her culture of movement. She is more on tiptoes. She is more explosive, faster.
* You felt, Petra, initially that you are in a strange body. Is it already gone?
I managed even the longer rallies in matches with the running girls in Dubai. I don't have to play on two shots. But otherwise I don't think about it on the court. I concentrate on the game, not on running. (Coach joins) And that's it! The Fitness training is there to the player could concentrate solely on strikes and tactics on the court.
* So you have the worst time behind you? Now everything will be easier?
PK: I don't think that now I'll win wherever I come. We don't live in a fairy tale. This is not how it works in the sport. My confidence is coming back, but I'm still in the process, it won't be easy yet. KB: The result doesn't depend only on the condition. You can be the fastest, make the greatest shots, the physical training will get you far. But everyone will hit the point that you can overcome only by your head.


The patience and also the Fed cup contentment helped Kvitova to get from the crisis, claims her manager

PROSTĚJOV That is what the three-hour interviews told Miroslav Cernosek the manager. After the collapse of the tennis player Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open he invited her and her coach Kotyza and fitness trainer Bajza. "They all asked about support and peace for the work," says Cernosek.
* What do you think about it?
I came to the conclusion that I trust them and that we need to wait till Petra is going to catch on. It seems that she did.
* Were you nervous of her defeats?
Petra was losing confidence, she was unfocused on the court. I agreed with the criticism of her movement. But she still remained in the Top 10 and the tennis life has taught me to patience.
* What the loses meant financially?
Contracts with manufacturers about rackets and clothing are long term, the basic amount remains unchanged, but you lose the bonuses.
* Did it affect your companies TK Prostejov and Ceska sportovni(*)? |(*) (something like 'Czech sporty')
The supply from Petra dropped, but the suply from Tomas Berdych increased. I'm glad it compensated. And if the tennis is not on, we have other projects, the athletics or olympics.
* The Fed cup week in Ostrava apparently helped Petra. Why is that?
She's more under pressure during matches, but the previous days use to be relaxed. She usually has above standard conditions, better than on the tournaments: sparrings, rehabilitation, medical care. She trains when she need. She deserves it for attitude to the Fed Cup.
* The labored wins lifted her, right?
Yes. She hasn't been excellent against Australia yet. But the focus and patience has returned. She started hitting the balls on the lines in Doha, even the hardest shots. She has almost beaten Serena.
* Also, she moves better and she relaxed.
I agree. The decisive strikes she played also because she was there on time and she stood well to them.

Petronius
Mar 2nd, 2013, 01:17 PM
I've got no problems with Cernosek. He's a businessman and he talks like a businessman. I don't hear Petra or any other Czech players complaining about him.

+1

ArcticMoose
Mar 2nd, 2013, 01:19 PM
It helped me a little, thanks and enjoy! :) :wavey: ;)


Good idea, I did and you can enjoy the translated article. ;) :) :wavey:
:worship:Thanks for the translation *Jack*:yeah:

Petronius
Mar 2nd, 2013, 01:23 PM
He takes it commercially which is understandable, he is a business man. If Cernosek wasnt in CZ, some things would not have happened incl. outburts of some players etc.

I neednt like his pictures where he is photographed with Usain Bolt (the higher Usain is, the smaller Cernosek looks to be in that picture..ha, ha), but Ive got to respect his entrepreneurial talent.

Plus have some additional info from Mr. Kvita strongly supporting my conviction how important this person for the Czech tennis is...

Good points, honza. BTW, check this by far the best interview with Cernosek, both insightful and hilarious :lol:

http://sport.idnes.cz/ted-privezu-kurnikovovou-slibuje-nejmocnejsi-sportovni-manazer-v-cesku-1q9-/sporty.aspx?c=A090228_235642_sporty_ot

Excelscior
Mar 2nd, 2013, 02:21 PM
PS QPF:

I don't necessarily think Petra's weakness was outdoor hard courts per se. Remember she struggled on grass/at Wimlbedon until 2010 (she had never won on grass until that year). And she had made the 2008 French Open 4th rd and 2009 US Open 4th rd. The first tournament she won, was Hobart in 2008. And her second, was Brisbane in 2011. Both were outdoor hard courts arenas.

I think a lot of Petra's earlier Outdoor hard court performances (or lack of them), had to do with a combination of things, actually. It was Petra's poor scheduling, injuries, conditioning, mental frame work and asthma (playing in North America, outside of Europe, except Australia), along with her maturation as a both a young--competitively inexperienced, then as a top 10-type player.

I think think she's a good to very good outdoor hard court player now, and hopefully getting better. Hopefully, she does us proud the next few weeks.

Nonetheless (to your point), I think practicing at Prostojev, gave the young, relatively little traveled (as a junior) Kvitova, a sense of comfort playing indoors and in Europe--which may have affected her play else where. Plus as we discussed, it's rare, when most top tennis players, don't reside or have another home in a warm weather climate to play outdoors year round.

Speaking about Cernosek, and Petra succeeding despite him?? I think their current/prolonged mental management of Petra is wrong and indicative of amateurs vs professionals. Here's why, below.

It's clear to see, from listening to Petra's team, that her goal setting and mental management is guided by her sports psychologist. Why? Cause the ultimate goal of Kvitova's team, since 2011, was/is to keep her "relaxed", and not set or discuss specific goals (except briefly, when she was feeling very confident during 2011). This is another reason why Kotyza continues to be there (despite his apparent lack of tactical coaching ability and any confidence he should imbue in Petra vs top players). It's because he reputedly relaxes her.

The problem with a psychologist is: They'll say "this is the type of personality she has, and this is how you deal with it her".

On the other hand, a top level coach or advisor, says "okay, we see her current mindset. Now we have to transition, or get her to BUY INTO THIS (in this case setting higher goals, work ethic and expectations, currently for herself)"!

If the coaches and advisors are good, they're not going to force any immediate changes of thought onto a player. Not at all. They have to convince, or get the Player, Petra or pupil to buy in first. And that's what good coaches and advisors do. Anyone can get you to do, what you were used to/comfortable doing, and/or what you already believed. That's easy. However, Good/Great coaches actually get you to believe in doing things you never saw yourself doing, and in changing your mindset, confidence, and ultimate goals.

Petra may be able to BS her shrink and have her way. Of course she can...He or she is not a tennis player. However, Petra's not going to be able to BS Martina Nav's, Pavel Slozil or Ivan Lendl quite so easily. When Petra says "I was nervous or frightened! They'll look at her and say "I didn't see a player that was nervous or frightened. I saw a player that wasn't giving it their all. Can you tell me why, please Petra"!? :tape: ..."We can work on that!" That's the difference. :lol:

If Petra set her goals (either internally or externally) higher than that of the press or her fans: She could never worry about what people think or meeting them. Why?..Cause the Press and her fans expectations would never be as high as her own. And good players who do that, rarely get nervous before or after bad losses (think of all great champions). If anything, they're mad, and wanna go back out on the court and make up for it. They don't wallow in it (the bad, unexpected losses, criticism or expectations). It's all a mindset/approach.

Petra's current approach, allows her to wallow, which is why she's such a confidence player, and can go through so many inexplicable stretches of good, bad, up and down play and slumps. The irony of course is: The relaxed approach was supposed to prevent that. :lol:

I don't see how any great manager/business man (who shouldn't be making tennis decisions for his player in the first place :banghead: ), could allow this team of misfits to guide Petra's career the past 3 years. :shrug:

As it's been said: Petra currently wins despite her team, not because of them. And at this stage, it almost seems better, when Petra coaches herself. :help:

Now, What does that say about Cernosek's, team and guidance? :help: :shrug: :help:

bruce goose
Mar 2nd, 2013, 02:28 PM
PS QPF:

I don't necessarily think Petra's weakness was outdoor hard courts per se. Remember she struggled on grass/at Wimlbedon until 2010 (she had never won on grass until that year). And she had made the 2008 French Open 4th rd and 2009 US Open 4th rd. The first tournament she won, was Hobart in 2008. And her second, was Brisbane in 2011. Both were outdoor hard courts arenas.

I think a lot of Petra's earlier Outdoor hard court performances (or lack of them), had to do with a combination of things, actually. It was Petra's poor scheduling, injuries, conditioning, mental frame work and asthma (playing in North America, outside of Europe, except Australia), along with her maturation as a both a young--competitively inexperienced, then as a top 10-type player.

I think think she's a good to very good outdoor hard court player now, and hopefully getting better. Hopefully, she does us proud the next few weeks.

Nonetheless (to your point), I think practicing at Prostojev, gave the young, relatively little traveled (as a junior) Kvitova, a sense of comfort playing indoors and in Europe--which may have affected her play else where. Plus as we discussed, it's rare, when most top tennis players, don't reside or have another home in a warm weather climate to play outdoors year round.

Speaking about Cernosek, and Petra succeeding despite him?? I think their current/prolonged mental management of Petra is wrong and indicative of amateurs vs professionals. Here's why, below.

It's clear to see, from listening to Petra's team, that her goal setting and mental management is guided by her sports psychologist. Why? Cause the ultimate goal of Kvitova's team, since 2011, was/is to keep her "relaxed", and not set or discuss specific goals (except briefly, when she was feeling very confident during 2011). This is another reason why Kotyza continues to be there (despite his apparent lack of tactical coaching ability and any confidence he should imbue in Petra vs top players). It's because he reputedly relaxes her.

The problem with a psychologist is: They'll say "this is the type of personality she has, and this is how you deal with it her".

On the other hand, a top level coach or advisor, says "okay, we see her current mindset. Now we have to transition, or get her to BUY INTO THIS (in this case setting higher goals, work ethic and expectations, currently for herself)"!

If the coaches and advisors are good, they're not going to force any immediate changes of thought onto a player. Not at all. They have to convince, or get the Player, Petra or pupil to buy in first. And that's what good coaches and advisors do. Anyone can get you to do, what you were used to/comfortable doing, and/or what you already believed. That's easy. However, Good/Great coaches actually get you to believe in doing things you never saw yourself doing, and in changing your mindset, confidence, and ultimate goals.

Petra may be able to BS her shrink and have her way. Of course she can...He or she is not a tennis player. However, Petra's not going to be able to BS Martina Nav's, Pavel Slozil or Ivan Lendl quite so easily. When Petra says "I was nervous or frightened! They'll look at her and say "I didn't see a player that was nervous or frightened. I saw a player that wasn't giving it their all. Can you tell me why, please Petra"!? :tape: ..."We can work on that!" That's the difference. :lol:

If Petra set her goals (either internally or externally) higher than that of the press or her fans: She could never worry about what people think or meeting them. Why?..Cause the Press and her fans expectations would never be as high as her own. And good players who do that, rarely get nervous before or after bad losses (think of all great champions). If anything, they're mad, and wanna go back out on the court and make up for it. They don't wallow in it (the bad, unexpected losses, criticism or expectations). It's all a mindset/approach.

