Petra Kvitova with the Berlin title© AFP
Petra Kvitova boosted her standing as a number one favorite for a 3rd Wimbledon title by sweeping previous Donna Vekic within the closing of the Berlin WTA grass-court match on Sunday. The Czech seventh seed gained 6-2, 7-6 (8/6) to clinch her second title of the yr and thirty first of her profession. Sunday’s victory gave her a sixth grass-court trophy for a thirty first title, giving her greater than some other energetic participant moreover Venus Williams’ 49. Kvitova, 33, who was Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, burst out of the blocks, breaking her opponent twice within the first set.
The pair traded breaks within the second earlier than Kvitova triumphed in a tiebreak.
The world quantity 9 didn’t drop a set on the way in which to lifting the title at Steffi Graf Stadium within the German capital.
Moments after the countdown to elevate the trophy, Kvitova advised the gang: “I am in shock proper now.
“I wasn’t positive I might depend in German, however I did it in the long run so I am completely happy.”
Vekic praised her opponent, saying: “Your profession is one thing we will solely hope for.
“I’ve misplaced to you just a few instances and each time I lose to you I really feel such as you win the match.”
Kvitova has now gained 12 of her final 13 matches on grass courting again to her title run in Eastbourne final season. She has misplaced simply 4 units over that span.
The unseeded Vekic, 26, impressed this week, defeating reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina on her approach to her first grass-court closing since 2019.
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