Petra Kvitova's emergence as an ominous presence on
the women's tour is great for the game, and the Czech player can win a Grand
Slam this season.
As ever, we need to be wary of ushering in a new era
of dominance from a rapidly improving talent, but Kvitova has every attribute
in her locker to distinguish herself within the WTA Tour.
Coached by David Kotyza, she trains at the same club
as Tomas Berdych and Lucie Safarova, and has the power and guile of each
Kvitova has everything in her artillery to challenge
the dominant Kim Clijsters in Grand Slams, and she has the rest of the season
to demonstrate that: it should be an intriguing year.
She is fiercely determined, and can always be relied
upon to throw everything at her opponent on a consistent basis. There are
not many other top players on the women's tour you can say that about.
The Czech star looks to be a mature woman who copes
extremely well with the travails of life on tour, and mentally she is all
Sometimes very promising players struggle to adapt to
being in the upper echelons of the game due to the pressure of being in
contention on a regular basis, but I don't see that being a problem for her.
Players like Jelena Jankovic and Amelie Mauresmo
struggled with the transition from hunting those above her in the rankings to
becoming the hunted one, but the Czech is made of sterner stuff.
Kvitova's favourite shots are her potent two-handed backhand
and hugely reliable serve, and that firepower will always stand her in good
The left-handed player has a unique approach in that
her attacking instincts are unwavering, and she has the ability and consistency
to keep even her top opponent pegged firmly back behind the baseline.
Kvitova rightly received the WTA Newcomer of the Year
award last year, and I expect her to be challenging for all the big trophies
this season with her game now at the next level.
Having been knocked out in just the first round of the
French Open last year, I strongly believe that she can reach at least the
The world number 14 progressed to the last four at
Wimbledon last season, and I see that as being her best opportunity, given her
attributes, to secure her maiden major title.
The only thing remaining for the Czech to prove is if
she can hold her composure and nerve to clinch a big victory under immense
pressure, but I would be shocked if she couldn't raise her level as required.
I can certainly see Kvitova taking a Grand Slam this
season, even as early as this year, and she has every weapon in her locker: the
exciting part is now waiting for it all to unfold.