Doha | Kvitova wins battle of Wimbledon champions
Petra Kvitova has had a great start to the season as she scores her 13th consecutive win in a run which included collecting the St Petersburg title a fortnight ago back and now adding the Doha crown for her 22nd title overall.
The Czech, a two-time Wimbledon champion, beat the current reigning SW19 title holder, 3-6 6-3 6-4 having also defeated the current word number one Caroline Wozniacki in a gruelling semi-final, 3-6 7-6(3) 7-5.
I remember sometime last year when I was asked about this, I couldn’t even dream of it Petra Kvitova
As the score implies it wasn’t one-way traffic and she had to recover from losing the opening set to secure her victory after two-hour 16-minutes.
She in fact trailed 0-5 in the opening set before starting to make a recovery albeit without saving the opening set.
But she kept up the pressure in the second and was rewarded in the sixth game with a break to go on and level. In the decider she made her break-through in the fifth game and held to claim the match and title.
“I have no idea. I just tried… It was a really tough match, a big fight and hopefully the people enjoyed it,” she said when asked how she managed to turn things around after her poor start.
Kvitova, who only made her comeback nearly a year ago following the horrendous knife attack which damaged her racket hand and led to surgery, will move up 11 places in the world rankings as a result of the win, putting her back in the top 10.
“It’s a very special feeling to be back,” she said. “I remember sometime last year when I was asked about this, I couldn’t even dream of it.”