42 Facts About Petra Kvitova

1. Petra Kvitova was named world's sixth highest-paid female athlete by Forbes in 2015, ranking fifth among tennis players.

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2. On 20 December 2016, Petra Kvitova was robbed at her apartment in Prostejov, Czech Republic, suffering multiple lacerations to the tendons and nerves on her left hand and fingers while trying to defend herself.

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3. Petra Kvitova began dating Czech hockey player Radek Meidl in June 2014.

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4. At the French Open, Petra Kvitova crashed out in the third round, falling to 25th seed Kontaveit in straight sets.

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5. Petra Kvitova carried her good form into the Qatar Total Open, defeating Cagla Buyukakcay, Agnieszka Radwanska and Elina Svitolina to reach the quarterfinals.

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6. Petra Kvitova started 2018 in Sydney, unseeded at a Premier event for the first time since the 2010 Kremlin Cup, having been forced to withdraw from Brisbane the week before due to a viral illness.

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7. Petra Kvitova kicked off the Asian swing in Wuhan where she was the defending champion and faced local player Peng Shuai at the first hurdle, but came up short in an epic three-set match that lasted three hours and 34 minutes.

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8. Petra Kvitova began the Asian swing with an early loss to Puig in the second round of Tokyo.

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9. Petra Kvitova was the two-time defending champion in New Haven but saw her title defence come to an end in the semifinals in the hands of Radwanska.

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10. At the French Open, Petra Kvitova was upset by eventual surprise quarterfinalist Shelby Rogers in the third round in three sets, receiving bagels in both sets lost.

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11. That year, Petra Kvitova won the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, for the third year running.

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12. At the US Open, Petra Kvitova was the fifth seed and reached the round of 16 after defeating Laura Siegemund, wildcard Nicole Gibbs and 32nd seed Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, all in straight sets.

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13. Petra Kvitova began her grass court season at Wimbledon, after withdrawing from Eastbourne the week before with an illness.

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14. At the Australian Open, fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova was upset by Madison Keys in the third round in straight sets.

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15. Petra Kvitova was the second seed in Sydney and received a first round bye.

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16. Petra Kvitova kicked off 2015 in Shenzhen as the second seed, where she lost to eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky in the semifinals.

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17. Petra Kvitova received two awards in 2014, the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award and the Diamond Aces Award.

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18. At the WTA Finals, Petra Kvitova was upset by Agnieszka Radwanska in her opening match in straight sets.

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19. At the US Open, Petra Kvitova was upset by Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunic in the third round.

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20. Petra Kvitova kicked off the US Open Series at the Rogers Cup where she was the second seed.

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21. Petra Kvitova began her clay court campaign in Stuttgart, losing to Alisa Kleybanova in her opening match.

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22. At the Qatar Total Open, third-seeded Petra Kvitova cruised into the quarterfinals with two tough three-set victories over Venus Williams and Safarova before falling to Jelena Jankovic in straight sets.

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23. Petra Kvitova was scheduled to play the Open GDF Suez, but withdrew prior to her opening match because of a respiratory illness.

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24. Petra Kvitova started 2014 by playing the Hopman Cup with Radek Stepanek.

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25. At the French Open, Petra Kvitova beat Aravane Rezai and Peng Shuai before losing in the third round to Jamie Hampton in straight sets, in a match where she struggled.

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26. Petra Kvitova started her clay court season by reaching the final in Katowice where she was upset by Roberta Vinci in straight sets.

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27. Petra Kvitova kickstarted her US Open series campaign by winning the Rogers Cup, the eighth title of her career.

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28. Petra Kvitova started her grass court season in Eastbourne where she fell to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round.

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29. At the Apia International Sydney, Petra Kvitova lost in the last four to Li Na.

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30. At the beginning of 2012, Petra Kvitova was widely expected to reach the world No 1 ranking.

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31. Petra Kvitova played a warm-up tournament for Wimbledon at Eastbourne and reached the final where she lost to Marion Bartoli in three sets.

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32. Petra Kvitova kicked off her clay court season in Madrid, where she won her third title of the year and her first Premier Mandatory-level title.

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33. At the Sony Ericsson Open, Petra Kvitova defeated Varvara Lepchenko in the second round but then lost her next match to Pavlyuchenkova.

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34. At the Open GDF Suez, Petra Kvitova won her second title of the year by defeating newly crowned world No 1 and newly crowned Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters in the final in straight sets.

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35. Petra Kvitova was the 25th seed at the Australian Open, and she reached the quarterfinals where she lost to Vera Zvonareva.

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36. Petra Kvitova recorded her first top 40 finish in 2010, at world No 34, and was named WTA Newcomer of the Year.

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37. In 2010, Petra Kvitova reached the semifinals of the Cellular South Cup, losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.

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38. Petra Kvitova was ranked 71 places lower than Safina at the time.

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39. Petra Kvitova started 2009 impressively by reaching her first ever final, at the Moorilla Hobart International, having defeated Sally Peers, Alona Bondarenko, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Virginie Razzano en route.

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40. Petra Kvitova began 2008 by upsetting Anabel Medina Garrigues in her opening match in Paris for her first ever WTA main draw victory before falling to fourth seed Elena Dementieva.

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41. In 2012, Petra Kvitova made the semifinals of the Australian Open and French Open, and was crowned US Open Series champion.

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42. Petra Kvitova is a Czech professional tennis player.

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