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Friday, January 19, 2018

Petra Kvitova asked terrible question at Wimbledon press conference

Petra KvitovaPetra Kvitova had a day off in between winning her semifinals match at Wimbledon and playing in the finals, so you know what that means: she had to deal with questions from the media.

Dealing with the extra press, pressure and attention is part of what makes reaching a finals such a big deal and difficult prospect. Luckily for Kvitova, she’s been there before, so she knows how to handle the tough questions. And even the ridiculous ones.

During her news conference on Friday, Kvitova had to deal with this type of nonsense from reporters.

Here’s the exchange via TSN reporter Mark Masters:

Q. Are you going to go into this match with the attitude of win or lose it’s an experience for me, or you have to win?

Kvitova: I want to win, yes. That’s easy.

Q. If you lose, what will happen? Will you take it as an experience? Will you kill yourself?

Kvitova: “No, I will not kill myself, definitely.

I’m just going to go ahead and hope that something was lost in translation there, because that reads like a terrible exchange. And there has to be a better way of wording that first question. I get what the reporter was getting at — they wanted to know if she had the “just happy to be here” mentality, but they didn’t ask it properly. And then asking “will you kill yourself?” Ugh. The worst, even if they meant beat yourself up over it.

I feel badly for the players that they have to put up with this crap.

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