|Posted on January 9, 2012 at 3:35 AM|
Petra Kvitova has been in superb form this week coming off her amazing 2011 that saw her win Wimbledon, lead the Czech Republic to the Fed Cup and be named the ITF World Champion and WTA Player of the Year.
Tomas Berdych: Petra Kvitova will overtake Caroline Wozniacki
• by: AAP
• From: Herald Sun
• January 08, 2012 1:00PM
WORLD No.2 Petra Kvitova may be trying her best to sneak under the radar, but Tomas Berdych predicts it's just a matter of time before his fellow Czech overtakes Caroline Wozniacki as the world's best women's tennis player.
Kvitova, who teamed with Berdych to win this summer's Hopman Cup in Perth, is just 115 WTA ranking points behind Wozniacki, and could overtake the glamorous Dane as early as next week.
The 21-year-old continually plays down the prospect of taking Wozniacki's crown, saying grand slams and not ranking points are her priority.
But Berdych, who teamed with Kvitova to defeat France in Saturday's Hopman Cup final, believes the 2011.
Wimbledon Champion has all the right assets to assume the top ranking.
"I think she's going to be soon number one," Berdych said.
"I think her standard is pretty high ... and it's just a small, small step to come up as the number one."
Kvitova said she couldn't afford to get caught up in the rankings.
"It's really close to be number one but still it's really far away," Kvitova said.
"So I have to be focused only on my game and not about the points."
Kvitova carried a slight niggle into the Hopman Cup but still managed to win all four of her singles matches, including a tight three-set win over Wozniacki.
The hard-hitting left-hander, who will compete at the Sydney International, said she was in good shape heading into the Australian Open, and felt she had improved since her Wimbledon success last year.
"I mean after Wimbledon it was really big boom and it really changed my life and I was a different person for the people," Kvitova said.
"Six months - it's a long, long time and I've improved a lot in the game and everything.
"But I still have a lot of space to improve in every part of my game."