Kvitova Bests Barty In Sydney Thriller
by Staff | January 12th, 2019, 11:24 pm
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Petra Kvitova is in fine form heading into the season’s first Grand Slam. The Czech lefty collected her second Sydney title beating Australian hope Ash Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(3).

Kvitova, who has never lost to Barty, had to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the decider.

“I left everything out there, I was cramping in the end,” Kvitova told the media, during her post-match press conference. “It was such a great final, to be honest, I think. It was a big fight until the end. That’s the way [a] final should be.”

Kvitova served for the match at 6-5, but fatigue got the best of her. She was eventually able to close it out in a breaker.

“I didn’t feel the best,” Kvitova said of that moment. “I was exhausted. I had cramps, as well. I didn’t feel well from my stomach, as well. It was a long match, and I really need lots of energy, so every time I was on the bench I was still eating something. It was a lot of sugar.”

Barty finished runner-up in Sydney for a second straight year.

“I feel sorry for her that she couldn’t make it today, unfortunately, but she really put everything out there today, and she really played a great game,” Kvitova continued. “For sure, if she’s gonna play like this whole season, then there is no chance she will not make [the Top 10].”

Kvitova now had won six titles since the start of 2018. And her ranking will move from No. 8 to 6 as she heads to Melbourne.

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