Petra Kvitova won her 13th match in a row to capture the Qatar Total Open title in Doha on Sunday, upsetting No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The No. 16-seeded Kvitova won the St. Petersurg title two weeks ago, and last week went 2-0 in Fed Cup play.
It was Kvitova’s fourth victory over a Top 10 player in Doha after victories against Caroline Wozniacki, Julia Goerges and Elina Svitolina.
Kvitova looked spent from the beginning of the match, going down 0-5 before getting a game on the board. In the second set she fought off all four break points, and broke in the sixth game before closing out the set. In the third Kvitova’s serving made the difference as Muguruza took a medical timeout en route to losing the third.
It was Muguruza’s first loss in a final since 2015.
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’s a very special feeling to be back,” said Kvitova. “I remember sometime last year when I was asked about this, I couldn’t even dream of it.”
Muguruza was looking for a first title since Cincinnati last year and dropped to 5-4 in career finals.
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