No.3 seed Petra Kvitova became the first player to win a second WTA singles title in 2019, as the Czech made it through a bruising battle with No.8 seed Anett Kontaveit to triumph 6-3, 7-6(2) in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Sunday.
18 prior tournaments had taken place in the season without a repeat singles titlist to be found, but Kvitova finally became the first woman to double her trophies for the year after her hour-and-a-half victory over the 15th-ranked Estonian.
“So, we are three of us now,” Kvitova said to the press with a laugh, referring to Dominic Thiem’s Barcelona title on Sunday leading him to join Roger Federer as the only two-time champions on the men’s tour. “I’m glad of course for breaking this streak.”
Kvitova saved two set points at 5-4 in the second set, before recovering and reaching the tiebreak, where she took control en route to victory. The Czech also won the title in Sydney in January, before reaching the final at the Australian Open, where she fell to current World No.1 Naomi Osaka. With the title, Kvitova extends her lead as No.1 on the Porsche Race to Shenzhen.
“I played Anett a few tiebreaks in the past, and I almost lost all of them, which wasn’t really nice going to the tiebreak,” said Kvitova. “My last service game actually I played amazing. I really had the great serves over there, and I was just continuing in the tiebreak from the beginning. So, I think I was pretty patient and I was just there and trying not to really be that hectic, as probably like I was before.”
“Today it was ups and downs a little bit, as well as how I felt the match a little bit,” Kvitova added. “I just really had to push myself to play more aggressive and not really give her time to do her job — with her forehand crosscourt to my backhand, of course it’s pretty difficult for me to kind of do something from that. So, I really tried to not go too far from the baseline.”
The champion doubled Kontaveit’s winners by 20 to 10 while having only three more unforced errors than the Estonian. Kvitova won a staggering 77 percent of points when she got her first serve into play, and converted three of her six break points during the tilt.
“I’m so glad that I reached the final, already,” said Kvitova. “I’ve been in semifinals before but not in the final. Of course, winning this trophy and a beautiful car is a big bonus. And I’m glad that I actually broke my streak losing in the final as well. So — juchu!”
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