Kvitova Captures Fed Cup Heart Award
Published November 04, 2011 11:12
MOSCOW, Russia - Petra Kvitova has won the last Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award of 2011, in recognition of her performance during Czech Republic's semifinal victory against Belgium in April.
Unbeaten so far in this year's Fed Cup campaign, the 21-year-old lefty been the driving force behind Czech Republic's march to the final of the team competition. The reigning Wimbledon champion is 4-0 in singles play for the season, including wins over Kirsten Flipkens and Yanina Wickmayer in the semis, setting up her side's 3-2 away victory.
Indeed, Kvitova's four Fed Cup wins form part of an astonishing 19-0 match record indoors in 2011, including her title runs at Paris [Indoors] in February, last month at Linz, and last week at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul.
Kvitova was presented with a cheque for $10,000 by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti at the draw ceremony for this weekend's Fed Cup final in Moscow. The money will be donated to her chosen charity, Help The Children.
"For me it's really nice, I'm glad that I won because the people voted for me," said Kvitova, who takes to the court against Maria Kirilenko at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday. "I didn't expect to win. I'm really happy that I can give the money to our charity in the Czech Republic."
Kvitova was shortlisted for the award alongside fellow Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Russians Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova. The players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel, made up of Ricci Bitti and a group of former players and members of the media. A public vote, which ran from 7-28 October, was held on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es to determine the winner.
"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Petra for her outstanding performance in 2011," said Ricci Bitti. "She has played a key role in her team's success this season and now has the opportunity to help Czech Republic to win the Fed Cup title. The level of passion and excitement for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas has grown considerably during the last year, and this is embodied in the commitment of players such as Petra."
A total of six Heart Awards have been presented in 2011. Germany's Andrea Petkovic, Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski, Peru's Bianca Botto, Ayumi Morita of Japan and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus were honoured earlier in the year.