Last year, she was a spectator. This year, she’s a champion. No.2 seed Petra Kvitova claimed her third title of the season at the J&T Banka Prague Open on Saturday, as she rallied from a set down to defeat No.7 seed Mihaela Buzarnescu, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The two-time Wimbledon champion was still recovering from a hand injury as a result of a winter home invasion at this time last year, but nonetheless made an appearance as an interested spectator for last year’s final between compatriot Kristyna Pliskova and Mona Barthel.
A year later, Kvitova made her debut on the court at the International-level event on home soil this week and lost just one set en route to her first clay court title in three years.
The win is Kvitova’s third title of the season in three different environments, as she was also crowned champion at two hard court events earlier this season – indoors at the St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy and outdoors at the Qatar Total Open.