Petra's current approach, allows her to wallow, which is why she's such a confidence player, and can go through so many inexplicable stretches of good, bad, up and down play and slumps. The irony of course is: The relaxed approach was supposed to prevent that. :lol:

I don't see how any great manager/business man (who shouldn't be making tennis decisions for his player in the first place :banghead: ), could allow this team of misfits to guide Petra's career the past 3 years. :shrug:

As it's been said: Petra currently wins despite her team, not because of them. And at this stage, it almost seems better, when Petra coaches herself. :help:

Now, What does that say about Cernosek's, team and guidance? :help: :shrug: :help:Will go to the team bashing thread to comment on this...b/c that's the whole purpose of that thread

ArcticMoose
Mar 2nd, 2013, 03:10 PM
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ShiftyFella
Mar 2nd, 2013, 03:55 PM
I guess she wants to keep her new Disco outfit in secret if it will be new:lol:


btw, Tomas flopped as expected. I knew when it get to 4 all he lost his chance:tape:

PetraReeMona
Mar 2nd, 2013, 04:04 PM
btw, Tomas flopped as expected. I knew when it get to 4 all he lost his chance:tape:

NID

Petronius
Mar 2nd, 2013, 04:37 PM
NID

True. OTH, 'flopping to Djokovic' is an oxymoron. This guy is now at a different level than the rest of the field. Those skysport guys were right: 'Tomas wouldn't have botched that crucial volley had there been DelPotro on the other side of the net' :lol:

PetraReeMona
Mar 2nd, 2013, 04:56 PM
True. OTH, 'flopping to Djokovic' is an oxymoron. This guy is now at a different level than the rest of the field. Those skysport guys were right: 'Tomas wouldn't have botched that crucial volley had there been DelPotro on the other side of the net' :lol:

Right, but also I personally think it's a very weak time for men's tennis at the moment. Fed old, Nadal just coming back from 7 months off and only playing clay, Murray nowhere to be seen.

Weak era in Men's tennis. Seems like no one else can step up.

Perhaps the others should start using the egg :rolleyes:

Petronius
Mar 2nd, 2013, 05:14 PM
Right, but also I personally think it's a very weak time for men's tennis at the moment. Fed old, Nadal just coming back from 7 months off and only playing clay, Murray nowhere to be seen.

Weak era in Men's tennis. Seems like no one else can step up.

Perhaps the others should start using the egg :rolleyes:

Interesting, I actually think that men's tennis is still quite strong and competitive, but no doubt it'd be stronger if it didn't have to rely solely on Europe. Traditional tennis powers like US or Australia are now irrelevant in singles, the same applies to big countries like Russia, China, etc. And DelPotro is the only world-class player from South America.
Men's tennis is now a bit similar to football, i.e. what's best in Europe is also the best in the world (see the Spanish football dominance).
But it's only a question of time when the US or some other big country produces a new Sampras or Agassi (even though Sampras is of European descent :lol:).

ArcticMoose
Mar 2nd, 2013, 05:40 PM
:bounce:This article is like a book /mini essay! - It looks & appears (has paw prints;)) to have been written by our very own book writer Excelscior:p

Petra Kvitova and the search for perfection

http://www.sportskeeda.com/2013/02/24/petra-kvitova-and-the-search-for-perfection/

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Of all the unattainable things that the human mind likes to fantasize about, perfection is both the most celebrated and the most bedeviled. Perfection – in any form or shape – is what the heart covets most of all, yet it is also the one thing that, we’ve been assured countless times, will always remain out of our reach. Beethoven’s 9th symphony and Michelangelo’s work on the Sistine Chapel have inspired legions of admirers and reams of gushing praise; despite their apparent flawlessness, however, critics have found flaws in them to maintain the tantalizing yet definitive gap between human effort and that mythical idea of perfection. No matter how immaculate a performance may look on the surface, there’s always going to be a way to undermine it – that’s become ingrained in our minds by now. And yet, I regularly lose sight of that dictum when I watch Petra Kvitova in full flow on a tennis court.

When Kvitova won the 2011 Wimbledon championship by putting up a scarcely-believable display of pure offensive tennis in the final against Maria Sharapova, I had predicted, perhaps foolishly, that Kvitova was destined to rule women’s tennis for the foreseeable future (http://www.sportskeeda.com/2011/07/03/wimbledon-2011-the-future-is-here/). That certainly hasn’t come to pass; in the two-year period that has elapsed since then, the Czech has failed to add another Slam title to her tally, and hasn’t even reached the No. 1 ranking. But every now and then, she puts up performances like the ones she did in the first and third sets against Sara Errani in the Dubai final yesterday, and you end up grasping at straws to find reasons for her career struggles. Yesterday, I once again found myself asking the question that has plagued me ever since that defining Wimbledon victory: why exactly is this woman not lording over the rest of the women’s field (excluding Serena Williams)?

Yes, for those two sets, and for almost the entire tournament before the final, Kvitova’s tennis was actually that good. It was even, in some games and several rallies, perfect. As she takes the ball impossibly early and makes those almighty swings with her racquet, you know, and her opponent probably knows with even more painful obviousness, that there’s nothing that can be done. You can learn all the tricks in the world, and practise tirelessly to find ways to redirect your opponent’s power, but nothing can prepare you for Kvitova’s raw, unbridled shot-making. Errani, who is one of the quickest and most dogged counterpunchers on the tour today, was left flat-footed by a screaming, meters-away winner so often yesterday that after a while it started looking like a battle between a 20-time Slam winner and a junior player. There were some points that lasted longer than 5 shots, and in some of those you briefly got the feeling that the Italian had managed to get a foothold in a rally; but then – wham! – out of nowhere, Kvitova would nonchalantly change the direction of the ball and end the point with a spectacular, line-cleaning winner. Yesterday, and for most of her career, she made hitting winners look like the easiest thing in the world.

As brilliant as Kvitova was in the first and third sets, though, Errani made all the running in the middle second set. Wisely realizing the futility of exchanging blows with her opponent from the baseline, Errani started attacking the net like a woman possessed. She approached the net behind her serve, behind every remotely well-struck groundstroke, and even behind some of her returns. The sudden change in proceedings seemed to surprise Kvitova, and rusty as they were, her first few passing shots couldn’t make nearly enough of an impression on the deft touch and soft hands of Errani. That small shift in momentum, however, did more than just win a few points for Errani. It also acted as the catalyst for Kvitova’s whole game to come unstuck – for the awesome winners to be replaced by awful errors, and for her barks of celebration to be replaced by screams of frustration. Her serve followed her groundstrokes down south, and suddenly, for no apparent reason, it was Kvitova who was looking like the junior player and Errani the accomplished champion. The set whizzed by with a 6-1 scoreline in favor of Errani, and when the Czech went three break points down at 1-1 in the third set, her self-destruction seemed on the verge of being set in dispiriting stone.

Fortunately for Kvitova, her game switched on just as suddenly as it had switched off. Faced with the first real threat of actually losing the match, she rediscovered her big serve and laser groundstrokes, and once she did that, there was no real doubt how the match would end. Errani’s net rushes were now met with assured passing winners, and before you knew it, Kvitova had wrapped up the set 6-1, and with it the match. She finished the contest exactly the way she had started it – with a barrage of monstrous, inch-perfect winners – and she had the Dubai title to show for it. Looking at the closing stages of the tournament, you wouldn’t have guessed how close Kvitova had come to throwing it all away, and considering that she actually did win the trophy, it is perhaps pointless to pontificate on those lapses of concentration. In the big picture, though, those lapses of concentration matter. They matter so much, in fact, that they can separate the legendary champions from the random, inconsistent-yet-spectacular shot-makers.

Is that what it is, then? Is Kvitova being held back solely by her inability to keep her focus during her matches? I wish it were that simple. And I’m guessing Kvitova wishes that too. The woman has been frequently plagued by injuries over the past year; her asthma makes playing in hot and humid conditions incredibly difficult, and is one of the reasons for her sub-par performances in North American tournaments. Then there’s the pressure of handling the fact that she should win most of her matches because of her physical superiority over nearly every woman on tour (a problem that also regularly cripples Samantha Stosur (http://www.sportskeeda.com/2013/01/16/2013-australian-open-when-athleticism-is-not-a-gift-but-a-curse/)). There’s also, sometimes, the pressure of dealing with the possibility of greater glory being within her grasp, which she has not dealt with particularly well so far. Last year at the Australian Open, she seemed to let the possibility of reaching the No. 1 ranking mess with her head, which resulted in a strange semifinal loss to Sharapova. More recently, in the Doha quarterfinal, after controlling the proceedings for most of the match, she froze when within striking distance of claiming her first victory over Serena Williams.

During the time I’ve followed Kvitova’s career, I’ve been frequently reminded of the saying “there’s a fine line between genius and stupidity”. Her winners are absolutely thrilling to the naked eye; when they land flush on the line, you can’t help but give a gasp of disbelief and then thunderously applaud her for her daredevilry. And when she hits an almost identical shot to an earlier winner, but which this time lands a couple of inches outside the line, you are tempted to dismiss her as a mindless ball-basher who has no patience. Her mid-match facial expressions are similarly dazzling-or-dismal. When things are working well for her, her eyes widen in fierce determination, and every step that she makes on the court, including the seemingly-inadvisable-but-ultimately-fruitful forays to the net, look like the product of a fabulously intelligent tennis mind. And when things go pear-shaped, her eyes widen again, but this time it’s more of a deer-in-the-headlights look than a woman-on-a-mission one. For Kvitova, there is a fine line between genius and stupidity indeed. Or at least that’s what it looks like.

Almost every player faces the kinds of problems that Kvitova does, but not every player is blessed with the kind of raw talent that the Czech is born with. In fact, no player has the kind of effortless power that Kvitova does; not even Serena. So we’ll keep waiting, then, for the day when Kvitova finally irons out her physical and mental flaws and becomes the tennis player that she seems destined to be. And you don’t have to think too hard to know why we await that day. The promise, after all, is seeing a tennis player regularly take the game of tennis to new heights with her unadulterated, show-stopping play. The promise is seeing perfection, day-in and day-out.

Petronius
Mar 2nd, 2013, 05:58 PM
:bounce:This article is like a book /mini essay! - It looks & appears (has paw prints;)) to have been written by our very own book writer Excelscior:p

I think it was a nice read. Good job, Excelsior! :lol:

netphobia
Mar 2nd, 2013, 08:24 PM
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:lol: I love how up front she is that it's just her original racquet with a paint job, she didn't even plug the new Steam 99S.

(although I do love that racquet :oh: it's designed to provide both power and spin and has a great feel :oh:)

ShiftyFella
Mar 2nd, 2013, 08:40 PM
:lol: I love how up front she is that it's just her original racquet with a paint job, she didn't even plug the new Steam 99S.

