In 2011, a young Czech dared to follow in the footsteps of her tennis hero, stepping out as a Wimbledon finalist just five years after discovering she was quite good at tennis. Opting to do all the talking with her racquet, Wimbledon was where it all started for a relatively unknown, Petra Kvitová, but there was much more to come...
Ten years on and Kvitova is beloved by tennis, not simply for her dominant displays on court, but the way she has overcome all the odds off it, too. A horrendous incident that almost robbed Petra of her life, and very nearly ended her career, tested her metal in a way that Grand Slam finals never could.
In this episode, we retrace Kvitová’s steps, from a small-town girl practising with her father in school sports halls, to stunning the world by winning two Wimbledon titles in the most extraordinary fashion. We also dig a little deeper, and get to know the woman who has emerged from a ten-year journey that has been anything but smooth. Join us for a story of raw power, remarkable resilience and dogged determination; a story of triumph against all odds.
With special thanks to Petra Kvitová, Jiří Vaněk, Katie Spellman, Courtney Nguyen, Barbora Strycova, Martina Navratilova, Australian Open