The Russian revolution that swept women’s tennis during the past decade may be winding down, but the tour players of Eastern European extraction are gathering momentum. Consider Kvitova, a 21-year-old from the Czech Republic whose ranking seems to improve with each passing month. A rare left-hander in the women’s game, Kvitova is equally precocious and ferocious, belting balls with concussive force and closing out matches with a maturity that belies her age. Kvitova has already infiltrated the top 10 and—with a straight-sets upset of Maria Sharapova to take this year’s Wimbledon crown—proven she’s more than ready for the big time.
Styled by Patrick Mackie