Petra Kvitova is a multiple Grand Slam winner who made a solid comeback to competitive tennis having been attacked at home and stabbed by a burglar.
Kvitová has enjoyed a highly successful career, winning numerous WTA titles, as well as Wimbledon in 2011, and 2014, although she has never been world number one, despite winning the WTA Finals in 2011.
She has also led her country, the Czech Republic, to Fed Cup success on no fewer than six occasions.
However, her career statistics and list of title won would have been much greater but for the events of December 2016, when she was attacked during a home invasion at her apartment in Prostejov.
In the course of the burglary, the assailant – who was later sentenced to 11 years in jail – stabbed her in her left (playing) hand. She suffered multiple lacerations and damage to her tendons, and was out of action for six months.
Although she made a full physical recovery, the incident has left its share of psychological scars, and arguably she has not been the same player that she used to be.
Kvitová is renowned amongst her fellow professionals for her sportsmanship and has been awarded the WTA Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award on multiple occasions.
She has a fast and accurate serve, and uses the fact that she is a left-hander to direct the ball away from her opponents. She is known for taking the ball early on her forehand, whilst imparts great power on her backhand side. In addition, she is able to play many of her shots with disguise.
However, her aggressive style of play also means that she is prone to a high number of unforced errors.
Name: Petra Kvitova
First Became Number One
Yet to become number one. Best ranking of world number two on October 31, 2011.
Grand Slam Singles Titles Won
Wimbledon 2011, 2014
Grand Slam Doubles Titles Won
Other ATP Titles Won
Madrid Open 3 (2011, 2015, 2018)
Connecticut Open 3 (2012, 2014, 2015)
Wuhan Open 2 (2014, 2016)
Sydney International 2 (2015, 2019)
Birmingham Classic 2 (2017, 2018)
Hobart International (2009)
Brisbane International (2011)
Open GDF Suez (2011)
Linz Open (2011)
WTA Finals (2011)
Canada Open (2012)
Dubai Championships (2013)
Pan Pacific Open (2013)
WTA Elite Trphy (2016)
St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy (2018)
Qatar Open (2018)
Prague Open (2018)
Stuttgart Open (2019)
Best Fed Cup Performance
Winner 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
Best Five Career Performances
Wimbledon Final 2011: Beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4
Wimbledon Final 2014: Beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0
WTA Finals Final 2011: Beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
WTA Ekite Trophy Final 2016: Beat Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-2
Canada Open Final 2012: Beat Li Na 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
Worst Five Career Performances
Wimbledon First Round 2018: Lost to Aliaksandra Sasonovich 4-6, 6-4, 0-6
Australian Open First Round: 2018 – Lost to Anna Petkoviċ 3-6, 6-4, 8-10
French Open Third Round 2016: Lost to Shelby Rogers 0-6, 7-6, 0-6
China Open Semi-Final 2019: Lost to Alison Riske 5-7, 5-7
St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2019: Lost to Donna Vecic 4-6, 1-6
Longest Winning Streak
14 Matches 2018
Grand Slam Finals Record
Wimbledon 2011, 2014 (W)
Australian Open 2019 (F)
Number of Semifinal in Grand Slams
Australian Open 2012, 2019
French Open 2012
Wimbledon 2010, 2011, 2004
Number of Quarters in Grand Slams
Australian Open 2011, 2012, 2019, 2020
French Open 2012
Wimbledon 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
US Open 2015, 2017