Petra Kvitova, a 21-year-old from the Czech Republic, burst out of the pack of young players trying to establish dominance in the women's game by blasting Maria Sharapova off the Centre Court (6-3, 6-4) to win Wimbledon in sensational style.
Kvitova had dared to suggest that she plays tennis like Juan Martin del Potro — well, now we can see why. Hard and flat. The tall Argentine certainly hits the ball that way, and Kvitova offered ample evidence that she can do the same, as she played the best tennis of her life in her first Grand Slam final.
Recalling her semifinal loss to Serena Williams here last year, Kvitova said, "Against Serena, I didn't think I could beat her. I wasn't ready. Today I knew I could win."