MADRID, Spain - It was going to be hard to top her semifinal stunner over Serena Williams, but she found a way - Petra Kvitova ripped 33 winners in 66 minutes to dominate Svetlana Kuznetsova, the tournament's other surprise package, and win the Mutua Madrid Open for a second time on Saturday.
A day after becoming the first player to beat Williams this year, snapping the World No.1's 27-match winning streak with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-3 victory, the No.4-seeded Kvitova picked up right where she left off against Kuznetsova, trading holds in the first two games of the final but then reeling off nine games in a row to build a 6-1, 4-0 lead, ripping winner after winner in front of a mesmerized crowd.
Kuznetsova - who had taken out a pair of Top 10 players en route to the final, Ekaterina Makarova in the first round and Maria Sharapova in another semifinal stunner - hung tough and held her last two service games, but it just wasn't enough as Kvitova was just too dialed in, wrapping it up, 6-1, 6-2.
The Czech hit 33 winners in 66 minutes, an average of one winner every two minutes, and with just 14 unforced errors, she finished the match with an amazing +19 winners-to-unforced errors differential.
"I knew that I had to play aggressively because Svetlana's a great player on clay, and the last time we played in Paris, I lost to her when we played the normal rallies," Kvitova revealed. "So I knew that I had to make a lot of winners, and I knew I that had to go for the volley if I got the opportunity.
"That's what I was trying to do, and it worked well. I'm glad everything went how I wanted."
Kvitova also continued to prove she lifts her game on the biggest stages. She's now 16-5 in her career in WTA finals, and she now has her fifth title at the Premier Mandatory level or higher, the first four coming at Madrid, Wimbledon and the WTA Finals in 2011, and again at Wimbledon last summer.
"I think I'm probably the kind of person who likes to play these kinds of big matches, to play the finals, the big tournaments, the Grand Slams, playing on the big stadiums," Kvitova said. "Finals are why we're all playing tennis. We want to win the big tournaments and see these beautiful trophies.
"So that's probably why it's more motivation for me when I'm playing finals."
Speaking of WTA Finals, Kvitova will go from No.15 to No.6 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard, the year-long journey to the year-ending BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.