With the new season just days away, this week on wtatennis.com we're bringing you 5 Things To Know about the Top 5 players in the world and how they're looking for 2015. Today: Petra Kvitova.
1) She was the second-best player in the world in the second half of 2014.
From going into Wimbledon to the end of the year, Kvitova amassed 4743 points on the Road To Singapore - second only to Serena Williams, who amassed 5404. Only one other player on the tour even crossed the 3000 mark, that player being Caroline Wozniacki, who earned 3549 points.
2) She's got her eye on No.1.
As kind of a continuation of the first point, Kvitova's got very little to defend in the first half of the year - she was actually in 16th place on the Road To Singapore going into Wimbledon. So the World No.1 ranking is definitely in her sights during the first half of the season, and she's got her eye on it.
"Next year I have some clear goals in my mind," Kvitova wrote in her off-season blog, which you can read in its entirety by clicking here. "I want to have better results at the Grand Slams and of course one day I want to be No.1 in the world. I have been close already, but I really hope that day will come.
"Those clear goals are motivating me to work harder than ever before to get ready for 2015."
3) Her fitness might be at a whole new level in 2015.
Right when the 2014 season finished, Kvitova announced she would be hiring Alex Stober as her new fitness trainer and physiotherapist. Stober's got some major credentials, literally - he's worked with the likes of Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Gustavo Kuerten and, most recently, WTA star Li Na.
"My new fitness coach, Alex Stober, has been absolutely great," Kvitova also wrote in her off-season blog. "He arrived with a very specific plan to make me stronger and faster on court. It's also great that he is a physio as well because he knows exactly how a tennis player's body is working. The exercises we are doing are very focused on tennis and on my game specifically so I can play the 'Petra' way."
4) She's picked up even more silverware in the off-season.
Kvitova's 2014 awards didn't stop at the Diamond ACES Award, which was presented to her during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for all of her efforts promoting tennis off the court. She was also awarded the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award in December, recognizing her professionalism, attitude and sense of fair play, and to top it off she was named Sportsperson Of The Year in the Czech Republic for the second year (she also got that honor back in 2011).
5) She's got a busy beginning to 2015...
Kvitova's playing both of the Australian Open lead-up weeks, starting with the International-level Shenzhen Open the first week then the Premier-level Apia International Sydney the second week.