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08 Mar 1990
Czech Republic

Petra Kvitova completed her first top 5 season in 2011. That year at Wimbledon she became With the first player born in 1990s to win a Grand Slam title. She added five further titles in at Brisbane (d. Petkovic in final), Paris [Indoors] (d. Clijsters in final), Madrid (d. Azarenka in final), Linz (d. Cibulkova in final) and at WTA Finals (d. Azarenka in final) which she won on her event debut. Ion 2012 she Kvitová lost in the semifinals to Li Na. Had she won the tournament, she would have been the new world no. 1. That year she won Montréal (d. Li in final) and New Haven (d. Kirilenko in final). In 2013 she ended at No.6 after two successes in Dubai (d. Errani in final) and Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (d. Kerber in final). In 2014, she beat Bouchard to win Wimbledon for the second time. She then won in New Haven (d. Rybarikova in final) and Wuhan (d. Bouchard in final). Her 2015 season highlights included three singles titles, at Sydney (d. Ka.Pliskova in F), Madrid (d. Kuznetsova in F) and New Haven (d. Safarova in F), where she clinched the title for the third time in the past four years: it marked first time she has won any tournament title three times. kvitova ended as a runner‐up at WTA Finals in Singapore (l. A.Radwanska in 3s).

In 2016 she defeated five Top 20 players en route to 2016 Wuhan title: No.18 Svitolina (2r), No.1 Kerber (R16), No.13 Konta (QF), No.5 Halep (SF) and No.12 Cibulkova (F). Kvitova Contested Rio Olympics in August 2016, winning the singles bronze medal (l. Puig in SF, d. Keys in bronze medal play‐off) and wWas part of Czech Republic team to defend Fed Cup title in November 2016 vs. France (l. Garcia, d. Mladenovic, then teamed w/Strycova to defeat Garcia/Mladenovic in decisive doubles match). She ended 2016 ranked No.11, after five straight Top 10 finishes, after winning the second title of the year at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai (d. Svitolina in F).

Shortly before Christmas in 2016, she was robbed at her home in the Czech Republic by a knife-wielding attacker, which resulted in tendon and nerve injuries to her left hand. Kvitova managed to come back at Roland Garros. In her second tournament of season, she clinched 20th singles title at Birmingham (d. Barty in F). Kvitova then enjoyed a return to form at US Open, upsetting Muguruza, the highest-ranked opponent she beat in 2017, en route to the quarter-finals.




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