“SPEECHLESS”: Petra Kvitova Handed a Pleasing Present Right Before Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening

Published 07/22/2021, 12:40 PM EDT
Tennis – WTA Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 5, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her quarter final match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Sergio Perez


The biggest event in all of sport, the Tokyo Olympics, is all set to enthrall fans from tomorrow. An important tradition at the Olympics are the athletes who will be given the honor to carry their country’s flag. Former world number one Petra Kvitova received the privilege of being one of the flag-bearers for Czech Republic at the opening ceremony tomorrow.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her first round match against Belgium’s Greet Minnen REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

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Petra Kvitova will be the flag-bearer for Czech Republic at Tokyo Olympics

Kvitova, who has been having a rough phase on the WTA tour this year, is looking forward for a successful Olympic campaign to bounce back to form.

The Czech player participated in 2016 Rio Olympics, which marked her debut at the event. She made her debut count by winning the bronze medal after defeating American Sloane Stephens in three sets.

Kvitova took to twitter to express her gratitude over the decision to carry the flag tomorrow. Along with her, Czech Republic’s NBA star Tomas Storansky will be sharing the honor.

Honestly am still speechless after being told about this. I will carry that flag with so much pride tomorrow”, tweeted Kvitova.

Considering her latest form, it will be a tough path to glory for the Czech player at Tokyo. With her huge serve and forehand combination, she’s still a fierce opponent to face.

Also, Kvitova’s record on hard-courts is also a positive sign for some success to the two-time grand slam champion. After winning the Qatar Open earlier this year, the Czech player made quarter-final runs in a couple of clay-court events(Madrid and Rome).

A brief stint at the French Open caused due to an unexpected foot injury shifted Kvitova’s focus on the grass season, where she reached the semis at Bad Homburg Open in Germany. She was ousted by Angelique Kerber in the final four.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her first round match against Belgium’s Greet Minnen REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

At Wimbledon Championships, where Kvitova was a tw0-time champion, she faced a tough opening-round challenge in the form of Sloane Stephens. Despite playing her natural game, Kvitova’s unforced errors proved costly as she lost the match in three sets.

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Coming to Tokyo Olympics, the former world number one will face Italian Jasmine Paolini in her first-round matchup, which is scheduled on July 25th at Ariake Tennis Center.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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