Petra Kvitova defeated Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 to win Wimbledon Saturday, and the most impressive part was it was her first appearance in a Grand Slam final.
The 21-year-old from the Czech Republic showed no signs of nerves in the match even though she was broken three times, including in the opening game.
She took advantage of six double faults from the heavily favored Sharapova, and when she sent shots wide, she didn't let it bother her. She held her composure and served out the match with a victory at love to claim what will surely be the first of many Grand Slam titles.
Her composure was the most impressive part of her victory.
It's hard enough to win a Grand Slam, but to actually do it on your first chance doesn't happen often.
After being broken in her first game thanks to some missed forehands, Kvitova could've fallen apart to the more experienced Sharapova. No one would've been surprised, but she stuck to her game and broke right back.
On the court, her left-handed serve in particular gave Sharapova all sorts of trouble. Kvitova is just the first lefty to win at Wimbledon since Martina Navratilova did it in 1990.
She is also the youngest Wimbledon champion since Sharapova herself defeated Serena Williams in 2004 when she was just 17.
Kvitova shot powerful forehands and backhands down the line the whole match, and she was unfortunate not to win by a more dominant scoreline. Though credit Sharapova for never giving in when she clearly did not bring her best game.
The women's tour is wide open right now, and every Grand Slam is up for grabs.
Kim Clijsters has been battling a foot injury and may or may not be able to defend her title, but it will be a hard-fought tournament with both Sharapova and Serena Williams returning to form at Wimbledon and other stars popping up from every corner.
Kvitova's career has no where to go but up from here, and hopefully she won't have the same injury battles that have slowed down Sharapova.
On championship point, Kvitova served her one and only ace of the match, closing it out in real style. A style that we're sure to see a lot more of in years to come.
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