Kvitova Claims Brisbane Glory
Published January 08, 2011 12:00
BRISBANE, Australia - The Australian season has always been good to Petra Kvitova, and this one has been no exception so far. On Saturday night the 20-year-old Czech won her second WTA title, following a string of upsets with a 61 63 victory over fellow unseeded player Andrea Petkovic in the final.
Kvitova and Petkovic were just left out of the seeds and had to really earn their way into the final by beating some of the WTA's top talents, Kvitova ousting No.3 seed Nadia Petrova and No.5 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Petkovic No.8 seed Alexandra Dulgheru and No.4 seed Marion Bartoli.
Both had displayed their impressive power games throughout the week in front of the loyal Brisbane crowds but only one could lift the trophy, and in emphatic style it was Kvitova, who powered past Petkovic in an hour and 11 minutes. The Czech lefty was particularly solid on big points, converting five of her six break point opportunities and saving four of Petkovic's five break chances.
Kvitova's first WTA title came almost exactly two years ago, at the Moorilla Hobart International in 2009. She is now 2-1 in finals, having been runner-up at Linz in 2009 (losing to Yanina Wickmayer). Petkovic is now 1-2 in finals.
"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."
"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."
Pavlyuchenkova and Alisa Kleybanova came away with the doubles title, rallying from 3-5 in the second set to close out the Polish duo of Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska, 63 75. It was just the second time the Russians played together, having been quarterfinalists together in 2006 at Moscow.
"We played solid the whole tournament," said Pavlyuchenkova, who won her second WTA doubles title. "Klaudia and Alicja were more aggressive in the second set and were leading, but then we just kept on fighting."
"We've known each other for so many years. We played doubles together in juniors, so it's natural," said Kleybanova, who won her fourth WTA doubles title. "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!"