Petra Kvitova wins Qatar Open title to clinch top-10 return

Frederick Owens
February 21, 2018

That was despite spending nearly twice as long on court in Doha as Muguruza, who received a first-round bye and and benefited from a semi-final walkover after Simona Halep's withdrawal.

In the first set, Kvitova was all over the place as she belted eight winners but also committed double the unforced errors.

The duo saved a break point in the opening game, but did not face another for the remainder of the set.

A second gutsy hold of the set was required in the fifth game before an outstanding backhand to the corner of the baseline gave Kvitova the break and a 4-2 advantage.

She was unable to convert though and gradually Kvitova began to dominate and then broke the Spaniard's serve to edge ahead 4-2.

In the decider, while Kvitova was all charged up, Wozniacki was clearly annoyed to have wasted opportunities.

The impact of the rest Muguruza received was perhaps best exemplified in the third game as she scurried to meet a Kvitova drop shot, which she met with a perfectly placed volley to consolidate her command of the first set, before it was then further strengthened by a careless Kvitova double fault that handed her a second break.

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At 4-4, a contentious line call made an annoyed Wozniacki complain to the chair umpire for a long time as the Dane lost her focus.

The world number four had chances again in the third set, with three break points in the fourth game, but could not capitalise and Kvitova seized control to claim the title. But Kvitova didn't let it get away from her, saving her best tennis for last to close out the battle.

The road to her 22nd career title in Doha wasn't easy for the 27-year-old, which is why Kvitova would treasure the Golden Falcon trophy more. The aggressor in this match-up was relatively clear, with Kvitova blasting 33 winners and six more errors.

Kvitova improved to 22-7 in career finals and will now return to the Top 10 on the WTA rankings for the first time since a home invasion knife attack and hand injury derailed her career. It was also Kvitova's 12th successive win, having won in St. Petersburg a fortnight ago, followed by Fed Cup wins last weekend. "So that means a lot to me", Kvitova said. "I think if I would have got one of those break points, it would be different".

"I'm more interested in that". It is the fourth time they will have met in a semi-final, the Czech winning all three previous encounters. "She has a very good first, second shot, so it's always tricky to find your game or your rhythm", she said.

Dabrowski and Ostapenko were awaiting the winners of the other semi-final between Monique Adamczak and Lyudmyla Kichenok, and No.8 seeds Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who were playing a late match last night.

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