Monday, October 31, 2011

Petra Kvitova: The next number 1?

And that, my friends, is that.

Well, aside from this invitational tournament in Bali I kinda don't get, the WTA season is essentially over with Petra Kvitova beating Victoria Azarenka in the year-end championships.

Kvitova, this year's Wimbledon champ, is the first player to win the YEC on her debut since Maria Sharapova back in '04. That's not really bad company to be in. Another similarity: Sharapova won Wimbledon that year, too. Can Kvitova pull off another Maria-like feat and get to number one, though?

I wouldn't bet against her. The main thing she's going to have to do is play consistently on a week-to-week basis, much like Caroline Wozniacki has been doing for the past couple of years. That's what gets you to the top, and keeps you there, too--even if you don't win Slams. (Sorry Caroline, it had to be said!)

But as she's shown through most of the year, Kvitova definitely has the game. It'll be interesting how she handles being so close to the peak in the months ahead.

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