Sunday, October 30, 2011

Championships Debut

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30:  Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic poses for photogrpahers after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during the final of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships Istanbul at the Sinan Erdem Dome on October 30, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.

There she goes again. Winning another indoor match in 2011. Remaining undefeated on the year under the roof and capturing her first WTA Season Ending Championships Crown on her debut in the year's best eight. Only Serena Williams (2001) and Maria Sharapova (2004) have achieved that.

The most I can say about the final is that it was played primarily on Petra Kvitova's racquet. She raced out to a 5-0 lead, only to squander it by losing the next 5 games. She recovered just in time to take the first set 7-5 and then I can't tell you want happened.

Silly me. I thought ESPN was airing the match live or at least would show the entire thing on delay. Nope. After the first-set, PMac and crew cut to Victoria Azarenka serving for the second set at 5-4, which she managed to do with some line-clipping winners. The first day in forever I sit down to watch a complete tennis match and I don't actually get to watch a complete tennis match.


Petra fought off four break points in the first game of the final set and then broke at love to lead 2-0. The young Czech with the Bette Davis eyes never looked back, taking the final set 6-3. She will rise to a career high ranking of No. 2 in the world on Monday.

The computer's world No. 1 didn't even get out of the round robin.


Who knows what 2012 will bring for a streaky player with a great serve and every shot in the book. By the looks of it, a top ranking is a good bet and I doubt anyone would be surprised if she added an other Slam to her trophy case. As it is, she's the best the WTA has to offer, emerging undefeated in the year's final event, as did Serena two years ago.