Wimbledon, Czech, knife attack: Everything you always wanted to know about Petra Kvitova (but never had time to find out) – updated with pregnancy news

A two-time Wimbledon champion who has fought back from horrific injury to reach the top of the game again – answers to some questions you might have about Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova Eastbourne AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Who is Petra Kvitova ?

Petra Kvitova is a left-handed tennis player from Czech Republic, who has won the women’s singles at Wimbledon twice (2011, 2014) and 31 trophies on the WTA Tour. She also made the news headline for being attacked by an intruder with a knife at her own home at the end of 2017.

Is Kvitova pregnant?

On New Year’s Day 2024, the Czech announced that she and husband, Jiri, are expecting their first child in the coming summer.

How old is Petra Kvitova?

Kvitova was born on March 8, 1990, in Bilovec in what was then Czechoslovakia. That makes her 33 years old, as of January 2024.

How tall is Petra Kvitova?

Petra Kvitova is 6ft tall (1.83m).

Who are Petra Kvitova’s family?

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.

Is Kvitova a good sport?

The Czech is well known and liked for her fair play. She has won the WTA Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award (voted for by fellow players on the tour) eight times, tying with Kim Clijsters for the most number of wins in this category.

Is Kvitova married?

Kvitova and her partner, Jiri Vanek, who is also her coach, got married in July 2023. Kvitova began dating Vanek in 2021 and they got engaged in July of 2022. Vanek, who is also Czech, played on the ATP Tour and reached a career-high ranking of No 74 in the world in 2000.

Who are her tennis heroes?

As a child, Kvitova admired Martina Navratilova – another great left-handed player who was also born in Czechoslovakia.

Martina Navratilova, 18 Grand Slam titles

When did Kvitova begin her tennis career?

The Czech 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.

How many Grand Slams has Kvitova won?

Kvitova is a two-time champion at Wimbledon. 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 also reached the final of the Australian Open in 2019, losing to Naomi Osaka, and has made the semi-finals at Roland-Garros twice in her career – 2012 and 2020.

Why did Kvitova 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 her has since been jailed for 11 years.

What is Kvitova’s work ethic?

During the 2023 Miami Open, Kvitova described herself as a player missing consistency and more able to give the best of her in competition rather than in matches.

“I never been quite consistent player, I have to say, I think”, she said. “I had more like up-and-downs all the time. Maybe with the age I’m more experienced.”

“I don’t like practices, right? So that’s probably the biggest challenge for my coach, that he can’t really train what he wants. On the other hand, I love to play matches, so maybe he’s happy with this. But I think it’s tough for coaches that they can’t really put the work with me on the court. That’s a little difficult to find out when I have like a mood to go for it or need to a little bit relax.

“Yeah, if I’m injured, it’s different story, for sure, but I think that over seven years which we are practicing together, he knows me pretty well when I need some time off and when I have to push. So I think that even I have some days off, so I can still play some good tennis the day after. So I think he get used to already everything.”

What is Kvitova’s playing style?

Unsurprisingly given her height, Kvitova is a power player with a big serve and forehand. As a lefty, her out-wide serve to the ad side is especially effective. She plays first-strike tennis and likes to keep points short — either with free points thanks to her serve or an early forehand winner.

Kvitova’s game works best on grass and fast hard courts. Clay is her least favorite surface.

What did Kvitova do at the 2023 Miami Open?

Kvitova won the 2023 Miami Open for her first-ever title at the tournament and her 30th WTA title overall. She had never previously reached the Miami final, but defeated Indian Wells champion Elena Rybakina and prevented the Kazakh from capturing the Sunshine Double.

How many titles has Petra Kvitova won?

The Czech left-hander has won 31 WTA singles titles as of January 2024. Kvitova won the 500-level Berlin Open in June 2023 for her 31st WTA singles title in the run-up to Wimbledon, beating Donna Vekic in the final.

What is her career-high ranking?

Her career-best ranking is world No 2, which she achieved for the first time on October 31, 2011. You can find her current ranking and her ranking history on her WTA Tour profile page.

How much prize money has she won?

The Czech has accumulated total prize money of $37,252,032 over the course of her career, as of January 2024. You can find her updated prize money stats on her WTA Tour profile page.

Is Kvitova on social media?

The Czech is on Twitter and has more than 678,500 followers. She is also on Facebook, with 780,000 likes there, and on Instagram, with 689,000 followers.

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