Petra Kvitova rolled over defending champion Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday to win her first title of 2018 at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in Russia.
“This was a special tournament for me,” Kvitova said after the match. “All week, I played unbelievable matches and I really had to fight to make the final.”
The unseeded wildcard during the week upset No. 7 Elena Vesnina, No. 2 Jelena Ostapenko and No. 5 Julia Goerges to gain the final before steamrolling the No. 4-seeded Mladenovic.
In the final Kvitova lost only six points on first serve, landed seven aces and saved all three break points.
“There was a lot of pressure and I don’t think many people expected me to show up in the finals,” Mladenovic said. “I fought very hard every single match to make it back here. Petra had an amazing week.”
With no points to defend until the French Open, Kvitova is on the verge of cracking the Top 20 again. The Czech didn’t take to the tour in 2017 until the French after recovering from a home attack where her hand was slashed with a knife.
Kvitova improved to 21-7 in career finals, last year winning at Birmingham in her only final. Mladenovic, seeking to defend the only singles title she has won, fell to 1-7 in career finals.
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