No.10 seed Petra Kvitova became the first ever three-time champion in Mutua Madrid Open history after a marathon battle against clay specialist Kiki Bertens.
A far cry from their one-sided previous encounter in 2015 – which saw Kvitova trounce Bertens in just 36 minutes on grass at Wimbledon – Kvitova needed a grueling two hours and 53 minutes to defeat the Dutch player, 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3.
The victory puts Kvitova at a tour-leading four WTA titles in 2018 – she’s lifted trophies in St. Petersburg, Doha and Prague – and marks her best-ever start to a season in her career. Kvitova claimed her 30th win of the season; the earliest she has ever reached this milestone before was at 2011 Roland Garros.
For Bertens, the defeat will have a silver lining come Monday, though, when she’s guaranteed to rise to a career-high World No.15 on the WTA Rankings.
Kvitova will rise from No.10 to No.8.
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