Petra, Tennis Warrior

“I am strong and I will fight this.”

These are warrior’s words.

I am totally inspired by athletes who work hard to become the best they can be.  A person can have talent and physical ability, but it takes a special kind of warrior to rise to the top of your game on a world stage.

Today I am inspired by the story of Petra Kvitova.

Petra defeated American Danielle Collins (an up and coming powerhouse in her own right) in the Wimbledon Semi-Finals in Melbourne, Australia.

This tennis powerhouse from the Czech Republic is a winner on and off the court.  She is a two-time Wimbledon title holder (2011 & 2014), as well as a Bronze medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics.  Petra is currently ranked #6 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association.

On the top of her game and at the top of her world, in December 2016 Petra was robbed at knife-point in her home in the Czech Republic.  During the altercation (in which her assailant held a knife to her throat) she suffered severe tendon and nerve injuries to the fingers of her left hand.  Her dominant hand.  Her money hand.

It is hard to understand what it must have felt like when the realization set in, that in the fight for her life, she may have changed the course of her life.  That she may never work in her profession again, play tennis again, at the world class level.

That, my friends, is a very exclusive, competitive, and demanding crew.

Petra’s story may have been played out on the world’s stage, but hers is a story that is instantly relatable to anyone.  One minute you are minding your own business living life, and the next you get the call – someone you love has died.  You are called into the office and let go from your job, the job you thought you would have until you retired.  An accident lands you flat on your back in the hospital.  Your business goes bankrupt.  Your latest blood test has determined that you are meal away from being diabetic.

What do you do?  What do you say?  What, my friend, are you willing to fight for?

“I am strong and I will fight this.”  Warrior’s words.  These are the words of Petra Kvitova.

This warrior bounced back, and not only recovered,  but she once again rose to the top.

Petra says she spent last summer working on her fitness.  She wanted to become faster and stronger.  In her match with Collins, her dominance in mind, body, and spirit was clearly evident.

She will face a formidable opponent, Naomi Osaka, in the Finals on Saturday.

I am excited to see both of these warriors play, but I will be in Petra’s corner!

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Published by Paula D. Tozer

I am a writer, poet and singer/songwriter. I am a Toastmaster, motivational speaker, personal creativity coach, and workshop leader. My most sincere wish is to share my words with others, and that we both benefit from the exchange.

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