Petra Kvitova was born March 8, 1990 to father Jiri who introduced her to the sport at a very young age. She has two brothers who also play tennis. This 28-year old Czech player can speak Czech, English and Russian and admires Swiss Roger Federer and Russian Maria Sharapova. She, however, considers Martina Navratilova her biggest idol being left-handed like she is.
She turned professional in 2006 and played her first match of her career in Szeged, Hungary defeating Dorottya Magas. She finished the year with another ITF singles title win at the Czech Republic beating Radana Holusuva at the finals. She started 2007 with another ITF match in January 21, 2007 clinching the ITF title in Stuttgart, Germany beating Anne Schaffer.
In February, she overwhelmed Magdeline Ryanrik in the final round, 7-5, 7-6 in Prague claiming another ITF singles title. By the end of the year, she repeated the feat in hard court against the same opponent in Prerov, 7-5, 6-3. She entered and won another ITF main draw match in the Czech Republic in December 16, 2007 beating Ivana Lisjack, 6-4, 6-0.
Her first main draw WTA Tour event in Stockholm only got her to the first round losing to Domachoska. She also entered a major ITF event in Prague but fell in the qualifying round. Her attempt at her first Grand Slam event, the US Open also ended the same way. Kvitova was chosen as member of the Czech Fed Cup Team in 2007 as well as 2008.
She opened the 2008 season with a bid at the Australian Open but failed to qualify. Her second round win at Memphis gave her an impressive win over World No. 8 Venus Williams. She won her first $75,000 ITF match in May at Monzon, Spain and broke through the Top 100 rising from No. 123 to No. 98. Her best finish this year is the quarterfinals at Budapest.
After attaining her first Grand Slam and a successful year in 2011, Kvitova saw continued success in 2012. This success included victories at the Hopman Cup and Fed cup in doubles. The following year was a bit of a struggle for Kvitova, but she was able to recover late in the season.
Despite her success, Kvitova also struggled with issues other than performance when she had to cope with mononucleosis. Although she briefly dropped out of the Top 20 in 2017, 2018 has seen her make a comeback into the Top 10.
While Kvitova fell in the opening round of the 2018 Australian Open, she went on to win the St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy. She also became the first left-handed player to have a single titles victory in Russia. Her winning spree continued into the 2018 Qatar Total Open but she eventually lost to Amanda Anisimova in the 2018 BPN Paribas Open and to Jelena Ostapenko in the 2018 Miami Open.