Petra Kvitova (*90 / CZE) secured her place in the history of tennis mainly with her 2 Wimbledon trophies (2011 & 2014) as well as with her 5 Fed Cup titles (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Her best year so far was 2011, when she won also the WTA Tour Finals and reached as WTA #2 her career high. As Petra was just recently able to come back after her dubious hand injury from the end of 2016, the list of her achievements might grow even further in the future years.
Petra’s favorite strokes are the service and the backhand, which is a great combination for her as a left-handed player. Her forehand is a bit mistake prone, as I did write about it in one of the previous articles here. Below, I am showing some important details from Petra’s dominant service through the years, from her so far most successful 2011 season and then some rather recent ones. And there are some developments to be spotted…, mainly around the eye control of the tossed ball/impact zone and around the body energy transfer – the eye control got significantly better over the years and the energy transfer into the court seems to be a bit reduced lately. The reason behind might be also in the changed focus at the “up and down action” instead of forward energy transfer. In my personal opinion, the premature eye/head motion occurring in 2011 might have been the main reason, why Petra hit few double faults too many, which might have caused her to miss the WTA #1 back then. Further it also appears that Petra might have been doing a bit more of the pronation (bigger arm & racket turn) back in 2011. But needless to say, any comparisons of this kind are taken a bit out of the context of the match/practice. Only observations of quite high amounts of the strokes played under similar circumstances can really confirm a certain trend. The form/angle of the pronation then varies also with the spin variety being used.
This article covers certain aspects of Petra Kvitova’s service only!! More significant details and further photo material are available upon request at drmgb11(at)gmail.com
Photos (August 2011 & August 2016) & text (July 2017) copyright by Dr. Martin G. Baroch. Any further publication of photos and/or text with the written permission of the author/copyright owner only!