LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds up the Championship trophy after winning her Ladies' final round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia on Day Twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2011 in London, England. Kvitova won 6-3 6-4. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Wimbledon 2011 Finals: Petra Kvitova Upsets Maria Sharapova

World No. 8 Petra Kvitova has knocked off former Wimbledon champ and World No. 5 Maria Sharapova to take the 2011 ladies' singles title at the All England Club.

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Wimbledon 2011 Ladies' Finals: Petra Kvitova Knocks Off Maria Sharapova In Straight Sets

Match updates from Day 12 at Wimbledon 2011, where World No. 8 Petra Kvitova has upset No. 5 Maria Sharapova to hoist the Venus Rosewater Dish.

No. 8 Petra Kvitova def. No. 5 Maria Sharapova, 6-3 6-4. Sharapova notches her fifth double fault in the very first game, which enables Kvitova to take the first game on the very next point. Kvitova puts away the second game with relative ease, but Sharapova takes the third just as handily, to move to 1-2, and breaks Kvitova in the fourth game to level the set. The fifth game is where it gets interesting, a hotly-contested back-and-forth seesaw that finally goes Kvitova's way. The momentum will not last: She gets her serve broken in the sixth game, and Sharapova levels the set again.

As readily as Sharapova can take a service game from another, she can't seem to keep it for herself. Kvitova takes game seven, and game eight, and with a 5-3 lead ... drops a rare Sharapova service game. At 5-4, the 21-year-old World No. 8 is serving for a Wimbledon title.

There is nothing much dramatic in what happens next. The overcorrections that have doomed Sharapova all morning (two more double faults in this set) take over, and after two netted points on the part of her opponent, Petra Kvitova fires off an ace to take the Wimbledon 2011 ladies' singles title.

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Wimbledon 2011 Ladies' Finals: Maria Sharapova Drops First Set To Petra Kvitova

Match updates from Day 12 at Wimbledon 2011, where the ladies' singles final is being aired live, which in and of itself qualifies as news. Now playing: World No. 5 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 8 Petra Kvitova, for the right to hoist the Venus Rosewater Dish.

No. 8 Petra Kvitova leads No. 5 Maria Sharapova, 6-3. It's actually sunny at the All England Club today, which just seems cheeky after the consistent plague of rain delays that've dogged the fortnight. Sharapova elects to receive, a sage choice given her recent history of double-faulting her way out of easy set wins; she in fact will go on to commit four during this first set alone. 

Sharapova takes the first game, but helpfully breaks her own serve in the second; Kvitova controls the third game in her own right to take a two-one lead. Two more games are traded before Kvitova blasts to a five-two lead, and surrenders one more game to the former grass champ before sealing the first set, 6-3. It's the first set Sharapova has dropped at Wimbledon this year. 

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more match updates from the Championships. 

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