Petra Kvitova Wins Her First Title Since Being Attacked

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 26, 2017

Heather Watson began her Eastbourne campaign with a 6-3 4-6 6-4 win against Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko in the Aegon International first round.

While her serving was inconsistent - 13 aces and seven double faults against Barty - Kvitova's ground strokes looked as penetrating and as hard-to-read as ever.

The Queenslander charged past French Open victor Garbine Muguruza 3-6 6-4 6-3 to advance to the Birmingham Classic final, claiming her first top-20 triumph in the process. "I am not feeling any pain".

Victorious over Czech Barbora Strycova in the second round, Barty will contest her maiden Premier Level tournament final. She underwent almost four hours of surgery on her left hand and forearm, and her left hand is still not fully recovered. I am getting better mentally every week'. Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011 and again in 2014 and will now head into the tournament as one of the favourites given her impressive victory from a strong field in Birmingham.

Her win had a hint of inevitability from the start, for she had prevailed in all nine previous encounters against Safarova, a former world No. 5.

"We didn't know if I would play again let alone win a trophy so this is an extra special moment". I love playing finals, I like big matches, and I've missed it over the last six months.

"That's why I was really fighting to play tennis again, and that's why I was still able to have great motivation to win a title, for example, here in Birmingham". "So this is quite a dream".

Barty, who won her first WTA singles title in Malaysia earlier this year, was in no mood to surrender however, breaking back for 2-2, only for Kvitova to respond in kind and then run away with the match. Given a glimmer of a chance to counterattack with rolling forehands, Barty always took it, and more often than not hit her targets.

"It was very close, but I played better than I did before". Her match against Muguruza turned when Barty broke at 2-2 in the second set after the Spaniard had looked comfortable. Saturday June 24, 2017.

The seventh-seeded Czech advanced when fellow countrywoman Lucie Safarova was forced to retire with a lingering right leg injury in the semifinals with Kvitova leading 6-1, 1-0 after just 32 minutes of play.

Barty, who three years ago took time out from the sport to play in Australia's domestic women's cricket competition, had pulled off an upset in the semi, beating Spain's Garbine Muguruza, the 2015 Wimbledon runner-up.

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova reacts during her tennis match against US Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

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