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Doha | Kvitova wins battle of Wimbledon champions

Doha | Kvitova wins battle of Wimbledon champions
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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.”

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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