Petra Kvitova went into the Wimbledon final today feeling just a bit nervous. And you should be, going on to play the most important match of your life, especially since your opponent is the former champion and favorite to win the title, Maria Sharapova. But as soon as she stepped on the court she felt fine and ready to battle for the biggest title in tennis.
Petra took control from the start, using her lefty advantage and that serve out wide that has troubled many of her previous opponents. She took the first set with a score of 6-3. The second set started off in her favor once again as the Russian player couldn’t find any way to get the Czech player on the ropes. There were a couple of hiccups on the serve of Kvitova in the middle of the set as Kvitova served 3 double faults to give Sharapova a couple of breaks, even though she had none in the first set. Kvitova still had a huge advantage as she kept Sharapova guessing on where her serve would go and also her penetrating groundstrokes gave Sharapova a lot of trouble controlling each point.
Finally it came to match point and what better way to finish it off than with an ace. Kvitova raised her arms in victory and knelt down to kiss the grass. With Martina Navratilova watching from the Royal Box as well as many other great champions such as Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and Billie Jean King, Kvitova felt very blessed to be supported by her childhood idol and gave thanks to Martina for all of her great advice. She also gave a shout out to her parents and her trainer during her little speech.
Sharapova of course handled her loss with grace and congratulated Kvitova on her win, stating that she was just too good today. A champion should handle losses with poise and Sharapova did just that today. Both players then made a lap around the court with their trophies and Kvitova came out of the tennis club to get her picture taken by fans that were waiting outside the doors of the club, as many others have done before her.
Congratulations to both players for their grace and composure and to Kvitova especially for winning her first Grand Slam. Bravo!