Petra Kvitova's emotional speech (F) | Australian Open 2019

The return of the attacking power of Kvitova


In 2011, Petra Kvitova burst into the elite of women's tennis like a hurricane. The Czech woman, demonstrating powerful attacking tennis, managed to win six personal titles, including Wimbledon, and also helped her national team to win the Fed Cup. After her victory in the WTA Final Championship, it seemed that only a few tournaments separated her from the first line of the world rankings. But at the beginning of 2012, Victoria Azarenka took a warm place at the top. And Petra began a rather protracted decline. There were also certain gaps, after all, she won a major tournament in Montreal. Nevertheless, in general, the Czech was extremely unstable, fighting with herself in every match. And more and more often her unforced errors outnumbered her successful attacks.

Dubai. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Singles. Semifinals

Sara Errani (Italy, 5) - Roberta Vinci (Italy) - 6: 3, 6: 3.

Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic, 6) - Carolina Wozniacki ( Denmark, 8) - 6: 3, 6: 4.


Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic, 6) - Sara Errani (Italy, 5) - 6: 2, 1: 6, 6: 1.

Doubles. Finals.

Bethany Mattek-Sands / Sanya Mirza (USA / India) - Nadezhda Petrova / Katarina Srebotnik (Russia / Slovenia, 2) - 6: 4, 2: 6, [10: 7 ].

In no way can we say that the new season has started successfully for Kvitova. She lost in the second round of the Australian Open. She did not manage to shine even in more modest competitions. And in Dubai, Petra was able to transform. This is not to say that she instantly returned to the level of 2011, and it is not yet clear how long this rise in her game will last, but she definitely played cleaner. Perhaps the starting point was the match with Serena Williams in Doha. Petra lost to the American, showing a really good game. As a result, already in the first match in Dubai, she gave Daniela Gantukhova only three games. In terms of scoring, she had her best match since winning the tournament in Montreal, where in the third round Petra lost only two games against Marion Bartoli .

After a good start in Dubai, Kvitova continued a confident path along the tournament grid. She had difficulties both with Agnieszka Radwanska and with Ana Ivanovic , but every time at important moments the Czech managed to play excellently. In the semi-finals, she played with Caroline Wozniacki . For Petra, this is in many ways a principled rival, because in that very 2011, only Karolina surpassed the Czech in the final rating list. At the same time, before the game, the score of personal meetings between them was equal - 3: 3.

In the first game, Carolina managed to practically eliminate mistakes, but this did not help at all, because Kvitova was extremely effective in attack. Of course, she could not do without inaccuracies, but in general she played quite effectively and did not leave her opponent a real chance. In the second set, the Danish woman managed to take advantage of her opponent's slight confusion, KarOlina began to act a little more actively, although she won most of the points after the Czech woman's mistakes. The former first racket of the world took the lead with a break, but quickly lost the advantage. At the end of the set, she lost a long game in her serve and was defeated - 3: 6, 4: 6. I had certain chances in the second set, and then who knows what would have happened in the third game, but I was unable to take advantage of them. On the whole, Petra played a very good game. She is the kind of player who, when she gets in shape, is able to deliver a solid winning streak, ”said Carolina.


All titles of Petra Kvitova (10):

2013 - Dubai; 2012 - New Haven, Montreal; 2011 - WTA Final Championship, Linz, Wimbledon, Madrid, Paris, Brisbane; 2009 - Hobart.

Sara Errani's career hasn't seen any downturns lately. The last two seasons are shaping up for her in the best way. She managed to reach a level that she might not have dreamed of. It was a little easier to get used to Sara's very being in the elite than her rivals to adapt to her unusual playing style.

In 2012, the Italian achieved her main successes at the Grand Slam tournaments, where she had the final, semi-final and quarterfinals. In addition, Sarah collected four titles in small tournaments. But Errani did not go well with the Premieres, which are extremely important for the rating. For the entire last season, she scored 840 points in such competitions, which was the worst result among all tennis players from the top 10. In the new season, the Italian is gradually improving. In Paris, for the first time, she reached the final in a competition of this category. In the UAE, Errani consolidated her success and reached the final again. As a result, she already has more than 1000 points at the Premieres in 2013, that is, in two months she surpassed the result of the entire previous season.

In the semifinals, Sarah outplayed her special rival - Roberta Vinci. The Italians are good friends and also have the best combination in doubles so far. Together, they have already won three Grand Slam tournaments. It is curious that in the doubles rating list at the moment Vinci is the first racket in the world, and Errani is in the second position (although Sarah also managed to spend several weeks in the first position). The tennis players will be able to reunite at the top spot at the end of the tournament in Stuttgart.

The last time the two friends played against each other was in the US Open quarterfinals, where Sarah also won. So this time Errani turned out to be somewhat stronger. The match itself turned out to be unusual, there were many protracted rallies, and 11 out of 18 games ended with breaks. And yet, in each of the sets, Sarah had a tangible superiority - 6: 3, 6: 3. I tried to show my tennis, but in such conditions it was difficult, because she knows me very well. Therefore, sometimes I tried to surprise her with some kind of game solution. And it was hard, because most of the timeIn teas, she knew what blow I would strike next, - commented on the outcome of the match Errani.


The final in Dubai was not bad. He cannot be called outstanding, he cannot compete in tension with the decisive match in Doha, but most of the spectators probably did not regret visiting this event. Petra began the meeting brilliantly. Sarah was probably preparing for the fact that her opponent would attack, but at first she still could not oppose anything. Only in the second half of the set, the Italian slightly improved her game, created tension in some games, but she was unable to close the big gap.

All winners of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships:

2001 - Martina Hingis (Switzerland)
2002 - Amelie Mauresmo (France)
2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 - Justine Henin (Belgium)
2005 - Lindsay Davenport (USA)
2008 - Elena Dementyeva (Russia)
2009, 2010 - Venus Williams (USA)
2011 - Carolina Wozniacki (Denmark)
2012 - Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)
2013 - Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic).

Czech and the second set started with a break. It seemed that this could break Errani, but she, on the contrary, cheered up and sharply added. If in the first game she had only one net win, then in the second set there were eight times more of them! At the same time, Sarah herself made only one unforced error. The Italian unexpectedly seized the initiative, began to walk to the net more often, where she acted very successfully. This time, Kvitova was somewhat confused, and the number of rejects in her game increased. As a result, the Italian managed to win six games in a row.

Before the third set, the Czech took a short break. It didn't help much at first. In the third game, Errani had a triple break point. Kvitova managed to withstand, and in the next game, Sarah's serve unexpectedly came from the Italian, who made several mistakes. After that, the game returned to full control of Petra, who did not give her opponent a chance to return to this match - 6: 2, 1: 6, 6: 1. It is curious that the tennis players occupied neighboring places in the rating list. After winning the final, the Czech woman bypassed Sarah and became the seventh racket in the world. For Kvitova, this title became the tenth in her career.

In the doubles final in the second tournament in a row, Nadezhda Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik played. Formed this year, the duo again stopped one step away from the title. In Doha, Nadezhda and Katarina lost to Errani and Vinci, and in the UAE they lost to Bettany Mattek-Sands and Sana Mirza in the championship tie-break. The men's tournament will begin in Dubai on Monday, in which the seeding was headed by Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer . In addition, there are three Russians in the main draw: Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny and Dmitry Tursunov , who received a special invitation.

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