(although I do love that racquet :oh: it's designed to provide both power and spin and has a great feel :oh:)
Blade is more fun:oh:

Barktra
Mar 3rd, 2013, 05:47 PM
http://www.tennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=12115

Steve Flink on our Lioness

Petra Kvitova can be both exhilarating and exasperating. She is an enigma in many ways, an immensely gifted player with a propensity to take control of almost any match she plays, a prodigious shotmaker who can effortlessly release winners off both sides richly and abundantly from any part of the court. She is a dazzling left-hander who leaves opponents befuddled by making improbable shots routinely, and yet this woman can also commit abysmal unforced errors with alarming regularity. She can be her own worst enemy, or an unstoppable force who doesn’t care who happens to be standing on the other side of the net. Kvitova is unexplainable, and that makes her a singularly fascinating performer in the world of women’s tennis.

A few days ago, Kvitova secured her first singles title of the young 2013 campaign, taking the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with impressive wins over Daniela Hantuchova, Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Sara Errani. Kvitova played the kind of tennis her most fervent boosters wish she could replicate almost all of the time. She controlled her destiny every time she stepped on the court, left her adversaries bewildered and fundamentally helpless, kept her composure nearly every step of the way. The previous week in Doha, Qatar, Kvitova had pushed Serena Williams to the hilt in a stirring quarterfinal contest, building a 4-1 third set lead before the American battled back gamely and tenaciously to win. Clearly and irrefutably, Kvitova is moving in the right direction, and the women’s game is better for it.

In the Dubai final against Errani, Kvitova was primed for her appointment against the versatile Italian. In the early stages of this showdown, Kvitova was striking the ball majestically. Her timing was exemplary, her confidence was soaring, and the ball was flying off her racket with extraordinary pace and precision. It was a pleasure to watch her play with such verve and uninhibited brilliance. Kvitova broke Errani at love in the first game of the match, opening that chapter with an inside-out overhead winner, closing it with a barrage of big shots that led to an inside-out forehand winner. She held at 30 for 2-0, winning all four of her points with clean winners off the forehand side.

The pattern continued. On her way to 15-40 in the third game, Kvitova produced two more winners. An understandably shaken Errani double faulted, and Kvitova had the insurance break for 3-0. She had won 12 of 15 points to establish her comfortable lead. Although Kvitova was taken to deuce in the fourth game, she moved to 4-0 with a backhand winner driven impeccably down the line. Errani managed to take the next two games. But Kvitova played another spectacular game to break for at 15 for 5-2, cracking four outright winners, two off the forehand and a pair off the backhand. Although Kvitova struggled on serve in the eighth game, she held on her fourth set point to seal the set 6-2.

When Kvitova broke Errani in the opening game of the second set, a rout seemed entirely possible. But the sprightly Italian began altering her game sweepingly, and her new strategic framework was highly effective,catching Kvitova considerably off guard. Errani looked for her every opportunity to attack, and did so remarkably well. Errani’s flexibility was admirable, and a reflection of her status as one of the world’s best doubles players. Her technique on the volley is terrific. After breaking back for 1-1 in that second set, Errani held at love for 2-1. With Kvitova serving at 30-15 in the fourth game, Errani adroitly took the net away from her opponent with a well-played lob, and then came forward to make a sparkling backhand drop volley winner.

Kvitova battled on, saved a break point at 30-40, but then Errani approached behind a return of serve to provoke Kvitova into an errant backhand passing shot long. Kvitova was briefly rattled, serving her sixth double fault of the match to fall behind 3-1. Errani held quickly at 15 for 4-1.With Kvitova serving at 15-40 in the following game, Errani followed her return in, and then put away an overhead to make it 5-1 in her favor. At 30-30 in the seventh game, Errani served-and-volleyed, setting up a backhand volley winner. She sealed the set 6-1. Errani had lost all three of her previous contests with Kvitova in straight sets, but now at last she had snapped that streak, giving herself a fighting chance.

The pivotal game of the match occurred at 1-1 in the third and final set. Kvitova had already danced out of some danger in the opening game, saving a break point. But now, in the third game, with Errani building momentum steadily, the emotional lefty fell behind 0-40. She could hardly have displayed more poise and professionalism than she did at this critical juncture. Kvitova released a service winner wide to the backhand for 15-40,then sent another excellent first serve up the T to set up a forehand winner for 30-40, and made it back to deuce with a trademark inside-out forehand winner off an awkward high ball. Kvitova held on for 2-1 by sweeping five points in a row, missing only one first serve in that span.

Errani moved to 40-15 in the next game, but Kvitova swept three consecutive points. It was break point for the 22-year-old from the Czech Republic. Errani had come this far by changing her tactics and approaching the net persistently, so she stuck with that plan. But Kvitova was ready. Errani served-and-volleyed but Kvitova rolled a forehand return crosscourt for a winner past the charging Italian. It was not the cleanest shot Kvitova played all day, but it was the most important. She had the break for 3-1 in the third set, and never looked back. Holding at love for 4-1, she produced four more winners, two off the forehand and two on her two-handed side.

There was no stopping Kvitova. Errani fought through two deuces in the sixth game, but Kvitova was relentlessly aggressive, attaining the break for 5-1 with a winning forehand down the line on the edge of the sideline. She held at love to win convincingly 6-2, 1-6, 6-1. The final statistics are very revealing. Kvitova had 46 winners and 36 unforced errors,while Errani made only ten unforced mistakes and hit eleven winners. This was Kvitova’s tenth triumph in twelve career tournament finals, which proves that she is awfully tough to beat under those circumstances. Only a first rate, big match player wins so many final round contests. Her problem, of course, is avoiding early round losses, defeats she could probably avoid, setbacks of her own making. Perhaps over the next few years, this sporadically brilliant player will find a level of consistency she has lacked thus far.

And yet, the fact remains that Kvitova has been in the upper reaches of her sport for quite a while now. In 2011, she concluded the season as the No. 2 ranked player in the world, surpassed only by Wozniacki. That year, she appeared in her first and only Grand Slam tournament final, facing the estimable Maria Sharapova on the Centre Court of Wimbledon. Calmly, methodically, often spectacularly, Kvitova took apart Sharapova in straight sets to win the game’s preeminent prize at 21. In 2012, Kvitova had a surprisingly stable run at the majors, reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open and Roland Garros, the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the round of 16 at the U.S. Open. But her results elsewhere were not terribly impressive, and she finished the year at No. 8 in the world.

That is too low for a player of her talent. Kvitova has moved to No. 7 after her tournament victory in Dubai, her first since New Haven last summer. The hope here is that she will do herself justice over the course of 2013 and beyond, and return where she belongs to the top five. To be sure, the three players who reside at the top of the rankings will be hard for Kvitova to overcome on a regular basis. Serena Williams, Azarenka and Sharapova are a trio of champions who are all playing the best tennis of their lives. But the players who are stationed just above Kvitova are competitors she ought to be able to surpass.

Kvitova handled world No. 4 Radwanska with ease in Dubai, and at her best she is a better player than the elegant Polish defensive stylist. Li Na is currently No. 5, and the beguiling Chinese player is a resurgent competitor as she moves toward her 31st birthday on Tuesday. But the view here is that Kvitova can move past Li later this year. Meanwhile, Angelique Kerber stands at No. 6. The German left-hander is clearly not the same player now that she was a year ago.

Kvitova did not start this season auspiciously. In her first five tournaments leading up to Dubai, she did not make it beyond the quarterfinals. She fell in the second round of the Australian Open in a hard fought encounter against Laura Robson. But her mindset has changed lately, and her game is coming around magnificently. The one area of concern for Kvitova must be her serve. She double faults far too often, and needs to become more reliable on her delivery if she wants to overcome the leading players in her profession.

But her ground game is so devastatingly potent that Kvitova seems destined to move back among the top five. She can make a serious run again at a major this year, perhaps at Wimbledon, if not at the U.S. Open. For too long now, she has been wildly unpredictable and infuriating, wasting her great gift for this game, squandering opportunities across the board. The next couple of years are crucial for Petra Kvitova, but the feeling grows that she is closing in on the finest tennis of her career.

ShiftyFella
Mar 6th, 2013, 03:14 PM
Kvitova is making her presence felt
When Petra Kvitova hits the ball, she hits it big.

That means, on more than a few occasions, those low liners sail out of the tennis court. Among the truly elite players in the game -- along with Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, for instance -- Kvitova might play with the slimmest margin for safety.

Would she maybe, possibly consider taking just a little bit off some of those screamers -- like those three named above -- to keep some rallies going, in search of a higher-percentage winner?

"My big shots, if they're working good, well, that's always better in my mind," Kvitova said last week from her home in the Czech Republic. "Unforced errors are part of my game."

She laughed as she said it.

We saw the dazzling components of her game all in sync at Wimbledon in 2011, and at the WTA year-end championships. And then, well, what?

In 2012, Kvitova won titles in Montreal and New Haven, but never resembled the revelation from the year before. Already in 2013, though, there have been flashes of her former form.

A few weeks ago in Doha, she was up on Serena Williams 4-1 in the third set of their quarterfinal match and, despite losing, came away encouraged.

"It was a really good match from my side, a good fight," Kvitova said afterward. "I mean, it was just one game when I lost my serve, and that was the key of the second set. The third I had some chances to finish the match."

Williams, clearly, was impressed.

"I think Petra played unbelievable, and I think she was just hitting shots I had no chance to get," she said. "I don't think anyone on this tour could have gotten."

Kvitova is 6-feet tall -- in the same wheelhouse as the top three -- but she has one thing they don't: left-handedness. Kvitova and Angelique Kerber are the only lefties in the top 10 and it gives them an advantage, particularly when it comes to serving. Kvitova has all the physical tools to succeed, she just needs more confidence.

In Dubai she knocked off three top-10 players -- Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska and Sara Errani -- on the way to the title. She'll have opportunities to beat the marquee names on the upcoming Indian Wells-Miami swing.

Last week ESPN.com chatted with Kvitova, who turns 23 on Friday.

ESPN.com: In Dubai, you beat three of the top 10 players ... how did that feel?

Petra Kvitova: I served out three big wins, but I don't think it was only three top 10s. I consider Ana Ivanovic -- a former No. 1 -- a top 10 player, so it was a really good tournament for me. It's been awhile since I felt that good, after losing at the Australian Open (to British teenager Laura Robson in the second round). But I came back in Fed Cup, played two great matches, one of them against Samantha [Stosur]. I fought a lot against [Nadia] Petrova in Doha, so it's been coming together.

ESPN.com: Even though you lost to Serena in Doha, how important was that match in gaining confidence?

Petra Kvitova: Well, when I play against Serena I know I have to play my best. I played very well and very close, and I took a lot away from it. Even though it's so early in the season, this match gives me a lot of confidence. I know I can play against great players. I just have to work harder off the court and it will happen.

ESPN.com: You hit your shots so big. Do you ever think of taking a little bit off?

