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Petra Kvitova: #1 in the Making?

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Tennis FanContributor IJune 30, 2011

With the Wimbledon finals approaching, tennis fans around the world are gearing up for what we can only assume will be an amazing match as 21 year-old Petra Kvitova takes the court for her first appearance in a Grand Slam final. Now the question that’s on all of our minds is: Does she have what it takes to be #1?

Kvitova is currently ranked No. 8 in the world, a career-high ranking. She stands out among her competitors with one of the most powerful games we have seen in a while, rivaling that of Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams. As the only left-hander in the top 20, Kvitova uses that power to impose her game on almost any woman when she's playing well. Add her huge serve, penetrating groundstrokes and some creative combinations to the mix and there seems to be no stopping her.

Coming from the Czech Republic, Kvitova can only hope to follow in the footsteps of the Czech tennis great Martina Navratilova. Like Martina, Kvitova is shy, but when she steps on the court, she is one of the fiercest competitors tennis has seen in a long time. She showed that competitiveness when she reached the quarterfinals this year at the Australian Open and now we are seeing even more of her fire at Wimbledon, where she claims to be playing on her favorite surface: grass.

As part of the next generation of big hitters, it is clear that Kvitova is here to stay, and tomorrow's final might just be her first step to what may be greatness.

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