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‘Real deal’ Kvitova has talent to dominate
The season-ending WTA championships had many story lines. Could Maria Sharapova recover from her ankle injury to threaten at the year-end championships and become world number one again? Would one of the new major winners lift the trophy? Could Caroline Wozniacki continue her reign as world number one for a second straight year and win the end of season championships for the first time?
This is the first time the end of season championships have been held in Istanbul, Turkey. The crowds have been packed all week so it was an excellent choice of city. The stadium looked great and so did the green tennis court with the purple outer court. The tennis throughout was brilliant.
Unfortunately for Sharapova she had to pull out after her second round robin match against Li Na, thus ending her challenge of becoming world number one. This meant Wozniacki ended up finishing as world number one for the second year running without winning a major and having only won one match at the season-ending championships.
The good news for the event was the brilliant play of the major winners in these championships. Petra Kvitova, Li and Samantha Stosur all played well.
Kvitova is the real deal and has been unstoppable indoors this season. She ended up making the semi-finals by going undefeated in her group. In the semi-finals she played Stosur who beat Li in her last round robin match to qualify for the semi-finals. This was the match of the tournament with Stosur leading a set and a break before Kvitova rallied to win in three sets and make her first ever WTA championships final.
In the other semi-final it was Vera Zvonareva versus Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka dominated Zvonareva to make the finals.
Kvitova was the favourite to win and beat Azarenka in three sets to win her first ever WTA Championship. It has been an incredible year for Kvitova rising from outside the top 30 to finish the season at world number two.
She has all the talent in the world and at 21 years old can dominate women’s tennis. She has already won her first major this year at Wimbledon and we can expect many more. She has a big game, with a massive serve, great groundstrokes, and being a leftie only helps.
Next year she will be the new world number one and hopefully stay there if she can improve her fitness and feel comfortable being number one. We need a number one that consistently wins majors and hopefully it can be Kvitova.