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Old Feb 28th, 2013, 08:39 AM   #2120
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Re: Petra Kvitova News and Articles

Jon Wertheim's comments on http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/ten...liams-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.
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