Petra Kvitova: Well, no, I don't think so. I mean, yes, I am trying to play more rallies and not play for two shots. I know I can play in the rallies. The things I have to improve are my serve, for sure, and my fitness. I need to be quicker to the ball. I'm also working on playing more volleys and slices. My game is changing. But in the big moments, I know I need to go for my shots.

ESPN.com: You won Wimbledon in 2011, but haven't reached a Grand Slam final since. What do you have to do to get back there?

Petra Kvitova: For me, I think it's a lot about confidence. You know when you are high in tennis [rankings], everyone has the forehand, the backhand, the serve. But not everyone has a lot of confidence all of the time. If you are feeling very well, feeling the ball, everything is much easier. So, if I can run more, catch more balls, hit all the shots, well ... [laughing] that's a lot of things, isn't it?

ESPN.com: With Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams playing so well, do you feel like you can win another major this year?

Petra Kvitova: Well, it depends, of course. When I won Wimbledon, all those things worked together. Everything I did those two weeks worked really well. I hope one time I can replay that tournament, but I never know when it's going to be. I am working hard to win, that's for sure. Of course, they are great players. Maybe I can play them again and it will all be good.

pov
Mar 6th, 2013, 04:00 PM
http://espn.go.com/tennis/blog/_/name/tennis/id/9018976/tennis-petra-kvitova-showcases-problem-solving-skills

Kvitova showcases problem-solving skills


Petra Kvitova made the Dubai hard court look like a sand box. Kvitova's deep blasts displaced opponents who looked like they were spinning their wheels on sand in a futile effort to gain ground on the 2011 Wimbledon champion.

Kvitova shook off a second-round Australian Open loss by leveling the field. She sandwiched sweeps of former No. 1s Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki around a quarterfinal thumping of fourth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska before defeating French Open finalist Sara Errani, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, to take the title.

Changing direction of her flat drives brilliantly, the 6-foot Czech's all-court attack made even clever counter-punchers feel as though they were operating at the wrong end of a shooting gallery.

"It was just two short balls and it's over," said Radwanska, who fell to 1-4 lifetime against Kvitova. "It's a bomb coming from the other side."

The left-hander's ability to detonate points with a single swing disarms opponents, denying them the rhythm that comes from playing longer rallies while presenting a fundamental problem. How do you solve an opponent who refuses to let you rally?

"The problem is not that she's tall; the problem is that she serves very good. She hits so strong," Errani said. "It's tough to move her. It's hard to play because her ball is very flat. I don't have time to do the points that I want to do, to play the game that I want to play. All the points are very short, and it's very tough."

The powerful performance served as a reminder that Kvitova, who was two wins away from the No. 1 ranking at the 2012 Australian Open before stumbling through a trying season plagued by inconsistency and illness, can be a force at the top of the game when she's right.

Kvitova's course to her 10th career title and first since she won New Haven last August was considerably smoother given the world's top three players -- Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova -- did not play Dubai. And though this is a significant step, she's still facing a desert-sized gap to regain a spot in the top three.

The world No. 7 trails the top-ranked Williams by more than 5,000 ranking points; she is not nearly as quick around the court and doesn't deploy the array of spins Serena can, particularly on serve. She's not as consistent as Azarenka, whom she has not faced since the 2011 WTA Championships final, and she doesn't evoke the fierce ruthlessness of Sharapova on a point-to-point basis. That explains Kvitova's combined 6-10 career record versus the world's top three, including an 0-4 mark against world No. 1 Serena and a 2-4 record against third-ranked Sharapova.

Yet those stats don't detract from the fact her upside is immense. Kvitova, who celebrates her 23rd birthday on March 8, is the second-youngest player in the top 10. She can dictate on serve, dominate on return and owns the most complete game of any woman not named Serena. She is an all-surface threat who has won titles on hard court, grass and clay and has reached at least the semifinals of every major except the U.S. Open.

When she's on her game, Kvitova is a brilliant ball-striker, whose shots are as tough to read as an SOS message scrawled across the surface of a lake.

"Petra played unbelievable; I think she was just hitting shots I had no chance to get," said Serena after roaring back from a 4-1 third-set deficit to defeat Kvitova in Doha earlier this month. "I don't think anyone on this tour could have gotten them."

Though she was prone to periods of erratic tennis last season, Kvitova is much more than a mindless baseline-blaster. Her frontcourt finesse makes her backcourt power even more menacing. When opponents drop back behind the baseline and defend in an effort to coax errors, as Wozniacki did in Dubai, Kvitova is comfortable closing at net. She won 15 of 17 trips to net versus Wozniacki, unleashing drive, drop and angled volleys to create closure.

She must still sharpen her shot selection. When the 5-foot-4 Errani rushed the net with regularity in the second set of the final, Kvitova opted to try to drill flat passes by her rather than playing high-percentage lobs over the diminutive Italian's head. And sometimes it looked like Kvitova was oblivious to the situation when she sails returns beyond the baseline. But the fact Kvitova captured the title while her longtime coach, David Kotyza, was on vacation, should give her confidence in her problem-solving skills.

A year ago, Kvitova often looked like she was battling two adversaries during singles play: Her opponent and her asthma, which is exacerbated playing in heat. She looks fitter and fresher now, has won nine of her past 10 matches, and if she can sustain her health and current level of play, look for Kvitova to gain ground at Premier events in Indian Wells and Miami, where she won just one match last season.

PetraReeMona
Mar 6th, 2013, 09:06 PM
Angie Kerber just said on the radio that the court at IW is very fast :banana: :bounce:

ShiftyFella
Mar 6th, 2013, 09:08 PM
Angie Kerber just said on the radio that the court at IW is very fast :banana: :bounce:
For her it's fast, others i don't know, also she supports surface homogenization:o

Excelscior
Mar 6th, 2013, 10:52 PM
Kvitova is making her presence felt

Sorry wrong post originally. :lol:

I meant to say, was saying (regarding the ESPN interview):

Petra speaks in Cliches too often when asked specific questions regarding winning Grand Slams. I know you don't mind. However, it can get a bit annoying or tiresome in certain respects. She sounds like a child or teenager sometimes. Petra can learn to be both more concise in her answers with out placing added or unnecessary pressure on herself. Let's hope she gets there?

Nonetheless, at least she was honest that she's a CONFIDENCE PLAYER, and how her lack of confidence can affect her entire game (You know, waiting for the magic tournament/run syndrome", that was mentioned a few wks ago). :lol: And she even acknowledged she needs to work hard (albeit, it was a pretty standard response).

Anyway, let's hope she can knock them dead at Indian Wells. :bounce:

Palkov
Mar 11th, 2013, 01:56 PM
http://blogs.bettor.com/Petra-Kvitova-overcomes-Lesia-Tsurenko-to-reach-the-fourth-round-BNP-Paribas-Open-2013-a214033


"I started pretty well today - I knew what I had to do, and I didn't make a lot of mistakes," Kvitova said. "It was a nice first set for me, but then she came back and started playing more aggressively, and she started making me make some more mistakes. She came back very strong in that second set. I just had to stick with my game, focus on holding my serve and try my best on every point. It's a nice job to get my best result here. The surface doesn't suit me very well - it's quite slow - but I'm trying, and I hope I can just keep improving my tennis and my standard will go higher. I'm still working hard on everything."

Petra tells that everytime she loses or struggles in the 2nd set;), like she is always surprised that her opponent started to read her play...fortunately in most recent cases she has found her way to surpass the crisis:yippee:

Excelscior
Mar 11th, 2013, 02:34 PM
http://blogs.bettor.com/Petra-Kvitova-overcomes-Lesia-Tsurenko-to-reach-the-fourth-round-BNP-Paribas-Open-2013-a214033


"I started pretty well today - I knew what I had to do, and I didn't make a lot of mistakes," Kvitova said. "It was a nice first set for me, but then she came back and started playing more aggressively, and she started making me make some more mistakes. She came back very strong in that second set. I just had to stick with my game, focus on holding my serve and try my best on every point. It's a nice job to get my best result here. The surface doesn't suit me very well - it's quite slow - but I'm trying, and I hope I can just keep improving my tennis and my standard will go higher. I'm still working hard on everything."

Petra tells that everytime she loses or struggles in the 2nd set;), like she is always surprised that her opponent started to read her play...fortunately in most recent cases she has found her way to surpass the crisis:yippee:

Yeah, Petra normally doesn't react, adjust fast enough. Usually, it takes her to lose a set and/or go into a tiebreak for her to realize what's happening on court and make her adjustments (almost as if she expect her opponents to give up, when she thrashes them in the first set, as some inevitably do). :lol:

You're right though!! :tape:

pling
Mar 11th, 2013, 05:34 PM
Yeah, Petra normally doesn't react, adjust fast enough. Usually, it takes her to lose a set and/or go into a tiebreak for her to realize what's happening on court and make her adjustments (almost as if she expect her opponents to give up, when she thrashes them in the first set, as some inevitably do). :lol:

You're right though!! :tape:

http://i.qkme.me/3tbqw2.jpg

:p

Excelscior
Mar 11th, 2013, 06:55 PM
http://i.qkme.me/3tbqw2.jpg

:p

:haha::haha:

PetraReeMona
Mar 11th, 2013, 08:31 PM
http://i.qkme.me/3tbqw2.jpg

:p

:rolls:

Good one pling :yeah:

Excelscior
Mar 11th, 2013, 09:15 PM
:rolls:

Good one pling :yeah:

I think Petra sometimes forgets the scouting report that's out there on her. You know, the one that says: "No matter what she does and how well she plays. Just hang in there and don't give up. She may have a lapse and start making errors. And when she does, that's your opportunity to get back in the set or match".

Petra just plays like all players are going to give up and succumb to her will, and/or like what ever changes and adaptations they made in response to her didn't happen or register yet. :lol: :oh: :lol:

PetraReeMona
Mar 11th, 2013, 09:47 PM
I think Petra sometimes forgets the scouting report that's out there on her. You know, the one that says: "No matter what she does and how well she plays. Just hang in there and don't give up. She may have a lapse and start making errors. And when she does, that's your opportunity to get back in the set or match".

Petra just plays like all players are going to give up and succumb to her will, and/or like what ever changes and adaptations they made in response to her didn't happen or register yet. :lol: :oh: :lol:

I agree with you :eek: http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo29/pigletmph/17377fbc.gif

ShiftyFella
Mar 13th, 2013, 10:19 AM
Getting To Know Petra Kvitova
After a difficult start to the tournament, you look to have hit your stride. Do you feel you’re improving with every match?
I think for me the first round is always difficult. It’s a little bit different when she’s already played a match before and it was my first match. It was very important to fight in that match and now I feel better and better when I’m playing. Maybe I need some time to get used to playing on this surface.

How did you celebrate your birthday on Friday?
I got a nice cake from the WTA and I remember when I was warming up on the court for my match, they were singing Happy Birthday to me – that was quite funny! I had a nice dinner with my coach and my friend.

