“Showed Me Martina”: Petra Kvitova Reveals Her Father Tried Imbibing Navratilova’s game

Published 04/07/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates winning her quarter final match against Germany’s Laura Siegemund REUTERS/Charles Platiau


It’s time for the clay-court season, and Petra Kvitova has got a beautiful start at the ongoing Volvo Car Open 2021. She crushed Storm Sanders in the first round of the tournament in straight sets to move ahead in the competition. The final scoreline of the match was 7(7)-6(4), 6-2.

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In the post-match interview, Petra Kvitova made an intriguing confession. She admitted that right from her childhood, she has tried to pattern her game around the style of tennis legend Martina Navratilova.

“I mean, when I was younger, I like to play more than to watch tennis and the TV. But of course, then my dad, he teaches tennis by himself through the wall. And you know, he was rather passionate about tennis and he was watching a lot of tennis, reading books, everything. So he always showed me Martina,” said Kvitova.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021, Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her second-round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Kelly Defina

The World No. 11 player revealed how it was her father who introduced her to tennis by showing her videos of Navratilova. She also claimed that it was definitely Martina whose style she has been following in almost every tournament.

“You know, playing in Wimbi, lefty, Serve and volley. So for sure, if I should say one name, it will be Martina for sure,” added the Czech player.

Interestingly, Navratilova was there when Kvitova won the Wimbledon Championships in 2011 and she even took her name in her victory speech.

“A huge legend and great player”- Petra Kvitova on Martina Navratilova

Kvitova stated that just like her, Martina also hails from the Czech Republic. She further highlighted that Martina is a huge legend and a great player as well.

“She’s from Czech as well. I know that she is American, but I’m still taking her as a Czech. And she is a huge legend and great player. And you know, her touch her lefty was something really unbelievable,” concluded Kvitova.

Petra Kvitova will surely like to follow the path of the 18-time Grand Slam winner Navratilova and will love to succeed just like her. Right now, she is playing really well at the Charleston Open 2021 and will look forward to winning it. Will Kvitova be able to lift her third Grand Slam title at the French Open this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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