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Petra Kvitova Advances with a ‘Nice’ Victory: A Fan’s Reaction
All aboard, the Petra Kvitova train pulled out of the station on Tuesday and it doesn't look like it will stop for another 12 days. That is when Kvitova hopes she will not only be crowned the Australian Open champ, but also the No. 1 player in the world.
Kvitova, from the Czech Republic and the winner of six titles in 2011 is closing in on the top spot on the WTA rankings and she moved a step closer as she took care of Russian Vera Dushevina on Rod Laver Court during Tuesday's day session.
The 6-2, 6-0 victory put her in the second round as expected. The Czech started a bit slowly, losing the first two games, but those were the last games Dushevina would win.
It was a "nice" win.
You see, everything about Kvitova is nice. After interviewing her twice in 2011, I'm struck by how humble and quiet she is. For lack of a better word, she's nice. She also has a nice forehand a nice serve and a nice way about her on the court.
When she answers interview questions, she even uses the word "nice" in her reply.
"When I started to play tennis, I didn't think I would be a professional tennis player," the 21-year-old Czech proclaimed Sunday before the tournament even started. "So for me to win Wimbledon, (the year-end) Championships, Fed Cup, it wasn't my dream. But it's very nice.
"If I maybe can be No. 1, it will be very nice, too, of course."
Kvitova will realize that dream if she advances further than she did last year and current world No. 1 doesn't at least make the semi-finals in this event.
Even Kvitova admits she's close, but it won't be easy. I mean, it's really open now, women's tennis," Kvitova said. "Everybody at the top can play really well. I know it's just some points, but still it's a really big step."
A big step it looks like the 21-year old lefty is ready to make. It's sure would be nice for Kvitova and women's tennis.
Rick Limpert covers sports, technology and events in and around Atlanta. He's following the Australian Open for the next two weeks.
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