It was a disappointing start to the season by your high standards. But you’ve turned it around, winning in Dubai and now into the quarterfinals here. How did you manage to do that?
It’s always tough. I was quite down, especially after the Australian Open. It’s never easy when you’re losing, and not winning very comfortably on the court and short on confidence. I knew I had to keep working hard and it started to show on the court. I needed some time and had to be patient.

How do you think you have developed as a player since winning Wimbledon in 2011? Do you think you are a better player now?
I think that I’m a more consistent player. My standard is a little bit higher. I played unbelievable all through that Wimbledon and it was a very special moment for me, of course. It’s quite tough for me to compare how I’m playing now and before. But I’m trying to improve still.

How did life change for you after winning Wimbledon?
It changed a lot. Before Wimbledon, no-one knew who I was. Not I get recognized and I have more things to do during the tournaments and when I’m at home. There’s more media stuff and sponsor visits and that sort of thing. As a player, there’s more pressure on me to be in the Top 10 after winning a Grand Slam title. For the other players I think it’s a little bit easier – they know they can lose against me and it’s not a bad thing!

You train at the same club in Prostejov as ATP World No. 6 Tomas Berdych. Do you ever train or practise together?
No, we are too different and we don’t see each other a lot in Prostejov. He has a different schedule. Sometimes we practise next to each other on the courts. We have never spoken to each other about the pressure and expectation we face at home. We played Hopman Cup together and that was a very nice week there, in Perth. It was great to share winning with him, but we didn’t speak much about tennis.

steni
Mar 13th, 2013, 11:20 AM
@cherryyc: @stephanie_her Petra played decent. Won’t say brilliant coz Klara was pretty bad so Petra didn’t really have much rhythm. But good overall.

Palkov
Mar 13th, 2013, 11:35 AM
http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Petra-Kvitova-says-she-does-not-talk-much-tennis-with-Tomas-Berdych-articolo8889.html

Tennis - Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych are both the top ranked Czech players in the world. While Kvitova has won a grand slam singles title, Berdych is yet to get the grand slam monkey off his back - having reached the finals at Wimbledon once a few years ago.
Kvitova had a disappointing year in 2012 - failing to reach another grand slam final while Berdych, although being conistent, was unable to go deep in a slam either.
The two train at the same academy back home but Kvitova recently told the BNP Paribas Open website that they do not talk much about tennis when they see each other. The two did play Hopman Cup togther last year and won the event.
"We are too different and we don’t see each other a lot in Prostejov. He has a different schedule. Sometimes we practise next to each other on the courts. We have never spoken to each other about the pressure and expectation we face at home. We played Hopman Cup together and that was a very nice week there, in Perth. It was great to share winning with him, but we didn’t speak much about tennis."
Kvitova and Berdych are both still in the BNP Paribas Open. Kvitova is through to the quarter finals of the womens event while Berdych is through to the fourth round of the men"s singles event

Quite useless article, but Petra's comments are interesting. No word about hitting against each other, they only practise next to each other:confused:

Petronius
Mar 13th, 2013, 01:35 PM
Quite useless article, but Petra's comments are interesting. No word about hitting against each other, they only practise next to each other:confused:

There would be no benefits for Tomas. Why wasting his time? :lol:

Palkov
Mar 13th, 2013, 02:50 PM
There would be no benefits for Tomas. Why wasting his time? :lol:

Understand your point...

I remember the CNN Open court report with Petra, where Pat Cash was not able to catch her killing FHs..yep, he is too old and slower than Tomas:)
Still do not understand why Petra has not any regular male (not teenage) hitting partner in her team..ok, no bashing her team in this thread:lol:

Petronius
Mar 13th, 2013, 03:56 PM
Understand your point...

I remember the CNN Open court report with Petra, where Pat Cash was not able to catch her killing FHs..yep, he is too old and slower than Tomas:)
Still do not understand why Petra has not any regular male (not teenage) hitting partner in her team..ok, no bashing her team in this thread:lol:

I think Petra put it nicely in an interview: "Tomášovi bych nevrátila nic." (I wouldn't be able to return any of Tomas's shots.) :lol:

pov
Mar 13th, 2013, 04:08 PM
There would be no benefits for Tomas. Why wasting his time? :lol:
Hmmm . . that seems logical but . . . I don't know. I think Kvitova's ground-strokes are in the same league of pace as some ATP players. Here's something I found from a bygone era:

CBS had the entire court wired with a sort of radar device during a "Super Saturday" at the US Open, in either '95 or '96. The purpose was to get readings of the groundstroke speeds. Graf and Seles were in the women's final, and the men's semis included Agassi and Sampras (not in the same match) and I forget who else. They announced the readings at one point. Agassi was hitting at 70 MPH, Graf and Seles each at 68, and the other men were less.

If those numbers sound a bit low, keep in mind that groundstrokes are measured different from serves. Service speeds take the initial thrust. A 140 MPH serve is only traveling 70 MPH when it reaches the opposing baseline. That's why I always got a chuckle when some nimrod announcer would say "X served the ball at 125, and Agassi ripped the return back at 130!". Or when the USTA did those commercials (inaccurately) comparing a tennis serve with a baseball pitch a few years back.

As far as spins go, that's not all cut-and-dried either. Someone had a link to a tennis study done years ago at the US Open. It focused mostly on the men players, with a few shots from the women thrown in. And while the average spin was higher for the men, the fastest spin (RPMs) was registered by Jana Novotna's backhand slice. On a hard court, the friction of the surface is such that it reverses the spin of a sliceshot upon the bounce. Yet Novotna's shot was so heavily spun, it still had backspin on it after the bounce. No other player in the group examined did that. (Note: sample did not include Steffi Graf, whose backhand slice had more "bite" than Jana's.)

We've seen a few of these combined events where they had that all-court gizmo for the men's matches, which could tell you the speed of the various shots. They didn't use it for the women's matches. I would be curious to see a more thorough use of these technologies, and how the readings compare to what the tennis insiders "know".

ShiftyFella
Mar 13th, 2013, 07:36 PM
Petra Kvitova Press Conference after beating Klara Zakopalova
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. I think some of us were worried before the match how you're going to handle the heat. It's pretty hot today. But you seemed to come through very well. How did you feel out there?
PETRA KVITOVA: Yeah, I felt quite well. I mean, it's quite dry here, so that's not the thing what really I hate. I think in Miami it will be much more worse.

Q. Do you have to change sort of the way you approach your workouts or your day or anything when it goes from being sort of mild and temperate to hot like it is now the next few days?
PETRA KVITOVA: No, I don't think so. I mean, it's the same preparation for every match, so I don't want to change anything because it will be hot enough.
That's something what I can't change.

Q. Since the US Open last year you have been playing very well on outdoor hard courts. Can you say why?
PETRA KVITOVA: I think last year for me was first time when I played quite well in the US Open Series, and that was something maybe that I used to play on the hard after the grass last season. I mean, it's everything in the time and I need everything to improve.
I didn't like the weather in the America, but how I said already, here it's much more drier so it's better for me.
But I remember Montreal/Cincinnati/New Haven/US Open wasn't that good, but I was quite lucky that I play in the night mostly.
That's something what I really can't change, so maybe that's why I need to be patient for it.

Q. Is it all physical or was there a point where you thought, Well, mentally I know I'm not going to feel well so maybe I'm not going to play my best?
PETRA KVITOVA: I think that it's both things, because if I am thinking about it too much that's for sure to show in my fitness and my game, too.

Q. You went and won Wimbledon and got a lot of attention, and it seems like now more recently you're kind of flying under the radar maybe with less attention. Do you prefer that, or do you kind of miss getting...
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I'm quite missing big titles. (Laughter.) I think it was better to have it. But, I mean, that's everything what I can change and try to still working hard. I know that last season wasn't easy to repeat everything what I did in 2011.
This season it's quite different. I don't have really points to defend this part of the season, so maybe that's why I'm playing a little bit without pressure.
But of course that I'm trying to play every match, and I have a nerves before every match, so that's still same.

Q. You didn't have the big title last year, but you won Fed Cup. So I'm wondering, do you feel like that kind of experience helped you coming into this season, or is there no relation?
PETRA KVITOVA: Fed Cup it helped me?

Q. Yeah.
PETRA KVITOVA: I won Fed Cup 2011, too. I think that it's always nice to end, to finish the season with this beautiful trophy with other players, for sure.
I mean, for me, it's always great to play Fed Cup. I had one great match against Jankovic, but then I didn't feel well, I mean, in few days after or few weeks after the Fed Cup final in Prague. I mean, it didn't show that I was confident for to do Fed Cup first in Australia. I don't think that it's help me a lot.

Q. What about for you coming here? You had the upset last year, you lost early, so does it give you that extra boost of confidence now to be into the quarterfinals?
PETRA KVITOVA: I mean, it was my best result last year when I was in the third round, so that's nice, of course, that I reach quarterfinals right now.
But of course that I didn't want to stop yet. That's nice to be still in the draw before the Miami, for sure.

Q. You have talked a lot about how important consistency is for you, so what do you do to keep yourself consistent week to week?
PETRA KVITOVA: I have the thinking about every match that someone on the other side who keep every ball and playing really great, what the players did or do every match. I think that it's still keeping me focused for every point and for every player.
That's also that we are practicing for my physical side and technical, so that's why I can play more rallies and I don't have to risk a lot of points.

Q. So there were times when you were playing lower players when you weren't able to focus as much maybe because you thought, I should win this?
PETRA KVITOVA: I think that I had some matches like this, how you said. That's something what I need to improve and be focusing for 100% always.

Q. You're in the quarterfinals now; do you think you're ready to win this tournament?
PETRA KVITOVA: Not yet. (Smiling.)
I mean, I know that next match will be tough if Agnieszka or Maria win. Doesn't matter, it's both great players, and I hope that I will be prepared for tomorrow. That's my priority right now.

Q. The surface here is a bit slow, no? But the weather is hot and the balls maybe are lighter. Does it suit you? Is it fast in some ways and slow in others?
PETRA KVITOVA: It's never suits me here. (Smiling.)

This first year what I'm playing quite well, and I need some time to used to play. And how you said, it's quite slow and the balls, I feel like sometimes it's flying too much and sometimes not.
So that's really weird for me. And of course if it's bouncing quite high and sometimes it's like very slide.
I feel like every shot it's a little bit different as on the clay, so I need to be really focused every point.

