Tennis: Petra Kvitova Becomes Wimbledon’s First Finalist of 2011

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Petra Kvitova became the first Czech to reach the women’s Wimbledon final since 1998 by beating Victoria Azarenka in three sets on Centre Court. Al Dannity analyzes Kvitova’s rise to prominence and looks ahead to Friday’s men’s semi finals.

Kvitova shows her class At the start of Wimbledon I predicted Petra Kvitova to make the women’s final and for Sabine Lisicki to impress in the early going. While some of my other calls didn’t pan out for Tennis betting fans, Lisicki delivered big time in week 1 while Kvitova reached the final with a stunning win over Victoria Azarenka 6-1 3-6 6-2. The win makes Kvitova the first Czech to make the final since 1998, when Jana Novotna claimed the title by beating Nathalie Tauziat of France.

The march to the final comes one slam later than was initially expected for Kvitova. The Czech, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year, quickly became the favorite at last month’s French Open after most of the top seeds fell in the early rounds. Having won in Madrid, she seemed the likely choice but she too fell before the business end in Paris. Undeterred, she has put together a string of six straight wins on grass to emphasise her comfort on this surface. In a year where no-one has stood out as the clear front runner in the women’s game, Kvitova could stake her claim with victory on Saturday.

Get ready for a slugfest I thought the big fight was meant to be on Saturday night in Germany? David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko can wait, there are four heavyweights taking center stage on Friday. Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are both looking to make the final here for the first time and it’s hard to pick against either player. On the one hand you have the most dominant player of 2011 with just a single loss all year. On the other you have the first man to ever come back from two sets down again Roger Federer in a grand slam and come out on top. Epic stuff and that’s just the warm-up.

Every shot Andy Murray plays against Rafael Nadal will have millions of British hearts willing it on. Without a men’s champion since Fred Perry, Britain looks to this son of Scotland to end the curse. There’s just one problem, he has to beat the defending champion and world #1 to get to the final. Murray has the mental strength to beat the Spaniard. Whether he has the game to do so is another matter entirely.