Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic upset Maria Sharapova in the women’s singles’ final of Wimbledon Tennis Tournament today, claiming her first ever grand slam title.
The 21-year-old Czech player made the upset victory over Russian star Sharapova in straight sets, winning 6-3, 6-4, and then dropping to her knees in happy disbelief, as reported by Associated Press on Yahoo Sports. Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, made six double-faults, and is said to have shown her nerves in this final. Prior to this, Sharapova had also double-faulted 16 times in the event’s semi-final against Sabine Lisicki of Germany.
BBC Sports writes that the shot-making ability of Kvitova was too much for her opponent. Kvitova, after the win, was quoted saying that she was glad to see Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna watching her play from the Royal Box as both players supported her and had been giving her some advice. Despite lacing the level of experience enjoyed by Sharapova, Kvitova kept leveling the game with sharp returns.
With today’s victory, Petra Kvitova has become the first Czech tennis player to win Wimbledon single title since Jana Novotna lifted the trophy in 1998. Also, she is the first left-handed women player to win the title since Martina Navratilova last claimed it in 1990. The Sun called her victory “stunning” as it ran the headline of the story “Kvitova is the Pet top girl”.