Petra captures St. Petersburg crown


Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova has won at least one WTA title since 2011 and kept that streak alive at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, dispatching defending champion Kristina Mladenovic, 6-1, 6-2.

“This was a special tournament for me,” the wildcard said after the match. “All week, I played unbelievable matches and I really had to fight to make the final.”

 

The first left-hander to win a singles title in Russia, Kvitova played some of her best tennis since coming back from a traumatic hand injury last spring, striking 16 winners in the first set alone to deny Mladenovic a second straight St. Petersburg title after 65 minutes on court.

In all, the former World No.2 hit seven aces and dropped just six points behind her first serve, saving all three break points faced in front of an enthusiastic Sibur Arena crowd.

Kvitova now owns the fifth highest total singles titles among active players at 21, surpassing Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska, with whom she previously tied.

“We are always trying to get better,” Kvitova said. “Even on a day like today, where I feel like I did everything well – I think my volleys and serve helped in particular – there’s always some small things you can improve. But right now, I’m satisfied inside because I played a good game and that’s how I feel in my heart.”