PetraReeMona
Mar 13th, 2013, 07:44 PM
Out 1st match in Miami :lol:

ArcticMoose
Mar 13th, 2013, 08:02 PM
Petra Kvitova Press Conference after beating Klara Zakopalova
:lol:Why do I get the feeling that the hacks asking these questions are reading her sub-forum coz these are typical rants that Ex:) has on regular basis in here....

bruce goose
Mar 14th, 2013, 06:12 AM
Am going to close the desert thread after that crappy,disappointing ending in IW;if anyone gets any ideas for a thread title that could inspire Petra in Miami and onward,please bring 'em on and get us started on the road eastward

ShiftyFella
Mar 14th, 2013, 06:15 AM
Am going to close the desert thread after that crappy,disappointing ending in IW;if anyone gets any ideas for a thread title that could inspire Petra in Miami and onward,please bring 'em on and get us started on the road eastward
it has to have Gators and Timmy The Great somewhere in it:lol:

bruce goose
Mar 14th, 2013, 03:31 PM
it has to have Gators and Timmy The Great somewhere in it:lol:Don't know if they have any alligators in the Ukraine(note that I'm not including IMAGINARY gators that mushroom users 'see' while under the influence;)),but gators are usually FRESH-water creatures,with only brief excursions,usually accidental,into salt water.Also,the University of Florida is located at least five hours north of Miami,I'd say.Likewise,Tim might vacation in Miami sometimes,but Jacksonville is also in the north,on the opposite side of the state from Miami.

Getting back to tennis,I recall when a Polish friend told me that the Kirilenko family name had roots in the Ukraine.Given that Makiri is a little bit attractive;)...and that you already felt guilty for betraying Tsurenko...can you account for your whereabouts yesterday?Rumor has it that some weird-looking guy snuck on court with a ballboy's outfit and may have spiked Petra's water bottle before a changeover

Petronius
Mar 14th, 2013, 06:05 PM
Someone was watching Shifty's Dubai video :oh:

"In the final set against Kirilenko, she alternated winning return games at love effortlessly, and thenwith indifference on her own serve. She must realize that she has to beat the lesser players to get to the best players. Watching the 174 winners that she hit in Dubai demonstrates the preternatural, nearly otherworldly ability that this woman has. It's sad to see what is somewhat of a character flaw diminish her game. At least she's aware of it. Now she has to deal with it or quit."

Petronius
Mar 14th, 2013, 06:11 PM
And another good one from tennis.com:

"Yes! "preternatural, nearly otherworldly ability" really nails it. I remember another Czech player from a million years ago, Hana Mandlikova, with the same huge upside but frustrating all-or-nothing game.
I think when someone has that kind of talent, it's difficult to galvanize at their highest level. "Deal with it or quit?" Hello? She's just 22, and she can hang out around #7 and still make millions and have a decent career--but not realize her true, magnificent potential. Which would be a loss for both her and the tennis world.
I think Kvit's best game is up there with Serena's--the only female player who could've provided us with a great rivalry in women's tennis. Too bad they're so rarely 'on' at the same time.
Watching Aga, Maria, or Vika is so hum-drum by comparison."

ShiftyFella
Mar 14th, 2013, 06:26 PM
Don't know if they have any alligators in the Ukraine(note that I'm not including IMAGINARY gators that mushroom users 'see' while under the influence;)),but gators are usually FRESH-water creatures,with only brief excursions,usually accidental,into salt water.Also,the University of Florida is located at least five hours north of Miami,I'd say.Likewise,Tim might vacation in Miami sometimes,but Jacksonville is also in the north,on the opposite side of the state from Miami.

Petra not Ana, so mentioning South Beach is kinda strange and i don't want her to be near Le King LeBrick, tho maybe i should since he has some good stretch of basketball, Gators will do just fine and Timmy The Great with his inspiring speech and will to win can ignite fire in her;)


btw, I was in Newark watching flyers embarrass themselves yet again this season, kinda not a good stretch for all of my faves:sobbing:

Queen Petra Fan
Mar 14th, 2013, 07:18 PM
Someone was watching Shifty's Dubai video :oh:

"In the final set against Kirilenko, she alternated winning return games at love effortlessly, and thenwith indifference on her own serve. She must realize that she has to beat the lesser players to get to the best players. Watching the 174 winners that she hit in Dubai demonstrates the preternatural, nearly otherworldly ability that this woman has. It's sad to see what is somewhat of a character flaw diminish her game. At least she's aware of it. Now she has to deal with it or quit."


If Petra and her cheap manager had a 'real' coach helping her, this probably wouldn't even need to be mentioned. They'd already have been working on it and getting it solved months or years ago as other GS winners have already done and we would already have seen the results.

Oh well, maybe they'll figure it out in a couple of years. :rolleyes:

Losing to a no talent Barbie like Kirilenko..... :haha:

Yeah, Cernosek and Kotyza are geniuses! :lol:

With these two clowns in her corner, I'll be amazed if she ever wins another GS again. :sad:

Excelscior
Mar 14th, 2013, 07:57 PM
If Petra and her cheap manager had a 'real' coach helping her, this probably wouldn't even need to be mentioned. They'd already have been working on it and getting it solved months or years ago as other GS winners have already done and we would already have seen the results.

Oh well, maybe they'll figure it out in a couple of years. :rolleyes:

Losing to a no talent Barbie like Kirilenko..... :haha:

Yeah, Cernosek and Kotyza are geniuses! :lol:

With these two clowns in her corner, I'll be amazed if she ever wins another GS again. :sad:

You know what QPF?

I didn't bother to read any articles or re-post on this thread. So I have no idea what Kotyza or Petra said. I'm just tired of the excuses. Enough already. :banghead:

Nonetheless, I was thinking about this today, even before this thread was even created:

If Cernosenk is such a good Manager/Organizer, as some of our beloved Czech Brethren want us to believe; then answer me this?.....Why is it, Cernosenk knows and has basically acknowledged Kotyza is Petra's needed Babysitter/Friend/Daddy, Nail Polish Shopper, Cheering/Hugging squad on the road. However, he won't get her a real coach, to teach Petra tactical tennis, imbue proper confidence, goals, and overcoming obstacles and challenges--more often, both on and off the court? :shrug: :scratch: :shrug:

Can he at least bring in a specialist, to fix Petra's erratic serve? I'm assuming Kotyza doesn't know, otherwise he would have helped Petra fix it already? :shrug:

And where's Petra's proper Godmother/GodFather-Wise Ole Advisor type, in a Martina, Novotna, Lendl, Slozil or Mandlikova, that she can confide in; gain confidence and take advice from? Such a joke, when Petra has willing people who would like to help or advise her for free!! :eek:

This tells me, Cernosenk is either a complete idiot, and/or he's afraid of bringing in "outsiders".

The people Petra has are just not doing it. And they haven't been 'doing it' on a consistent basis, since the end of the 2011 season (Extraliga, Lucie H. match, Petra Achilles tendon Debacle). :sad:

More importantly: He doesn't have to FIRE anyone if Petra allegedly loves them so much. Why not bring in the proper people WHO CAN HELP Petra while Huggy Bear (or who ever) can stay HEAD CHEER LEADER/HUGGER in charge!? :scratch:

Raiden
Mar 14th, 2013, 08:28 PM
Hmmm... the latest HK trend seems to be Kotyza is closing in on Cernosek in the race to become the GTKVOAT (greatest team Kvitty villain of all time).

netphobia
Mar 14th, 2013, 08:51 PM
You guys, I haven't posted in here since she lost, but I assume we have already covered the fact that right after she brought Kotyza out, both times, she would immediately get broken :hysteric:

I mean. Why. :sobbing:

bruce goose
Mar 14th, 2013, 09:53 PM
Petra not Ana, so mentioning South Beach is kinda strange and i don't want her to be near Le King LeBrick, tho maybe i should since he has some good stretch of basketball, Gators will do just fine and Timmy The Great with his inspiring speech and will to win can ignite fire in her;)


btw, I was in Newark watching flyers embarrass themselves yet again this season, kinda not a good stretch for all of my faves:sobbing:Am not gonna probe as to why you,or ANYone,would want to be in Newark:lol:

If we can speculate/digress for a little,Timmy might be an ideal bf for Petra--compared to other athletes--cuz you wouldn't worry about him running around on her or callously hurting her.He'd probably even warn Petra to not neglect her practicing just to spend time with him:lol:

ShiftyFella
Apr 3rd, 2013, 06:44 PM
Queen of Aces with Petra Kvitova

What’s the best match you have ever played?
I think the best match I’ve ever played – although perhaps it wasn’t my best tennis - was the final of Wimbledon when I beat Maria Sharapova. It was a very special moment.

What’s the worst?
Well, I think it would probably be the semi-final at the Australian Open last year when I lost to Maria Sharapova. I had lots of chances to break her and maybe win the match but unfortunately I lost in the end. There are possibly matches where I played worse tennis, but this one was a disappointing loss.

If you could play a match against any player from history, who would it be and why?
When I was growing up my idol was Martina Navratilova so it would be very nice for me to hit with her. I think for us Czechs, Martina is a legend for us.

What’s your comfort food/guilty pleasure if you lose a match?
I’m usually not too bad after a loss, sometimes it can take a day to get over, sometimes hours, and sometimes just five minutes (laughs). I usually try not to dwell on the past and head off to the movies or something, rather than comfort food after a loss.

Who was your idol growing up?
Martina Navratilova

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever been sent by a fan?
Hmmm, well I get sent a lot of photos to autograph, which my Dad helps me with sending them back. I did once get sent a lucky bear, but nothing that strange yet! Only nice things.

What strange thing is regularly in your suitcase as you travel round the world?
Gosh, I’m not sure I have anything strange in my suitcase....it’s just packed full of shoes and clothes mainly! I think I’m pretty normal....I hope I am! (Laughs)

What would be your last meal on earth?
For sure it would be sushi. It doesn’t matter if it’s lunch or dinner. Maybe both! (Laughs) I love dragon rolls.

What’s the one object you couldn’t live without?
I’m travelling so much, so I’d say my phone. It’s so important to help me stay connected with my friends and family.

Craziest or funniest question you’ve ever been asked in a press conference?
It wasn’t directed to me, but we had a press conference once for our Fed Cup team in Belgium, I think. It was a press conference that lasted for 10 minutes or so, and at the end, the last question was to our captain, who got asked when we would arrive for the tie…which was pretty funny because we obviously had already arrived because we were sitting there for the press conference!
source (http://worldoftennisblog.dailymail.co.uk/2013/04/queen-of-aces-with-petra-kvitova.html)

ArcticMoose
Apr 8th, 2013, 10:07 PM
Kvitova Headline Act In Katowice

Petra Kvitova tops the bill as the European clay court season kicks off at the inaugural BNP Paribas Katowice Open.
Published April 07, 2013 07:32
http://www.wtatennis.com/javaImages/92/59/0,,12781~11819410,00.jpg Petra Kvitova

KATOWICE, Poland - Save for the occasional Fed Cup tie, Petra Kvitova (http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/13403/title/petra-kvitova) has been shorn of the opportunity to appear on home soil since 2010. And while next week's inaugural BNP Paribas Katowice Open is not technically in her native Czech Republic, in the globetrotting world of a leading tennis player, it is as good as on her doorstep.

