Petra Kvitova continued her love affair with China by defeating Elina Svitolina to lift the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai.
WTA Staff

ZHUHAI, China - No.2 seed Petra Kvitova overcame a slow start to lift the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai with a straight-sets win over Elina Svitolina on Sunday.

Last month, Kvitova marked her return to form by powering to the Wuhan title, and she was every bit as impressive in Zhuhai, dispatching Svitolina, 6-4, 6-2, in just an hour and 10 minutes.

Svitolina sits only one place behind Kvitova in the current rankings, but lost all three of their meetings this season. And despite failing an early service break behind, Kvitova soon resumed this dominance, five unanswered games giving her the opening set as she hurtled towards the 19th title of her career.

The result completed a dominant week for the Czech, who dropped just 18 games in her four matches. It also continues her love affair with Asia, where she has now reached six finals, winning three of them.

"I knew that it's still in my hands. I just felt that she played a little bit aggressively than me in the beginning of the match," Kvitova said in her post-match interview. "So I was a little bit trying to get the rhythm to play a little bit more aggressive, maybe a little bit longer rallies, that I can go to the game and be able to play."

She belatedly found her rhythm midway through the opening set, grazing the sideline with a precise backhand to earn an opportunity to restore parity. Sensing her chance to wrest back the momentum, Kvitova sent another ball beyond the scrambling Svitolina's reach. Thirteen points later, the set was hers.

Elina Svitolina

The winners continued to flow at the start of the second set, Kvitova threading a forehand down the line to earn an immediate break. Svitolina continued to battle away, but there would be no stemming of the tide, Kvitova easing 5-2 ahead, adding the finishing touch with a swinging serve out wide.

"That I think I did. I started to serve a little bit better as well, even I had more double faults that I wish. But I still think that I find a way to kind of beat her. I played her in Wuhan and I was break down there as well from the beginning of the match," Kvitova added. "I just probably knew that it's still not the end, so I was just trying to play point by point. That was kind of the style of the match."

Now Kvitova will turn her attention to next weekend's Fed Cup final. The Czechs have lifted the trophy four times in the past five years and attempt to make it five on foreign soil, against France in Strasbourg.

"Of course we should be confident to get the title for us again. I think we have a great team, and we going to do everything what we can," she said. "We always love to playing. It will be great week for sure, and the weekend will be more special.

"It will be [the] last two matches of the season, so everybody will just put everything what they have in the body and the mind and we will see. Hopefully the luck will be on our side."

Kvitova was not the only No.2 seed to shine in Zhuhai. In the doubles final, Ipek Soylu and Xu Yifan overcame wildcards Yang Zhaoxuan and You Xiaodi, 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.