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BIO: Petra Kvitova is a Czech professional tennis player known for her powerful left-handed shots and variety. She reached her career-high ranking of world no. 2 in October 2011, and is currently ranked world no. 7. She has won a number of tournaments including ten career singles titles. Kvitová won the 2011 Wimbledon Championships and the 2011 WTA Tour Championships singles titles, becoming the third player to win the WTA Championships in her first attempt. She also reached the semifinals of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, the 2012 Australian Open, and the 2012 French Open. Kvitova started her career in 2008 by upsetting Anabel Medina Garrigues in France and former world no. 1 Venus Williams in Memphis. She won her first career title at the 2009 Moorilla Hobart International. In 2011, Kvitova won her her second career title at the Brisbane International, defeating Andrea Petkovic in the final. She won her second title of the year by defeating newly crowned world no. 1 and 2011 Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters in Paris. She followed the feat up with a victory at the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open. Kvitová won her first Grand Slam title at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. She then won the 2011 WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul, and concluded 2011 by helping the Czech Republic team win the Fed Cup. She was named WTA Player of the Year and ITF Women's World Champion in 2011. Kvitova continued her long run of wins in singles matches indoors (32 straight matches) with her four victories in Fed Cup against Germany and Italy in 2012. In 2012, Kvitová won the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada by defeating Marion Bartoli.