Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova beat defending champion Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-1, 6-2 to capture the Ladies Trophy in St. Petersburg, Russia.
“This was a special tournament for me,” Kvitova, a wild card from the Czech Republic, said after the match. “All week, I played unbelievable matches and I really had to fight to make the final.”
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The first left-hander to win a singles title in Russia, the 27-year-old Kvitova played some of her best tennis since coming back from a traumatic hand injury last spring. She had 16 winners in the first set alone to deny the fourth-seeded Mladenovic a second straight St. Petersburg title after 65 minutes on court.
“Coming into this week, there was a lot of pressure and I don’t think many people expected me to show up in the finals,” Mladenovic said after the match. “But from the moment I got here, I felt so welcomed by everyone from the crowd to the organizers, and I fought very hard every single match to make it back here. Petra had an amazing week.”
Kvitova, a former world No. 2, hit seven aces and dropped just six points behind her first serve, saving all three break points faced in front of a Sibur Arena crowd.
Kvitova now owns the fifth highest total singles titles among active players at 21. She will move to No. 21 in the world rankings.
–Field Level Media