Petra Kvitova claims Qatar Open title with win over Garbine Muguruza
Petra Kvitova made it 13 wins in a row on Sunday as she beat Garbine Muguraza to lift the Qatar Open trophy.
Having won the St Petersburg Ladies’ event a fortnight ago, the two-time Wimbledon champion secured back-to-back titles with her victory in Doha.
Kvitova didn’t have it all her own way though as she had to come from behind to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 16 minutes.
She found herself 5-0 down in the opening set, but made a mini comeback before Muguraza wrapped up the set.
The Czech kept the momentum and claimed the decisive break in the sixth game of the second set before making her move in the fifth game of the decider to go 3-2 up.
“I have no idea. I just tried… It was a really tough match, a big fight and hopefully the people enjoyed it,” she said when asked how she managed to turn things around after her poor start.
Kvitova will move up 11 places in the world rankings on the back of the win, putting her back in the top 10.
“It’s a very special feeling to be back,” she said.
“I remember sometime last year when I was asked about this, I couldn’t even dream of it.”
Tennis legends pay tribute to Diego Maradona as he dies at the age of 60
Tennis legends have been paying tribute to legendary football icon Diego Maradona
EXCLUSIVE – Greg Rusedski suspects Andy Murray is eyeing up a Wimbledon farewell
Greg Rusedski believes Andy Murray will want to bid his farewell to tennis at Wimbledon
Australian Open ‘most likely’ to be delayed, government minister says
Covid-19 quarantine restrictions in the country would make holding the first grand slam of 2021 in its planned slot logistically difficult.
Coronavirus vaccines should be compulsory for tennis players – Andy Murray
The former world number one hopes players would prioritise the good of the sport.
Johanna Konta back with coach Dimitri Zavialoff following summer split
Zavialoff guided Konta to the French Open semi-finals last year.
Winning ATP Finals undefeated a ‘great boost of confidence’ for Grand Slams, says Daniil Medvedev
Confidence high for Daniil Medvedev.
Andy Murray on the best-of-five-set matches debate: ‘People often mistake long matches for epics’
What are Murray’s views on best-of-five-set matches?
‘I want to climb up the Rankings,’ says Dominic Thiem as he eyes new highs after ‘outstanding year’
Dominic Thiem eyeing top two spots in the ATP Rankings.
Daniil Medvedev triumphs in ATP Finals as Australian Open uncertainty continues
Medvedev won the biggest title of his career.
Daniil Medvedev hopes ATP Finals a sign of things to come with young guns forming ‘great rivalries’
Russian completed an unbeaten week at The O2.