Petkovic came out like a house on fire at the start of the match, reeling off the first four games in a row and holding a point for a 5-0 lead. Rybarikova came alive from there, winning the next eight games to build a 64 20 lead, and a few games later finding herself within a game of the title up 64 53. Petkovic found her range again and pushed the second set to a tie-break but the No.7-seeded Rybarikova was just too sharp in that breaker, cruising to a 64 76(2) victory and the Citi Open championship.
"I played great today - I couldn't be happier," Rybarikova said. "Today there were some really good parts of the match for me. Andrea was playing too well at the beginning so I'm happy I managed to win the first set - and then again at the end she started playing very well again, and I was getting a little tight and my arm was kind of shaking, so I'm really happy I could play a great tie-break there."
Rybarikova played here for the first time last year and won the title without even dropping a set, but this year she came into the tournament much more cautiously - and rightfully so, given her draw.
"This year when I saw the draw I thought, 'Yeah, this is going to be very tough,'" Rybarikova said. "I would have been happy to make the quarterfinals and play Kerber. But every match I was playing better and better, then I beat Kerber, which was a huge win for me. That gave me a lot of confidence.
"Now that it's over, I can really say I feel so good here. I love playing on this stadium, the crowd is great, everything's perfect - I really can't think of one bad thing to say about this tournament!"
And what about her opponent in the final? "She was Top 10 and she's had so many injuries, tough injuries, and it's really not easy to come back so well like she has," Rybarikova said. "She's very strong. She's also a very nice girl and very smart. We have a really good relationship. She's one of the nicest girls on the WTA for sure. I wish her all the best and hope she stays healthy going forward now.
"I hope her career goes higher and higher and I hope she can be a Grand Slam champion someday."
Petkovic, who had struggled with a variety of major injuries during 2012 and the first few months of 2013, was playing her second WTA final since coming back in the spring, after Nürnberg in June.
"It was a pretty good week - all in all I'm quite satisfied," Petkovic said. "I would have loved to win the title here to really feel like I've completely come back, but I'm really okay. She played really well.
"Magda was really stepping up her game, not missing a lot and not giving me many free points. It was a really difficult match but all the credit to her, she really deserved to win the title today."