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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 02:34 AM   #1006
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Mmmmhhhh.

Those bolded parts may explain a lot Petronius, on how/why she can look so fast on the court sometimes, and at other times look so sluggish (besides match confusion and a lack of anticipation).

It would be interesting, more informative, if Petra or the author, could tell us when were the times she was suffering it, and when she was not (and was it all in the US)?

If so, she must be allergic to the Entire US period! Lol. Cause I would think that grass in London, would ignite her asthma, more than a hardcourt in the Eastern US.

Nonetheless, she's still gotta play, and we'll see?
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 02:35 AM   #1007
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Getting her excuses all lined up. Grrr.
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Getting her excuses all lined up. Grrr.
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 10:41 AM   #1009
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Mmmmhhhh.

Those bolded parts may explain a lot Petronius, on how/why she can look so fast on the court sometimes, and at other times look so sluggish (besides match confusion and a lack of anticipation).

It would be interesting, more informative, if Petra or the author, could tell us when were the times she was suffering it, and when she was not (and was it all in the US)?

If so, she must be allergic to the Entire US period! Lol. Cause I would think that grass in London, would ignite her asthma, more than a hardcourt in the Eastern US.

Nonetheless, she's still gotta play, and we'll see?
I've never had asthma so I don't know how it can affect one's physical performance, but one thing is sure. It is Petra's aggressive and attacking game that brought her to the top ranks of the women's tennis and if she can't apply this game throughout matches, she's a weaker player and more prone to lose. It was so obvious during the second and third set with McHale. She couldn't play aggressive as usual, was forced to rally and ended up being humiliated on matchpoint by a drop shot.

I expect great things from her again in Europe after she has had the fitness camp in Turkey.
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 11:16 AM   #1010
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I would think that grass in London, would ignite her asthma, more than a hardcourt in the Eastern US.
IMO, this has nothing to do with surface, it's just the quality/humidity of air. If the very same Indian Wells/Miami hardcourt was situated in an asthma-friendly area (most of Europe, Australia) and/or in an air-conditioned arena covered by roof, Petra's odds would be definitely better.
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This asthma is bad news I hope it doesn't hamper her too much...
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IMO, this has nothing to do with surface, it's just the quality/humidity of air. If the very same Indian Wells/Miami hardcourt was situated in an asthma-friendly area (most of Europe, Australia) and/or in an air-conditioned arena covered by roof, Petra's odds would be definitely better.
USA is a big country, it's hard to believe the entire country is bad for asthma sufferers. In that case, all US asthma sufferers should move out of the country.
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 02:21 PM   #1013
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The east coast is pretty horrible for humidity and asthma. Some high altitude city like Denver would probably be great for Petra, rather like Madrid is.
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IMO, this has nothing to do with surface, it's just the quality/humidity of air. If the very same Indian Wells/Miami hardcourt was situated in an asthma-friendly area (most of Europe, Australia) and/or in an air-conditioned arena covered by roof, Petra's odds would be definitely better.
London is foggy; i.e. very humid, with pollution and grass at Wimbledon that can exacerbate her lungs and breathing.

Secondly, either way she's doomed against a very good opponent, normally.

If she plays an aggressive game (which is more conducive to someone with breathing problems), she may not have the strength to serve, rally and hit winners the way she would otherwise, like at IW (though that may have been more the affects of the Dubai or IW virus).

And if she rallys from the baseline, excessively, moving side to side, that's self explanatory and physically draining (with the added loss in quickness she mentioned, along with more errors).

Petra would have to strike a balance, or find an "off" opponent, and be smart enough to have them make some errors (or at least try to serve very well, and get the points over quickly). Mmmhhh. That blasted serve again, that she can be more consistent with, that can make her life so much easier on the court. Lol

But it's just something she has to deal with an overcome.

Maybe it's all mental? I hope she surprises.

I still don't know why she doesn't consult with local allergist and Pulmonologist in the areas that she plays?

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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 04:32 PM   #1015
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London is foggy; i.e. very humid, with pollution and grass at Wimbledon that can exacerbate her lungs and breathing.

Secondly, either way she's doomed against a very good opponent, normally.

