Sporting Life

Kvitova's forehand misfires but her smile never leaves

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A 1.82m, loose-limbed, long-levered, sportsmanship award-winning, joyous Czech is very kindly humiliating me on request. It's last Thursday evening on Centre Court at the Indoor Stadium and twice Wimbledon champion and languid leftie Petra Kvitova politely asks:

"Is there anything special you want to see?"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2018, with the headline Kvitova's forehand misfires but her smile never leaves. Subscribe