The tournament, hosted at the futuristic-looking Spodek arena, is just a two-hour drive from Kvitova's home across the Czech-Polish border in Fulnek, offering her the ideal launch pad for the 2013 clay court season. But, it is not just the location that is ideally suited to the Czech's needs.

Katowice is - alongside Stuttgart - one of just two indoor clay events on the calendar, a fact that is a boon to Kvitova, who in recent years has produced her best tennis when the elements have been removed from the equation.

Not that the top seed is likely to have it all her own way; she is joined in the draw by eight other former clay court title winners, including the high-flying Roberta Vinci.

On the back of a quarterfinal run in Miami, Vinci reached a career-high ranking on No.13 last Monday and, despite turning 30 in February, is currently playing some of the best tennis of her career.

However, the Italian has not been handed the easiest of draws in Poland. Should she see off the mercurial Andrea Hlavackova first up, she will play the winner of the first round encounter between two of the WTA's bright young things, Kiki Bertens and Lara Arruabarrena.

Also in Vinci's half of the draw are the hard-hitting trio of Klara Zakopalova, Kaia Kanepi and Laura Robson, who are seeded No.3, No.6 and No.8 respectively. Meanwhile, Julia Goerges, Alizé Cornet and Sabine Lisicki will be providing principal competition in Kvitova's half.

mac47
Apr 8th, 2013, 11:00 PM
Watch out for Kaia. Her 2010 Wimbledon QF with Petra was the most incredible match. When she's on, she can annihilate anyone.

Lufa
Apr 9th, 2013, 08:22 AM
Well, not good: Petra was sick at home, trained only a little, and still feeling pretty weak :(
http://sport.idnes.cz/tenis-kvitova-rozhovor-0sq-/tenis.aspx?c=A130408_191441_tenis_rou

Petronius
Apr 9th, 2013, 09:21 AM
Well, not good: Petra was sick at home, trained only a little, and still feeling pretty weak :(
http://sport.idnes.cz/tenis-kvitova-rozhovor-0sq-/tenis.aspx?c=A130408_191441_tenis_rou

At least the organizers provided her with a car and a driver. Plus no Kotyza there. :cool:

I wouldn't be shocked if she needed three sets to beat the Japanese player.

ShiftyFella
Apr 9th, 2013, 10:26 AM
Well, not good: Petra was sick at home, trained only a little, and still feeling pretty weak :(
http://sport.idnes.cz/tenis-kvitova-rozhovor-0sq-/tenis.aspx?c=A130408_191441_tenis_rou
Who can post full article? they don't want to accept my phone to gain access:sad:

*Jack*
Apr 9th, 2013, 11:05 AM
Who can post full article? they don't want to accept my phone to gain access:sad:
Titul v Katovicích? Tak žhavé to nebude, říká tenistka Kvitová
9. dubna 2013 6:48

Po nedávném příletu z floridských pařáků do prapodivného českého jara tenistka Petra Kvitová onemocněla. "Měla jsem teploty, pořád se cítím slabá, trénovala jsem jen hodinu denně z místa," řekla v pondělí, když se rozkoukávala na turnaji WTA v polských Katovicích. I proto si na svém prvním letošním antukovém turnaji nějak zvlášť netroufá.

Na novém podniku ve městě nedaleko česko-polských hranic je hlavní hvězdou. První nasazená hráčka zve diváky z poutacích plakátů do futuristicky vyhlížející arény Spodek, jež byla otevřena v roce 1971 a připomíná létající talíř.

Pořadatelé pro ni do Prostějova poslali auto s řidičem, pročež Kvitová cestou míjela odbočku na Fulnek, odkud pochází. "Bylo to super!" řekla v rozhovoru pro MF DNES tenistka, která se jinak za prací musí trmácet letadlem.

V Katovicích ji tentokrát provází psycholog Michal Šafář, kouč David Kotyza má pár dní volna. Už několikrát se v minulosti stalo, že Kvitová na turnaji bez Kotyzy dosáhla na titul. Takže je jasné, komu se o víkendu bude předávat trofej?

"Tak žhavé to nebude," říká s úsměvem Kvitová. "Musím si zvyknout na jiný pohyb i nepravidelné odskoky míčů na antuce. Navíc se necítím moc dobře po nemoci."

V 1. kole se ve středu utká s maličkou levorukou Japonkou Doiovou, 88. na světě. Kvitová je aktuálně na žebříčku osmá.

Dalšími hvězdami v Katovicích jsou Němky Görgesová s Lisickou, Britka Robsonová, Italka Vinciová nebo také Klára Zakopalová, které by postup do semifinále zaručil poprvé v životě místo v Top 20.

Organizátoři se všemožně snažili zajistit start domácí jedničky Agnieszky Radwaňské, jenže členky elitní desítky si podle pravidel WTA smějí vybrat jen jeden menší turnaj. A Radwaňská už v lednu hrála v Aucklandu.

Proto s radostí přijali Kvitovou, jíž se antuková akce v Katovicích skvěle hodí jako příprava před semifinále Fed Cupu. Také očekávaný souboj s Italkami na Sicílii se totiž příští víkend koná na "oranžové špíně".

"Bude to tam strašně těžké," říká nejlepší Češka. "Italky mají formu, silný pár do deblu, povrch si připraví podle svých představ. Ale zkusíme je porazit. Není to nemožné!"

Zdroj: http://sport.idnes.cz/
Here it is. :)

And I hope that Petra is gonna be alright even thought she was sick. At least at the start of the tournament there are no such a tough player so it is possible. :bounce: But also, it's possible that she'll play only a few matches and withdrew so she could be ready for Fed Cup. :rolleyes: :sad:

ShiftyFella
Apr 9th, 2013, 11:35 AM
:rolls: I was taking about full version of interview in MFDnes not online version or it's the same? First they screwed ipad app and you can't resubscribe, now they don't want to accept my number from website:lol:


btw, She has whole week before FedCup no need to w\d, also with win in Katowice she can easily tank Stuttgart cos unless she reaches final there her results would mean nothing on her rankings if she lifts Katowice trophy, more important good results in Madrid\Rome

Petronius
Apr 9th, 2013, 01:44 PM
Here it is. :)

Copyright infringement? :scared:

I hope no-one from idnes.cz EVER reaches this forum :lol:

EDIT: idnes tennis section also posted a cute interview with one of Ivan Lendl's five daughters :hearts:

*Jack*
Apr 9th, 2013, 06:06 PM
:rolls: I was taking about full version of interview in MFDnes not online version or it's the same? First they screwed ipad app and you can't resubscribe, now they don't want to accept my number from website:lol:


btw, She has whole week before FedCup no need to w\d, also with win in Katowice she can easily tank Stuttgart cos unless she reaches final there her results would mean nothing on her rankings if she lifts Katowice trophy, more important good results in Madrid\Rome
I don't know if there is some longer version but I don't think so it is something like short article rather than a normal type interview. :rolleyes: And I've just copied this because you were writing that you can't open the website or something like that. ;)
I meant withdrew because of that cold which could come back after the physical load from the matches. ;)

And of course, Madrid and Rome are much more important, but they're not as close as Katowice in terms of time and I'd like to see some matches with her. :) :p

Copyright infringement? :scared:

I hope no-one from idnes.cz EVER reaches this forum :lol:

EDIT: idnes tennis section also posted a cute interview with one of Ivan Lendl's five daughters :hearts:
Well, I did include this: ;) Zdroj: http://sport.idnes.cz/ So it should be enough. :rolleyes:

Petronius
Apr 9th, 2013, 07:06 PM
Well, I did include this: ;) Zdroj: http://sport.idnes.cz/ So it should be enough. :rolleyes:

Hopefully yes. ;)

bruce goose
Apr 9th, 2013, 07:53 PM
In her blog today,Kookie said that she had a hard time understanding her buddy Voracova sometimes when Renata has spoken in her Moravian accent.She also sort of implied that such folk use certain local slang that's not employed in the rest of the CR.Was Kookie just exaggerating,having a little fun at her friend's expense?Or is it true that Petra and other Czechs occasionally have difficulty grasping what people from the Moravian region are saying...perhaps when they're speaking quickly??

*Jack*
Apr 9th, 2013, 09:00 PM
In her blog today,Kookie said that she had a hard time understanding her buddy Voracova sometimes when Renata has spoken in her Moravian accent.She also sort of implied that such folk use certain local slang that's not employed in the rest of the CR.Was Kookie just exaggerating,having a little fun at her friend's expense?Or is it true that Petra and other Czechs occasionally have difficulty grasping what people from the Moravian region are saying...perhaps when they're speaking quickly??
Well, in today's world I'd guess that it is just a little joke at her because it is possible that you don't understand a few words but I don't think so it would be so bad that you wouldn't understand at all.
The other thing is the older people from villages who uses their native dialect ("Nářečí" in Czech) that is connected with the part of Czech Republic they come from. The main difference between common language and dialects is in ending of the words (for example: verb carry - nesou, nesó, nesú, nesu, nesou; which means 'They carry' - 1st version is Bohemian, 2nd and 3rd Moravian, 4th Silesian - where is Fulnek - and 5th is Czech). But now the differences between dialects are disappearing and majority of the Czech people use The Common Czech language which is mainly based on Bohemian dialect. :cool:
That's what I - as non-educated person in this field - can say, hope it helps you to understand it a little. :) :rolleyes:

bruce goose
Apr 9th, 2013, 09:07 PM
Well, in today's world I'd guess that it is just a little joke at her because it is possible that you don't understand a few words but I don't think so it would be so bad that you wouldn't understand at all.
The other thing is the older people from villages who uses their native dialect ("Nářečí" in Czech) that is connected with the part of Czech Republic they come from. The main difference between common language and dialects is in ending of the words (for example: verb carry - nesou, nesó, nesú, nesu, nesou; which means 'They carry' - 1st version is Bohemian, 2nd and 3rd Moravian, 4th Silesian - where is Fulnek - and 5th is Czech). But now the differences between dialects are disappearing and majority of the Czech people use The Common Czech language which is mainly based on Bohemian dialect. :cool:
That's what I - as non-educated person in this field - can say, hope it helps you to understand it a little. :) :rolleyes:Sure,thanks for explaining that clearly:cool:;you even included Petra's region in your explanation......but I'm not so sure why you include the ":rolleyes:" in almost every post.Normally,that symbol indicates that you are disgusted with something,usually someone else's dumb behavior......It's not any sort of problem for me,but I was curious as to why you did that

*Jack*
Apr 9th, 2013, 09:13 PM
Sure,thanks for explaining that clearly:cool:;you even included Petra's region in your explanation......but I'm not so sure why you include the ":rolleyes:" in almost every post.Normally,that symbol indicates that you are disgusted with something,usually someone else's dumb behavior......It's not any sort of problem for me,but I was curious as to why you did that
Well, I didn't know that, I was using this because I wanted to show that I'm thinking about it and that I'm not 100% sure. But I guess it is not right emotion for this. (now I wanted to use it again, damn! :lol:) :confused:

bruce goose
Apr 9th, 2013, 10:33 PM
Well, I didn't know that, I was using this because I wanted to show that I'm thinking about it and that I'm not 100% sure. But I guess it is not right emotion for this. (now I wanted to use it again, damn! :lol:) :confused:Yeah,I figured that it was just a slight communication.As far as I'm concerned,you can use it whenever you feel like it:lol:,but I'd say that the 'thinking,but not sure' symbols could be clearer if you posted :scratch:,:unsure:,or :confused:...the 3rd one if you're really confused and just guessing at a possibility,and the 2nd one if you're slightly nervous in re the thing that you're unsure about.The 1st one can be used if you're really pondering something,but I've also seen posters use it when they thought something was strange and couldn't figure out WHY someone was doing something.