If she plays an aggressive game (which is more conducive to someone with breathing problems), she may not have the strength to serve, rally and hit winners the way she would otherwise, like at IW (though that may have been more the affects of the Dubai or IW virus).

And if she rallys from the baseline, excessively, moving side to side, that's self explanatory and physically draining (with the added loss in quickness she mentioned, along with more errors).

Petra would have to strike a balance, or find an "off" opponent, and be smart enough to have them make some errors (or at least try to serve very well, and get the points over quickly). Mmmhhh. That blasted serve again, that she can be more consistent with, that can make her life so much easier on the court. Lol

But it's just something she has to deal with an overcome.

Maybe it's all mental? I hope she surprises.

I still don't know why she doesn't consult with local allergist and Pulmonologist in the areas that she plays?
I'm an Asthma sufferer, plus on top of that I have Emphysema, so I know a hell of a lot about it.

Asthma is caused by inflammation of the alveoli (sp) so I'm told and the only thing that takes down the inflammation are steroids . I am on 8 of them per day, but I can't play tennis anymore and I wasn't in the position of getting tested for steroids. The inhaler asthmatics usually use have steroids in them, but she might have one without, I presume.

Anyway, I doubt if she can take steroids, so she must be on something else, don't know what it is though.

I was in Miami Xmas just gone and my asthma/emphysema was terrible; ruined my bloody vacation.

If she had bad flu/fever during Doha/Dubai, then that would have affected her asthma even more and this is why it's taken her a long time to get over.

I wish her well - it upsets me to see such a fine athlete like this suffer
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Sorry about your asthma Petra #1. But as you know, different people suffer and react differently. So your experience in Miami(as unfortunate as it was, and how bad it may be down there) may be different than Petra's.

We'll see?
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I will fly home tonight(Saturday) for a few days to see my family and then spend time working on my fitness in Turkey before clay. I will send news
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Petra Kvitová: When will she rise in 2012?

She likes to tread dangerously on the thin line between life and death on a tennis court. She can fleet between the flawless and the flawed so effortlessly, she is a player in whose game the superlative and the mundane cohabit simultaneously. From wrecking her opponent’s game and morale she can leave you befuddled by suddenly wrecking her own game and taking on the role of a struggler and eventually fading out.


Welcome to Petra Kvitova’s world – tennis’s very own version of ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’. If she has a Wimbledon title to boast of, she has an ugly first round loss to lament of in the very next Slam – the US Open. If she played like a champion in the 2011 Wimbledon final outgunning and outshining Maria Sharapova, she let Sharapova dictate her error ridden desperate play in their very next match at the 2012 Australian Open semis. If Petra Kvitova had stupefied the world with her brilliant shot-making full of variety at the tender young age of 21, tennis aficionados are still searching for that one all-important stroke in the armour – consistency.

With her lefty serve, the fierce flat groundstrokes and the slice Kvitova was always thought to be one of the front-runners for establishing the young blood on the Tour and in the Slams. Within two years of turning professional, the Bilovec born Czech national was storming up the rankings and found herself in the top 50 by 2008 end. With a title in 2009 and a Wimbledon semifinal in 2010 she caught everybody’s eyes until her superb breakthrough year began in 2011.

Last year she was the only player to capture a title in each of the three surfaces – clay, grass and hard. With her six titles she simply established herself as a natural contender and underlined that the vastly-criticized young generation can compete with the champions even in Majors.

But what was striking is not the fact that she was on a title-winning spree but the manner in which her year went. For every huge burst of brilliance, Petra Kvitova has an uncanny ability to disappear into a lull. Consider her post Wimbledon glory – Kvitova was not the same player when she returned to the US Open hardcourts last summer. Two dismal losses to Andrea Petkovic followed – Petkovic was the same player whom Kvitova thrashed for the Brisbane title earlier in the year. And it went further downhill at Flushing Meadows as she became the first Grand Slam champion to be defeated in the opening round of the very next Slam without winning a single set.

Petra ultimately managed to regroup herself towards the very end of the season adding the Linz title and the esteemed WTA Championships and also helping Czech Republic win the first Fed Cup as an independent nation.


With Caroline Wozniacki’s No. 1 ranking tottering, Petra’s glorious end to her dream year naturally veered the talk about her being the next No. 1 and becoming the Australian Open champion.

