Kvitova Rolls Petkovic in All-unseeded WTA Brisbane FinalPosted on January 8, 2011
Czech Petra Kvitova won the all-unseeded final of the Brisbane International in Australia on Saturday, easing past German Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-3 for her second career title.
"It's strange, I won my first tournament of the season two years ago and did the same this year," Kvitova said. "I don't know if that means I had good preparation in the off-season or that I like Australia -- I'm not sure. I played very well here. I got better and better each round and by the end I had a lot of confidence."
Kvitova layed waste to two seeds en route to the final, upsetting No. 3 seed Nadia Petrova and No. 5 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Petkovic for her part upset No. 8 seed Alexandra Dulgheru and No. 4 seed Marion Bartoli on her way to the championship match.
"Petra played a fantastic match from beginning to end," Petkovic said. "She was hitting winners all over. I felt heavy on the court -- I felt like I was just 1% less ready than in my other matches, but it made such a big difference tonight. But I'll still take a lot of confidence out of this week -- the way I played and even today, how I stayed positive in the second set. That's important for me."
Kvitova improved to 2-1 in career finals, while Petkovic fell to 1-2.
Russians Alisa Kleybanova and Pavlyuchenkova captured the doubles title, defeating Poland's Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska 6-3, 7-5.
"We've known each other for so many years," Kleybanova said. "We played doubles together in juniors, so it's natural. Anastasia and I have a lot of fun on the court together, even though most of the time when we're laughing it doesn't have anything to do with tennis."