Am not sure if Petra ever visits here and,if so,how often.....so let's hope that she didn't misunderstand your intentions if she DID visit here;)

Rex59
Apr 15th, 2013, 01:18 AM
Martina Hingis is coaching Pavly' during the clay season, beginning with Stuttgart. Now, if Martina Nav' will devote some time to Petra K. it can only help, for she needs help.

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/04/hingis-coach-pavlyuchenkova/47090/#.UWs_2sqjtOk

vendulkabendulka
Apr 15th, 2013, 07:23 AM
Regarding her after-match interview, she doesn't seem to be too unhappy that she lost in final. She says she didnt train last week because of beeing sick and the final was above her expectacions.
Full interview here
http://sport.idnes.cz/kvitova-prohrala-ve-finale-turnaje-v-katovicich-s-vinciovou-plr-/tenis.aspx?c=A130414_204844_tenis_ma

bruce goose
Apr 15th, 2013, 12:16 PM
Regarding her after-match interview, she doesn't seem to be too unhappy that she lost in final. She says she didnt train last week because of beeing sick and the final was above her expectacions.
Full interview here
http://sport.idnes.cz/kvitova-prohrala-ve-finale-turnaje-v-katovicich-s-vinciovou-plr-/tenis.aspx?c=A130414_204844_tenis_maThis isn't a big surprise;Vinci commented that Petra looked visibly tired after the 1st set

paulmara
Apr 23rd, 2013, 06:03 PM
Had such a great time at New Haven last year, can't wait to go back there!

Defending Champion and World No. 8 Petra Kvitová and World No. 14 Marion Bartoli commit to play 2013 New Haven Open! http://bit.ly/Zihrws

and she wants to go to Linz

*Jack*
Apr 23rd, 2013, 07:29 PM
Defending Champion and World No. 8 Petra Kvitová and World No. 14 Marion Bartoli commit to play 2013 New Haven Open! http://bit.ly/Zihrws

and she wants to go to Linz
Great news!:bounce: If Azarenka wouldn't have the same idea, I'd like to travel there to see her play (if I could make it). :hearts:

bruce goose
Apr 24th, 2013, 07:43 AM
Defending Champion and World No. 8 Petra Kvitová and World No. 14 Marion Bartoli commit to play 2013 New Haven Open! http://bit.ly/Zihrws

and she wants to go to LinzNH is okay...even RCup AND NH would be fine...but please take a freakin' full-week break during Cincy if that stretch of the schedule is the same as last year's

ShiftyFella
Apr 24th, 2013, 11:13 AM
NH is okay...even RCup AND NH would be fine...but please take a freakin' full-week break during Cincy if that stretch of the schedule is the same as last year's
Why? Cincy is P5 ans she has bunch of points from it, defending Cincy and Toronto is a must. We have no Olympics this year and she will have more then a month rest before playing in USO series not really a bid deal playing Toronto-Cincy-NH-USO. On the other hand NH is planned to be MM this year and she will lose half of her points even if she wins it, also it will force her to skip Linz if NH downgrade is confirmed, i'd rather see her prepare in Linz for YEC then play in humid swamp just before USO without any real competition. Anyway, who commits to tournament who has no player commitments in a first place with a chance that this will force her to skip Linz. Looks like CR is not really brilliant and genius businessman as Petronius wants us to believe

Great news!:bounce: If Azarenka wouldn't have the same idea, I'd like to travel there to see her play (if I could make it). :hearts:
I wouldn't call it great news, if NH downgrade is confirmed then she has to skip Linz, also playing right before USO not great idea at all. She can burn out during Asia swing where she can gain lots of points, loosing those in 2012 with YEC points hurt her ranking coming to this season in a first place, otherwise she would have been ranked right now around #5 competing with NaNa\Aga for #4, instead she fights with Errani to stay in Top8

*Jack*
Apr 24th, 2013, 12:25 PM
Why? Cincy is P5 ans she has bunch of points from it, defending Cincy and Toronto is a must. We have no Olympics this year and she will have more then a month rest before playing in USO series not really a bid deal playing Toronto-Cincy-NH-USO. On the other hand NH is planned to be MM this year and she will lose half of her points even if she wins it, also it will force her to skip Linz if NH downgrade is confirmed, i'd rather see her prepare in Linz for YEC then play in humid swamp just before USO without any real competition. Anyway, who commits to tournament who has no player commitments in a first place with a chance that this will force her to skip Linz. Looks like CR is not really brilliant and genius businessman as Petronius wants us to believe


I wouldn't call it great news, if NH downgrade is confirmed then she has to skip Linz, also playing right before USO not great idea at all. She can burn out during Asia swing where she can gain lots of points, loosing those in 2012 with YEC points hurt her ranking coming to this season in a first place, otherwise she would have been ranked right now around #5 competing with NaNa\Aga for #4, instead she fights with Errani to stay in Top8
When I said "great news" I was thinking about Linz,;) not NH. And I haven't known that NH is gonna be downgraded, in that case it is not such a great idea. :rolleyes:

bruce goose
Apr 24th, 2013, 01:57 PM
Why? Cincy is P5 ans she has bunch of points from it, defending Cincy and Toronto is a must. We have no Olympics this year and she will have more then a month rest before playing in USO series not really a bid deal playing Toronto-Cincy-NH-USO. On the other hand NH is planned to be MM this year and she will lose half of her points even if she wins it, also it will force her to skip Linz if NH downgrade is confirmed, i'd rather see her prepare in Linz for YEC then play in humid swamp just before USO without any real competition. Anyway, who commits to tournament who has no player commitments in a first place with a chance that this will force her to skip Linz. Looks like CR is not really brilliant and genius businessman as Petronius wants us to believe


I'm almost in disbelief that you're asking 'Why';were you on vacation last year when Petra looked COMPLETELY out of gas vs. Bartoli in the USO 4th Round?This was after Petra was CLEARLY coasting and trying to conserve energy in her first 3 matches.Unless you believe that Petra's fitness has improved that much since last year(haven't seen any big signs of that),there's no f--king way that she can play ALL THREE lead-ups that are right before the USO and have ANYTHING left in her gas tank for the Slam.You'd be hard pressed to find even the most physically-fit gals who play such an insane schedule.I'm heading to work so will read your reply,if you have one,later today:wavey:

ShiftyFella
Apr 24th, 2013, 04:04 PM
I'm almost in disbelief that you're asking 'Why';were you on vacation last year when Petra looked COMPLETELY out of gas vs. Bartoli in the USO 4th Round?This was after Petra was CLEARLY coasting and trying to conserve energy in her first 3 matches.Unless you believe that Petra's fitness has improved that much since last year(haven't seen any big signs of that),there's no f--king way that she can play ALL THREE lead-ups that are right before the USO and have ANYTHING left in her gas tank for the Slam.You'd be hard pressed to find even the most physically-fit gals who play such an insane schedule.I'm heading to work so will read your reply,if you have one,later today:wavey:
Question was regarding skipping Cincy not about all three lead ups. Cincy is P5 and she has more points\prize money to gain from it and after it she has one week off before USO. Your plan by playing Toronto and New Haven looked really strange to me considering NH will be useless MM and she will lose points from it regardless but losing on top of that Ciny points and opportunity to play Linz is a sign of terrible management and bad scheduling to me, that's why i asked.

bruce goose
Apr 24th, 2013, 08:15 PM
Question was regarding skipping Cincy not about all three lead ups. Cincy is P5 and she has more points\prize money to gain from it and after it she has one week off before USO. Your plan by playing Toronto and New Haven looked really strange to me considering NH will be useless MM and she will lose points from it regardless but losing on top of that Ciny points and opportunity to play Linz is a sign of terrible management and bad scheduling to me, that's why i asked.Okay,then we simply had a misunderstanding;I wasn't saying that she SHOULD play NH...only that,if she DID insist on playing there,she shouldn't play both RC and Cincy before that.If Petra reconsidered her choices,then you're absolutely right,she should play Cincy instead of NH

ShiftyFella
Apr 24th, 2013, 08:59 PM
Okay,then we simply had a misunderstanding;I wasn't saying that she SHOULD play NH...only that,if she DID insist on playing there,she shouldn't play both RC and Cincy before that.If Petra reconsidered her choices,then you're absolutely right,she should play Cincy instead of NH
Petra should play Cincy\Toronto regardless, especially Toronto. Petra has little over 2k points from USO series and unlike Clay season points she will lose almost all of them with having nothing on her rankings to replace them and with two major tournaments left after where she can gain some of those back i.e her position in Top8 could be in danger but decent showings at Madrid\Eastbourne\Wimbledon with better results at Tokyo\Beijing can compensate for that, otherwise she will be screwed

hypersonic
Apr 24th, 2013, 11:38 PM
Petra should play Cincy\Toronto regardless, especially Toronto. Petra has little over 2k points from USO series and unlike Clay season points she will lose almost all of them with having nothing on her rankings to replace them and with two major tournaments left after where she can gain some of those back i.e her position in Top8 could be in danger but decent showings at Madrid\Eastbourne\Wimbledon with better results at Tokyo\Beijing can compensate for that, otherwise she will be screwed

That damn second-round AO loss to Hypeson really hurt her ranking points. Due to her 'consistent' showings during the slams last year, she won't really be able to compensate her ranking till the late part of the season. The only time she might do it is during the YEC or during the Asian swing. I really hope she can qualify for the YEC and hopefully resurge back to the Top 5 at the end of the year.

bruce goose
Apr 25th, 2013, 04:09 AM
Petra should play Cincy\Toronto regardless, especially Toronto. Petra has little over 2k points from USO series and unlike Clay season points she will lose almost all of them with having nothing on her rankings to replace them and with two major tournaments left after where she can gain some of those back i.e her position in Top8 could be in danger but decent showings at Madrid\Eastbourne\Wimbledon with better results at Tokyo\Beijing can compensate for that, otherwise she will be screwedYes,you're probably right;Petra should play RC and Cincy and skip NH.A deep run at the USO would MORE than offset the loss of points from not defending her title at the now-MM