Petra Kvitová Biography

Athlete, Tennis Player (1990–)
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová won the Wimbledon women's singles championships in 2011 and 2014.


Born on March 8, 1990, in the Czech Republic, Petra Kvitová began taking tennis lessons as a teenager. After earning her inaugural WTA title in 2009, Kvitová emerged as one of the sport's top players by winning the Wimbledon women's singles championship in 2011. The Czech star claimed her second Wimbledon singles title in 2014.

Early Life

Born on March 8, 1990, in Bilovec, Czech Republic, Petra Kvitová began taking tennis lessons as a teenager. She has stated that one of her greatest inspirations is retired tennis player Martina Navratilova. Kvitová, who is six feet tall and plays left-handed, became a professional tennis player in 2006.

Tennis Pro

Kvitová earned her first WTA title by beating fellow Czech player Iveta Benesova at the 2009 Moorilla Hobart International. She went on to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open, and the following year she impressed with a run to the semifinal round at Wimbledon.

Kvitová emerged as one of the top players on the women's tour in 2011. She defeated No. 1-ranked Kim Clijsters to win the Open Gaz de France, and followed with a victory at the Mutua Madrid Open. But her biggest showing came at Wimbledon, where she beat Maria Sharapova to win the women's singles title at age 21. A few months after that career-defining victory, she won the WTA Tour Championships to finish the year ranked No. 2.

After reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open and French Open in 2012, Kvitová suffered a quarterfinal loss to Serena Williams while attempting to defend her Wimbledon crown. She successfully regained the title in 2014 by defeating Eugenie Bouchard in just 55 minutes, the quickest women’s singles final victory in 31 years. Kvitová finished the year by helping the Czech Republic team beat Germany to win the Fed Cup.

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