Petra Kvitova won the J&T Banka Prague Open on Saturday, beating Mihaela Buzarnescu 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 for her third title of the year.
The No. 2 seed and two-time Wimbledon champion, who was at this time last year was on the sidelines with a wrist injury suffered in a home invasion, was making her debut at the event.
Buzarnescu celebrated her 30th birthday with her semifinal victory, and also reached the doubles final.
Kvitova jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first set before dropping five straight games and hitting five doubles faults and 24 unforced errors to find herself a set down. She broke Buzarnescu in the fourth game of the third set and held her serve for a 4-1 lead, and eventually converted her first match point to close it out 6-3.
Buzarnescu fell to 0-2 in finals during this her breakout season. The Romanian began the year by reaching the final in Hobart.
For the 28-year-old Kvitova it was a 23rd career title. Earlier this year she won at the Qatar Open and the St Petersburg Open.
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