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How good can Kvitova become?

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Petra Kvitova's star continues to rise and, having added the WTA Championships crown to her Wimbledon success, the weight of expectation on the 21-year-old's shoulders is becoming enormous.

Few would be remotely surprised if the bashful Czech toppled the current incumbent of the world number one spot, Caroline Wozniacki, before the Australian Open begins in January.

With the Dane seemingly allergic to Grand Slam tennis, Kvitova will be expected to undermine Wozniacki's status further in 2012 as she looks to add to her Wimbledon crown.

Kvitova scooped the $1.75 million jackpot in the Sinan Erdem Dome to end a stunning year at number two in the rankings after starting it at 34th.

Asked if she should be regarded as the player of the year in the women's game, the ever sheepish Kvitova acknowledged, "After this tournament, okay, I can say it."

Kvitova beat five of the world's top eight players in Istanbul, and appears to show no fear whatsoever on the big stage - something which cannot be said for many of her rivals on the WTA Tour.

While the game may have changed drastically since the days when another Czech-born left-hander, Martina Navratilova, used to dominate the major silverware, there are many similarities between the way they play the game.

Like 18-times Grand Slam champion Navratilova used to, Kvitova prefers to dictate matches, attacking incessantly and going for winners. She is also comfortable and the net and when the chips are down, has proved she has the mental toughness to triumph.

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With the Australian Open on the horizon, Kvitova could find herself tipped as favourite for the first Grand Slam of 2012, by which time she could also have the top ranking.

Kvitova silenced a wailing Victoria Azarenka to cap her incredible year after having begun it at number 34 in the world rankings, and her free-swinging style has endeared her to the public.

The Czech currently has a slender 115-point deficit to Wozniacki, but judging by the way many of her WTA Tour rivals talk about her, there is little doubt who most would prefer to face in a Grand Slam.

Kvitova remains incredibly modest about all of her achievements, but the hype continue unabated after the year she has enjoyed.

Some pundits believe that Kvitova is too gung-ho and aggressive in her style of play to be consistent enough in Grand Slams, but Tramlines does not agree.

At a time in which the WTA Tour is lacking in ruthless 'winners' and players with the mental strength and stability to close out big tournament victories, Kvitova could well begin to clean up.

While it has been argued that Kvitova lacks fluidity on her groundstrokes when under pressure, on the contrary, Tramlines believes that the Czech has one of the most robust, consistent games on the circuit.

It would represent pure speculation to make definitive claims as to how much success Kvitova will achieve in her career, but one thing is for sure: we are not talking about a one-Slam wonder.

Kvitova is the most promising and exciting player on the WTA Tour right now and, at the age of just 21, she can go from strength to strength.

Perhaps the victors at Wimbledon (pictured below, enjoy the frivolities of the famous Winners' Ball) will prove to be the dominant figures in world tennis for years to come.

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How many Grand Slams do you think Kvitova will win? Do you believe the Czech will one day be considered one of the tennis greats? Post your views below...

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