Sydney | Kvitova dashes Barty’s hopes

Home favourite Ashleigh Barty’s campaign at the Sydney International ended in heartbreak for a second consecutive year as he lost the final to Petra Kvitova despite making a very positive start over the two-time Wimbledon champion who only managed one game in the opening set.

It was a big fight until the end. That’s the way a final should be, Petra Kvitova

The Australian steamrolled the Czech fifth seed 6-1 in the first set but Kvitova recovered to fight back and survive the immense pressure Barty was putting on her to collect her second singles title at Sydney 1-6 7-5 7-6(3).

Barty, who lost to Angelique Kerber in straight sets in last year’s final, was naturally very disappointed having defeated some top players during the week, including the world No.1 Simona Halep, No.9 Kiki Bertens and No.12 Elise Mertens.

“I left everything out here and it wasn’t quite enough,” Barty said but her run will have given her, and Australian fans, hope for a god run in Melbourne next week.

Kitova was equally exhausted, also admitting she left everything out there. “I was cramping in the end. It was such a great final, to be honest. It was a big fight until the end. That’s the way a final should be,” she added

It was the 26th title of her career and she apologised to the Aussie tennis fans for spoiling their day. “Not to win at home. I feel sorry that she could not make it today. She put everything out there. She really played a great game. One day you are going to make it for sure. If she plays like this the whole season, there is no chance she will not make the top 10”,said Kvitova in her on-court speech during the presentations.



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