Saturday, January 5, 2013

Oh, Petra--and the season has only just begun

Petra Kvitova went out in the first round of Sydney today. Just like that. Kvitova was defeated 6-1, 6-1 by Dominika Cibulkova. A lot of top players get kicked around pretty badly by Cibulkova (who is an impressive number 15 in the world), for whom I have a lot of regard. But winning just two games and making 36 unforced errors (and going out early in the first two tournaments of the season) is not something we should see in Kvitova's match stats (if, indeed, we ever get to see them again).

We can all speculate about what's going on with the 2011 Wimbledon champion, but only Kvitova really knows what she needs to do to get her groove back. All her fans can do is cringe--and wait.

Caroline Wozniacki also advanced to the second round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Urszula Radwanska, and Maria Kirilenko defeated Olivia Rogowska.


Unknown said...

I had expected things to get better for her but they are getting worse. I think she is uncomfortable with all the expectations and stuff that is being placed on her.
But you are right, we can only speculate and she herself knows what exactly is going on with her.
Let us hope she gets things right just in time for the Australian Open.

Sunny nine said...

I'll have to see it to believe it. She has the weapons but does she have the nerves. She seems to do well in Fed Cup. Is the team environment something that she relies on?

Diane said...

I do think the team environment motivates her, but I also believe that her problems are more complex than we are able to see. I wish her well; I still believe in her immense potential.