Nominee 2012 - Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
Petra Kvitova, at 21, beat Maria Sharapova in straight sets to win Wimbledon, her first ever Grand Slam. She became the first Grand Slam winner born in the 1990s. As 8th seed, she beat Alexa Glatch, Anne Keothavong, Roberta Vinci, Yanina Wickmayer, Tsvetana Pironkova and Victoria Azarenka on her way to the final. The other highlight of her year came in October when she won the WTA Championships in Istanbul, defeating Victoria Azarenka in three sets. A baseline player, left-handed Kvitová is known for her powerful serve. During the year she won four other events, in Brisbane, Paris, Madrid and Linz.