Lukas Rosol saved match points in the final, and Petra Kvitova showed her Wimbledon-winning form in capturing titles days before the kick-off of the US Open.
The 29-year-old Rosol saved two match points to defeat Jerzy Janowicz 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 in the Winston-Salem Open final on Saturday.
“I waited patiently to see if he would give me a chance on his serve, and he did,” Rosol said. “I didn’t start out well, but I finished strong.”
Rosol has reached the quarterfinals or better in his last five tournaments entering the US Open, and will climb to a career-high No. 27 on the ATP Rankings.
Kvitova didn’t drop a set all week, in the Connecticut Open final beating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4, 6-2 for her second title of the year.
“There were a few times where I was pushing her, but then I would miss the last shot,” Kvitova said. “I think I just lost my concentration a little bit at times in the first set. But the most important thing was I broke her for the set, and then kept my concentration.”
Kvitova was 0-2 after her first two events on the US Open Series.
“It wasn’t really great in Montreal, but I still felt pretty good over there,” she said. “It was also my first tournament after Wimbledon. I had a bad loss against Makarova though, and in Cincinnati I struggled a lot, not really finding my confidence. It was a really difficult few weeks for me.”
According to the WTA, the world No. 4 Kvitova, along with the No. 2 Simona Halep, will have a chance to wrestle the world No. 1 ranking away from Serena Williams at the US Open.
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