There seems to be no fuse as two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova switches coach with her Czech Republic team mate, Karolina Pliskova.
Kvitova now ranks 11th
and will work with Jiri Vanek, Pliskova’s former coach as she prepares for the 2017 season. Kvitova splits with her coach David Kotyza last month, ending a seven-year partnership. Meanwhile the 6th
ranked Pliskova has hired David Kotyza.
Both coaches made remarkable achievements with their former players as Vanek was phenomenal to Pliskova’s ascend to the 10th position, and reaching the US open final. Kotyza on the other hand, has seen Kvitova to winning 17 WTA titles including Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, during their seven year partnership.
However, Petra Kvitova will obviously be spending much of the off season tending a stress fracture in her right foot. The Czech Republic tennis player had to withdraw from the game on the final day of Fed cup finals because of a foot injury. The WTA season was not a total lost for her though as she finished by winning 16 of her 18 matches.
She spoke on the extent of her injury on a Facebook post, saying: “unfortunately I have a stress fracture in my right foot and need to wear a brace for two weeks. While my 2017 preparation is inevitably delayed, I hope to able to start my season on time at Hopman Cup.” Read more »
For those who have been following the tennis career of Petra Kvitova, they had probably realized that she had potential to win the major tournaments and she has proven that right.
By now she is a proud champion of Wimbledon title, which she achieved twice. This year she has been able to add another achievement feather to her cap. She has obtained a draw at the Aegon Classic Birmingham which has been another achievement for her.
The titles she won were in the singles category, one in 2011 and the other in 2014. Having won two titles at Wimbledon she has displayed her tenacity to hold on and persevere, not allow her playing levels to drop. Having obtained the Wimbledon singles titles she has gained a position among the women players of grass court category, especially of her generation. When the Birmingham tournament came but this year she stated that she was excited to get an opportunity to play again in a venue where she has last played in 2008. The tournament has grown since then. She feels that it also gives her an opportunity to hone her skills in playing on grass courts. Read more »
Petra Kvitova registered a winning percentage of 69 in the recently finished season which was the lowest for her in the last 5 years, but, you can’t quite say that she had a disastrous season or even a poor season for that matter.
But, at the same time, you can’t even say that she did well.
She is such a unique sort of a player, Kvitova. She always does enough for you to stop yourself from saying that she’s in poor form, but, you always feel that she is not doing justice to her potential.
She is such a highly skilled player that there’s no way she should have been outside top 5 at this stage of her career.
She produces pieces of brilliance at times, but, only at times.
She even did so this year. There were tournaments in which she put on outstanding displays and then, there were ones in which she was less than ordinary leading to an up and down season again, something which is not new to her.
It must have been immensely frustrating for her supporters, but, they should now almost be getting used to her inconsistency because it’s always been like this with her.
It’s such a shame for a player of Kvitova’s calibre. She has the potential to absolutely smash her opponent with the kind of power and ability she has, but, somehow, from time to time, she finds a way to fail. Read more »
In the professional circuit, there are players with extraordinary potential who would simply take your breath away and then, there are players with average skills, but, there are not too many who are like Petra Kvitova.
It’s very frustrating to be a Kvitova fan to be honest.
When you achieve glory at the Grand Slam level for a couple of times, it means you are a World Class player and thus, consistency is expected from you.
But, Kvitova has been a different case altogether. There is a huge difference between her best game and the worst. She can be a world beater today, but, you shouldn’t be surprised if you see her putting up an absolutely lethargic performance the other day. That’s her. That’s the way her career has shaped up till date.
If it’s her day, any opponent would find her hard to stop, but, if she is off colour, her game sees a significant drop and she just throws the towel in. There is just so much of irregularity in her game.
Of course, in sports, there is no guarantee. Every player suffers shocking defeats. But, the kind of inconsistency Kvitova shows in her game despite being so talented, it’s mind boggling. Read more »