Petra Kvitova faced the toughest match of her career at 11 am (Australian time) on Wednesday 26th January when she faced Women’s World Number 2 seed Vera Zvonareva in the Semi-Final of the 2011 Australian Open. To get there she had to defeat Flavia Pennetta in the 4th round.
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This meeting caused a television station to change its camera angles to preserve her modesty. Throughout the tournament, she has been wearing tennis dresses with a plunging neckline.
Broadcaster Channel Seven was so worried about showing too much cleavage the camera shot from a higher angle.
Kvitova was born on March 8th, 1990 in Bílovec, Czechoslovakia and she started playing tennis professionally at a tournament in Prostejov in 2006 and qualified for the main draw, but she was knocked out in the first round.
She went on to win 2 ITF tournaments in Hungary and the Czech Republic and the following year she won 4 more ITF events. She also played her first WTA tour qualifying draw in 2007, the ECM Prague Open. Her first Grand Slam qualifying draw at the 2007 US Open saw her lose in the second round.
Since then she has not lost in the first round of any Grand Slam event, reaching the 4th rounds of the French Open in 2008 and the US Open in 2009 and the semi-final of the 2010 Wimbledon beating Sorana Cirstea, Zheng Jie, and 14th seed Victoria Azarenka on the way. In the 4th round, she crushed Caroline Wozniacki 6-2/6-0 to reach the quarter-final where she beat Kaia Kanepi after pulling back from 0-4 down in the 3rd set. In the semi-final, she came up against defending champion Serena Williams and was beaten in straight sets.
She began 2011 by winning her 2nd career title at the Brisbane International beating Andrea Petkovic in the final for which she received her highest career ranking of 28.
Petra Kvitova was guaranteed a Top 20 ranking after her successful run in the 2011 Australian Open.