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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Petra Kvitova claims her first Grand Slam title by beating Maria Sharapova

Petra Kvitova beat the former world number one, Maria Sharapova, in the final of the Wimbledon women’s championship to claim her first Grand Slam title.

After beating Maria Sharapova in the Wimbledon women’s final, Petra Kvitova became the first left-hander to win at the All England club since Martina Navratilova, who won her ninth Wimbledon titles in 1990 (21 years ago). She also became the third left-hander to win women’s title after Anne Jones and Martina Navratilova. She has also become the first Czech to win at Wimbledon since Jana Novotna in 1998.

For Petra Kvitova, it was her first grand slam final appearance. Before that, she never moved to more than quarter-final. However, she looked nervous less and beat her opponent in two straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

The defeat of Maria Sharapova should surprise her fans as she reached to the final of the tournament without dropping a set. She made her entrance in the final as hot favorite. Many of her supporters were sure about her victory and could not even think in their worst dream that she could be beaten by her opponent.

However, the Russian player, whose current world ranking is 6, failed to continue her dominance in the grass court. She served raggedly and made some mistakes that let the Czech to take the control of the game and seal the victory.

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