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Can Kvitova become new face of WTA?

Originally Published: June 13, 2011
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- The symmetry was undeniable. A tall, blonde, unknown youngster comes out in the Wimbledon final and blows the former champion away in straight sets. Seven years ago, it was Maria Sharapova in that role, this year, she was the 6-3, 6-4 victim against Petra Kvitova.

But the similarities only go so far. The 17-year-old Sharapova became an instant celebrity and the new darling of the WTA circuit, but it took her a few years to grow into the role of a champion. It was more ...

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