Kvitova began 2012 where she had left by teaming up with compatriot Tomas Berdych in clinching the Hopman Cup for her country. Thus much weight was added to everybody’s expectations about her climbing to the summit.

Interestingly, the version of the soft-spoken Czech that we got to see at the Australian Open semi against Maria Sharapova was not the one fans had anticipated. Petra looked casually erroneous, downrightly mundane and far from her champion stuff. It was she who was lunging for the 2008 champion’s ferocious shots rather than the other way round. Petra was back to living life dangerously bewildering her fans and the tons of tennis experts who had envisaged her to be on top of the world.

Gone was the ranking, gone was the Slam title! In contrast, Victoria Azarenka swept the tennis courts shutting everybody up. After the Fed Cup, an unfortunate injury and illness kept her out of action for the entire Middle Eastern hardcourt swing but the World No. 3 Czech was expected to be back with a bang on the North American hardcourts.

But what was stunning was the way she vanished into the oblivion in the third round at Indian Wells. Pitted against a young talented American Christina McHale, Petra was the obvious favourite with a Slam title and experience to boot. After the first set, the lanky Czech seemed to be headed for a routine victory when she let it all slip. A few horrendous errors were all it took the American to cause the biggest upset of the tournament in the first week – Petra was back to her flawed and banal phase!

And the very next fortnight in Miami was no better. Facing a gargantuan task of putting an end to three-time champion, Venus William’s inspired run, she played a roller-coaster in the first two sets and totally got blanked in the third submitting herself completely to Venus.

What is this flawed phase in her game that is becoming so characteristic of her after every high success? Is she simply succumbing to the immense pressure and expectations after hitting the high? Or is she now struggling to get rid of the hangover of her incredible year? Or is her insipid phase simply a side-effect of her risky, no-holds barred game?

For now, Kvitova’s hard-court campaign ends with the Miami loss. The Tour will be heading to the tricky clay-courts next where her game might not find its suitable range except on the fast-paced high-altitude clay courts of Madrid where she is the defending champion.

Kvitova is a pure joy to watch when her shots are flying off the court touching and kissing the lines and so pedestrian when they don’t. In between she hardly treads! And probably that is the reason why her consistency and sustenance will always be shrouded in doubt.

2012 has so far been reasonably ordinary for a player of her caliber especially after her best season last year. The sooner she steps it up, plays error-free and comes out of the lull phase, she will be a force to reckon with once again. And that’s what tennis enthusiasts all over the world are waiting for so eagerly!


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Yep, a lot of people are eagerly waiting for Petra to find her form again. Nice to watch when she's on, but will we have to accept that she will only be on for sections of the year? Surely she should be able to overcome this issue. I think it's mental as well as physical.

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I'm an Asthma sufferer, plus on top of that I have Emphysema, so I know a hell of a lot about it.

Asthma is caused by inflammation of the alveoli (sp) so I'm told and the only thing that takes down the inflammation are steroids . I am on 8 of them per day, but I can't play tennis anymore and I wasn't in the position of getting tested for steroids. The inhaler asthmatics usually use have steroids in them, but she might have one without, I presume.

Anyway, I doubt if she can take steroids, so she must be on something else, don't know what it is though.

I was in Miami Xmas just gone and my asthma/emphysema was terrible; ruined my bloody vacation.

If she had bad flu/fever during Doha/Dubai, then that would have affected her asthma even more and this is why it's taken her a long time to get over.

I wish her well - it upsets me to see such a fine athlete like this suffer
I hope your asthma gets better. Are you still a teenager? Because I grew out of my asthma by the time I started university. Maybe the same will happen to you? I suppose my asthma wasn't as bad as yours. I only had 2 inhalers, and actually I never used them unless I had an attack, which only happened once every few months, then it became once a year, then it disappeared. I still think that maybe if I travel somewhere I should take an inhaler with me. I never do though... I guess I'll be in trouble if I have a random attack, but I haven't had one in over 5 years now so I do think it's gone...

Players with asthma like Petra apply for a medical or therapeutic use exemption (I forget the exact name) and are then allowed to take normal asthma medication, I think.

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