Kvitova WTA Leader with 5 Titles After Birmingham Win
by Jeremy Davis | June 25th, 2018, 12:16 am
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Simona Halep may be world No. 1, but Petra Kvitova is No. 1 on tour when it comes to titles.


Kvitova won her tour-leading fifth title on Sunday at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, defeating Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to successfully defend her title from last year.

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“I didn’t really expect to win here,” said Kvitova, who improved to 2-0 career against Rybarikova. “I just played match by match, being very happy to be on the grass and the tennis court…I couldn’t imagine to have five titles this time of the year, so I’m pretty happy already.”

The difference in the match was Kvitova’s 34 winners to Rybarikova’s 18.

“I think today was a great final to kind of fight,” Kvitova said. “We played over two hours, so it was a great final to watch I think, I hope.”

In the third set Kvitova ran to a 3-0 lead before closing it out at 6-2.

“The important thing was that I break in the first service game in the second set,” Kvitova said. “I was little bit more relaxed. Same thing happened in third set. Probably those early breaks made me more relaxed then.”

Kvitova improved to 25-7 in career finals and 5-1 this year. The 29-year-old Rybarikova fell to 4-4 in career finals, still looking for a first title since 2013 Washington.


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4 Comments for Kvitova WTA Leader with 5 Titles After Birmingham Win

autoFilter Says:

So happy for you, Petra! Rock on, grrrl.


Colin Says:

Petra is one of the most exciting players of either sex when she’s in full flight, and in a way I think that horrific attack has helped her. When she looks at that ghastly picture of her hand when the surgeons unwrapped it, she must think “If I can survive that I can deal with anything. I could easily have been killed.”

As many players with hand or arm problems have pointed out, you can still work on your speed and general fitness. To me Petra looks leaner and trimmer than before. She used to look a bit flabby round the midriff, but not now.

By the way, Mr Davis, how do you know those bars taste like gravel and chalk? Have you tried those two substances? There must be plenty of folk who do like the bars, otherwise the firm couldn’t afford to put money into the game.


Willow Says:

Colin couldnt agree more, also love Aga whom she plays later today, another exciting player with a very complex game, be interesting to see how she deals with Petras power and big serving, dont care who wins love both ….

Good to see you posting again by the way ….


Willow Says:

Petra is my pick for Wimbledon, would be Serena, but i dont think shes quite ready yet !

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