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21 Years after her idol Martina Navratilova's last Wimbledon triumph, Czech star Petra Kvitova opened her Grand Slam account at the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and won the 2011 Wimbledon Ladies Singles Championship, season's third major being played here at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, England.
Kvitova made a bad start to the match and lost her serve in the very first game, just to break back to clear her intentions. With a service hold then, she took a no-break 2-1 lead. Another break followed in Kvitova's favour in the sixth game after which she wrapped up the first set 6-3.
The second set witnessed see-saw struggle from both players who traded two breaks of serves before Kvitova surging ahead with a crucial one in the seventh game to eventually wrap up the match 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 25 minutes of play.
Kvitova hit a whopping 19 winners to Maria Sharapova's 10 and also capitalised on the 12 unforced errors committed by the Russian. Sharapova, who was touted as the heavy favourite to win the title this year, also gifted Kvitova 6 double faults to make the road to title glory easier for the Czech star.
This is Kvitova's first Grand Slam title, in her very first major final. With the win, she became the first Czech player to win a title since Jana Novotna in 1998 and first lefthanded player since Martina Navratilova in 1990 to claim top honours at SW19.
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