I can’t believe Petra Kvitova‘s photos have not been featured in my Little Tennis Stars series yet! A long time ago I did show an awesome clip of four-year-old Kvitova firing groundstrokes, but it’s not available on YouTube any more.
I’ve had these beautiful childhood photos of Petra for the longest time and now I’m finally sharing them with you. The photo above was taken in September 1996, so I suppose it’s Petra’s first day of school, as she was six and a half at the time.
Look at this angelic gaze below!
Petra was introduced to tennis at an early age by her father Jiri, while at 16 years old she started playing professionally. Three years after joining the pro tour, Petra won her first WTA title at Hobart 2009 and to this day the Czech’s career has been adorned by 26 champion’s trophies, including two Venus Rosewater Dishes at Wimbledon 2011 and 2014.
During the 2016 off-season, Petra survived a knife attack by a robber in her home, but her playing hand was badly injured and her career was put under a big question mark. However, the resilient Czech returned to the tour less than half a year after the life-threatening situation and it didn’t take long before she won her first post-recovery title at the 2017 Aegon Classic in Birmingham.
In 2018, Petra defended the Birmingham title and won four more, while the 2019 season she kicked off with the Sydney International title, the Australian Open final, her first Grand Slam final outside of Wimbledon, and this past weekend the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final, which she lost to young Swiss Belinda Bencic, whom I’ve also recently featured in my Little Tennis Stars series.
Hard work and warm personality always win in the long run. After all she’s been through, Petra enjoys the No.3 position in the WTA rankings (her career-high is No.2) and there are certainly many more major accomplishments ahead of her.