Wimbledon, Navratilova, knife attack horror: 10 questions about Petra Kvitova
A two-time Wimbledon champion who has fought back from horrific injury to reach the top of the game again – ten questions you might have about Petra Kvitova
1. How old is Petra Kvitova?
Petra Kvitova was born on March 8, 1990, in Bilovec in what was then Czechoslovakia.
Wanted to say a big thank you for all your messages over the past few days and especially today!
I’m feeling very happy and loved as I celebrate my birthday 😍🎉 pic.twitter.com/JK5o9IdFHB
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) March 8, 2021
2. How tall is Petra Kvitova?
Petra Kvitova is six feet tall (1.82m).
3. Who are her family?
Petra Kvitova’s parents are Jiri and Pavla. She has two brothers, both older than her, Jiri and Libor.
Kvitova’s current coach is Jiri Vanek.
4. Who are her tennis heroes?
As a child, Petra Kvitova admired Martina Navratilova – another great leftie.
5. When did Petra Kvitova begin her tennis career?
Petra Kvitova played her first ITF events in 2006, and won two singles titles. She played in her first WTA main draw in 2007, losing in the Stockholm first round to Marta Domachowska of Poland.
6. What Grand Slams has she won?
Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion. She first won the title in 2011 by beating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4, and repeated the feat in 2014 when she beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0. She reached the final of the Australian Open in 2019, losing to Naomi Osaka, and has also made two Roland-Garros semi-finals, in 2012 and 2020.
7. Why did she miss the first half of the 2017 season?
Petra Kvitova was attacked by an intruder with a knife at her own home, and suffered severe injuries to her left hand. She underwent remedial surgery and returned to action in May 2017. The man who stabbed Kvitova has since been jailed for 11 years.
8. What is her career high ranking?
Petra Kvitova’s career-best ranking is world No 2, which she achieved for the first time on October 31, 2011.
9. How much prize money has Petra Kvitova won?
Petra Kvitova has accumulated total prize money of $32,762,802 over the course of her career.