Petra Kvitova outplays Kristina Mladenovic to lift title in St Petersburg

Petra Kvitova outplays Kristina Mladenovic to lift title in St Petersburg

Double Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova captured the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Sunday for her first title of the yr, beating defending champion Kristina Mladenovic 6-1 6-2 in the ultimate.

Kvitova, who entered the event as a wild card, was dominant in the opening exchanges and hit 16 winners in taking the primary set.

The 27-year-old broke her French opponent’s serve twice extra in the second set to seal the match in simply over an hour.

“This was a special tournament for me,” Kvitova mentioned in her on-court interview. “All week, I played unbelievable matches and I really had to fight to make the final. It is not easy at the beginning of the year. I had to focus hard for the win.”

The Czech left-hander gave few alternatives on her serve to Mladenovic, firing 9 aces and saving all three break factors confronted in entrance of a buoyant Sibur Arena crowd.

“Coming into this week, there was a lot of pressure and I don’t think many people expected me to show up in the finals,” the 24-year-old Mladenovic mentioned in her runner-up speech.

“I fought very hard every single match to make it back here but Petra had an amazing week.”

The victory meant Kvitova maintained her streak of successful not less than one WTA title since 2011 and now strikes again up to world quantity 21, whereas German semi-finalist Julia Goerges will make her top-10 debut in Monday’s rankings.

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