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“No One More Deserving”: Maria Sharapova Congratulates Petra Kvitova on Being a Flag-Bearer at Tokyo Olympics 2020

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The grandeur in the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics have got fans excited to support their respective countries from the comfort of their homes. Few tennis players were also given the opportunity of being a flag-bearer at the ceremony. One of the athletes to receive the honor was former world number one Petra Kvitova.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her first round match against Belgium’s Greet Minnen REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
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The Czech Republic player, who won two Wimbledon titles(2011, 2014), reached a career-high ranking of world no.2 in 2011 and remained in the top-10 till 2015.

Petra Kvitova was one of the few tennis stars to become a flag-bearer at Tokyo Olympics
Not only an exceptional tennis player, Petra Kvitova is also one of the most loved athletes on the WTA tour currently. When Kvitova was announced to be one of the flag-bearers at the opening ceremony, fans were elated and felt that the Czech player was truly deserving of the honor.

Words can’t describe this feeling. I have always been so incredibly proud to wear the flag of my country and this moment tops it all. I will remember it forever. My mask can never cover the huge smile on my face. Thank you for sharing this moment with me ❤️🇨🇿 pic.twitter.com/anANBUo4Au

— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) July 23, 2021

Along with fans, even a few of her fellow athletes were incredibly proud of Kvitova. One such peer was former world number one Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova also carried the Russian flag during the inaugural ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics. The Russian took to twitter to express her appreciation towards Petra Kvitova.

“Petraaaaaa!!! No one more deserving of that role”, commented Sharapova.

Along with Kvitova, few other tennis stars were given the opportunity of being flag-bearers for their respective nations. Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, Cepede Royg from Paraguay, and Lu Yen-hsun from Taiwan were the three tennis players who proudly carried flags at the opening ceremony.

Both Sharapova and Kvitova faced each other eleven times on the WTA tour. The Russian got the better off Kvitova on seven occasions. But, the Czech player registered a memorable victory against Sharapova in the 2011 Wimbledon finals to clinch her first-ever grand slam title.

When the Russian announced her retirement from tennis last year, Kvitova posted a heartful message of appreciation and respect for Sharapova.

It was a pleasure to share the court with you @MariaSharapova

We always had great battles when we played and I have so much respect for your hard work and the way you always fight for everything.

You have achieved a lot in your life so far and I know this is just the start 🤗 pic.twitter.com/PLi1Od4Eru

— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) February 26, 2020

All in all, both Petra Kvitova and Naomi Osaka received special honors at this year’s Olympic games in Tokyo. It remains to be seen how well they perform over the next few days.

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Kate Middleton’s anger at Prince William over his lifestyle: ‘Making me look bad’

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KATE MIDDLETON was left furious with Prince William after he was pictured dancing on a podium alongside another woman just days after another encounter in a nightclub.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced Kate will host a charity Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey next week. Taking place on December 8, the event will be televised in the lead up to Christmas. Kate and William’s increasingly integral role within the Royal Family has also shown the strength of their relationship. Earlier this year, the Cambridges celebrated 10 years of marriage. They didn’t reach the milestone without challenging moments, however, as highlighted by a 2007 report.

It claimed that William had been seen dancing on a podium in Bournemouth, attracting the attention of another woman.

This came just days after newspaper reports claimed William was seen sharing an embrace with a woman while on a “boys’ night out” in Boujis, London.

The newspaper quoted a friend of Kate’s who said the Duchess sent a warning to William.

The friend said: “Kate told William that he was making her look bad.

“She has coped for years with girls flinging themselves at her boyfriend and, for a while, she found it humorous and even flattering.

“But after his recent behaviour she gave him an ultimatum and told him that every time he behaved like that in public he was cheapening her image as well as his own.

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“She told him she wasn’t prepared to be treated like a doormat and that his carefree behaviour was affecting her image.

“She gave him quite a pasting. In the past, she had always let go of things like that, but this really bothered her.”

A family friend of Kate’s added: “Kate rose above all the rumours and just laughed them off, but something recently snapped in her.

“She was irritated when she read about his flirting in Bournemouth and she wasn’t best pleased to hear about the blonde he ended up with on the dance floor at Boujis.”

Kate and William endured a tough year in 2007 when they briefly split.

Reports from April 2007 also claim that William broke up with Kate via a phone call that she received while at work.

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Naughty Boy’s unfortunate Meghan Markle error: ‘This is the future’

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NAUGHTY BOY made a bold prediction about Meghan Markle’s place in the Royal Family, which sadly turned out to be far from the truth.

Naughty Boy, the music producer who is best known for hits such as Runnin’ and La La La, is already getting stuck into bushtucker trials as he stars in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! He has also clashed with fellow campmate Kadeena Cox over cooking duties as the show begins in dramatic fashion. Naughty boy, whose real name is Shahid Khan, is used to keeping company with big stars, including members of the Royal Family. In February 2018, Naughty Boy performed for royalty as Prince Charles and Camilla hosted a gala dinner for the British Asian Trust.

He admitted he was “petrified” ahead of a performance for the royal couple at Buckingham Palace.

Naughty Boy said: “I was really petrified initially because there’s so much powerful energy here, but it felt right that I should be doing this.”

The DJ said: “I think this is part of the future. The whole culture is shifting to accepting just everything. For the Royal Family to spearhead that ‒ I think that’s amazing.”

Meghan’s life in the Royal Family was far from idyllic, however, as two years of regular criticism and tensions within the family culminated in the Sussexes leaving royal duties behind in 2020.

Meghan and Prince Harry later spoke about their life in the Royal Family with Oprah Winfrey.

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Will Andy Murray retire from tennis?

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After producing a 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 comeback against Oscar Otte on Wednesday, a match played under the centre court lights with a sense of nostalgia, Andy Murray then bowed out of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Denis Shapovalov on Friday.

That loss once again raised the matter of his retirement. Murray almost retired once, but fought back from undergoing surgeries in 2018 and in 2019, operations that mean he now plays with a metal hip

t had seemed that the Scot was set to retire in 2019, so much so that a farewell video was prepared with messages from tennis legends and the other members of what had been ‘The Big Four’. That came as a shock to the three-time Grand Slam champion as he had never officially stated he’d hang up his racket. But, it did appear that the end was near.

His return at Wimbledon 2021
Murray was able to fight back from his injury nightmare, playing well in doubles and even winning another ATP men’s singles title at the 2019 European Open, his first since March of 2017.

Through a wildcard, he was able to enter Wimbledon in 2021 and spoke ahead of the tournament about how excited he was.

“A few years ago, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to play there ever again,” he told GQ.

“So, even though the last 18 months have been difficult from a tennis perspective, I’ve still been able to play a little bit.

“Unfortunately, I haven’t been at the level that I want as consistently as I wanted to, because of the injuries, but then again before the hip operation I also had come to terms with the fact that I might never play tennis again. So it’s been hard.

“But I’m still excited to be out there and getting the chance to compete in events such as Wimbledon.”

Murray hints at retirement
After bowing out of Wimbledon in the third round, though, Murray was more pessimistic when asked about his future.

“There is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and, you know, ultimately I didn’t play how I would want and expect,” he said after his loss to Shapovalov.

“So, it’s like, is it worth it?”

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